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Rigos CMA Exam: Pros and Cons Analysis

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Rigos CMA ReviewRigos is a professional test review provider covering the CPA, CMA and the Bar Exam. Here is an overview and my thoughts on the offering.

Rigos CMA Intensive Live Classes

Rigos offers a “3-step” approach if you live in an area where Rigos CMA live classes are available.

1. The first step involves the reading of Rigos’ text materials before the seminar.

2. The second step is a 2-day intensive workshop where an instructor goes through the overview and walks through a number of questions with the students. Homework will be given at the end of the workshop.

3. The third step is to work on a computer test prep questions, and watch a 5-hour follow up video to reinforce the concept.

Other Rigos CMA Live Courses

Apart from this intensive course, CMA Part 1 and Part 2 classes are available in selected cities and credits of this course can possibly be counted towards your CPA CPE requirements if you are a certified public accountant.

Self-Study Rigos CMA Course

For those who cannot attend the live classes, self-study course is available with 1,200 MC questions (for the new format) in the test prep software (known as PC software drills) as well as a “magic memory outline template” with mnemonics to help you remember the important points.

The self-study course is US$97 per part or US$180 for Part 1 and Part 2.

My Thoughts

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Rigos is never a Tier one provider  in CPA or CMA review courses so it is hard to gather the pros and cons of the quality of the course.

Apart from that they don’t get much mentioned among the students (which typically isn’t a great thing), the fact that they pretty much run as a franchise with the operation and marketing fully outsourced to the franchisee doesn’t make me feel too comfortable.

It is because there is really no one to control the quality of the lecturers — yes you get the same Rigos books and software but that’s basically it. Obviously the lecturer could be a superstar but you will have to ask around to make sure.

For self-study courses, I would personally much rather pick Gleim or Wiley which seem to be THE choice of CMA candidates anyway.

What Do You Think?

If you have experience in using Rigos CMA or have friends who have been their students before, please drop a note in the comment section below. Thank you!

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About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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  • Seth says:

    I am thinking of trying the self-study Rigos CMA course next year because I’m already a CPA and I have to earn CPE every year anyway. So I might as well earn my CPE in a manner that might also get me off to a good start on CMA preparation as well.

    If I take this route, do you know of an inexpensive but effective way to simply evaluate my readiness for the actual CMA exam when I’m done with the course?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Seth, I see, that makes sense.

      I suggest that you get Gleim online test prep only for this purpose. It’s a good benchmark because it’s likely the most widely used. In case you don’t do well enough, you can rely on the explanation of each question and learn from there.

      Alternatively you can try Exammatrix CMA — theoretically it’s a better platform because it feeds questions from topics you are weaker at, but the quality of the questions and answers is not as good.

      Hope it helps! Stephanie

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