Your goal is to pass each part of the CMA exam the first time you sit for it. This will require you to develop CMA study strategy tailored to meet your needs.
Be realistic about what you can expect from yourself and make a plan that you can keep. Everyone is able to study for a different amount of time each week, so really think about your schedule when making your CMA study plan.
We’re going to walk through the process of making study plans using two different criteria—
NOTE: While it is likely you will have both limited hours per week to study and a deadline, the reality is that one of these two factors will be less important. If you have an absolutely firm deadline, you might need to make more sacrifices in your schedule to fit in the needed study hours. If the amount of time you can spend studying is set in stone, you may have to adjust your deadline to fit with your needed study time.
Passing the CMA exam is not an easy task, so you’re going to need to spend enough time studying for each part of the exam. While it can be hard to find time to study, becoming a CMA will make your investment worth it.
You will need to make sacrifices in order to find time to study for the CMA exam. Some candidates find it best to make several small sacrifices (e.g., waking up an hour early, studying during your lunch break, or watching a bit less television). Other candidates prefer to make one large sacrifice (e.g., working fewer hours a week or taking a summer off of school).
The most important thing is to be honest with yourself—don’t plan on sacrificing something essential. Finding time to study is only worthwhile if you actually stick to your plan. Studying for the exam will be a marathon, not a sprint, so look over your weekly activities critically and make the time to study for the CMA exam.
Creating an hour-based CMA study plan is very similar to creating a plan based on a deadline. Rather than deciding how many hours per week you need to study based on your testing date, you’ll decide your testing date based on the amount of time you per week you are able to study.
NOTE: You will want to select a testing date and schedule it as a part of this process. This will give you a deadline to work towards and help cement your exam prep as a priority.
To select a testing date you will need to:
These CMA study strategies are essential no matter what stage of your studies you’re in or what topics you’re studying.
Whether you’re studying for the multiple-choice questions on the CMA exam or trying to test your knowledge of a certain topic area while studying, MCQs are going to play a big role in your exam prep. Learn how to best learn from these essential exam-prep tools.
When you hear the word “essay,” you might imagine pages and pages of text, but that’s not the case with CMA essays. You can actually respond to these essay questions with short statements or bulleted lists, and when answering a computational question, you don’t even have to use sentences at all. You can just show your calculations and make sure to clearly state what the answer is.
Studying for Part 1 of the CMA exam takes an average of 150 hours.
Studying for Part 2 of the CMA exam takes an average of 110 hours.
Use a large test bank and randomize the answer choice order so you’re engaged with the concepts and not answering by rote.
Take 30 minute, 20-question quizzes as the foundation of your CMA exam studies. Use these quizzes to focus on your weak area, but don’t ignore topics you are familiar with.