April 12, 2019 at 6:27 am #2324226Jimmy DuganParticipant
For anyone that's passed CMA, did it add to the body of knowledge you picked up with the CPA exam? I have looked into it some and there is significant overlap in most of what I've read. My employer will pay for prep and I'm just wondering how worthwhile it is for someone who has already passed the CPA exams.August 13, 2019 at 9:37 am #2627835mtaylo24Participant
Got my score yesterday. Passed Part 2 with the minimum score (360). Feels good to be done with both CPA & CMA certifications!August 20, 2019 at 1:18 pm #2643843OnmywaytoCPAParticipant
Congratulations @Mtaylo24!!! That is awesome news!!! That's the motivation I needed to push through this study material! We started working on the CMA certification around the same time. I got to go ahead and knock Part 2 out! Super proud of you!August 20, 2019 at 1:26 pm #2643867August 20, 2019 at 5:27 pm #2644569mtaylo24Participant
Thank you both! The test wasn't easy but the hardest part was the 6 week wait for scores.
@OnmywaytoCPA Go ahead and knock it out homie. Part 2 was tricky, but nothing you can't handle! Be sure to give yourself plenty of prep time so you nail everything they throw at you. You gotta make it through that 100 question gauntlet as fast as possible!August 20, 2019 at 8:16 pm #2644980HelenParticipant
Finally getting around to starting the CMA. Do you think 100 hrs of studying is sufficient for part 1?August 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm #2645088
I've been studying for Part 1 since July while working long hours (Big 4), and am scheduled to take it in less than 3 weeks. Some of the materials are familiar while some are not. Based on my experience with studying for both CPA and CMA, I can tell you that CMA MCQs may not be as difficult as the CPA MCQs, but each MCQ definitely requires more time to get through. I have been using Wiley CMA (used Becker for CPA), and I hope to knock this first part on the first attempt. Let's get it done!August 21, 2019 at 10:06 am #2645721CPT_CPAParticipant
CMA takes less time if you have business experience. I'm studying for BEC now and I was getting 80s on the practice exam without opening the book. Likely because of my CMA studying experience. I recommend Wiley. I studied for about 75 hours each section and passed with a 410 on both.September 13, 2019 at 12:01 am #2703258NoNameParticipant
I am taking CMA Part 1 in about 5 weeks.
I have completed over 90% of the Gleim MCQ questions and am trending at about 78% correct (first pass on questions with no reattempts). If I compare this to FAR or REG I am doing pretty well as it was demoralizing (especially REG).
Disclaimer*** I previously had went through all questions about a year back (prior to doing the CPA).
The MCQ questions definitely take much longer compared to CPA MCQ (this is comparing Gleim CMA to Gleim CPA).September 24, 2019 at 11:57 am #2721609LeeTParticipant
i finished the CMA a little over a year ago, got decent results (410 and 390 i think). i used gleim, and i'm using roger for CPA. i liked gleim, i thought they covered everything i needed pretty well. their test bank was mostly tougher than the actual CMA exam which was nice. they also hammered certain topics in the test banks, but they weren't that heavily tested (maybe i was just unlucky? doesn't matter, still passed).
i would say for me, i put similar amounts of hours for each section of each exam. part 1 CMA around 120 or so, probably the same with REG, FAR, and cma part 2. some of the MCQ for the CMA do take awhile, and longer than the average CPA question, and 100 straight questions can be brutal. their version of SIMs were good for me, since a lot depended on the style of your writing, grammar, professionalism ect. the WORST part about the cma exam for me was not being able to have a bathroom break. by the end of both exams, i was squirming in my seat. the break you get for the cpa exam was such a relief.
i would just say don't walk into it thinking it's a joke because the cpa exam is considered “tougher” than the cma. approach it with discipline. each test covers topics from just about all 4 cpa exams, along with some other stuff, but isn't nearly as wide as each cpa exam.September 28, 2019 at 12:50 am #2726562
For those of you who have taken this exam recently, I didn't receive anything from the prometric test center or ICMA stating that I have taken Part 1. Are we supposed to get something from either of them that indicates that we took the exam afterward like the CPA exam? I'm confused as to how this process goes.October 2, 2019 at 9:46 pm #2734581TahoeParticipantOctober 23, 2019 at 12:34 am #2763054NoNameParticipant
I took part 1 recently and definitely have respect for the test. The difficulty level feels comparable to a CPA exam.
@ Bean Counter
I also failed to get any kind of confirmation of attendance after completing the exam. Prometric confirmed they don't provide it in the case of the CMA (I specifically asked).October 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm #2766813October 29, 2019 at 9:25 pm #2770803