July 5, 2019 at 12:43 am #2532024
I have had experience with Gleim for CMA but it just felt like MCQ were over the top. I love their books but many of the MCQ are too time consuming and almost equivalent to a CPA exam simulation. Also, there was around 2K questions per section whereas Surgent is closer to 1K per section.July 5, 2019 at 8:54 pm #2534853July 6, 2019 at 5:58 pm #2536902MattParticipant
I used Surgent CPA review for all 4 sections of the CPA exam. I passed every section first time fairly easily; I put the time and effort in, and I studied effectively. I did not pass AUD the first time, but I think that was more due to getting too over-confident than the review course itself. I would highly recommend Surgent for a CPA review course, but I'm not sure about CMA. Surgent has been around forever for CPE and have had good success with their CPA review course, so I would guess that their CMA review course would be good as well. Let me know if there's any specifics you would like to know about my experience with Surgent.July 12, 2019 at 6:57 pm #2552736OnmywaytoCPAParticipant
I purchased the Gleim CMA review back in March of 2017 after passing the CPA exam in November 2016. I studied with Gleim CMA off and on for 12 months and finally took part 1 of the CMA exam in February 2018. I got a 360, which is probably due to the off and on studying. I only studied off and on because the Gleim CMA review is so dry and boring. They only use one instructor for both parts and she puts me to sleep. I attempted part 2 in June 2018 and failed with a 350. Now, I'm trying the Wiley CMA 2 Week Demo. So far, right off bat, I noticed a huge difference in the energy level of the Wiley instructors. Also, with Wiley switching the instructors for different chapters, really helps to keep your attention.
The only con to Wiley is the price but one thing I learned is that if you chose a review course based on price, you'll end up buying a more expensive one later. I'm hoping to retake part 2 in September, so I can get my score in November.July 12, 2019 at 7:16 pm #2552820July 12, 2019 at 8:35 pm #2552916mtaylo24Participant
I used Hock and supplemented Surgent last year and failed Part 1 Feb of 18. Didn't even make it to the Essays. After 2 months off, I bought Gleim mega testbank for both parts and passed Part 1 this past Feb. It took me a LOT of time to get comfortable w/ that testbank, but I didn't rush my retake because I am also doing an evening MBA. I took part 2 a few weeks ago and made it to the essays, so that's a good sign. With that being said, Gleim > Hock > Surgent.July 29, 2019 at 7:58 am #2588700EasyDoesIt81ParticipantJuly 31, 2019 at 6:10 pm #2594634
@EasyDoesIt81 – Just out of curiosity, are you currently studying for the CPA exam as well or have you already passed it?September 13, 2019 at 12:14 am #2703267
I ended up going with Gleim after all (I got a discount to renew it since I had previously started studying with it about a year back).
At this point I am trending well on the MCQ so I am optimistic (first test is in 5 weeks).September 14, 2019 at 9:32 am #2705670September 23, 2019 at 10:42 pm #2721048
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