CMA

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  • #1991117

    Anonymous

    For those who have taken the CMA:
    What study materials do you recommend?
    How many hours did you study compared to CPA?

    #1991324
    KSingh85
    KSingh85
    Participant

    Hi, Helen. I’m also considering either the CMA or Law School. I want to see what the responses are like.

    I just want to say BAE BAE to Becker!
    #1995284

    Anonymous

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    #1997138

    Anonymous

    I used Gleim and felt that the material was both comprehensive and straightforward (without much filler). In terms of studying hours, I did not keep track of them (nor did it with the cpa exam), but if I were to compare my studying time with the cpa exam vs. the cma exam in terms of percentage, I would say the cma exam took more or less like 80% of the studying time (ballpark figure). Overall, I felt it was considerably easier, but I almost ran out of time the two times I sat for the exam. The MCQs that require calculations can be very time-consuming.

    #1997186

    ohiocpacma
    Participant

    I used CPE University for part 1 (gave me CPE credit for CPA) and Gliem for part 2. I also probably spent 70-80% of study time compared to the CPA exam. I don't know if that's because it was easier or that my familiarity with the material since I've spent my career in management accounting/corporate finance (instead of audit or tax). I felt that the CMA exam had more computations though.

    We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man. 
    #1997648

    Anonymous

    I used GLEIM for CMA and CPA and passed all 6 tests on the first attempt. As mentioned above, the material is comprehensive and straight forward. I found that an individual CMA exam is more difficult than an individual CPA exam, but since CPA has 4 exams the CPA process is more strenuous as a whole. The calculations can be significantly more in depth and time consuming than anything I saw on any of the CPA exams.

    #1999997

    Anonymous

    I am currently studying for Part 2 with Gleim. I am schedule for Jan to take the exam. @AF @ohiocpacma and @cortes123 how did you use Gleim? I am currently reading a subunit everyday and watching a lecture. I started to study in Sept and hope to be done with book in November. Once I am done with book, I will probable to 20-30 MCQs a day for the month of December. I had a real tough time with chapter 3 with all the ratios. I was not the best test taker in college. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

    #2000858

    jcornelio116
    Participant

    Hi what did you think of CPE University CMA review? If you had the a choice would CPE university or Gliem?. I am undecided not sure which one. Wiley is way to expensive… Thanks

    #2001857
    Eric
    Eric
    Participant

    Hock International – hands down the best in my opinion. I wasn't able to finish studying for the exams because I had a job/career change, but while I was hitting the books, Hock had it down path.

    Btw, I have Gleim too. I sent them a nasty note about how I thought their materials were garbage, but it's been 6-7 years since. My hock materials are still up to date 🙂

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    REG - NINJA in Training
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    REG: Late Nov 18
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    #2004734

    ohiocpacma
    Participant

    @Jcornelio116 CPE University was fine. It was in a video format and you could interact with the instructor. The area it lacked was the amount of practice questions available compared to Gleim. It did not matter to me as much on part 1 because I had more experience with the material compared to part 2.

    We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man. 
    #2006174

    OnmywaytoCPA
    Participant

    I passed Part 1 with a 360 using Gleim, but I still had a lot of concepts that were still fresh in my head from FAR. I used Gleim for Part 2 but I failed with a 350. I am supplementing Gleim with the Hock Lectures to help me understand the material a little better. Gleim's Part 2 lectures/materials are not that detailed.

    AUD - 83
    BEC - 79
    FAR - 77
    REG - 90
    CMA Part 1 - 360
    CMA Part 2 - 350, Planning a Retake Soon
    #2008319

    Anonymous

    @anthony.barry43 I read a chapter then do a bunch of MCQs and move on. Trying to limit it to 40-60 MCQs. No lectures (waste of time). Once done do 1k-1.5k MCQ. There are a bunch of long MCQs that are good substitutes for the SIM/Essay portion. It's a good idea to practice some of the essays with calculations, since unlike the CPA exam you will be asked to show your work and/or explain what you did. You should be comfortable doing that. Generally though, MCQs are by far and away the most efficient use of your time.

    For each test I also created a formula sheet that I wrote out repeatedly until memorized and wrote it on my scratch book as soon as the exam started.

    #2010275

    mtaylo24
    Participant

    Still chipping away. I took Pt. 1 with Hock Q1 this year and didn't pass. I did buy Gleim and I like it much better, but still probably won't take it until Q1. I have been too busy with other things to focus on the CMA, but I need to take it since I paid for the materials and paid all of the IMA fees.

    CPA

    A: 60, 61, 61, 78
    R: 55, 69, 74, 75
    B: 71, 72, 73, 76
    F: 52, 54, 72, 71, 77!

    CMA

    P1: 220, 380

    P2: 360

    #2011379

    Anonymous

    @AF thanks so much for the advice. It is extremely helpful. By doing1k-1.k MCQs do you mean doing 1,000 to 1,500 MCQs from the Gleim test bank?

    #2321817

    mtaylo24
    Participant

    Just found out that I passed part 1 with a 380! So glad that I don't have to take that one again!

    CPA

    A: 60, 61, 61, 78
    R: 55, 69, 74, 75
    B: 71, 72, 73, 76
    F: 52, 54, 72, 71, 77!

    CMA

    P1: 220, 380

    P2: 360

    #2324226

    Jimmy Dugan
    Participant

    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.

    AUD - 95
    BEC - 87
    FAR - 84
    REG - 90
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    #2627835

    mtaylo24
    Participant

    Got my score yesterday. Passed Part 2 with the minimum score (360). Feels good to be done with both CPA & CMA certifications!

    CPA

    A: 60, 61, 61, 78
    R: 55, 69, 74, 75
    B: 71, 72, 73, 76
    F: 52, 54, 72, 71, 77!

    CMA

    P1: 220, 380

    P2: 360

    #2643843

    OnmywaytoCPA
    Participant

    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!

    AUD - 83
    BEC - 79
    FAR - 77
    REG - 90
    CMA Part 1 - 360
    CMA Part 2 - 350, Planning a Retake Soon
    #2643867
    Jennifer
    Jennifer
    Participant

    Congratulations @mtaylo24!!! That is wonderful news!

    AUD - 85
    BEC - 84
    FAR - 82
    REG - 78
    Ethics - 95
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    #2644569

    mtaylo24
    Participant

    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!

    CPA

    A: 60, 61, 61, 78
    R: 55, 69, 74, 75
    B: 71, 72, 73, 76
    F: 52, 54, 72, 71, 77!

    CMA

    P1: 220, 380

    P2: 360

    #2644980

    Helen
    Participant

    Finally getting around to starting the CMA. Do you think 100 hrs of studying is sufficient for part 1?

    AUD - 86
    BEC - 87
    FAR - 75
    REG - 78
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    #2645088

    B4BeanCounter
    Participant

    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!

    AUD - 86
    BEC - 87
    FAR - 87
    REG - 84
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    #2645721

    CPT_CPA
    Participant

    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.

    AUD - 82
    BEC - 92
    FAR - 88
    REG - 83
    Esse quam videri

    20-25 hours per week per section, 7 days per week.

    NINJA method, hundreds of MCQs, and flash cards.

    #2703258

    Phil
    Participant

    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).

    REG - 93 (taken during DEC-18)  90% Gleim MCQ/book + 10% Wiley MCQ

    BEC - 79 (taken during FEB-19)  100% Wiley MCQ/book

    FAR - 88 (taken during APR-19) 100% Gleim MCQ/book + Ninja Audios

    AUD - 85 (taken JUN-19 )  100% Wiley MCQ/book + Ninja Audios

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