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Do I get certified after passing the exam?

Passing the exam alone is not sufficient to get certified. To earn the CMA, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

- Maintain membership in IMA.

- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or an equivalent degree as determined by an independent evaluation agency). For more info, please check the Education - Qualification Section of the CMA Handbook.

- Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management. For more info, please check to the Experience Qualification section of the CMA Handbook.

- Entrance into the CMA program.

- Complete and pass Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam.

- Abide by the IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.

What should I take with me to the exam?

You’ll need to make sure you have proof of identity with you, otherwise you won’t gain entry to a Prometric Test Site. Take note, though, your choice of identification MUST be one of the following.

1. A valid, signed, non-expired government-issued passport. Or

2. Two original forms of non-expired identification, one with a photograph, both with your signature. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, military ID, credit card or bank debit card with photo and signature, bank debit card with signature, or company ID. Or

3. A government-issued national country ID Card with a photograph (with or without a signature), and another acceptable valid form of ID with a signature as defined in #2 above.

Please note that student IDs and social security cards are not acceptable. Also worth noting is that if you fail to have the correct form of ID and are denied admission, you’ll have to register for the exam again and pay the fee in full.

Please refer to the Candidate Handbook for more details on what you need to take with you to the exam site.

What types of questions can I expect in the CMA exam?

In each exam part you’ll find two types of questions: multiple-choice and essay-type. You’ll start with the multiple-choice section and will have three hours to answer 100 questions. Worth noting is that once you exit the multiple-choice section, you cannot return to it. Also, you’ll need to answer at least 50% percent of the multiple-choice section correctly to be allowed to continue. When you move on to the essay section, you’ll have one hour to answer two 30-minute questions and you need to remain in this section to complete the exam.

What are the CMA exam pass rates?

CMA exam pass rates for the Period May 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014 were as follows:

CMA Part I Exam Pass Rates
Worldwide: 34%
Asia Pacific: 41%
Europe: 49%
Middle East & Africa: 21%
The Americas: 51%

CMA Part II Exam Pass Rates
Worldwide: 42%
Asia Pacific: 45%
Europe: 52%
Middle East & Africa: 29%
The Americas: 52%

But keep in mind that with the right preparation, success is something you can take in your stride!
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