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CMA Exam - Essay Questions

  • 1.  CMA Exam - Essay Questions

    Posted 9 days ago


    I have a few questions regarding the format of the CMA exams:

    - Are all parts of the test (including essays) done on a computer?
    - In what format are the essay questions presented?  Will I be asked to provide specific pieces of information, or will I simply be given a scenario and required to determine what information is relevant to present?
    - Assuming a graphing calculator and scratch paper are allowed?  Anything else?

    I have been studying through an online test prep website for the past 5 months and will be sitting for both parts at the end of October.


    Daniel Belich
    New Hope MN
    United States

  • 2.  RE: CMA Exam - Essay Questions

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hey Daniel,

    - Yes, both the multiple choice and essay components are done on the computer.
    - For the essay question, you'll read through a scenario that's usually a few paragraphs of information along with some financial information.  Within each essay scenario, there are 4-6 questions.  For some of the questions, you're asked to perform calculations (show your work, because you can get partial points).  For the other questions, you'll write a narrative response that's intended to show how well you know particular topics.
    - You're allowed a financial calculator (not a graphing calc) and the testing center will provide you with scratch paper.

    Good luck on your upcoming exams!

    Michael Ramsey
    Omaha NE
    United States

  • 3.  RE: CMA Exam - Essay Questions

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for the information. That is very helpful!