# CMA Study Group

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## Chances of passing

• #### 1.  Chances of passing

Posted 27 days ago
Dear All,
I recently completed my CMA exam part 1 on 24th Feb. The questions were tough but I managed to sail through to the essay questions. I wanted to understand what would be the chances of me passing the exam after having made it through to the essay section and doing well in the essay section.

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Chris Benedict
Analyst
Bangalore
India
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• #### 2.  RE: Chances of passing

Posted 26 days ago
​I have the same situation as you.. there is a chance to pass :)

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Hebah Masoud
Supervisor
Amman
Jordan
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• #### 3.  RE: Chances of passing

Posted 26 days ago
Hi Hebah

No one can tell a very specific answer, but we can do some probability calculations in order to predict that:
Overall minimum required passing score is 360 over 500 >>> 72%
According to CMA course providers (mine is Wiley) MSQs weight is 75% and essay is 25%
You have got at least 50% of MSQs when you passed to essay section >>> 500 x 75% x 50% = 188 secured points in MSQs
Estimate that you have covered 75% accurately in essay part >>> 500 x 25% x 75% = 94
Total secured points = 188 + 94 = 282
Still you need to get 78 points out of 188 left in 50% of MSQs, which equal to 22 out of 50 MSQs (22+50=72 same required passing rate 72%)

Even-though, I recommend not to stress your self with exam result expectation especially if you start preparing for Part-2.

Best wishes of luck & success

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Kuwait
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• #### 4.  RE: Chances of passing

Posted 26 days ago
​hi samer,

your equation is wrong. Because one of my friends the essay portion didn't open for her and she got 220,which means when you answer 50% correct of multiple choice you secure much more than 220 not 188 :)

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Hebah Masoud
Supervisor
Amman
Jordan
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• #### 5.  RE: Chances of passing

Posted 26 days ago
I very much doubt it ... !!!
Less than 50% of MSQs = 220 points >>> 100% will equal more than 440 pints >>> exceeding 360 minimum overall passing score, so no need for essay questions in this scenario, which doesn't make any sense.

This argument never ends, since we are discussing an issue which is being kept hidden by IMA "intentionally" in order to control the annual passing rate of CMA exam (Average 35% for Part-1 and 50% for Part-2), like what we had in our college exams.

Anyhow, I have changed my studying strategy to be 100% prepared and never be worried about my exam score, since the objective is earning & utilizing the CMA professional knowledge rather than its passing score.

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Kuwait
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• #### 6.  RE: Chances of passing

Posted 25 days ago
​I read about the correction because it confused me since my friend got 220 and the essay didn't open for her (by the way she sent me the result and I saw it.. it was 220 and the essay didn't open for her)and what I understand is that IMA has scale for each form to achieve fairness because some forms are more difficult than other forms and 360 passing rate doesn't necessary mean that you got 72% correct of your exam some form may 360 means that you got 72% correct and others mean you got 68%..it's all about scale..

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Hebah Masoud
Supervisor
Amman
Jordan
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• #### 7.  RE: Chances of passing

Posted 25 days ago
Hi Sameer If 50% of MCQ is 188 then the points of 100 % in essay must be 172. Passing is 360.

• #### 8.  RE: Chances of passing

Posted 25 days ago
​I think this is the hardest CMA question ever.  LOL.

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Daniel Dural
Accountant
United States
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