CMA Exam Frequently Asked Questions

When is the CMA Exam Offered?

The CMA Exam is offered during two-month windows: January and February, May and June, and September and October.

Do I need to the take the CMA Exam parts in order?

No. You may take them in any order.

Where can I take the CMA Exam?

Exams are offered at Prometric test centers worldwide. Candidates can schedule their exams with Prometric at www.prometric.com/ICMA.

Remote testing is available using Prometric’s ProProctor service.

How is the CMA Exam scored?

Multiple-choice questions count for 75% of candidates’ final scores, while essay questions make up the remaining 25%. Out of the 100 total MCQs, only 90 count towards the exam score, while the remaining 10 are being evaluated by the ICMA as a possible future exam question and do not count towards candidates’ exam score.

How much does the CMA Exam cost?

Students must pay a non-refundable CMA Entrance Fee of $188 and an Exam Fee of $311 per part. Professionals must pay a non-refundable CMA Entrance Fee of $250 and an Exam Fee of $415 per part. In addition, candidates must be members of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), which ranges from $39 for students, to $245 for professionals.

Do CMAs have continuing education requirements?

Yes. CMAs must complete at least 30 hours of continuing education per year, including 2 hours on the subject of ethics. Additionally, CMAs maintain their certification by paying the CMA Annual Fee, which includes active membership in the IMA.