None of the CMA exams are all theoretical, nor are any of them all calculations. All of the exams will require you to know formulas and to do various calculations. In each exam, there will also be some questions that are theoretical, however, and will take less time to answer. It is generally best to go through the multiple-choice questions once, doing the questions that you can answer quickly and skipping the ones that will take longer. When you finish that, then you will have a chance to view the numbers of the questions that you have skipped.
You can then count them and calculate how much time you have to spend on each one of them, and you can pace yourself. Then you start answering them one by one. If you come to one that still looks too hard or is taking longer than your allotted time for it, skip it again. Prioritize according to how quickly you think you can complete each question. That is the way to get the most questions answered in the time allotted. If you have questions left to do and only a minute or so left, then go through those questions and guess.
The probability is that you will get 1 out of 4 right. Never leave a question unanswered. If you have worked on a question but have not been able to come up with one of the answer choices given, leave it and go on after the second try. But before you leave it, draw a circle around your work on your worksheet and label it with the number of the question, so that when you come back to it you will be able to easily find what you have already done on it.
About half the time, you will see immediately what you have been doing wrong and you will be able to answer it right away. Finally, use the keyboard instead of the mouse to select your answer and move to the next question. It is really much faster than trying to hit that little circle with your mouse pointer. This will save you a few seconds on each question. Even if it saves you only 10 seconds on each question, over the course of a 100 question exam, that is a significant time savings. This can make the difference between completing the exam and not completing it.
If you want to select answer “A” hit “a” on the keyboard. To move to the next question, hit “Alt-n” on the keyboard. So hit “a” and then immediately hit “Altn. ” Your HOCK ExamSuccess study software works the same way as the Prometric exam, so use it to practice using the keyboard instead of the mouse and build your speed. You may find it is faster to just leave your mouse positioned over the “Next” button on the screen and hit the mouse button to move to the next question, so try it both ways.
Essay Question Tips We know that preparing for the essay problems may seem intimidating, so we have prepared some tips that will hopefully help you feel more comfortable with the essay portion of the exams. First, preparing for a specific topic for a problem is very risky. The essay portion of the exam is a bit of a lottery, because there are a lot of topics that may be covered, but you will only be asked about a few of them. There will be some topics on the exam that you know better than other topics.
If you are “lucky” and they ask you about the topics you know, then that is good. However, it is possible that they will ask you about topics that you are not as strong in. In this case, you will have more difficulty answering the questions, but do not panic. Answer what you can to the best of your ability, and move on to the next question. Come back to it later if you have time. Secondly, remember that you do not need to get 100% correct on the problems; you will receive partial credit for what you do correctly and are not penalized for what you do incorrectly.
Do not worry if your calculations do not “balance” perfectly. If there is a problem that has multiple steps to it and you make a mistake on the first step, you do not automatically miss the remaining steps. When grading, they will say, “Let us assume that the answer from step one is actually correct. If that is the correct answer, did they perform step 2 correctly? ” If after you have completed all of the steps you still have time, then you can go back and try to make an answer “perfect. ”