Part III: How to Pass the CMA Exam the First Time

Over the last couple of days, we’ve been on a wild journey to discover the TRUTH about what it takes to prepare, and more importantly, pass the CMA exam to earn a promotion, a raise, and respect at work. We’ve learned that most people think they have to sacrifice their weekends and time with family and friends to be successful.

Most think that they have to study on their own. Most people quickly seek out shortcuts like only taking mock exams… when they still have not even read a textbook or taken the time to learn at a very basic level!

In fact, I myself was guilty of this when I started out.

I wanted to take the exam as soon as possible so I enrolled in an accelerated and expensive live prep course at a university (HUGE mistake), took on self-studying without having a clear vision, at first, about how to study for the exam, and lastly, I thought I didn’t have enough time to prepare as I worked full time and had so many personal obligations after work.

Once I figured out I was wasting time using the plan my self-study course shipped with, everything changed.

I crafted a plan that helped me pass both parts on my first attempt and coached thousands to do it too!

Most accountants believe that they have to study longer and harder by themselves to pass the CMA exam. Instead, I’ve discovered that 1-on-1 coaching is far more important if you want to pass the exam on your first attempt with less effort, in less time while saving money.

Although I had developed a custom study plan, it wasn’t enough to have it.

I had to figure out HOW to implement it. How could I prove my plan would work I spent months following it?

I decided to try a few variations. I tried X. I read Y.

I combined the results into what I’ve found is the single most effective study plan to prepare for the CMA exam.

I call it the “CMA Coach” Study Plan.

Thanks to this plan, I never had to wonder whether I was on track or not. In fact, I usually knew exactly HOW my progress was and what I had to do next.

And it worked!

Let me share some results:

Bob Varghese implemented my study plan, in addition to my coaching, and he had spectacular results!

For Part One, he scored 420 out of 500 points! and for Part Two he scored 440 out of 500 points!! He achieved both scores on his FIRST attempt.

Bob is now a Certified Management Accountant and on his way to a higher salary, a promotion, and greater respect at work.

This is one example of many candidates who have passed the exam with my coaching and by using this solid study plan.

That’s the power of 1-on-1 coaching at its best!

Ok, so now that you’ve seen the results of my CMA Coach study plan, you’re wondering, “How can I get the same results that Bob did? Do I need to develop my own study plan?”

Nope! I thought it would be super time consuming for you and require too much effort to figure out what I have already figured out and proved with my plan so I want to give it to you for free.

Step 1: Download the “CMA Coach” study plan.

Step 2: Prepare to use the “CMA Coach” study plan

  • Decide when you want to start studying for the exam. You’ll need 12 weeks
  • Pull up your Calendar and mark the 1st day you’ll begin studying, i.e Saturday
  • Now mark every Saturday for the next 3 months or until you have 12 Saturdays marked with a reminder. 

That’s all there is to it! Within 10 minutes you can have a rock solid study plan ready to be used and that meets your schedule.

It’s worked for me, it’s worked for Bob Varghese, and it can work for you!

Now that you have it, you’re ready to hit the books. Way to go!

Of course, there’s much more you can do if you want to improve chances of passing the exam, far more than I can fit into one blog post.

Once you’ve marked your calendar each week with the study plan milestones, there are other exciting questions to answer:

  1. How do I make sure to remember everything there’s to learn?
  2. Who do I ask questions if I get stuck and confused?
  3. How can I make sure I pass the exam on my first attempt?

If you’re interested in finding detailed, step-by-step answers to these questions, I’ve got good news. The CMA Coach Study Plan is only one small part of the advanced coaching course that I mentioned a couple days ago.

The course is perfect for those who want a coach, accountability, a no-brainer step-by-step strategy, and the easiest and fastest way to become a CMA.

If you want to boost your chances at passing the exam the first time, I’m opening up the program to everyone on my email list at a special rate and added bonuses. 

But for now, I’d like to challenge you to do just ONE THING in the next 3 minutes.

If you’re going to get serious about becoming a CMA, post a comment below with the testing window you’d like to take the test in. Pick Jan/Feb, May/June, or Sept/Oct. 

Writing our goals down makes them real!

Here’s what you should post:

“I’m ___________ and I plan to take the CMA exam in the ________ window. 

That’s it! Simple enough right?

Stay tuned as there’s more to come.

Nathan Liao

Hi, I’m Nathan Liao (aka the CMA Coach)! For the last 10 years, over 82,000 accounting and finance pros came knocking at my door seeking guidance and help. If you’re also aiming to conquer the CMA exam on your very first try—without wasting away time or money—you’ve found your ultimate guide. Dive in deeper to discover more about me and the dedicated team that powers CMA Exam Academy. Click here and let’s embark on this journey together!

6 Comments on “Part III: How to Pass the CMA Exam the First Time”

  1. Hello Nathan,
    I’m Thuy. I plan to take the CMA exam in May-Jun window for part 1 and Sep-Oct window for part 2. I’ve worked 4 years in Accounting and Bussiness control, but I don’t have accounting background. Beside, English is not my first language !
    I really want to pass the CMA exam on my first try (with self-study mode). Thank you in advance for your coach.

  2. Hi Nathan,

    I am Lei Zhang and I plan to take the CMA exam in Jan-Feb Window. I already bought Gleim CMA review. But I feel really hard. Can you give me any suggestions?

    Thank you


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