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October 2012 update from Gleim

posted Oct 18, 2012, 7:49 AM by Cedar Rapids IMA   [ updated Oct 18, 2012, 7:50 AM ]

Prepare for Success Essays


Melissa Leonard

CMA Product Manager


As I talk to CMA candidates about their concerns, hurdles, and successes with the CMA exam, they often are confused by why the ICMA has included essays on the exam, and they are concerned with how they should go about preparing for this portion of the exam.


Knowing why the ICMA requires written-response questions can assist in understanding how to prepare for the essays. Written-response questions provide a comprehensive way to more effectively test advanced skills, such as the ability to evaluate a given set of data, make a judgment given alternative solutions, or justify a selected course of action. While these skills can be tested through the use of objective questions, the written-response questions more closely reflect actual business situations where a written or oral response would be expected.


Now that you understand why you must answer essay questions, let's discuss how to answer them. Practicing the essay questions throughout your review will go a long way in helping you be successful on this portion of your exam for two reasons.


First, Gleim emulates the exam environment. So, when you complete any of the essays in our Gleim Online or Gleim Essay Wizard, you gain experience with the format and tools you will be required to use when answering the essay questions on the actual exam. When you take the actual exam, you will want to spend time answering the questions, not figuring out how to use the software or determining what the ICMA is looking for or trying to ask. If you practice, you will minimize the number of surprises on exam day.


Second, it is imperative that you practice the essays so that you have an idea of the types of questions you will be asked during your exam. This knowledge and the skills you have acquired during your preparation will only help, never hurt, your exam scores.


Share your success! Maybe you have already passed the CMA exam and would like to share with others the tactics you used to pass. Email Melissa Leonard at with your questions and feedback.


Gleim is committed to helping you become a CMA. Your Cedar Rapids IMA Chapter has partnered with Gleim to ensure your success on the CMA exam! Working together, we will provide the necessary tools to prepare you for this difficult task.


As a Cedar Rapids Chapter member, you receive significant discounts on the Gleim CMA Review materials and Gleim CPE. Contact Melissa Leonard at 800.874.5346 ext. 131 or to take advantage of the offer or if you have any questions. Visit for more information on the CMA exam or how Gleim can help you pass on your first attempt.



Melissa Leonard

Chapter Coordinator


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