From Brian’s Desk: Exam Character

Exam Character

The True Character

When we talk about the character of a person, we are talking about “who” they are. A person’s character tells us their values, what motivates them, and how they will respond in a given situation. While someone may be able to act in a way contradictory to their character for a short period of time, eventually their true character will reveal itself.

The UK company Brighton Rock makes candy with the name of the company embedded throughout the entire candy. Even after you have eaten the outer edge of the candy, the name of the company is still visible. Thus, this candy shows what character is – something embedded throughout a person.

What Is the Exam Character and Why is it Important?

Just as having good character is important for a person, having good exam character is very important to passing the professional certification exam. If you only have a shallow understanding of the material, you may be able to get some of the questions correct, but not enough to pass the exam. If your knowledge is deep, you will be able to think and apply the concepts that you have learned to new situations and be able to answer any question asked on the exam.

How to Develop Your Exam Character?

Like personal character, exam character does not come quickly or easily. We need to study and practice and be willing to spend time to make certain that we really understand the topics tested on the exam, and not just shortcuts to answer practice questions. Exam character does not come from shortcuts or study “secrets,” but rather it comes from your hard work and dedication to studying.

How Does HOCK Help?

In addition to helping you pass the exam, what you learn in building your exam character becomes part of you and part of your skills and knowledge that you will be able to use in your career. At HOCK, we help you build your exam character one topic at a time until you are ready to not only pass the CMA, CIA, or CPA exam, but also put your new skills to use every day long after you have achieved your certification.

Brian Hock, CMA, CIA


  1. Ashraf on May 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Wow, nice light on the road to CMA.

  2. Raya on May 15, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Thank you Mr. Hock ! These tips help us a lot and make us believe how much mentoring we gain from keeping up with HOCK strategies!

  3. Nowfel on June 1, 2017 at 4:16 am

    A really motivating article from HOCK. Thanks Mr. Brian

  4. Mily Mathew on October 6, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Thank you so much Brian… You are a great mentor & motivator

  5. Brian Hock on October 6, 2020 at 7:01 am

    It is my pleasure. I know that the exam process is a long one and sometimes it is helpful to understand why you are studying so hard!

  6. Athanasios Karalivanos on October 7, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Our study character, analyzed by Mr Brian ,is leading us
    to the core of our life purchase and dreams