Prometric Testing Center: What to Expect on Exam Day

Prometric Testing Center What to Expect on Exam Day

It’s the day you’ve been preparing for – your accounting certification exam day. After dedicating hours to study, it’s your time to demonstrate everything you’ve learned in your exam preparation. However, before you enter the testing center, did you review the Prometric Testing Center policies? This aspect is often overlooked by exam candidates and can disqualify you from taking your exam.

Here is a breakdown of what you can expect at the Prometric Testing Center and hopefully this information will save you from an exam day disaster.

1. Arrive Early:

Prometric recommends you arrive 30 minutes before your exam to allow enough time to check-in. Depending on the location of Prometric in your area, you will want to allow for additional time to navigate traffic and parking. The last thing you want is to be stressed out before your exam.

2. Bring Everything You Need:

There are many things that you need to bring with you to the testing center and it can be very easy to leave something behind. Put together an exam-day bag that has all your important items. You also don’t want to be searching for your wallet and keys before you are trying to head out the door, so having those in your exam-day bag will eliminate stress. Often, testing centers may be on the colder side, so you should bring a sweatshirt or jacket with you.

Exam-Day Bag

  • Exam Confirmation Number
  • Passport or Drivers License + secondary form of ID (credit card, social security card, etc.)
  • Exam Approved Calculator
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Sweatshirt

3. Check-In Process:

When you arrive at Prometric, there will be a check-in desk. Depending on your location, there may be several other people waiting to check in for their exams. This is another reason why you want to show up early on your exam date. When you first check in, you will need to provide your ID as mentioned earlier. Prometric will verify if the name on the ID matches the name registered for the exam and verify that you are the person on the ID. Next, you will undergo a scanning procedure to verify you don’t have any other items on you. They will also ask you to turn your pockets inside out and show that they are empty. If you wear glasses, you will need to take those off for inspection. They even check under your wedding ring! If you are brining your own calculator, confirm it is approved for the exam you are taking. They will also check to see if the memory has been cleared. Once that is completed, you will be given a locker key for your personal items. You will keep that key with you until after you have completed your exam. The only things you should have on you are your ID, locker key, and calculator (if applicable).

4. Entry Into Your Exam:

Prior to your exam, you will be seated in a waiting room until they have your exam station prepared. Once they call your name, you will provide them with your ID once again. They will also snap a photo of you and collect fingerprints (if applicable). Once that is completed, they will hand you a sheet of paper with the time you entered the exam room. They provide you with a basket that contains: scratch paper, pencils, ID, locker key, and calculator. You will be provided on instructions on where you need to place these items. Your exam station will have a section for you to leave your locker key and a section to leave your ID face up. A Prometric representative will log you into your computer to begin the exam.

5. Starting Your Exam:

Before starting your timed exam, there are a few pre-screens that you will go through. An instructional guide will demonstrate how to navigate the exam. I suggest reviewing this thoroughly to make the most of the system’s features. You will then have a final screen related to the exam that you are taking. This time can vary depending on the exam. There is more than enough time to read through everything. I would recommend taking time to write down any formulas or notes on your scratch paper. Keep in mind that you need to advance these screens in a timely manner.

6. Leaving Prometric:

You finally made it through your exam and are ready to leave. First, ensure that you completely finished your exam. There are some survey questions afterward that you will complete as well. When you are ready to leave your station, be sure to take everything you brought in with you. You will need to sign out of the exam before you head home. Depending on the exam, you may be required to leave any scratch paper with Prometric. You are now ready to go home. Get everything out of your locker and give back your locker key to the Prometric representative. Take a sigh of relief – you made it through exam day!

Hopefully, this breakdown has been beneficial in preparing you for your Prometric experience. By knowing what to expect and following these tips, you can approach your exam day with more confidence and improve your chances of success. Best of luck on your exam!

Tyler Skelton

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Stepping Into Accounting: My Personal Take on the FMAA Certification

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Tyler Skelton is the Director of US Business Development at HOCK and he has spent over ten years helping professionals prepare for finance and accounting certifications. Although Tyler doesn’t come from an accounting background, his interest in continuous learning and professional development has led him to explore the new FMAA certification. Join him as he shares his experience with this journey.

Understanding the FMAA: A Certification for All Professionals

For over a decade, I’ve dedicated myself to providing individuals with the resources to help them obtain various accounting and finance certifications. I had never considered taking an exam for any of those certifications, mainly because I wouldn’t meet the work experience requirements, but also, I just didn’t fit in with what I wanted to do with my career. I do not come from an accounting background and haven’t taken an accounting course for as long as I have been in my current field.

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) recently launched a brand-new certification called the FMAA, which stands for Financial and Managerial Accounting Associate. The FMAA is a foundational certification designed to equip early-career professionals with core accounting and finance knowledge skills. What sets this certification apart is that it doesn’t require education or work experience to sit for the exam. This makes it an ideal certification for business students starting out in accounting or finance, business professionals who work closely with accountants or the accounting department, or professionals looking to transition into a new career path.

The FMAA Experience: Gearing Up for the Exam

When I learned about the FMAA certification, I realized it was not only relevant to my background but also an option I could consider pursuing. I believe it’s important to commit to continuous learning and professional development. By taking the FMAA exam, I aim to better understand the challenges our candidates face in preparing for exams. It also helps me relate more closely to the accounting and finance profession. As I approach my exam date this month I am beginning to feel the pressure. I’m excited to update you all on my exam results and will report back!

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It is common to encounter many fears and hesitations when preparing for professional certification exams. We asked the HOCK Study Path participants to share the fears that have held them back and see how acknowledging and facing these fears is the first step toward overcoming them.

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  • Time and Financial Constraints: Many participants highlighted the challenge of balancing demanding jobs with study time alongside concerns about the financial implications of taking exams, especially when travel is required.
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  • Uncertainty and Feeling Overwhelmed: Some participants delayed their exam preparation due to uncertainties about the exam process or concerns about their ability to commit to and complete a rigorous study schedule.

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  • 60% of our participants cited time management and financial concerns as major hurdles.
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  • Nearly 50% mentioned uncertainty about the exam process and doubts about their study discipline.

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The HOCK Study Path community demonstrated that starting is the most important step in transforming these fears into success stories. By engaging with the program, participants have begun to:

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Welcoming Tyler Skelton to the HOCK Family

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We are excited to announce that Tyler Skelton has joined the HOCK family as the new US Business Development Director! Tyler brings over a decade of expertise in business growth, partnership development, and strategic program management.

Tyler’s expertise and dynamic approach to business development are set to propel our growth and expand our reach within the US market. Tyler’s appointment underscores our commitment to excellence and our dedication to developing and nurturing meaningful relationships and partnerships.

I am truly excited to join the HOCK family and embark on this journey to foster and expand our partnerships with US universities and organizations. My passion lies in nurturing existing connections and building new ones, with the ultimate goal of helping thousands of students across the US to benefit from HOCK’s exceptional study materials. It is an honor to play an important role in shaping the future of education and to contribute to the professional growth of the next generation of accounting professionals. Together, we will unlock new opportunities and achieve great success.” Tyler Skelton.

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Welcoming Ronak Baheti to the HOCK Family

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We are excited to welcome Ronak Baheti, CMA as the new Business Relationship Director at HOCK international! With Ronak stepping into this role, we set to cultivate and deepen our business relationships, especially in the vibrant market of India.

Ronak joins us with a unique perspective, having been a US CMA student who benefited greatly from HOCK’s educational resources. Ronak is passionate about leveraging his insights and experiences to contribute to our growth in India.

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Ronak’s appointment as Business Relationship Director is a testament to our commitment to not just educating but also building strong, supportive relationships with our partners and the professional community in India.

Brian Hock: “Ronak brings to our team a unique blend of experience as both a student and a professional. His understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the Indian market, coupled with his passion for education and growth, makes him an ideal fit for leading our business relationships. I am confident that with Ronak’s leadership, we will continue to strengthen and expand our presence in India, providing unparalleled support to our students and partners.”

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The 2024 CMA Syllabus Change

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The CMA Learning Outcome Statements (the LOS, or exam syllabus) are changing for the September/October 2024 Exam Window. There are a lot of questions that candidates have about this change. We have answered the most common questions here.

For more detailed information about the changes, click here.

How big is the change?

The changes to the CMA to the LOS are very small. No significant topics are being added or deleted. The largest topic being added is connected to consolidated financial statements in Part 1 Section A. But, there is no requirement added to perform a consolidation. Candidates need to understand what consolidation is when it is required and what is done during a consolidation (the elimination of intracompany balances).

When does it take effect?

The new syllabus will be tested in the September/October Exam window. The January/February and the May/June Exam windows will test the syllabus that was established in 2020.

Will I have to retake an Exam that I have already passed?

No. If you pass Part 1 or Part 2 under the current syllabus, you will keep that credit for whatever time period you are able to keep the credit. The requirement that you must pass both Exams within 3 years of registering as a CMA candidate is still in place.

For example, if you registered as a candidate in November 2021 and passed Part 1 in January 2024, you need to pass Part 2 in the September/October window because you must pass both Exams within 3 years of registering as a CMA candidate. If you do not pass Part 2 in the September/October Exam window, you will need to re-register as a CMA candidate and pass Part 1 again.

What happens if I fail an Exam in the May/June Exam window?

If you take an Exam in the May/June window and fail, you will need to retake the exam under the 2024 syllabus in September/October (or later). The good news is that the changes are very small, and you will not need to study very much new content for your retake.

What should I do if I have not started studying yet?

If you are just starting to study as a CMA candidate, we recommend that you start studying with the 2020 syllabus. It is very possible that you will be able to prepare and take your Exam in the May/June Exam window. If, in a couple of months you realize that you will not be ready by the May/June window, you will just shift your studies to the 2024 syllabus for the September/October Exam window. Again, the changes to the syllabus are small, so this will not be an issue.

What should I do if I have already started studying for CMA?

If you are already studying, continue to study and work towards passing in the May/June Exam window. If you determine that will not be possible, you will simply shift to the September/October window.

What should I do if I pass Part 1 (or Part 2) in the January/February window?

If you pass Part 1 or Part 2 in the January/February Exam window, you will probably not be ready to take the Exam in May/June. If you want to try, there is no problem at all to start under the 2020 syllabus and then switch to the 2024 syllabus if you need to.

When will HOCK have new Materials?

Our CMA exam materials, accessible through 1, 6, and 24-month subscriptions, are updated for the new exam syllabus. Find out more details about the HOCK CMA Exam Review Subscription.