HOCK PassMap 2.0 for CIA with new interface and bite-sized study units

PassMap 2.0
HOCK is pleased to announce the release of PassMap 2.0 for CIA Parts 1, 2, and 3.

PassMap 2.0 includes:

  • Shorter study units that cover only one topic each and include a study time estimate.
  • A resume feature that takes you right to where you left off.
  • A Resources section with all of the information about studying for the CIA exams in one place.
  • A more modern interface that is easier to navigate.
  • Easier navigation on mobile devices.

MCQ and Video progress is saved independently of the PassMap, and is not affected by this transition.

If you have any questions about PassMap 2.0 or need any help using the materials or PassMap please contact us and we will be glad to help.

ExamReady™ Progress Bar Now Available in PassMaps for CMA Exams

What is ExamReady?

Exam candidates frequently ask, "Am I ready to take the exam?" HOCK's ExamReady™ progress bar helps you determine when you are ready.

How does it work?

  • ExamReady™ starts at 0 and counts up to 360, which is the passing score for the CMA exam.
  • Your ExamReady™ progress will increase with the completion of study units, videos, MCQs, essays, and mock exams.
  • You are in a good position at 230 to start your Final Review.
  • When ExamReady™ reaches 360, you are prepared to take your exam with confidence.

How do I see my ExamReady™ progress?

ExamReady™ is available to students who have CMA Review Complete materials, and to those who have purchased both the CMA Review Standard and CMA Videos. ExamReady™ shows on the Personal Study Plan in the PassMap.

Personal Study Plans Now Available in PassMaps for CMA Exams

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Personal Study Plan

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What is the Personal Study Plan?

The Personal Study Plan is the latest addition to PassMap - HOCK's topic by topic learning system - that will guide you week by week through your studies based on your target exam date. If your exam date changes, the study plan will adapt your study schedule accordingly.

How does the Plan work?

We know that your study schedule changes every week, so your Personal Study Plan:

  • Is based on weeks rather than days.
  • Stays constantly updated based on your progress.
  • Shows you how much time you need to study each week to be ready for your exam date.
  • Automatically adjusts your weekly study time if you fall behind or get ahead.
  • Keeps you on track to pass your exam.

How do I set up my Plan?

The Personal Study Plan is available for CMA Parts 1 and 2. Students with the CMA trial can also set up a full study plan, and it will carry over when purchasing the HOCK CMA Review.

HOCK PassMap 2.0 for CMA with new interface and bite-sized study units

PassMap 2.0
HOCK is pleased to announce the release of PassMap 2.0 for CMA Parts 1 and 2. Both Parts are now available in My Studies.

PassMap 2.0 includes:

  • Shorter study units that cover only one topic each and include a study time estimate.
  • A resume feature that takes you right to where you left off.
  • A Resources section with all of the information about studying for the CMA exams in one place.
  • A more modern interface that is easier to navigate.
  • Easier navigation on mobile devices.

The original PassMap will remain available for the time being and students who want to continue with original PassMap are welcome to do so. MCQ and Video progress is saved independently of the PassMap, so students are welcome to switch at any time it is convenient to take advantage of the PassMap 2.0 layout and features.

If you have any questions about PassMap 2.0 or need any help using the materials or PassMap please contact us and we will be glad to help.

Introducing the New CMA ExamSuccess Interface

Dear CMA candidates,

We are pleased to announce that we have updated the HOCK CMA ExamSuccess interface to be similar to the real Prometric CMA exam layout! So now when you are taking your CMA Mock Exams, you are checking your readiness, practicing time management, and getting used to the real CMA exam interface.

Click here to download the CMA Exam Interface Guide.

In addition to the interface, we have made stylistic and structural changes to ExamSuccess Online. These updates are not only pleasing to the eye but also make it easier and more efficient to navigate the question database.

  • If you are a HOCK student, check out the new ExamSuccess Online here.
  • If you are not a HOCK student yet, sign up for our Free Trial here.

As always, we appreciate your feedback so that we can continuously improve the HOCK materials and study tools to help you prepare effectively and efficiently.

The HOCK Team

Brian Hock inspires future exam candidates with Sarh Al-Joman in Amman, Jordan

Thank you to the 180 future exam candidates who came to the joint HOCK international / Sarh Al-Joman presentation in Amman, Jordan about professional certifications and why they are important. Anyone in Amman, Jordan looking to pursue an accounting certification is welcome to contact Sarh Al-Joman for their latest course schedules. Sarh Al-Joman is a HOCK international preferred partner, offering the highest quality instruction and authentic HOCK materials.

Brian Hock speaking in Amman, Jordan.

Dr. Husam Al-Kahadash and Brian Hock posed for a picture between events to showcase the joint HOCK international / Sarh Al-Joman logo.

HOCK signs MOU with JACPA in Amman, Jordan

On March 3rd, 2018, HOCK international and the Jordanian Association of Certified Public Accountants (JACPA) signed an MOU to promote professional accounting certifications with discounts for JACPA members on materials from HOCK international and training from Sarh Al-Joman.

We look forward to working with the JACPA and helping JACPA members enhance their careers in cooperation with Sarh Al-Joman Training.

Giuseppe Venezia shares his CMA experience studying with HOCK

Six months ago I started my CMA journey when I finally found the strength to overcome my procrastination and the fear of failing the challenge of studying for the CMA exam. Having recently passed CMA Part 1 with a score of 430 using the HOCK materials, I wanted to share my experience in case it might help other CMA candidates.

After buying the HOCK Materials with the Videos, the best tip I got from reading the Study Plan was that “preparing for the CMA is like preparing for a marathon”. Being an avid runner and knowing the “mental challenge” behind a marathon, I started by carefully reviewing the Study Plan, understanding how it is laid out, and the commitment required to succeed. When running marathons, you don’t think about mile 26 when you’re at mile 5, but rather you break the longer course into small segments. Having graduated 13 years ago, having a family, and having a very demanding job, I could have not made it successfully without the HOCK method and materials. Here are some tips that I adopted to stay focused:

  1. I kept reminding myself why I was willing to put all the time and effort in earning the CMA credential. “What will I gain out of it once I cross the finish line?”
  2. I let all of my friends, family, and colleagues know that I was preparing for the CMA exams. They were all a great source of support and encouragement and would understand if sometimes I “had to study” instead of doing something else.
  3. The HOCK study plan should be followed meticulously: it will “break down” the long marathon into smaller segments that are much easier to manage.
  4. I had all the individual Parts organized into folders on my iPad, and used software to highlight and make annotations on the PDF.
  5. I liked to report the milestones of the study plan onto a calendar/planner and always have it in front of me – it helped to know where I was in the overall preparation, with a good “visual” on the progress towards intermediate and final targets.
  6. I made study sheets for each part of the materials using pen and paper. It is proven that “what goes through your hand, goes through your brain.” Printing out the most challenging questions and explanations helps solidify the material in your brain, and I made sure I had the MCQ printouts next to the study sheets for cross referencing.
  7. The MCQs and essays should be taken as you progress through the study plan. When going over the MCQs, use the strategy suggested by the ICMA and HOCK: weed out the obvious “no good” choices, think about the possible correct ones, and if you’re unsure mark the question and come back at the end if time allows.
  8. Organize your study time and space: during the week I studied 40 minutes in the morning before work and 40 minutes over lunch-breaks (not at my desk, because I would get distracted by phone and emails). In the evening at home I would study 1 to 2 hours, in the usual same spot dedicated to the CMA study (no mobile phone allowed). Over the weekends I would get up early and study a couple hours in the morning, then about 1 hour after lunch and finally 2-3 hours in the evening. Discipline and consistency make a huge difference.
  9. I scheduled my exam on a Monday, and took the preceding Thursday and Friday off from work. I had 4 full days to go over all of the materials, practice MCQs and essays, and I felt confident about my solid preparation. Eating healthy, sleeping well, and exercising helped over the last 4 days, but were also crucial over the entire 4 months of preparation.

On exam day you are giving it all of your effort. No downtime is allowed: taking a break does not stop the clock from ticking, so there is no time to waste. I sat for 4 straight hours, very focused, relying on my preparation and on a very balanced breakfast (it is important to keep energy flowing to your brain over the 4 hours of the test).

Waiting for almost 2 months for the exam results was hard, because you just have to “wait” and there is not much more you can do. I used this period of time to:

  1. Recover from the effort, especially for the very first couple days after the exam.
  2. Catch up with family time and friends.
  3. Catch up with work.

I am now starting my next four-month journey to prepare for CMA Part 2; passing Part 1 gave me a lot of confidence and feedback about the methodology I adopted. Also, since I will be self-studying again, this experience gave me solid feedback about the reliability of the HOCK Materials and study plan.

I sincerely hope that my experience will help others—and good luck to all CMA candidates!

Giuseppe Venezia, future CMA