How long (and how many hours) do I need to study for the CMA exams?

Both HOCK and the ICMA recommend about 150 hours of study per Part. We suggest that you target to study 8-10 hours per week to prepare for the exam in four months. Depending on your personal and professional obligations, you can adjust this amount of time to fit your schedule.

On average, based on our twenty years of experience, students usually study for each Part of the CMA exam for 3-6 months, and pass both Parts of the exam in about a year. However, many students take longer due to competing life priorities. The IMA provides a three year period of eligibility when you first register for the exams.

How does HOCK help me plan my study time?

HOCK students have access to an interactive Step by Step Study Guide called PassMap that:

  • Guides you through the whole exam syllabus with a topic by topic study plan.
  • Links the textbook, videos, and practice questions for each topic so that you know what to study together.
  • Provides an estimated study time for each topic so that you can plan your studies.
  • Shows a progress bar tracks how many topics you have completed.

Looking for CMA Exam Prep Materials?

HOCK offers complete and comprehensive CMA Exam Prep materials so that you can pass the exam on your first attempt, and we are the only CMA Program that will pay for you take the exam again – if you need to – with our exclusive “You Pass Or We Pay” Guarantee.

Learn more about the HOCK CMA Exam Prep and check out our free trial of the HOCK CMA materials so you can see the PassMap firsthand.