We frequently hear from students after they take an exam, “The questions on the exam were different than the practice software!” Yes, that is both correct and expected because the examiners are constantly adding new questions to the exam that are different than the previously released exam questions. If the questions tested on the exam were available in advance, you could prepare for the exam just by memorizing all of the questions. The CMA, CPA, or CIA would not be a very valuable professional certification if this were the case.

What this means for you is that the books and videos that teach you the concepts are the most important part of your studies. If you understand the topics tested on the exam, you can answer any questions asked, even if it they are different than the ones you practiced. Just memorizing how to answer the questions that have been asked before will not prepare you to answer the new and different questions that you will see on the exam.

Brian Hock, CMA, CIA

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  1. Hamad Alsalem on October 31, 2019 at 6:58 am


    The writing questions in hock seems to be straight forward. However, in the exam, each question may include different subjects (for example section A and D) and are not straight forward. This is not only noticed in hock test bank but all CMA providers test bank are often straight forward.

    Regarding the mcq, somehow hock questions are similar.

    If the candidates carefully read hock text books more than once, they will be able to pass the exam from the first attempt. The text books covers 90-95% of CMA exams both part 1 and part 2


  2. jalalsamkod on November 1, 2019 at 3:37 am

    I do agree totally with your answer, the overall purpose of the materials is to widen the scope, knowledge and give room for practice in order to equip us not to memorize, but rather to be innovative too, when we get the CIA certificate we are almost experts who are qualified enough to design exam questions, criticize, participate in initiation etc…
    so let us take it as a challenge, HOCK did its best as much as they can that is much appreciated, the rest lies with us to go a head