CMA Exam Sample Questions
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Free Sample CMA Exam Questions

Our practice questions are designed to help you understand the why behind each answer choice for every question, and are written by our team of practicing CMAs. We show you detailed answer explanations for every option—no matter if you select correctly or incorrectly—to build your reading comprehension and application skills.

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Breaking Down the CMA Exam

The CMA exam evaluates your knowledge of 12 essential management accounting competencies, your attention to detail, and your ability to apply the IMA’s ethical standards to real-world scenarios that commonly impact businesses.

You will be assessed on your understanding of areas like risk management, decision analysis, corporate finance, planning, budgeting, and more via two standard question types in both Part 1: Financial Planning, Performance, and Analytics and Part 2: Strategic Financial Management.

How Do the Question Types Work?

Multiple-Choice (75% of Your Score): When tackling these questions, be sure to read the initial query and all available answer choices carefully. The ICMA incorporates MCQs questions that:

  • Have a single, identifiable and straightforward answer.
  • Include multiple values in a single answer option formatted in columns.
  • Use tricky phrases like “Select the statement that is not…”
  • Offer multiple correct answers, but you must select the best one(s).

Essays (25% of Your Score): Management accounting professionals must demonstrate strong written communication skills. The essay section evaluates your ability to:

  • Assess a business situation.
  • Offer the best solution or path forward based on core CMA exam principles.

The essay section comes after you have answered at least 50% of your multiple-choice questions correctly, so you must build up mental endurance to effectively tackle the writing portion.

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Multiple-Choice Questions That Make a Difference

Our multiple-choice QBank and mock exam questions use the language, structure, and scenario types most commonly found on Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam. We also incorporate retired ICMA questions, so you know you are practicing with material reflecting what you will experience on exam day.

A tip for effective studying—reviewing all answer explanations will help you avoid related mistakes on future questions.

Multiple-Choice Questions That Make a Difference

Essay Questions Designed to Challenge You

Essay Questions Designed to Challenge You

UWorld’s 70+ CMA exam essay questions help you boost your time-management skills, apply the concepts you’ve learned from your lectures and study guide, and start thinking like a practicing CMA. As you would on the exam, your goal is to use core CMA competencies to solve common business scenarios.

Another study tip—as you approach exam day, do your practice essays after spending at least an hour answering multiple-choice questions to replicate real testing conditions. The key is to increase your mental stamina while maintaining accuracy.

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Frequently Asked

There are two types of questions on the Part 1 and Part 2 CMA exams—multiple-choice and essays.

Both Part 1 and Part 2 feature 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 essay scenarios each. Multiple-choice questions are worth 75% of your score, while the essay portion is worth the remaining 25%.

Up to 10 of the 100 multiple-choice questions candidates encounter on each exam Part are evaluated by the ICMA for potential use on future exams. As a result, those 10 questions do not count toward a candidate’s final exam score. The minimum passing score on the CMA exam is 360 out of 500 points.
No. In order to proceed to the essay section of the CMA exam on both Part 1 and Part 2, you must first answer at least 50% of the multiple-choice questions correctly.
The essay section is made up of 10-12 written response questions based on two scenarios. This section of the exam is designed to evaluate your application of core CMA exam concepts and relates what you have learned to real-world situations businesses commonly face. You have 30 minutes to complete each of the two essay scenarios.

The IMA states that exam difficulty varies from test form to test form, regardless of exam window. This means some test forms may have more challenging questions than others. To make sure all candidates are graded fairly, the ICMA uses statistical equating methods so all passing scores are generated fairly.

The best way to prepare yourself for a challenging test form is to practice with questions at or a higher difficulty level than what you would encounter on the actual exam.

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