Getting to the Test Center
Rise and shine, it’s test day! Eat a hearty breakfast and head out to your testing center. CMA Exams are administered through Prometric centers that can be found throughout the world. You can locate your closest testing center here.
You are going to want to arrive at least 30 minutes early to your exam to ensure you have enough time to go through all the check in procedures. I even recommend that all candidates drive to their testing center before CMA exam day. This way, you’ll know how to get there and how long it will take.
The CMA Exam Check-In Process
The first thing you will do when you walk into the test center is check in with the Testing Center Administrator (TCA). They will match your ID to your appearance and paperwork. The IMA accepts a valid international passport or two forms of ID, one of which needs to be a valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license. Unfortunately, if you don’t have the proper and valid identification that matches your name and appearance, you will not be allowed to take the exam. Don’t forget them or you’ll miss your chance at CMA certification!
Once you’ve done the initial check-in, you will be issued a key to a numbered locker. You need to store all of your belongings in this locker before taking the exam. This includes your notes, phone, wallet, and jacket. Some TCA’s will let you wear sweaters or layers for warmth, but the general rule is all secondary clothing needs to be stored in your locker.
Next, you need to go through the Certified Management Accountant Exam verification process with your TCA. This may vary depending on the testing center, but the process will include the following steps:
- The TCA will take your picture with a digital camera and add it to your account.
- Your government issued ID(s) will be scanned while you enter your personal information into your profile.
- Your unique biometric ID will be created based on six different fingerprint scans. This will be your new ID for logging in and out of the Prometric testing centers.
Lastly, you will need to be physically checked before walking into the testing room. The only thing you can bring in with you is a non-programmable calculator (I suggest the Texas Instruments BA II Plus Financial Calculator). You will have to turn out your pockets and have a handheld metal detector waved over your body to ensure you aren’t carrying any other electronics.
You will then be given the IMA rules and regulations for the exam as well as a pair of No. 2 pencils and a blank piece of paper. Finally, you are all ready to go!