This post was written by guest blogger Melissa L.
Back in December I received my “congratulations” notice in the mail from the ICMA. I had successfully completed Part 1 of the CMA Exam during the September/October testing window. I had no doubt I would pass Part 1 and I am equally as confident that I will pass Part 2. Aside from confidence in my Gleim Review System study material, having a positive outlook and confidence in my own abilities help to keep me on task.
A positive attitude while preparing for and taking the exam aids retention of information and improves reasoning ability. The best way to develop this positive attitude is through a successful preparation program. A positive attitude tends to breed positive results. If I find I get discouraged because I am just not understanding a concept or am having a hard time remembering something, I take a breather. Sometimes they are longer ones where I may go for a run or work on a home project, but I make sure my activity is something productive and enjoyable so when I come back to studying I am refreshed and ready to conquer the material. Other times, I may just take a few minutes and grab a snack or talk to a friend for a few minutes. This usually alleviates my frustration and keeps me positive.
Just keep telling yourself you can do it, and as your quiz scores improve, you will gain the confidence you need to start believing you too will pass! Confidence is crucial to passing the exam.
The first testing window of 2012 is coming to a close. I hope all the candidates that are planning to sit in the final few days before it closes are reviewing their weak areas. Stay focused, stay positive, and finish strong!