Effective January 1, 2013, the CMA exam will discontinue the use of the spreadsheet tool in the essay portion of the exam. As of November 1, 2012, Gleim has removed the spreadsheet function from all essay questions in CMA Gleim Online and CMA Essay Wizards, both are integral components of the Gleim CMA Review System.  Your Gleim Online and/or Essay Wizard has been updated automatically.

For those essays that require a computational answer, candidates should create simple tables and show calculations within the word processor space provided. You will be able to practice doing this within the Gleim Online and Essay Wizard as part of your exam preparation.

Please call your Personal Counselor at 800.874.5346, ext 498 if you have any questions.


FAQ:  CMA Exam Removal of the Spreadsheet Tool

We’ve already received some great questions regarding this change!

Q:  Do you happen to know if this means that the essay questions will be all verbal/written response with no calculations? I took part 1 last spring and plan to take part 2 in January.

A:  The essays will be completely written responses, however, these responses may still require calculations. Instead of using a spreadsheet to do the calculations you will be required to write them out in the space provided. Gleim will update our CMA courses to remove the spreadsheets where calculations are required so you can get experience writing out the calculations as you will be required on the actual exam.

Q:  Does that mean there are more MSQ, or the Exam time will be decreased?

A:  No. The exam time will still be a total of 4 hours with a maximum of 3 hours to answer 100 multiple-choice questions and 1 hour to answer 2 essays. Remember, if you finish the 100 multiple-choice questions in less than the 3 hours provided you can carry over your time to your essay questions.

Q: Can I see a demo of what the essays look like on the CMA Exam?
A: Gleim emulates the exam environment and has updated its courses to reflect the discontinuation of the spreadsheet tool. Use the Gleim Online and Gleim Essay Wizard to gain valuable experience in the exam environment. You can always complete a FREE trial of our Gleim Online.

Gleim CMA Review will keep you up-to-date regarding all of these changes.