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January 27, 2023

The CGMA Blog is Excited About the CGMA Exam

Because of course they are.

Excited?  About an exam?  Seriously?

Yes, seriously.  As studious and determined people with big dreams and ambitious life goals, we’re used to being tasked with reciting formulas, choosing the best answer and memorizing large quantities of information in order to prove our aptitude in traditional school subjects.  But how do you prove aptitude in the things that are important to business, like strategy?  Business savvy?  Leadership?   Rote learning will not suffice for demonstrating abilities that, in reality, do not have right or wrong answers.  Learning on the job is about the ability to consume lots of information from disparate sources, distilling that information, analyzing the situation, and making recommendations based on your analysis for how to address the business problem at hand.  In a word, it’s about adaptability.  And so is the CGMA exam.

Barf.

The post goes on to explain what the CGMA exam is and how much fun you'll have taking it because you will be proving that you are of a higher caliber than the CGMAs before you who didn't have to take an exam and simply wrote out a check to get their credential.

The most successful candidates are multi-dimensional with a collection of competencies from all four buckets of the CGMA competency framework.  Success on the CGMA exam mimics success as a management accountant in the real world: proven ability to adapt quickly to new situations, providing logical and data-driven recommendations to propel the business forward. The exam gives you the opportunity to shine and prove that you not only have the technical knowledge, but also the leadership skills and confidence to make important business decisions at an executive level.

If you were that competent and logical and absolutely insisted upon it, you'd just become a CGMA now before January and say screw the exam, ain't nobody got time for that. The choice is yours.

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