CIMA Exams

The CIMA certification process requires candidates to pass two examinations administered by IMCA: a Qualification Examination and a Certification Examination. In addition, candidates must successfully complete the Registered Education Provider’s assessment during the education component of the program.

CIMA Qualification Exam

Once the CIMA certification application is accepted, candidates may sit for the online Qualification Exam offered at more than 170 Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP), testing centers throughout the United States. The Qualification Exam is a two-hour exam and has 50 multiple-choice questions and 10 non-scored pretest questions. Passing the Qualification Exam qualifies candidates to attend the required education program at one of the Registered Education Providers.

Candidates have one attempt at the Qualification Examination as part of the initial application fee. Candidates who do not pass the exam are subject to a retake fee and a 30-day waiting period between exam attempts. For instructions on scheduling the Qualification Exam, as well as a detailed content outline of the topics covered on the exam, download the Candidate Handbook. Click here for study resources for the CIMA Qualification Exam. Visit www.goamp.com for information about scheduling your exam.

Qualification Exam Pass Rates

The table below reflects CIMA Qualification Exam pass rates between July 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014. The cumulative pass rate measures the percentage of individual candidates who have passed the Qualification Exam since inception.

7/1/14–9/30/14

Pass Rate

First-time testers

70%

Re-testers

57%

Cumulative

71%

CIMA Certification Examination

The CIMA Certification Exam is conducted during four testing windows each year: the months of February, May, August and November. The exam is offered at AMP testing centers and is a four-hour exam that has 100 multiple-choice questions and 10 non-scored pretest questions. Candidates are eligible to take the CIMA Certification Exam after successfully completing the Registered Education Provider’s education program. For instructions on scheduling the Certification Exam, as well as a detailed content outline of the topics covered on the exam, download the Candidate Handbook. Click here for study resources for the CIMA Certification Exam. Visit www.goamp.com for information about scheduling your exam.

 Certification Exam Pass Rates

The table below reflects pass rates from the most recent Certification Exam testing window, along with a cumulative pass rate, which measures the percentage of candidates who passed the examination after one or more attempts. The cumulative pass rate is not confined to a single exam period, but rather measures the percentage of individual candidates who have passed the Certification Exam since inception.

August 2014

Pass Rate

First-time testers

56%

Re-testers

69%

Cumulative

87%

Developing a reliable and defensible exam begins with a job analysis. A job analysis requires a study of the activities performed and the skills needed by a typical candidate seeking CIMA certification. Questions are then developed to test those skills the job analysis defined. These questions originate with volunteer certification holders who use guidelines to assign questions by topic and classify them by educational objectives. IMCA maintains a bank of questions that have been written, categorized, reviewed and tested for performance. The percentage of questions selected for any one category is determined by the job analysis and a new job analysis is conducted approximately every five years to identify major changes in the work activities covered by the certification.

Developing and Scoring the Examinations

The scoring methodology used to set the pass/fail determination for the Qualification and Certification Exams is the Modified Angoff method, which is applied during a Passing Point Study by a panel of experts in the field. The experts evaluate each question on the examination to determine how many correct answers are necessary to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to pass this examination portion. A candidate’s ability to pass the examination depends on the knowledge and skill demonstrated, not on the performance of other candidates.

The level of difficulty for the exams is evaluated so that candidates are treated equitably regardless of which questions appear. For more information about the Qualification and Certification Exams, download the Candidate Handbook.