There are numerous questions on whether or not age is a factor in getting the CMA certification. In other words, is it difficult to pass the CMA exam as we get older, and secondly, does the impact of the CMA title increase or decrease as we age?
Is it harder to get the CMA USA Title as We Get Older?
It is fair to say that, for any professional exams or any examination for that matter, the younger you are, the easier it is for you to pass. The reason behind this is that examinations often require candidates to have good memorization skills. The “book-smartness” of a candidate who is fresh out of school/college is generally higher than those who have been working professionally for a long time.
The exam does not test the experience and expertise gained in the professional field. This isn’t because the examiners do not care about this skill set, but because it is difficult to “test” your experience.Taking the exam later rather than soon could prove to be a hindrance.
Do Most People Take the Exam During College Then?
On the basis of the logic presented above, most candidates would have taken the CMA when they are in college or right afterward.
The average age of a candidate appearing for the US CPA is around 29 years. CMA is an entirely different qualification, but the background of the candidates is very similar.
What are the Advantages or Disadvantages of Getting Certified Later?
There aren’t any distinct advantages or disadvantages, but if you believe that the CMA title can help you make more money, then you will have a higher opportunity cost if you postpone your plan of getting CMA certified.
Nevertheless, the Middle East salary survey has shown that the impact of the certification is the biggest in higher positions, and therefore, it is still worth the effort to take the exam and get the designation even when you are way past your 30th birthday.
What Do You Think?
Do you think age is a significant factor for this exam? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
This above article is a take on whether or not age affects your CMA Exam results. Hope this article is helpful to you. If you have any queries, feel free to comment in the section below. Happy Learning!
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