CMA-Part 1- 400 Exam Questions on all Learning outcomes
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You will be tested in the following areas
A. External Financial Reporting Decisions (15% - Levels A, B, and C)
1. Financial statements a. Balance sheet b. Income statement c. Statement of changes in equity d. Statement of cash flows
2. Recognition, measurement, valuation, and disclosure a. Asset valuation b. Valuation of liabilities c. Equity transactions d. Revenue recognition e. Income measurement f. Major differences between U.S. GAAP and IFRS
B. Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting (30% - Levels A, B, and C)
1. Strategic planning a. Analysis of external and internal factors affecting strategy b. Long-term mission and goals c. Alignment of tactics with long-term strategic goals d. Strategic planning models and analytical techniques e. Characteristics of successful strategic planning process
2. Budgeting concepts a. Operations and performance goals b. Characteristics of a successful budget process c. Resource allocation d. Other budgeting concepts
3. Forecasting techniques a. Regression analysis b. Learning curve analysis c. Expected Value
4. Budgeting methodologies a. Annual business plans (master budgets) b. Project budgeting c. Activity-based budgeting d. Zero-based budgeting e. Continuous (rolling) budgets f. Flexible budgeting
5. Annual profit plan and supporting schedules a. Operational budgets b. Financial budgets c. Capital budgets
6. Top-level planning and analysis a. Pro forma income b. Financial statement projections c. Cash flow projections
C. Performance Management (20% - Levels A, B, and C)
1. Cost and variance measures a. Comparison of actual to planned results b. Use of flexible budgets to analyze performance c. Management by exception d. Use of standard cost systems e. Analysis of variation from standard cost expectations
2. Responsibility centers and reporting segments a. Types of responsibility centers b. Transfer pricing models c. Reporting of organizational segments
3. Performance measures a. Product profitability analysis b. Business unit profitability analysis c. Customer profitability analysis d. Return on investment e. Residual income f. Investment base issues g. Key performance indicators (KPIs)
D. Cost Management (20% - Levels A, B, and C)
1. Measurement concepts a. Cost behavior and cost objects b. Actual and normal costs c. Standard costs d. Absorption (full) costing e Variable (direct) costing f. Joint and by-product costing
a2. Costing systems a. Job order costing b. Process costing c. Activity-based costing d. Life-cycle costing
3. Overhead costs a. Fixed and variable overhead expenses b. Plant-wide versus departmental overhead c. Determination of allocation base d. Allocation of service department costs 4. Supply Chain Management a. Lean manufacturing b. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) c. Theory of constraints and throughput costing d. Capacity management and analysis
5. Business process improvement a. Value chain analysis b. Value-added concepts c. Process analysis d. Activity-based management e. Continuous improvement concepts f. Best practice analysis g. Cost of quality analysis h. Efficient accounting processes
Who this course is for:
- CMA Candidates
I am a Professor of Accounting with over thirty-five years experience teaching accounting to college students, undergraduate and MBA university students as well as CMA candidates seeking to earn their Professional Certified Management Accountant Designation.
I achieved my Certified Management Accountant Designation 40 years ago. With that I then earned my Masters of Business Administration degree and later a PHD in accounting.
I have developed and will continue to develop a number of courses in both Financial Accounting and Management Accounting for you - a college or university student (or even a secondary student) to help you to achieve the best result in your undergraduate accounting course. If you get an "A" from me I guarantee you will get an "A" from your accounting prof.
For Graduate students, I have a course to prepare those of you who do not have a business degree for the Masters of Business Administration. Also I have a course at the masters level called Managerial Accounting.
For CMA Candidates, I have courses to prepare you to successfully pass their Certified Management Accounting Exams offered by Institute of Management Accountants.