When preparing for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Exam, candidates with disabilities can find support through various accommodations designed to provide an equitable testing environment. The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), which administers the CMA exam, recognizes the importance of accessibility and strives to comply with applicable laws and regulations to ensure that all candidates have the necessary resources to perform to the best of their abilities.


  1. Understanding the Accommodations Available

Accommodations are adjustments and modifications provided to candidates with documented disabilities. These can vary widely depending on the individual’s needs but may include:

Extended Testing Time: Candidates may be granted additional time to complete the exam sections, reducing the pressure of strict time limits.

Separate Testing Room: To minimize distractions and create a more comfortable testing environment, candidates may request a separate room.

Adjustable Screen Display: For those with visual impairments, adjustments to the screen’s display (such as font size and contrast) can be made.

Assistive Technology: The use of specialized equipment or software, such as screen readers for the visually impaired or voice recognition software for those unable to type, may be permitted.

Physical Accommodations: Adjustments to the testing station, including ergonomic chairs or adjustable desks, can be arranged.


  1. Requesting Accommodations

To request accommodations, candidates must follow a specific procedure:

Documentation: Candidates need to provide comprehensive documentation that confirms their disability and the necessity for accommodations. This documentation must be from a qualified professional and should outline how the disability affects the candidate’s ability to take the exam under standard conditions.

Application: Along with the documentation, candidates must fill out an accommodations request form available from the IMA or the testing center administering the CMA exam.

Timing: It’s crucial to submit requests well in advance of the exam date. The review process can take several weeks, so early application ensures that any accommodations can be arranged in time.


  1. Preparing for the Exam

Once accommodations are approved, candidates should:

– Familiarize Themselves with the Testing Environment: If possible, visiting the testing center before the exam day can help understand the layout and the setup.

– Utilize Available Resources: The IMA offers various study materials and resources. Tailoring your study plan to accommodate your needs is key.

– Practice with Accommodations in Mind: When preparing, simulate the testing conditions you’ll experience on exam day, including any technological aids or time extensions.


  1. On the Day of the Exam

– Arrive Early: This allows for any last-minute adjustments and helps ensure a smooth start to the exam.

– Communicate: Keep the test administrator informed about your accommodations and any concerns that arise.



The IMA’s commitment to providing accommodations for candidates with disabilities underscores the importance of inclusivity and equal opportunities in professional certification. By taking advantage of these accommodations, candidates can approach the CMA exam with confidence, knowing that their individual needs are recognized and addressed. Remember, it’s not just about passing the exam but doing so in a way that reflects your true capabilities and knowledge.