I’ve been yacking almost incessantly about the CMP exam for about 6 months now. Well, I finally took the darn thing over the weekend, here at PCMA’s annual meeting.
I’m prohibited by CIC from discussing particulars, and I don’t think it would be right to do so anyway, but here are some general observations.
- It’s a weird test. The questions are pulled randomly from a ginormous pool of questions written by people who’ve passed the CMP exam in the past. And, it feels like it – random, that is. There were questions on this test about subjects no “normal” meeting planner will ever have to deal with. But, because “it’s in the book“, it’s fair game.
- It’s a frustrating test. You think you’ve studied hard, you’ve learned everything there is to know, and yet, on a question whose answer should be obvious, you’re staring at two answers that could easily be right (based on your knowledge of meeting planning). However, since the exam questions are written based on “the books”, there really is only one right answer (the one from “the book”).
- You don’t know how you did when it’s all done. I walked out of the exam room having absolutely no clue how I did. And, we have to wait about 8 weeks to get the results, so this feeling gets to stick with me for a while. I will say that I’ve spoken with many people who have passed the exam, and they all said exactly the same thing – “I had no idea how I did when I finished the exam.” At least I’m not alone.
Having said all of that, I think it’s important to say that I DO still feel good about having taken the exam. I’m glad I went through it. Even if I don’t pass (but I will – gotta stay positive!) this time, I will still feel like preparing for the test was a worthwhile experience.
I’ll let you know how I did. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the results don’t take a full 8 weeks.