Wondering how each competency weigh on the IFMA CFM Exam, or how many points are allocated for each competency? Come and have a look at these charts.
Note that we did not include the 20 unscored pretest items.
If you want to see the percentage of questions per competency, take a look at this.
Did you observe something?
Take a look again at Operation and Maintenance.
The number of questions is 25, the total percentage is 15%
Do you get what we mean? Yes! That's too low.
If IFMA set the operations and maintenance to have 80% of the examination, we believe it's as easy as peanuts to pass the CFM Exam, but that's not the case.
The pattern of the exam is well distributed to 11 competencies. You can't just choose and drop the other.
In order for someone to be a Certified Facility Manager you need get a score of 70% and that's not easy to achieve.
Imagine this, during the exam if you're given a 10 items question and ask you to score 7 out of 10, you are only allowed to answer 3 wrong questions in order to pass the exam.
So technically, you'll think, it's easier to pass the 160 items even if its passing rate is 70% because you're allowed up to 48 wrong answers and still pass the exam.
If you haven't tried it yet, we are offering a free assessment for CFM, its consist of 15 questions. We also have the 1800 questions and answers
Imagine the difference of 15 questions to 1800 questions, amazingly, the results are like these:
Yes, you are correct, they don't differ that much in terms of percentage.
If someone failed in a 15 question assessment, most probably he will also fail at 1800 question practice exam.
When that happens, do you think he will pass the 180 exam questions, with 20 unscored pretest items?
Most probably not. And that's the sad reality.
But, don't lose hope in passing the CFM exam and becoming a Certified Facility Manager.
You can try these resources.
1800 Questions and Answers, Practice Exam - This will help you master all the 11 competencies. Most of the questions here are direct to the point because it is made to help you memorize the meaning of terms and their applications. In short, this is the most basic that you need while reviewing or preparing for the CFM exam.
66 Items Practice Exam from IFMA - Maybe you've got this already. It won't come out in the actual exam, but it's still OK for practice. It costs $100 for member and $150 for non member. This is the only practice exam currently offered by IFMA.
So, those are the resources you can have to help you pass the CFM exam.
If you're starting, I would highly recommend the 1800 questions because, even if you're sleeping during your class, this practice test will help fill those gaps.
Then, when you master the 11 competencies, try the situational practice exams. If you do that, I'm sure in no time, you'll become a Certified Facility Manager.
When you ask someone who took the IFMA CFM Exam and ask how their experience was, they'll say that the exam was very tough because it was situational.
Others will say, the exam seems to have more than one correct answer but they need to choose only one correct answer.
So today, we will tell you how to crack the IFMA CFM exam and pass it hopefully on your first try.
How To Deal With Situational Questions
First, you should not get worried about the situational question because during the actual test, you only need to choose the letter of the correct answer. You don't have to tell why you chose your answer. The justification or rational that you see during training was just part of the instructor or trainer's explanation.
In the actual exam, its plain multiple choice. There's no essay type so, don't get worried.
Second, when you saw the situational question was too long, consider the following tips on how to deal with it
Example of situational question.
A facility manager of Chang Kai Czek International Airport situated in Neverland recommended a sustainable procurement. Instead of bottled drinking water, the facility will use urns and coolers. Paper copies will be printed only as required. The visitors will be referred to the company official website for the copies of minutes of meetings. All are part of a corporate sustainability plan. However, the chief operating officer refused the proposal as it will significantly hurt the corporate image with prestigious visitors. What can a facility manager do?
a) Argue that cost savings is a topmost priority according to the sustainability plan more than the interest or visitor impressions.
b) Educate the COO about the place of this tactic in the corporate sustainability plan.
c) Educate the COO about the potential huge saving of the proposal aligned with the corporate sustainability.
d) Ignore the COO and argue that this is part of a corporate sustainability plan.
After reading the scenario,
1. Find the keyword in this problem. The keyword here is the corporate sustainability plan
2. Highlight the problem. Here, the problem was, the COO refused the proposal thinking it could hurt the corporate image.
3. Analyze the given choices for possible correct answers. Granted you might be able to think of a possible better solution, but remember you're an examinee here and you need to think what the examiner was probably thinking when he/she wrote that question.
So, let's try to analyze the choices given above.
Letter d) is a giveaway, of course you cannot just ignore the COO.
Letter a) is not correct because as an FM, you should strive to balance the competing requirements of each stakeholder and not what is beneficial to FM alone. FM is also responsible in protecting the image and reputation of the company.
Letter c) the COO is obviously not after the huge savings as already depicted in the scenario, so explaining that to the COO would not make any difference.
Letter b) is the correct answer because The COO might not be aware of the approved sustainability plan. And so, you need to let him understand the organization's commitment towards sustainability goals.
In the actual exam, most of the questions challenge the test taker in this way. But remember, every plan proposed by FM must be aligned with the overall strategic direction of the organization and not in the FM perspective only.
How To Choose The Best Answer When All Other Answers Seems Correct
Here is an example of this scenario:
The Top management must decide how to distribute the budget for capital expenditures in the coming five-year period. FM proposes Energy Management System, but the Top management is not convinced that it is the best investment. What should the FM do to persuade them to invest in Energy Management System?
a) Explain all the benefits of an Energy Management System to the Top Management
b) Perform a cost-benefit analysis of EMS and No-EMS scenario
c) Perform a SWOT analysis of possible alternatives
d) Take senior management on a tour of facilities equipped with EMS
Let's try again,
1. Here, the keyword is "best investment"
2. The problem is, How could the FM convince the Top Management to invest in EMS
3. Let's analyze the choices.
For letter a) Explaining all the benefits of an EMS to the Top Management will not tell whether this is the best investment opportunity. Meaning, explaining the benefits or even ALL the benefits is not enough.
Letter c) SWOT analysis is a useful strategic planning tool, but will not determine the best possible investment alternatives.
And here's the tricky 2 choices
Letter d) Facility tour with Senior Management may showcase the benefits of EMS but may not convince them if this is the best investment opportunity, specially if they could not be able to understand all the technicalities behind for both the hard and soft benefits.
Letter b) It's the best answer in this scenario because cost benefit analysis is a financial decision making tool that's the top management speak and well understood. Using financial tools is the only way to determine and compare whether the proposed project is worth and the best among possible alternatives.
When the scenario is about an FM trying to convince the Top Management to invest or support the proposed project, the best option is to persuade them through monetary benefits using financial tools such as cost benefit analysis, payback period, ROI, and LCCA in sustainability projects.
Analyzing the choices is easier when you are familiar with all the competencies.
In the above example, the second scenario, you need to familiarize yourself with Communication to effectively communicate the FM needs, Leadership and Strategy for aligning the FM strategy and tactics to the Top Management, Finance and Business for financial decision making tools and techniques, and of course Facility Information Management and Technology Management to discuss the EMS.
Try answering our 1800 questions and answers IFMA CFM Practice Exam. It won't take much of your time studying because most of it is direct to the point question, but it will definitely help you become well versed in 11 competencies.
After mastering the 11 competencies, try answering the situational questions from IFMA, it's composed of 66 questions, for member it costs $100 and for non member it costs $150
If you were not able to achieve the 70%, try answering our 1800 Q&A practice exam, if in our practice exam, you got lower than 70% too, you need to repeat again until you reach 70% in all competencies.
We're not generalizing, but if in our practice test you got the usual average score of around 50%, we highly recommend that you study harder because if you take the actual CFM exam right away, without preparing, your chances of failing is as high as 99%. (It sounds funny, but we're serious!)
IFMA declared that the candidates should receive the certificate within 30 days of the successful testing date.
But based on the experience of some test takers, those outside the US Territory who passed the IFMA CFM Exam, depending on the location, they normally received their welcome or certification packet after 6 to 8 weeks.
The Welcome Packet consists of
1. Lapel Pin
2. CFM Certificate inside the Certificate Jacket
3. Press Release and CFM Credential Maintenance Information
This is what the white bubble wrap envelope looks like.
I hope you don't get too excited after seeing this. Sleep, relax and start answering the 1800 Questions And Answers CFM Practice Exam.
Are you searching for IFMA CFM Exam Questions?
Today, we will give you 5 examples which is very similar to the actual exam.
Try to answer the following and gauge yourself.
1. Which of the following is a budget method that extrapolates from historical data?
a) Incremental budgeting
b) Zero-based budgeting
c) Activity-based budgeting
d) Bottom-up budgeting
2. A facility manager discovers that the internal service provider uses internet inappropriately. What will be the appropriate action with this issue?
a) Discuss and involve human resource (HR).
b) Do nothing. He/she is working in another department.
c) Penalize the employee.
d) Tell the employee that it will affect his/her annual performance appraisal.
4. As part of the sustainability program, a flexible, modular furniture, and low partitions/cubicles open space are constructed. However, most of the department head disagrees and demanded a quiet and privacy of offices with doors. Top management is very keen on containing the cost. What would be the best solution in this situation?
a) FM should implement a noise policy program to minimize the noise.
b) Install a sound masking system.
c) Nothing the facility manager can do as there is no more budget to construct full wall partitions with walls.
d) Provide full wall partitions for that department requested it.
5. Which of the following could help a facility manager track and quantify costs and provide customers satisfaction with a high-quality products or services, at reasonable costs, in a timely manner.
a) Mixed costs systems
b) Cost driver systems
c) Cost measurement systems
d) Direct cost systems
If you notice some of the questions are direct to the point, while others are situational or scenario based.
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IFMA CFM Exam Pass rate is 70%. It seems low and easy to achieve, but that's not the case with the CFM Exam. Certified Facility Manager Exam is not easy to pass without proper preparation.
Here are some of the ways to pass the CFM exam or at least achieve a 70% passing score.
1. Read The Book And Understand The Concept.
This is a long method. Why long? It's a long method because, you need to read the book not once but twice. You need to read it twice because if you only read it once, you'll only retain around 10% of what you read. If you read it twice, you can remember around 20% to 30% and to make it to 70% you need to...
2. Highlight and Memorize All the Important Points
While reading the book, highlight all the meaning of the important terms. Example, you read in the book,
Business continuity is defined as a maintenance and or recovery of business operations during and after conditions of a disaster
You need to highlight it so when you read the book again, you won't miss any important words while reviewing.
3. Translate It In Your Own Words
You don't need to memorize it word by word, just understand the meaning and translate it in your own words.
It's also easier to memorize it if you can reflect your experience onto what you read in the CFM book.
Example KPIs or Key Performance Indicator, if you are familiar with that, you know that it is the most relevant metrics in determining whether the outcomes of an activity contribute to the goals of the entire organization and the aims of the activity.
4. Practice, Practice and Practice Before The Actual Exam
If you have more budget you can also buy the 66 Questions and Answer CFM Practice Exam of IFMA, it cost $100 for member and $150 for non member. Here is the link
5. Get 70% score in Our 1800 Questions and Answers Practice Exam
If you get 70% score in our practice exam, 70% in all competency areas, not the average, meaning no competencies lower than 70%, your chance of passing the actual exam is really high.
Those who passed the actual exam and become a Certified Facility Manager got more than 70% during practice and after mastering the 1800 questions and answers. Usually, they read the book once and repeat the practice exam around 3 to 4 times.
There's a lot more you can do to pass and become a Certified Facility Manager. Just prepare yourself prior the exam, sleep well, and relax. And, before you realize it, you're already a Certified Facility Manager!
If until now you're undecided about buying a CFM Practice Exam, please continue reading this post as we outline, the usefulness of Practice Exam for Certified Facility Manager.
First, we are not surprised that you're undecided because you're not alone. In fact, we thought before that just reading the book, memorizing important points are enough, but we're wrong!
Here's the reason why you should buy a practice exam before you take the actual exam of CFM.
1. Reading alone and memorizing some points won't guarantee that on the actual exam, you'll still remember everything unless you memorize it again and again.
Research shows that, you need to encounter the term at least 5 times before it could stick in your memory.
And the easiest way to memorize those terms is not by reading, but through answering a question.
When you answered wrong, you'll remember it the next time you encounter the same question.
2. The Certified Facility Manager Book is too thick. It has almost 2,000 pages. Unless you're a bookworm, reading the book won't be a big deal for you.
Did you finished reading the book? Let's test how well you remember the things that you have read.
Check out this, Free Practice Exam Assessment for Certified Facility Manager. It has 15 questions and answers. Although it's less, the questions there are well distributed to the 11 competencies.
3. Getting the exam directly without practicing is like throwing your money for free. Buying the practice exam seems to add more cost at first, but actually, it saves you from spending more especially when you fail the exam.
Try our practice exam and it will surely give you an insight where you need to study more.
If you take the actual exam and you failed, you will see in which competency you scored low.
And, you'll see the same in our practice exam, the only difference is you paid several hundred dollars just to see your weak areas, and you need to pay again to retake the exam.
We have seen a lot of practice exam result. Actually, almost everyone's score is the same. No doubt there's a lot of people failing the Certified Facility Manager Exam.
It's not that it is very difficult and impossible to pass. The reason is that, most people take the actual CFM exam unprepared.
Our recommendation is to only get 80% in our practice exam, if you achieve that, your chance of passing the actual exam is high.
4. The practice exam is only useful for those who read the book of IFMA or those who have an idea with the 11 core competencies.
To benefit more from the practice exam, you should have at least read the book once or twice or you're well knowledgeable in the different areas.
5. Even if you hold more than a few similar certifications for managers, example project management professional or PMP certification, ASQ Quality Manager, CMAA Construction Manager, and at the same time you have a background in LEED, we still highly recommend our Practice Exam just to give you an idea what questions you'll encounter during the exam.
Overall, our 1800 questions and answers, practice exam for IFMA CFM Certified Facility Manager will help you not just pass the exam, but also to secure you a grade more than just an average!
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Maybe you're wondering how difficult is the LEED Green Associate Exam. Well, you don't have to try and test it yourself to know if it's easy or not because right now, we will answer that question, so continue on reading.
If we will rate it from 1 to 10, wherein 1 is the easiest and 10 is the hardest, we can say that, it's around 7.
Fairly easy, huh? Well, yes! And if you have the right materials before you take the actual LEED Green Associate Exam, the exam would be more or a lot easier than you expected.
How do we know that?
Based on our gathered data and student feedback who used our LEED Green Associate V4 Practice Exam, if they will score around 70% in the practice test, their chance of passing the actual exam is almost 100%.
The lowest grade of user reported to us got around 180/200 and the highest was 193/200 in the actual exam.
If you don't know yet, the passing score on LEED Green Associate Exam is 170/200 but don't be scared because the base score is 125/200 which means, if you scored zero, your grade would be 125/200.
To uplift your spirit more in deciding if you can pass the LEED Green Associate Exam or not, try our free assessment exam. If you scored lower than 70%, you need to answer more questions and answers to familiarize yourself with the terms or elements used in Sustainability.
Free Practice exam or Test for LEED Green Associate are scattered everywhere, but some of them are no longer updated. You can try searching the word, LEED GA V4 Practice Exam in Google and you'll find a lot.
The only downside with that is that, it would take your time searching and combining and submitting your email address everywhere.
If you need to practice urgently, we really recommend our practice exam, which composed of 850 questions and answers aligned with the Version 4 of LEED.
We only refer to the new LEED version, we didn't mix it with the old version to avoid confusion.
We also asked the test takers we knew about their experience and all of them are happy about the exam. All of them said that it was not difficult.
If you experience a national board examination, or licensure exam, You'll tell that LEED Exam was a lot easier.
One funny student told us, he seems joking, but as you know, jokes are half meant, he told us that during the exam, he feels sleepy. He didn't find any difficulty.
Well, we believe him because he's the one who scored 193/200. And if you see the breakdown of 193/200, almost all of the competencies of LEED Exam, he scored 100%. So yeah, we think it's possible to get a perfect score in LEED as long as you prepared enough.
If you're a Mechanical Engineer, you'll love this exam because most of the technical terms here were related to Mechanical Engineering, example, the Air conditioning, indoor air quality and a lot more.
So if there is one who really needs this accreditation, we believe its the Mechanical Engineers.
And finally, we know it's not difficult as you would have anticipated because there's already around 30,000+ LEED Green Associate in the World.
Can you imagine that number? That's too much. And its not stopping because their aim is to spread the word and awareness around the world.
So, that's what makes our difficulty score of 7/10 for LEED Green Associate V4 Exam.
If you're not an Engineer, but working in any Industry related to LEED, this exam would require you a little more preparation, but for sure you will not waste your effort because you can pass the exam!
Been there, done that! We understand how you feel right now, especially if you're a non member and you paid $815 just to take the CFM exam, but if you really want to become a certified facility manager, you need to do something.
You need to try something else.
You failed because you've done the same thing like the other test takers did.
Here are the most probable reason why you fail the CFM Exam and what you can do about it to help you get back on track and pass the CFM exam!
1. You became over confident.
And that's one of the main reasons. You thought the CFM exam is like a normal certification exam. That after attending the training institute, listening to the Instructor, answering few quizzes, you're ready to take the exam.
Now that you realize it wasn't like that, you need to accept the fact that the exam is not easy. CFM is not comparable to other certification exam so your preparation shouldn't be parallel to that.
2. Your training instructor is not a Certified Facility Manager.
As you well know, Certified Facility Managers are Rare! You can check on the IFMA Credentials Registry if your instructor is a Certified Facility Manager. And he should be because how can he teach the students if he is not a CFM?
If the propose instructor for CFM in the Institute you're going is not certified, then it is better to get the training directly from IFMA. Although it's more expensive, you'll be sure that what they will teach you will be based on the real principle surrounding the CFM, not solely based on the perception of the instructor.
3. Your training instructor only reads the PowerPoint presentation.
CFM training requires a broad knowledge of the instructor. If he is not really qualified to teach the course, he might just read the power point presentation extracted from the book. If that happens, you won't get additional information from him and it would surely reflect on your result when you partake the actual exam.
During the discussion, you need to raise questions to your instructor. If you came from a training institute before you took and fail the CFM exam, try to negotiate if you could sit in on the new batch taking the CFM course. Most training institute will allow that.
4. You passed on some competencies and you fail on the other areas
That's the reason why the CFM exam is difficult to pass compare to other certification exams. CFM is very broad. You need to understand and do well on all competencies. You can't be so good in one area and be poor on the other. It should be balanced.
Try to analyze where are your weak areas. When you know that, you can focus more on that area.
If you need help in finding your weak areas, we have a practice exam for CFM that will show you your exam result for each competency, that way you will know where you should spend more of your time studying.
5. Lack of preparation
We understand that a lot of job opportunities are waiting for the Certified Facility Manager and the salary is very attractive, but you should take some time reviewing and practicing the CFM exam. The minimum preparation should be at least 3 months from the moment you finished taking the course. And the 3 months should be intensive, meaning, there's no time for side training or else your focus will be divided too!
Based on the average practice takers, our practice exam for IFMA CFM that contains 1,800 questions and answers could be finished within two weeks.
If you get 50% during the first take, you need to repeat it again and aim for at least 70% in all competencies and that would take on the average a minimum of two months.