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.
100 Scenario Based Questions and Answers with Rational - Through justification, you'll understand why a certain answer was chosen over the others. More than half of the questions during the actual exam are like this, but the level of difficulty of this type of question depends on your preparation. If you are well versed in 11 competencies, you'll notice that, it wasn't really hard.
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.
80 Situational Questions and Answers with 20 Similar IFMA CFM Exam - Yes you read it right. You'll find 20 similar questions from the actual exam, though we don't know if it belongs to the 20 pretest unscored questions, still its worth giving a shot.
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.