Although the CCM exam is practice-based, meaning all questions are based on knowledge that an experienced case manager should know and understand, I still recommend spending some time studying the material prior to sitting for the exam. The amount of time you spend will depend on several things including:

  • How good of a test taker you are
  • How long you have been a Case Manager
  • The area of Case Management you work in

Below Are 8 Tips That Will Help You Pass The CCM Exam

1. Having a broad general knowledge is more important than memorizing facts.
2. The exam questions are direct, there are no “all of the above,” “ none of the above,” “a, b, and c” type questions.
3. Have a good general knowledge of the items in each domain. A list of the domains can be found here.
4. As the CCM Exam was recently updated by the CCMC starting with the December 2020 test, make sure your study materials reflect the changes.
5. When planning your study time, take note of the number of questions in each domain. Don’t spend the majority of your time studying an area with 7 questions and neglect to study an area with 37 questions.
6. Remember exam content is general and not specific to one company or geographical area. When answering questions, do not think about how you do it at your place of employment, but rather how Case Managers, in general, would answer the question.
7. Know the Case Management Philosophy and make sure your answers align with it.
8. And lastly, I want to share the best advice I got before taking the exam… Remember to Breathe.

If you would like a concise study guide for the CCM Exam, written by a CCM, go to

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