Management Aptitude Evaluation (MAE)

The MAE is a certification exam provided to prospective holders of our Certified in Management (C.I.M.) and Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) designations. This management aptitude test is designed to assess management and leadership competencies required to perform at the professional level as befits a CIM | Chartered Managers Canada designation holder.  It consists of approx 95 adaptive multiple-choice questions that assess six key skills and qualities that a manager needs to succeed. As this is an aptitude evaluation, there is no prep test. Your responses should be intuitive and based on your own existing skills and competencies, to be aligned with our competency framework for the designation.


Applicants writing the MAE should answer the questions based on learned management and leadership principles, and professional work experience. It is recommended that applicants take their time to read and understand the questions, and not rush through the evaluation. The link to write the MAE will come from our PsyMetrics platform.

Content Components Assessments
Achievement Drive Measures the degree to which the individual is likely to be competitive and driven to be the best. This characteristic is important for positions where the attainment of established goals and benchmarks are important. It is also important for positions where there may be competition within departments or between coworkers and where the individual is expected to grow and advance to higher levels within the organization.
Assertiveness Measures the degree to which the individual is likely to assert themselves, speak their mind and enjoy taking control or the lead in group situations. This characteristic is important for positions where a strong personality is beneficial.
Leadership Measures the degree to which the individual has the necessary interest, ability and disposition necessary to perform in a leadership capacity. Leadership is important for positions that require the management of others and/or the coordination of the work of others to accomplish the organization's goals. Supervisors, managers and team or group leaders need leadership characteristics to be successful.
Self Confidence Measures the degree to which the individual is likely to be self-assured, independent and is confident in their decisions and actions.
Stress Management Measures the degree to which the individual is likely to demonstrate patience and stress tolerance during challenging work-related situations. This characteristic is appropriate for positions requiring interactions with customers, multitasking and jobs in fast paced organizations.
Supervision Measures the degree to which the individual has the ability and disposition to motivate others, relate well to employees, create a sense of unity among staff, and maintain high levels of employee satisfaction. Supervision skills are important for positions that require overseeing and managing others.

MAE Requirements & Restrictions for C.I.M. and C.Mgr. Designation Applicants ONLY

An average overall TOTAL SCORE SUMMARY of 60% is required to pass the MAE.

Scores of less than 60% in individual areas are acceptable, however, CIM | Chartered Managers Canada values continuous professional development in its designation applicants and holders. Any individual area where you score less than 60% should be seen as a professional development opportunity to help strengthen that area.

The TOTAL SCORE SUMMARY may be adjusted based on the SCORE VALIDITY result. The score validity is determined by your test submission and is a measure of how well your submission assesses your competency within each of the six areas that we test. Based the score validity result , your final score on the MAE will be adjusted as follows:

C.I.M. and C.Mgr. designation candidates will receive two attempts to pass, and you may pay the MAE fee up to three times within a CALENDAR YEAR (January 1 to December 31) to achieve a successful outcome, however, a period of 30 days must elapse between evaluations to allow sufficient time for self-directed professional development. The cost to write the MAE each time is $150.00 CAD (plus tax - two attempts).


This MAE is based on your current competencies. If you were not successful, this may indicate that you need additional training, experience, or professional development in certain areas. We recommend that you review your results and create a professional development plan to help strengthen the areas where you need improvement. If you have a mentor, you may want to discuss your results with them for advice on creating a professional development plan.

Complete The Final Step For Acheiving Your Designation

Whether you intend to apply for a Certified in Management (C.I.M.) or Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) designation, you will have to demonstrate to us that you have what it takes to uphold the standard of management excellence that accompanies them even if you meet all of the other requirements. If you don’t intend to apply for a designation, and just want to see where your management skills stand or where your opportunities for professional development lie, you can still take the MAE to find out. Whatever your reason may be, we encourage you to register to take the MAE to find out if you have what it takes to qualify for our prestigious management designations. Click on one of the three buttons below to begin the designation and MAE application process, or register for the MAE directly.

How to Register for the Management Aptitude Evaluation (MAE)?

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