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CAE Study Guide 2013 Edition
& 232 Review Questions
Special Notice: To accommodate the
newest exam syllabus, these special sections have been added to the
- Financial Statements for nonprofits
- Strategic Relations & Partnerships
- High Impact Nonprofits
- PAC, PEC and Safe Harbor
ASAE, the Certified Association Executive (CAE) program is designed to
elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and
designate association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge
essential to the practice of association management.
Becoming a Certified Association
Executive (CAE) shows your commitment to the association profession. To earn the
CAE title you need to first submit an application and prove to ASAE that
you have met the experience and education eligibility requirements. Then
you may apply to sit for the multiple choice based exam.
The CAE exam is offered in a single
4-hour session, given twice a year (in May and December) at scheduled test
centers throughout the U.S. The exam uses a pass-fail cut-off mechanism
determined through a criterion-referenced method. You have to answer a
total of 200 questions. The candidate handbook downloadable from ASAE's
web site will provide you with all the details.
To summarize, the CAE BOK has the following
major knowledge domains:
2010 and onwards
- Organizational management
- Knowledge Management
- Governance and Structure
- Public policy, government relations
and coalition building
- Membership development
- Programs, products, and services
- Public relations programs
- Publications, media and messages
Quite many questions are, in my opinion,
written subjectively. You can get tripped up easily if you do not pay
attention to the way the questions are worded. For example, the questions
below are asking for different answers even though they look highly alike:
- What could be the issue here?
- What could be done to BEST address the
- What has to be done FIRST in order to
address the issue here?
- What could have been done to avoid the
There are also hard facts based questions
that are bound to be objective - such as those related to laws and
regulations at the federal level (yes, the federal level, NOT the state
level - state laws are mostly irrelevant in the exam). These questions
primarily test your memorization skills. In any case, when you answer the
CAE exam questions you have to take the point of view of a Chief Staff
Executive or a Chief Elected Officer unless otherwise specified.
I personally think the Principles of
Association Management book published by the ASAE and the Chamber of
Commerce (1975) is excellent - it covers many of the essential topics that
you need to know to tackle the exam questions, but the problem is that it
was written in 1975, that many of the information has yet to receive the
deserved update. That is why we came up with this special study guide
|Critical Exam Tip:
|Ask yourself whether
an answer can completely address the question. If it is only partly
true or if it is true only when some narrow conditions are met, it
may not be the most correct answer. On the other hand, your very own
imagination can actually turn a simple question into a "trick
question". Keep in mind, a trick question can become real tricky if
you don't take it at face value. Sometimes reading too much into the
question can work against you.
When several of the following concerns are taking place and are
possibly conflicting with the others, the order of priority is
ALWAYS as follow:
Legal - it deals with the laws and would require immediate and right
to the point action
Ethical - it often deals with the ethical guidelines of the
association, there could be grey area
Relational - one's relationships with the others
Procedural - established policies
Legal concern would be the most important
because it can introduce liability to your association. Therefore,
anything unlawful being done you must stop it first directly and
instantly. You are the chief hired person so you have the knowledge and
power to act decisively here without the need to seek input from somebody
There are a lot of HR questions!
We organize the contents of our study
guide to cover these domains in a logical flow.
What is a logical flow? Think of how a real world association executive
needs to see and handle things!
Instead of simply giving you the hard
facts, we give you information that covers the best tricks and practices.
With these information, you will always be able to make the most
appropriate expert judgment in the exam.
Our CAE Practice Test
Questions are designed for
reinforcing learning objectives and validating knowledge so you know
you're prepared to answer even the toughest questions on the
actual CAE certification exam.
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SAMPLE TEXT on Defining Association
Most associations originated to fulfill human needs.
And It is reasonable to say that associations are a product of free
society. There are many definitions to the term “association”. Our
particular concern is on Professional Association and Trade
Association, which are what the exam is mostly about.
NOTE: An association is a form of not-for-profit organization (NFP).
Source of revenue is the major difference between a NFP and a regular
for profit company.
A professional association (a.k.a professional body or professional
society) is a nonprofit organization which exists to further a
specific profession and to protect the interests of both the member
professionals and the general public.
NOTE: Professionalism describes conduct that is consistent with the
tenets of a profession as demonstrated by a member's civility,
honesty, integrity, character, fairness, competence, ethical conduct,
public service, and respect for the rule of law, the courts, clients,
persons who work within ...etc.
Professional associations usually protect the public through
maintaining and enforcing professional and ethical standards in their
profession. To promote and maintain professional standards, many
professional associations perform professional certification to
certify that a person possesses qualifications in the concerned
subject area. Many professional associations also act as learning
societies for the academic disciplines underlying their professions.
In contrast, a Trade Association consists of
individuals and/or groups / corporate in a specific business or
industry organized to promote specific common interests. The common
interests that bind the members may include and may not be limited to
credit, public relations, professional growth, marketing development
and the like.
EXAM ALERT: According to the book Principles of
Association Management, (1975, by the ASAE and the US Chamber of
Commerce), Professional group members often take a personal interest
in association operation. Trade association members, on the other
hand, are relatively more impersonal. In the context of the CAE exam,
nonprofit association may be thought of as a mutual benefit
organization which has the goal of providing services for its members,
raise awareness, promote education and professional standards, and
even influence government policies through campaigns of different
kinds and lobbying.
Volunteers appear as part of the organization's staff,
therefore it is appropriate to say that they represent the
organization to the public and have to bear legal consequences in ways
similar to the paid employees (especially regarding tort liabilities -
liability on act of volunteers as well as injuries to volunteers). In
fact, many volunteers may have entered into service agreements akin to
employment agreements. The relevant laws vary from state to state
(some states even have volunteer protection statutes in place) so you
need to check with your lawyer on this.
Paid staff members (a reasonably large association can't be run with
pure volunteers) typically have lower pay than in the commercial
private sector. But since these staff members are highly committed to
the aims and principles of the association, slightly lower pay should
not be a problem. They expect to gain skills and experience after all.
SAMPLE TEXT on Management and Control
Generally speaking, decision theory may be normative
or descriptive. It is primarily concerned with the identification of
the best decision to take, assuming there is an ideal decision maker
who is fully informed, capable of computing with perfect accuracy, and
is fully rational. The practical application of the descriptive
approach is decision analysis.
Decision Analysis (DA) describes the discipline which comprises the
philosophy, theory, methodology, and professional practice necessary
for addressing important business decisions in a formal manner.
Decision analysis may include procedures, methods, and tools for
identifying, clearly representing, and formally assessing the
important aspects of a decision situation, as well as for prescribing
the recommended course of action by applying the maximum expected
utility action axiom to a well-formed representation of the decision
and for translating the formal representation of a decision and its
corresponding recommendation into useful insight for the decision
maker to act accordingly.
Important: Game theory attempts to capture behavior in strategic
situations mathematically, in which an individual's success in making
choices would depend on the choices of others.
You may define management control as a systematic effort by management
to compare performance to predetermined standards, plans, or
objectives in order to determine whether performance is in line with
these standards and presumably in order to take any remedial action
required to see that human and other corporate resources are being
used in the most effective and efficient way possible in achieving
corporate objectives. You may also perceive it as the function of the
business management system that can adjust operations as needed to
achieve the plan, or to maintain variations from system objectives
within all allowable limits.
The basic elements in a control system include as a minimum the
following: (1) the characteristic or condition to be controlled, (2)
the sensor, (3) the comparator , and (4) the activator occur in the
same sequence and maintain a consistent relationship to each other in
every system. The first element is the characteristic or condition of
the operating system which is to be measured. The second element is a
means for measuring the characteristic or condition. The third element
is for determining the need for correction by comparing what is
occurring with what has been planned. The fourth element refers to the
corrective action taken to return the system to the expected output.
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