CAE Study Guide 2015. Preparation Reference for the Certified Association Executive Exam. The ASAE Series

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  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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There′s No Better Way to Prepare for the CAE Exam

If you want the most effective way to prepare for the CAE exam, look no further than this guide. With fully updated and revised job analysis study findings from ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, it′s also the only book with a practice exam based on actual questions released from the official CAE item bank. You′ll find everything you need to feel confident on test day, including quality summaries of all the content covered in the exam′s nine domains and test tips to prepare you for success.

Easy–to–digest content sections and plenty of preparation resources make this guide indispensable, and the one hundred question online practice exam shows you what to expect. A readiness assessment, key terms and concepts, study questions with answer keys, and advice on creating and executing a study plan lead you through solid preparation.

  • Comprehensive content summaries of all nine domains tested
  • Steps for creating an effective study plan and sticking to it
  • Advice on fine–tuning difficult areas
  • Recommended reading, a self–assessment, and plenty of study questions
  • Test day preparation tips, including how to get into the proper mind–set and how to cope with exam anxiety
  • A full–length, online practice exam with one hundred exam questions drawn from the CAE test item database
  • ASAE′s Standards of Conduct and Core Ethical Standards

ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership is the professional association for more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations.

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Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi


Introduction 1

What Is Certification? 1

Reasons for Earning the CAE 2

Are You Ready to Earn the CAE? 4

Evaluating Where You Are Now 9


Planning Your CAE Exam Study Path 25

Identifying Study Resources 28

Creating a Personalized Study Schedule 30

Participating in a Study Group 35

Using Your Study Time Effectively 40


The CAE Domains Basis and Creation 47

Studying the Content Domains 48

Domain 1 Strategic Management 50

Recommended Reading 50

Key Terms and Concepts 51

Domain 1 Content Review 65

Domain 1 Exam Content Outline Self–Assessment 77

Study Questions 83

Section Review Considerations 93

Study Questions Answer Key 94

Domain 2 Governance and Structure 96

Recommended Reading 96

Key Terms and Concepts 97

Domain 2 Content Review 103

Domain 2 Exam Content Outline Self–Assessment 105

Study Questions 109

Section Review Considerations 113

Study Questions Answer Key 116

Domain 3 Membership Development 118

Recommended Reading 118

Key Terms and Concepts 119

Domain 3 Content Review 122

Domain 3 Exam Content Outline Self–Assessment 130

Study Questions 133

Section Review Considerations 139

Study Questions Answer Key 141

Domain 4 Programs, Products, and Services 143

Recommended Reading 143

Key Terms and Concepts 144

Domain 4 Content Review 151

Domain 4 Exam Content Outline Self–Assessment 156

Study Questions 161

Section Review Considerations 167

Study Questions Answer Key 168

Domain 5 Leadership 169

Recommended Reading 169

Key Terms and Concepts 170

Domain 5 Content Review 174

Domain 5 Exam Content Outline Self–Assessment 180

Study Questions 184

Section Review Considerations 191

Study Questions Answer Key 193

Domain 6 Administration 195

Recommended Reading 195

Key Terms and Concepts 196

Domain 6 Content Review 205

Domain 6 Exam Content Outline Self–Assessment 218

Study Questions 224

Section Review Considerations 234

Study Questions Answer Key 237

Domain 7 Knowledge Management and Research 239

Recommended Reading 239

Key Terms and Concepts 240

Domain 7 Content Review 241

Domain 7 Exam Content Outline Self–Assessment 246

Study Questions 248

Section Review Considerations 251

Study Questions Answer Key 252

Domain 8 Public Policy, Government Relations, and Coalition Building 254

Recommended Reading 254

Key Terms and Concepts 255

Domain 8 Content Review 261

Domain 8 Exam Content Outline Self–Assessment 268

Study Questions 270

Section Review Considerations 274

Study Questions Answer Key 275

Domain 9 Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications 277

Recommended Reading 277

Key Terms and Concepts 277

Domain 9 Content Review 281

Domain 9 Exam Content Outline Self–Assessment 289

Study Questions 291

Section Review Considerations 296

Study Questions Answer Key 298


Preparing for Exam Day 301

Taking the CAE Exam 305

After the Exam 309


Introduction 311

CAE Abbreviated Practice Exam (Full Version Online) 314


ASAE Standards of Conduct 321

Practice Exam Answer Key 331

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American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is the professional association for more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. ASAE members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.

CAE Editorial Board. Made up of nine CAEs representing the nine kowledge domains. Members are known in the field who speak, write and train. Members hail from local, regional, multi–state, independent, and autonomous societies of association executives (SAEs), e.g. American Chemical Society, Natl Architechtural Accrediting Board, American Psychological Assoc, Amer Society of Civil Engineers, etc.

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