Cost of CIMA - CIMA fees - How much does a CIMA qualification cost?

Cost of CIMA - CIMA fees - How much does a CIMA qualification cost?
Cost of CIMA - CIMA fees - How much does a CIMA qualification cost?




CIMA’s three-tier exam fee system means UK students now pay £390 more than their colleagues in South Africa to sit the professional qualification exams. 

Current exam fees show students in tier 1 (this includes the UK) would pay £1,610 to sit all nine OTs and the three case studies. Based on 2018 prices the same students in tier 3 would pay £1,220. 

CIMA says it is offering a tier-based exam fee system as part of its continued commitment to improving access to the qualification and assessment worldwide.
For UK students just the operational OTs now cost less than £100 each to sit – they are £95. Every other exam costs over £100 each time, rising to £240 for the strategic level case assessment.

CIMA has also worked out how much it would cost a student (or their employer) to ‘get qualified’, in either three or five years. It is assumed you have no exemptions, you sit and pass first time, and you are in a tier 2 market. 

This means those in China, Cyprus and UEA to name a few. After adding the annual subscriptions and exam papers (£1,514) and the study costs (£3,480) it comes up with a figure of £4,994 for three years. For five that figure rises to £5,210. However, this price only includes a textbook and CMA study prime modules. And remember you haven’t failed anything in these costs.


Courtesy - PQ Magazine 



Key dates for CIMA May 2018 exam - Timetable





Key dates for CIMA May 2018 exam - Timetable
Key dates for CIMA May 2018 exam - Timetable


CIMA Operational case study (OCS May 2018)


Exam entry opening - 25 October 2017

Exam entry closing  - 5pm (UK time) 24th April 2018 

Pre seen material available -  23rd March 2018

Exam dates - 8-12 May 2018

Results released - 21st June 2018



CIMA Management/gateway case study (MCS May 2018)


Exam entry opening -  1st November 2017

Exam entry closing  - 5pm (UK time) 1st May 2018 

Pre seen material available -  26th March 2018

Exam dates - 15-19 May 2018

Results released -  28th June 2018 


CIMA Strategic case study (SCS May 2018)


Exam entry opening -  8th November 2017 

Exam entry closing  - 5pm (UK time)  9th May 2018

Pre seen material available -  6th April 2018 

Exam dates - 22-26 May 2018

Results released -  5th July 2018 


Disclaimer - Above dates are subject to vary by CIMA, please visit here for latest dates - http://www.cimaglobal.com/Studying/plan/Exam-timetable/ 






Key dates for CIMA February 2018 exam - Timetable

Key dates for CIMA February 2018 exam - Timetable
Key dates for CIMA February 2018 exam - Timetable



CIMA Operational case study (OCS February 2018)


Exam entry opening - 26 July 2017

Exam entry closing  - 5pm (UK time) 23 January 2018 

Pre seen material available -  8th December 2017

Exam dates - 6-10 February 2018

Results released - 22 March 2018



CIMA Management/gateway case study (MCS February 2018)


Exam entry opening -  2nd August 2017

Exam entry closing  - 5pm (UK time) 30th January 2018 

Pre seen material available -  15 December 2017

Exam dates - 13-17 February 2018

Results released -  29th March 2018 


CIMA Strategic case study (SCS February 2018)


Exam entry opening -  9th August 2017 

Exam entry closing  - 5pm (UK time)  6 February 2018

Pre seen material available -  15 December 2017 

Exam dates - 20-24 February 2018

Results released -  5th April 2018 


Disclaimer - Above dates are subject to vary by CIMA, please visit here for latest dates - http://www.cimaglobal.com/Studying/plan/Exam-timetable/ 








CIMA exam pass rates November 2017 - Case studies & Objective tests

CIMA exam pass rates November 2017 - Case studies & Objective tests
CIMA exam pass rates November 2017 - Case studies & Objective tests 



CIMA’s latest pass rates are out and the good news is the rise in August’s 
operational case study to 53%. It was 45% in February and 47% in May.

The other August case study pass rates are also holding up nicely with a management pass rate of 68%. The strategic pass rates fell slightly, but it’s still 62%. 

Looking at the operational results, CIMA’s exam chief, Steve Flatman, said it is simply the case that the cohort were strong and answered the questions better than those in May!

The OT pass rates have also really settled down, including the traditionally tough P1 and P2 exams. The first-time pass rate of P1 sitters is up to 50% and for P2 it’s 53%.

Flatman stressed that his key advice is for students to sit their OTs as soon after they finish their courses. After two/three weeks the pass rates definitely drop. He said: “We would encourage students to be very targeted and take their exams even if they don’t feel up to it. You will never be more ready after finishing a course.”

He went on to stress that low pass rates should not be a badge of honour. “Exams should be fair, and students should know clearly what is being examined and how long it will take to study to get that pass.”

CIMA case study AUGUST pass rates: Operational 53%; Management 68%; Strategic 62%

CIMA First-time OT pass rates 1/10/16 to 30/9/17: E1 79%; P1 50%; F1 72%; E2 86%; P2 53%; F2 54%; E3 68%; P3 59%; F3 60%

CIMA OT total exam pass rates 1/10/16 to 30/9/17: E1 76%; P1 45%; F1 68%; E2 84%; P2 46%; F2 50%; E3 64%; P3 53%; F3 55%


The pass rates cover the objective test sittings 

E1P1F1E2P2F2E3P3F3
CIMA OT total exam pass rates76%45%68%84%46%50%64%53%55%
First time pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam on first attempt.  79%50%72%86%53%54%68%59%60%

CIMA August 2017 case study results: 

Operational 53%

Management 68%

Strategic 62%

Pass your CIMA Case Study exam using those 5 tips (they do work) - PTA

Pass your CIMA Case Study exam using those 5 tips (they do work) - PTA
Pass your CIMA Case Study exam using those 5 tips (they do work) - PTA


Pass your CIMA Case Study exam using those 5 tips (they do work)



Have you ever wondered why the ass rates are rather low for any CIMA Case Study exam? And what can you do in order to increase your chances of passing? Justyna from Practice Tests Academy is sharing with you her 5 tips that you should use in order to increase your chances of passing any Case Study exam.
For the last few sittings Practice Tests Academy has been helping CIMA Students tackle the MCS exam, so we got a lot of insights from the students on what they are struggling with. And I can really relate to that as not so long ago I actually passed my own SCS. Also, since I’m working with many tutors within Practice Tests Academy, I got their insights on where do students fall short and the tips how to fix that. Plus I like to figure the problem out and find an appropriate solution.

Tip # 1: Understand what you are dealing with

Do you know why the Case Studies were introduced? They are supposed to imitate the real life conditions. At a certain time in our career, we all work for someone. We are studying CIMA, we want to become a certified and recognised Management Accountant. We need to have knowledge, but we also need to have the business skills. We need to address requests coming from our superiors and tackle them in the most professional way possible. That is exactly what is expected from you on the Case Study Exam.
Treat the examiner as if he/she was your boss. You now the context of the company (as you are working for it – on different levels depending on the CS level you’re attempting), they give you additional tasks and simply put – you need to satisfy them just like you need to satisfy your boss. At work, if you do well your job, you’ll be recognised and maybe you’ll get a promotions. If you answer examiner’s requests, you’ll pass your Case Study exam.
Have a look at the past papers – the tasks and the model answers. You will quickly find out what the examiners want. How they ask questions and what kind of answers they actually expect.

Tip # 2: Understand what a passing script is.

There are many sources of information you can get in order to understand what each particular Case Study is about. Each one is a bit different as you are a representative of a different level in an organisation. And I’m a very pragmatic person so I don’t like to waste hours on understanding what’s I’m supposed to deal with. Life is complicated as is so why not to look for some shortcuts?
For me, the most meaningful shortcut is to sign up with a quality tuition provider and participate in the masterclasses. Of course, we all have our financial constraints, but I do believe this is money well spent. Let me explain.
Look at the past examiners reports. What are they constantly complaining about? That the students do not answer the questions asked. Within PTA, we have just started a cooperation with a brilliant tutor with over 25 years of experience. Paul Russell is now leading Case Studies’ part. Paul has a very successful track of pass rates, so I wanted to organise something online to allow other students around the world to pick his brains, use his experience and knowledge. So we are organising 2 online Masterclasses. The purpose of the Masterclass 1 will be to kickstart students in your journey towards MCS / SCS success. Masterclass 1 should give you a very good feel, very quickly about:
  • what is the case study about,
  • how to use the pre-seen material,
  • how to approach mock exams,
  • how a passing script looks like.
I don’t want to drag about our products too much, you can read more about our masterclasses here: https://www.practicetestsacademy.com/mcs-masterclass/
But in essence, understanding what you’ll dealing with and what is the examiner’s expectation, should be your top priority.

Tip # 3: Analyse the Pre-Seen

The Pre-Seen, obviously, needs to be looked at, but it needs to be looked at in the right way. The better you understand the pre-seen, the better you are able to analyse the specific issues that will come up in the exam. So, an in-depth analysis is absolutely crucial to you. And in my opinion, it is just simpler and much faster (we’ve all heard that expression – time is money) to get that analysis done for you. First of all, it is overwhelming to do it yourself. Personally, I tend to postpone things I do not feel comfortable with and that was the same with the Case Studies – I think I started to analyse the Pre-Seen 3 weeks after it was released. For 3 weeks I was just thinking that I should start analysing, but there were always some other high priorities to fulfil… At the end, I paid for the analysis… So, learn from my mistake, don’t postpone it. You can get the Pre-Seen Analysis together with other crucial materials from our site here.

Tip # 4: Industry analysis and real-life examples

You also need to broadly know the industry that you're operating within because again good business acumen is about providing advice, guidance or analysis that links in with that particular industry. It's important that you understand some of the things that are currently happening in the industry. Remember, examiners also read the same financial newspapers and there is a big likelihood that they will be inspired by the situation or trend happening on the market. The pre-seen itself gives you a good background on the industry. However a little bit broader research will give you that extra knowledge and that broader awareness that could make a difference between FAIL and PASS.
Industry examples should be used in the real exam as often as possible. A good rule of thumb is to try to include a relevant industry example within each section of your script. And relevant means (let’s take the current MCS as an example) - if the task is about expansion, why not to use Ikea as an example?

Tip # 5: Mocks, mocks, mocks

That whole area is at the core of your success. But in my experience and what I hear from students, we tend to shy away from completing them as simply put, it is hard. Mocks should be performed under exam conditions, which means you need to find 3 hours in a busy day to complete them. You will not perform on the exam day if you haven’t practised under pressurised conditions. If you want to use an exam simulator, you can head to our website and sign up for a free MCS or SCS demo (we give you a possibility to practice a past paper under exam conditions for free). Here is the link:

Hope you found my 5 tips that will make you pass your CS exam valuable. Practice Tests Academy is offering a lot of free resources >> here << and also free advice on our blog, website, FB page, Twitter, or YouTube channel. We’ve just started creating a series of short videos (interviews) aiming at helping students pass their CIMA CS exams.