Must read tips for your next CIMA case study exams

Must read tips for your next CIMA case study exams
Must read tips for your next CIMA case study exams 


The latest examiner's report is always a vital tool for students wishing to pass the CIMA case study exams

The report notes that there is evidence of "answers missing or only briefly addressed in some cases; often in the more technical areas. This is either due to a lack of technical knowledge or possibly the result of candidates not reading the question properly." 

Read the Question!

So, there is little evidence of time management issues, but it is a different story when it comes to reading the question carefully. How can we improve on this? Unfortunately, when you are doing an exam, it can be so easy to read the question a little too quickly. Through years of experience, I can tell you now that it is in your best interests to read the question at least two times and as meticulously as time will allow you to. It is much better to do this and write down the right answer, than read it at the speed of light and write down the wrong answer! This exam is a good chance to show all of your knowledge, so please don't limit yourself by reading the question too quickly and potentially missing the most important parts!

Answer the Question!

Another key topic which came up in the Examiner Report was the tendency for students to write everything they knew about the topic, rather than focusing specifically on the question. The Examiner writes: "Weaker answers included a tendency to knowledge dump rather than focus on the task given. Tasks are written to be specific and candidates who simply wrote everything they knew about a topic, whether relevant or not, scored poorly." Think of this as a little like booking a hotel room; if someone came up to you and asked just about this room, would you then tell them about every other room in the building? Or all of the rooms in the city? You probably wouldn't, and the same applies to the exam. Apply your knowledge where it is needed and don't waste time by writing everything you know. As the Examiner says: "there are no marks for introductions or setting the scene; candidates need to address the task being asked and no more."


Know the Pre-seen AND the Key Theory!


Lastly, a big part of the Examiners report focused on learning about the pre-seen inside and out. They write: "it is important to prepare for this examination by studying previous case studies and practice putting knowledge into context by answering past questions. A good understanding of the pre-seen material and some consideration of the types of issues that could arise prior to the examination will also prove beneficial.

This was just the Examiner's Report in a nutshell. It is always a good idea to read through the report in full as the advice can be invaluable if you are re-taking the exam or sitting the exam for the first time. You can read the full report here:



Credits - Nick Best from www.astranti.com


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



Checkout the latest CIMA pass rates here -




Just when you thought CIMA pass rates couldn’t get any better the latest set of results come in!

The November case study results for operational and strategic are both up on the August pass rates. The strategic case study success rate this time around was a healthy 65%. That’s much better than May 2016’s 45% pass rate.

CIMA’s Steve Flatman explained students are definitely getting better at the case study, and this will be a translated to better management accountants at work. 
The pass rates for the OTs during 2016 are also holding up well. Even P1 and P2 are becoming less of a hurdle, but their pass rates are still much lower then the likes of E1 and F1.

The paper with the highest first time pass rate is E2 at 86% followed by F1 with 77%.
Flatman said the OT pass rates show that more students are now able to take exams when ready.

CIMA has promised to keep publishing updated OT pass rates every quarter in conjunction with the case study pass rates.


CIMA November 2016 case study results: 

Operational 67%

Management 71%

Strategic 65%



OT overall pass rates for 2016: E1 87%; P1 68%; F1 83%; E2 93%; P2 72%; F2 76%; E3 81%; P3 77%; F3 78%

OT first time pass rates for 2016: E1 77%; P1 48%; F1 72%; E2 86%; P2 51%; F2 51%; E3 65%; P3 55%; F3 55%

OT total exams passed in 2016: E1 73%; P1 44%; F1 68%; E2 83%; P2 45%; F2 48%; E3 62%; P3 51%; F3 51%



The pass rates cover the objective test sittings 

E1P1F1E2P2F2E3P3F3
Overall exam pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam after one or more attempts.  87%68%83%93%72%76%81%77%78%
First time pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam on first attempt.  77%48%72%86%51%51%65%55%55%
Exam pass rate:Total exams passed / total exams taken.  73%44%68%83%45%48%62%51%51%



Courtesy - http://www.pqaccountant.com/cima-pass-results-on-the-rise.html

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