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Objective Tests for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and Professional Qualification are available on-demand, all year round. Professional Qualification Case Study exams are available four times a year.

We want it to be as convenient as possible for you to take exams, this is why we've got over 6,000 exam centres across the world. Objective tests (for the Professional Qualification and Cert BA) are available all year round, and there are four windows throughout the year for Case Study exams.

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What to expect

Cert BA exams are 120 minutes long. BA1, BA2 and BA3 will each contain 60 objective test questions, while BA4 will contain 85 objective test questions.

Objective Tests are available on demand and computer marked, so as soon as you have completed your Objective Test you will receive a provisional exam result of either ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ at the Pearson VUE assessment centre. 

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Scheduling exams

There are two types of computer-based exams in the Professional Qualification:

  • 90 minute Objective Tests for each of the three subjects within each level, available on-demand. Objective Tests are computer marked, so as soon as you have completed your Objective Test you will receive a provisional exam result of either ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ at the Pearson VUE assessment centre. 

  • 3 hour Case Study exams at each level after you have passed all three Objective Tests. Case Study exams assess your application of knowledge to real world scenarios and are available four times a year. Case Study exams are human-marked. You will receive your results five weeks after the close of the Case Study window on your MY CIMA account.

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