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Exam ethics and policies

View all ethics and policy resources relating to CIMA exams

We are committed to ensuring that our exams are carried out ethically, honestly and to the highest standard for the benefit of students and our key partners. Enhance your knowledge of unethical behaviour and better understand how to comply with the CIMA Code of Conduct and exam rules.

Exam social media guidance

Social media and online forums can be helpful for revision, exam preparation and connecting with teachers and subject experts. Read on to understand how to use social media the right way as part of your learning and exam preparation.

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How to get ahead in your exams

Getting great results in your exams is a sure way to further your chances in the career market. Cheating, however, or helping others by leaking or sharing information, is a certain way of jeopardising your future career as a professional accountant.  Find out more about what not to do when preparing for and taking your exams.

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Cheating in exams - The Consequences

Every year, a substantial number of registered students are referred to CIMA’s conduct team to investigate allegations of cheating. The students whose cases are considered are located in all parts of the world and often include technology. Find out more about the CIMA misconduct process.

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Exam performance report

Exam performance reports are no longer available for any case study exams.

Special considerations policy

CIMA has a process in place which allows you to apply for special consideration if you feel that your exam performance was adversely affected by mitigating circumstances shortly before or on the day of your exam.

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Special accommodations

CIMA welcomes entries from students with disabilities or special requirements and is able to provide additional help or concessions, such as extra exam time, as appropriate to individual needs. Students can apply for reasonable adjustments at any time and are advised to do so in advance of booking their first exam.  

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Exam standards investigation procedure

CIMA takes suspected Exam Regulation Breaches, Testing Irregularities and Unfair Practices very seriously. In the interest of fairness to all CIMA students and members and in line with CIMA’s duty to uphold public confidence in the profession we have published the Exam Standards Investigation Procedure document. 

This document is intended for all those involved in or affected by a suspected Exam Regulations Breach, including CIMA staff and governance committees involved in the investigation and/or disciplinary process. 

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Terms and conditions

Each time you schedule an exam, you will have to agree to the terms and conditions.

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