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Studying CIMA will power up your career and ensure you’re amongst the most able, sought after and valued employees in the world. To become a CGMA, requires hard work and dedication – but remember, you’re not alone.

Overview

We’ll do our absolute best to support you through the qualification and help you pass your exams first time. You can purchase quality, CIMA-endorsed study products and resources, including revision cards, exam kits, mock exams, revision classes and, of course, the official CIMA study text. You can even study online and take interactive tests with CIMAstudy.com.

You’ll also have free, exclusive access to the study planner.

There are a variety of study options from classroom based to online and everything in between. CIMA Registered Tuition Providers work with CIMA and have access to all the latest syllabus information and resources; we recommend you choose a tuition provider registered with CIMA.

As you can probably tell, there are a wide range of study options to suit everyone’s needs, so read on to find out which one works best for you.




Courses with a tuition provider

You can attend a course with one of the many global course providers that teach CIMA. This is a good option if you enjoy or prefer to study with others and have the benefits of a tutor on hand to ask any questions. Lessons will be planned to cover the full course and offer revision prior to sitting your exam.

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Distance learning with CIMAstudy.com

If you want to choose when and where you study, but would also benefit from some tutor support, then distance learning may be the right choice for you.

The official CIMA online resource is CIMAstudy.com. It’s ideal if you live in an area where there is little or no tuition provision, or just if you prefer to self-study at your own pace. Courses are now available for Certificate, Operational, Management and Strategic level subjects. For more information, visit https://www.cimastudy.com.

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Study with official CIMA textbooks and study materials

Looking for a cost-effective method to study the CIMA qualification? Study with the only CIMA faculty reviewed and endorsed Study Texts and materials – your only costs will be the texts, materials and exam fee. Home study does require high levels of discipline and self-motivation. The official CIMA textbooks can be purchased at www.cimapublishing.com.

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Combining study methods with blended learning

You can combine your study methods and get the effectiveness of face-to-face tuition together with the flexibility of distance learning. An example of this would be a distance learning course, followed by a taught revision course. To find tuition providers that offer distance learning courses, use the CIMA Registered Tuition Provider Database

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Resources

Power up your studies with our study support resources

Format of CIMA exam

There are two types of exams you will want to practise for: the Objective Tests for each subject (Cert BA and Professional Qualification), and the Case Study exams for each level of the professional qualification.

To help you become familiar with the format and functionality, we have three sets of resources available.

  • Free exam tutorial
    Allows you to gain familiarity with the technology used to deliver the exam.
  • Free question tutorial
    Allows you to gain familiarity with the types of questions encountered in the exam.
  • Exam practice through CIMA Aptitude
    Affordable practice questions available through CIMAstudy.com. Practice at your own pace or test out your knowledge in timed-assessment mode!
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The Study Planner

Achieve your study goals with the free Study Planner - use it on desktop, tablet or mobile and create a personalised study plan which fits into your busy schedule. Tick off your progress as you go and keep your studies on track!

The Study Planner

Operational Level Free Exam Resit Study and Exam Guidance

Why do you need to read this article?

The question practice guidance section consists of an ‘exam readiness checklist’ for the CIMA objective test examinations and also ‘examiner hints and tips’ to help overcome common mistakes in CIMA case study examinations.

The resit guidance section provides essential steps for revision, which will be particularly helpful to kick start effective preparation for the resit examinations. The comparison of ‘pass’ and ‘fail’ answers, taken from real students’ examinations from the August 2020 Operational Level case study exam will be helpful in producing answers examiners love to see.

 

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Objective Test Exams – Success through Question Practice

Why do you need to watch this video?

Watch this video to learn the right time to start practicing questions, best approaches to handle different question types and develop essential examination skills using the right tools and techniques.


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Objective Test Exams – Best Tactics to
Manage Your Time in Examinations

Why do you need to watch this video?

CIMA Objective Test Examinations are time pressured and contain questions of different styles and levels of difficulty. Watch this video to learn how to develop an exam day game plan – using your time effectively and allocating more time for the more challenging questions.


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Examinations Readiness Checklist

Objective Test

Do you like to assess your readiness for your next CIMA Objective Test Examination? Incorporate these 10 checks into your Revision Timetable so that you may maximise your learning and enhance the chance of exam success, first time.

CIMA OT Exams Readiness Checklist – Branded

 

Case Study

Why do you need to read this article?

Do you know what you need to do in order to be fully prepared for your CIMA Case Study Examination? First, work through this 10-point checklist before reading the pre-seen materials applicable to the Case Study Examination you plan to take. Then, analyse the pre-seen and practice mock exams meaningfully.


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Case Study Exams– How to Produce Answer Examiners Love to See

Why do you need to watch this video?

Watch this video to understand what examiners look for in CIMA Case Study Examination answers. Also, you will learn what you need to know and what steps to follow to produce a Case Study Examination answer with a higher passing score.


CS Practice Exams Video Transcript

Case Study Exams – How Your Examinations
Answers are Marked

Why do you need to read this article?

CIMA uses a levels-based marking scheme; to understand the steps markers follow in marking your answer, read this article.


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Case Study Exams – Examiner’s Advice on Common Mistakes

Why do you need to read this article?

Examiners highlight four common mistakes they see in Case Study Examinations across all three levels. Read this article to know the top 5 expectations of the Case Study Examination examiners and their top 10 recommendations.


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Case Study Exams - Do Exactly What Examiner Asks You to Do

Why do you need to read this article?

The single most common complaint from examiners, across all three levels, is that students have ‘’failed to answer the question that was asked”! Read this article to learn about different approaches when answering exam tasks (questions) which are implied by the verbs in the question requirement.


Do exactly what examiner asks you to do

Case Study Exams – OCS Walkthrough Answers

Why do you need to read this article?

View actual student exam answers from the August 2020 Case Study Exam. Compare a low scoring script with a high scoring script. Read these walkthrough answers with annotated practical hints and tips.

OCS Walkthrough Answers

Case Study Exams – Answer planning: Does it really matter?

Why do you need to read this article?

It is important to take time to plan your answer so that you are able to apply your knowledge to the specifics of the case. This article offers a 5 step approach to answer planning in CIMA Case Study Examinations, together with the 10 benefits of answer planning.

Answer planning: Does it really matter

Exam progression Coaches

Are you looking for tailored guidance to help you prepare for your first CIMA exam or perhaps you would like some advice as to how to pass that stubborn resit?

Our dedicated Student Study Support team are here to help!

Just give us a call on 0044 208 396 6885 or send over an email to: learntosucceed@aicpa-cima.com

An exam progression coach will then be able to provide personalised advice based on your individual needs.

Other useful tools

FM Magazine

CIMA's official magazine keeps students and members up to date with the latest in the world of business and finance. It covers industry news, analysis, and technical updates, as well as study notes specifically for CIMA students.

Available to view on the website


Top 10 study tips

1 Plan your time

Make a realistic study plan and stick to it (as much as possible). Think about how much time you want to spend and what you want to get from each session. Don’t forget, you’ll also need time to revise for your exams, so create a separate revision plan.

2 Be realistic

Set targets and make sure you have time to cover everything. When you set goals, remember to keep work, your social life, and any other commitments in mind.
(And don’t forget sleep!)

3 Find your perfect study spot

Try to study somewhere you’ll have no interruptions. If you’re too tempted to turn on the TV at home, try the library, your workplace, or another spot where you can keep your focus.

4 Keep a record of your progress

Be proud of your achievements and honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Avoid concentrating your studies on the areas you’re good at and spend time tackling the areas you find a bit more difficult.

5 Mix it up

Use a variety of study materials and methods. Once you’ve worked through a chapter of your textbook, switch to some practice tests, or download the CIMA FM app and read a few articles on your morning commute. Whatever you do, change it up a bit. It’ll keep you interested and on your toes.

6 Use our study resources

Take advantage of the free study resources and approved paid resources available to you. Visit study resources

7 Practice makes perfect

Knowing what to expect on exam day will help you feel prepared. So use our exam preparation materials and get as much experience as possible on our computer-based assessments. That way, when the real exam comes around you’ll be ready to go. Visit cimaglobal.com/examprep
You can also test yourself under exam style conditions with CIMA Aptitude cimastudy.com/cima-levels/aptitude

8 Use a learning partner to learn and prepare

In our experience, students who follow structured tuition are more likely to ace exams. Find a Registered Tuition Provider near you Find a Tuition Provider
You can use official CIMA study materials at CIMAstudy.com, or online classes offered by learning partners.

9 Revise material for exams you’re exempt from

If you’re exempt from any exams, read the syllabus and learning outcomes for each so you can be sure you’re comfortable with the subject.

10 Talk with your boss

If you have a job, let your employer know when you’re sitting exams. They may be able to offer you study leave or other support.

Most importantly

Stay motivated and stick to your study plan, but also find time to relax and take your mind off your studies.

You’ll also have free access to the Study Planner, where you’ll be able to create your online personalised study plan as well as access free exam resources, pre-seen material, articles and much more..