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Case Study Exams

Pre-seen material and most popular resources for the Professional level Case Study exams.

CIMA exam blueprints 

In an industry first, we have provided you with examination blueprints which will take the mystery out of our examinations process and clearly articulate what will be assessed  in your exams.

Access the CIMA exam blueprints here.

Personas and roles & responsibilities in the Case Study exams 

The case study examination is a simulated business role play. Therefore, understanding your persona and role in the case study exam can really help you produce a good answer at the right level for your audience.

The simulation is made up of three broad parts:

  • The role of finance 
  • The role simulated 
  • The job tasks simulated

Further detail can be found in the CIMA exam blueprint.

Operational blueprint Management / Gateway blueprint Strategic blueprint

Performance descriptors (previously grade descriptors)

For each level of the case study exam we have developed performance descriptors to help you understand your case study exam results feedback.

The presentation of results and feedback for the 2019 CIMA professional qualification case study exams has changed. This is to align with the exam blueprints that have been developed and, most importantly, provide candidates with more meaningful feedback to better support future study and exam preparation.

Operational performance descriptors Management/Gateway performance descriptors Strategic performance descriptors

Exam scripts 

Read through a real student script from the February 2016 case study exam; the answer has been transcribed, anonymised and annotated with observations on strong performance and some areas where performance could be improved upon.

February 2020 examples coming soon!

OCS exam script MCS / Gateway exam script SCS exam script


Case Study articles

Read these four articles by David Harris, FCMA, CGMA and lecturer specialising in the Case Study Exams.

Please note: these reference the 2015 syllabus, however there are still some value in the techniques, make sure you also look at the blueprint and performance descriptors.

Coming soon- new 2019 Professional Qualification articles

How to analyse the pre-seen material Answer planning
Developing your answer Ethics in the CS exams


Other Case Study resources

How to use the pre-seen material Integrated answers in the CS exams