Case Study Exams

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

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.

Operational personas Management / Gateway personas Strategic personas

Understanding your Case Study exam results

This guide will help you understand the case study marking process and help you make sense of your overall mark and competency grades.

Operational results Management results
Gateway results Strategic results

Grade descriptors 

For each level of the case study exam we have developed a set of grade descriptors to help you understand your case study exam results feedback across the four competencies (Technical, Business, People and Leadership skills) and Integration.

The grade descriptors show you what you should be aiming for and will help you identify why your performance may not have met the general standard required for a particular competency. They are based on the skills and/or abilities expected for different roles.

Operational grade descriptors Management/Gateway grade descriptors Strategic grade descriptors

If you want to know more about how grade descriptors can help you read this article.

Case Study Self Checklists

Use these handy self-check lists to assess your readiness, and pay careful attention to the advice and pointers throughout.

Operational Case Study Exam Management Case Study Exam
Gateway Case Study Exam Strategic Case Study Exam

SWOT analysis

Whether you are sitting your case study exam for the first time or re-sitting, a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis can really help you to focus on where you can improve your chances of success and provide some ideas of how you might do that.

Operational SWOT analysis Management & Gateway SWOT analysis
Strategic SWOT analysis

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.

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.

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