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Passing your Objective Test exam

Do’s and don’ts

If you feel that you need some direction when it comes to preparing for, and passing, your objective test exam, have a look at our ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ and get yourself on track.


Do find a study method that works for you – think about where, how and when you can study. 

Do create a good study plan – you need to have a good understanding of all syllabus topics. Our Study Planner will help you cover all areas.

Do book your exam in advance – having a date to work towards will motivate and focus you.

Do practice exam style questions – you can access CIMA Aptitude and the Exam Practice Kit through our CIMA Study Shop.

Do have a strategy for how you will approach the exam questions – watch our video about time management and exam techniques in the OT exams for more guidance.

Do familiarise yourself with the exam software before the big day – make sure you know what to expect during your exam.  Have a look at this 15 minute exam tutorial (which you will also be required to look at before your actual exam) and familiarize yourself with the technology used to deliver the exam. Also, look at the Objective Test question tutorials to gain familiarity with the types of questions used in the exam.

Do find out which tables and formulae will be provided in your assessment – you can read guidance on this here.

Do understand your results – find out how and when you will get your results and what they mean.


Don’t put off taking your exam – when you feel ready, go for it! Read this blog and find out if you are ready.

Don’t worry if you need to re-sit – read this blog for guidance on preparing for your re-sit exam.

Don’t get too anxious about taking your exam – lots of CIMA students have been in your position and are successfully passing exams!

Don’t forget to celebrate when you pass!

Good luck!