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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and CIMA Professional Qualification Objective Test and Case Study exam pass rates.

CIMA exam pass rates

Case study exams 2017/18

Exam pass rate: total exams passed / total exams taken.

Case study exam pass rates will be made available following the release of strategic case study exam results in each window. 

  November (2017)
February (2018)

May (2018)

August (2018)
Operational 49%
51% 43% 49% 
Management 56%
74% 72%  75%
CIMA gateway 17%
36% 36% 35% 
Strategic 66%
63% 67% 59%

Objective tests

The pass rates cover the objective test sittings between 01 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.


E1 P1 F1 E2 P2 F2 E3 P3 F3
Overall exam pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam after one or more attempts.   88% 70% 84% 95% 79% 79% 86% 79% 80%
First time pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam on first attempt.   80% 52% 74% 89% 60% 58% 74% 61% 61%
Exam pass rate: Total exams passed / total exams taken.   76% 48% 70% 86% 53% 53% 69% 55% 56%

CIMA will publish updated objective test pass rates every quarter following the release of pass rates for case study exams. 

Certificate level exams (Cert BA 2017 syllabus)

The pass rates cover the objective test sittings between 01 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.

  BA1 BA2 BA3 BA4
Overall exam pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam after one or more attempts.   81% 73% 81% 76%
First time pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam on first attempt.   75% 62% 74% 60%
Exam pass rate: Total exams passed / total exams taken.   72% 60% 72% 56%

Scaled scores

Read about our process for scaled scores.