The seemingly never-ending cycle of CIMA Case Study exams is beginning to rear it’s head again with the pre-seen materials for the operational level case study being released next week.
So for students who are sitting case study exams in November, here is a run down of the best resources and what you should be doing if you want to pass the CIMA case study first time.
Post Exam Kits – August 2016
Learning from previous exam sittings is a great way to boost your chances of passing the CIMA November case study sittings. CIMA have provided all students with the previous exam papers for the August case study exams with the suggested answers – for ALL FIVE variants as well as other
The home page for the post exam kits (links below) will direct you to the;
- Pre-seen material
- Case study exam paper
- Suggested answers
- Examiners report
- Exam marking guidance
TIP: As of writing, the examiners report and exam marking guidance for the August sitting are not yet available but if you search for the May 2016 case study post exam kits you will find these documents for that sitting there.
The examiners report – a topic I have written about here – is another brilliant free document provided by CIMA that will give you tips and advice on how to pass CIMA case study exams first time.
Case Study Master Classes
For those students who are self studying for the case study exams, the master classes hosted by Astranti offer TWO full days of live classes with one of their CIMA tutors – and it’s a great way to supplement your existing study resources.
The first one is based around the keys to passing the case study exam, while the second master class is scheduled a week before the actual exam date and packs in a whole day revision on the case study scenario and the likely questions that could crop up.
The video below is an example of the master class that was held regarding the SparkSpace scenario with the August 2016 MCS exam.
The dates of the master classes for the November case study exams are listed below:
Case Study: Full Course Contents
If you’re looking for a more comprehensive set of case study materials then Astranti also offer a full course with a PASS Guarantee – I passed the OCS last year by using their case study materials and they are really developing a strong reputation with their resources.
- Study Text 1 – focuses on what you need to pass the case study.
- Study Text 2 – summaries the key areas from the whole syllabus.
- Pre-Seen Analysis – tutors detailed analysis of the pre-seen material.
- Strategic Analysis – uses models & key theories and how to apply them in the exam.
- Top 10 Issues – identifies the top 10 issues that could come up on exam day.
- Industry Analysis – gives you the current industry trends for your case study.
- Masterclass 1 – live session with tutor on keys to pass the case study exam.
- Masterclass 2 – live session with tutor on revision of case study scenario.
- 3 Mock Exams – with detailed feedback based on the actual case study scenario.
- Personal Advice and Guidance – via private forums and progress reviews.
- Ethics Pack – often overlooked but this comprehensive guide covers Ethics and how to apply it to the CIMA case studies.
You can find full details of their courses for all levels below and dates when the pre-seen material is released for the November 2016 exams:
OCS Course – November 2016 – the pre-seen material for the OCS exam is released on the week commencing 19th September 2016.
MCS Course – November 2016 – the pre-seen material for the MCS exam is released on the week commencing 26th September 2016.
SCS Course – November 2016 – the pre-seen material for the SCS exam is released on the week commencing 3rd October 2016.
Acorn Financial Tutors
Another learning provider who offer CIMA case study materials are Acorn and readers of this website can claim an extra 10% discount off ALL CIMA materials.
Their latest list of CIMA case study materials can be found here.
Currently (offer ends 30 September 2016), the hard copy of their full Integrated Case Study kit has been reduced to £240 from £360 – so you can order it for £216 by emailing your request to thecimastudent[at]gmail[dot]com
Study Support: Whats App Groups
Whats App groups for student discussion around the upcoming case study exams also seems to be an idea that is growing with every passing exam sitting.
I was part of one for the OCS last year and, if you don’t need getting lots of updates and messages on Whats App (you can always turn notifications off), I found it very interesting to hear other students points of views about the pre-seen material and how they were handling their revision. Not everything was helpful but from the point of view of a student who is self studying it’s very much worth joining.
The sign up for the Whats App groups can be found on the CIMA connect site – here is the link for the OCS November 2016 group. I couldn’t find anything for the MCS or SCS on the CIMA connect site but I am sure they will be created shortly – or you could even start one yourself.
Good Luck and Happy Studying!