It took CIMA a couple of days longer than expected, but the pre-seen materials were released this afternoon for the OCS exam. By now, hopefully, you will have refreshed your knowledge of the E1, P1, and F1 syllabus areas you passed not so long ago.
Because you will be expected to use the knowledge and key theories/models from those CIMA papers in your OCS exam in November.
The more you can relate the case study scenario to the relevant areas of the syllabus then the better chance you have of passing the CIMA OCS first time.
The case study for operational students is based around a company called Marici Power. They offer solar power solutions to commercial and private customers. Your role, as assistant management accountant, is to assist with the production of financial information like annual budgeting, monthly management accounts as well requests from management.
You can find the official pre-seen material for the November 2016 OCS from CIMA here.
Marici Power: Pre-Seen Video Analysis
You have six weeks to digest and pick out the key information in the Marici Power pre-seen materials. So the preview videos from Astranti are a great way to focus your studies and pick up some useful tips and tricks on how to analyse the pre-seen and what information to be aware of.
You can find the full set of videos on the November OCS here.
Marici Power: Strategic Analysis
Once you’ve understand the pre-seen materials and made your notes regarding Marici Power, you should be thinking about the strategical analysis of the company. So what are their strengths and weaknesses? What is the mission and strategy of the company?
Thinking about the case study from a strategic point of view will help you add more depth to your answers on exam day and help highlight the threats and opportunities the companies face.
You can find the full set of videos (including Strategic Analysis) on the November OCS here.
Marici Power: Top 10 Issues
If you’re still concerned about the content of the exam, then the Top 10 Issues video brings together all of the information in the pre-seen materials of Marici Power and highlights the most likely topics to crop up on exam day.
I found it a brilliant way to make myself more comfortable about the exam and gave me some specific concrete areas to study on before exam day.
You can find the full set of videos (including the Top 10 Issues) on the November OCS here.
Astranti OCS Pass Guarantee
If you’re impressed with the preview videos from Astranti, then the full OCS course offers much more; including three mock exams with marking and feedback. (based on the Marici Power pre-seen materials).
While the masterclasses are live full day sessions with the tutor to go through all theory and practical advice on how to pass the OCS.
Astranti are so confident you will pass the CIMA OCS exam first time, they offer a pass guarantee to all students.
You can find full details on the OCS course with pass guarantee here.
OCS Course Contents:
- OCS study text (part 1 and 2)
- Pre-seen analysis (video and text)
- Strategic analysis (video and text)
- Top 10 issues (video and text)
- Industry analysis (video and text)
- 2 x online master classes – each class is a full day revision (recorded and live)
- 3 x online mock exams – answered with detailed tutor feedback
- Ethics pack
- Personal advice and guidance