CIMA P2 Exam Tips

CIMA P2 Syllabus

CIMA P2 Syllabus

The CIMA P2 exam is a tough one to crack as there are lots of calculations to consider as well as some more complicated theory. However, having passed the P1 exam already you will have the platform already to build on your knowledge and successfully pass the CIMA P2 exam first time!

I found that syllabus section C: Long-Term Decision Making can feature quite heavily in the exam, as the subjects are easy to test in the objective tests. i.e. calculations on NPV, IRR and payback etc.

So make sure you spend enough time practising these types of questions in your revision!!

CIMA P2 Study Text

Before you get started with your CIMA P2 Advanced Management Accounting studies you should be aware that Astranti offer free online study texts and I found them a great way to study on the go (as well as for free!).

You can pick up a free online version of the CIMA P2 study text here.

CIMA P2 – Net Present Value and IRR

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I feel there are certain areas of the P2 syallabus that are easier to examine. And one of these areas are Net Present Values and Internal Rate of Return, as they are calculation based.

NPV’s are relatively straight forward but IRR (and MIRR) can be trickier to understand but the below video explains these discounted investment appraisal techniques in more detail.

CIMA P2 Study Planner

Fail to plan is planning to fail. <— said a wise person.

With this in mind, you should really make sure you plan your CIMA P2 studies to ensure;

  • You have enough time to cover the whole P2 syllabus.
  • Have 2-3 weeks of revision and mock exam practice at end.
  • Schedule your exam date so you have a target and motivation to study.

This is all common sense stuff really but if you struggle to plan your time effectively then you should take advantage of the CIMA P2 Study Planner direct from the CIMA connect site. It will help you stay on track and ensure you reach the milestones along the way.

CIMA Mock Exams

Once you have covered the whole syllabus, the key to passing any CIMA exam is make sure your have enough exam practice under your belt. I use a mixture of the Kaplan exam practice kits and the practice tests academy online mock exams.

Making sure you can handle the P2 exam in real exam conditions will give you confidence to handle the exam on exam day.

CIMA P2 Exam Strategy

I’d also suggest to have a “strategy” on how to approach the exam as you will be under time pressure and you need to be smart with your time. I’ve mentioned this several times on different blog posts but the video from CIMA below explains a great way how to approach the CIMA objective tests.

The CIMA Student Advice

You can read how I passed the CIMA P2 exam here for my full thoughts on how I passed the exam; but to be honest it was one of the tougher exams for me as I was exempt from P1 due to the transition from to 2015 Syllabus but nevertheless it is still possible to pass the exam first time.

There are no shortcuts though.

You must put in the hours in terms of covering the syllabus, testing your knowledge and having the right exam preparation in terms of real mock exam practice in exam conditions.

But there are also lots of resources out there that can help you, use the CIMA Connect Site to engage with other students and look through the CIMA P2 technical articles.

I often found these articles a great way to get my head around theory I couldn’t quite grasp from my study text.

CIMA Connect and P2 Technical Articles

For example; login to CIMA connect and select the study resources for CIMA P2 Advanced Management Accounting;

  • Select; Article and
  • Lead Learning Outcome; C2 Discuss Pricing Strategies
  • And it will show give you a link to a CIMA technical article on the subject.

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It’s a great resource that can often be overlooked by students.

Happy Studying CIMA P2 and Good Luck!


CIMA Case Study Tips: May 2018

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Having sat the CIMA MCS exam last month I thought I would base this blog post around the lessons I learnt from my experience in studying for the Feb case study exam.

I am still waiting for my result to come (March 29th) but I hope this advice will be helpful for students sitting a CIMA case study exam.


May 2018 Case Study Planning

I took my plan from the February case study exam and have mapped it out for all three levels for the May 2018 exam to give you an overview of how I planned my time according to the Astranti MCS course I took.


The general idea is that you spend;

  • 2 weeks before pre-seen release date on syllabus refresh and ethics.
  • 2 weeks focusing on pre-seen materials.
  • 3 weeks on mock exams, reviewing feedback and final revision.

I also included the dates on the Astranti Master Classes for each paper, I found the timings of these classes were great.

The first one is scheduled after a couple of weeks after the pre-seen materials are released and the second master class is scheduled just a few days before the exam to make sure you have covered all bases and ask any final questions from the mock exams or your revision.

But you can apply this same principle and schedule regardless of what materials or learning provider you are using.

For example, instead of sitting the Astranti masterclass on the above dates, you can use the same time reviewing other resources and the CIMA pre and post exam kits on the CIMA connect site.

Astranti Case Study Course

I used the full MCS course for the February 2018 exam last month and was happy with the materials and support I received. In fact there were some materials I didn’t even manage to look at in great detail.

For those interested, you can find the full details on the course contents below.

OCS Course – May 2018

MCS Course – May 2018

SCS Course – May 2018

Practice Tests Academy

Practice Tests Academy – I have used these guys a lot for mock exam questions on the objective tests but they are also releasing more and more materials on the CIMA case studies.

VIVA Financial Tuition

VIVA Financial Tuition – they have sent me a few articles on previous case study exams that were published on the site and they are new CIMA learning provider that are also providing more and more case study materials.

You can read an example of their financial analysis on SCS exam AutoAuto here.

The 4 Stages of CIMA Case Study Exam Prep

Having gone back over the study plan I have identified there are four different stages I went through when preparing for the MCS exam.

Syllabus Knowledge Revision

Don’t wait until the pre-seen materials are released before starting work on the case study exams. As you still have a few weeks to brush up on the CIMA syllabus you studied leading up to the case study exam.

Now don’t get too hung up on covering every page of your text books when refreshing your knowledge, it’s not needed.

Plus there is no chance you will cover everything in the detail you want.

I found this time leading up to the case study a great way to get my mind back into study mode so I could hit the ground running when the pre-seen materials were finally released. 

Pre-Seen Materials

As soon as the pre-seen materials are released you should focus your entire efforts on this document, making your own notes and using the resources and pre-seen videos you have on the case study.

Having made a thorough analysis of the document you should have a clearer picture of what areas to study in more detail.

A great way to do this is map out your own strategic analysis of the company using SWOT analysis. Below is a brief example of what I mean, but you should be able to pick out all of this information from the pre-seen materials.

Strengths: Does the company have a unique product? How can they exploit that?

Weaknesses: Are costs spiralling out of control?

Opportunities: Can the use of new technology create a new innovative product?

Threats: Are their low barriers to entry in the market place?

The answers to the above points will give you the framework to continue your revision in the lead up to taking your first mock exam.

Industry Analysis

I’d also like to mention a sub point here when tackling the pre-seen analysis, looking at industry analysis is a great way to give the pre-seen materials more context and you’ll find yourself being able to relate to the scenario much more.

For example; I knew pretty much nothing about the oil industry when the pre-seen materials came out for the Feb MCS and it wasn’t until I could connect the dots between the pre-seen materials and real life situations in the oil industry that I felt more comfortable with my revision. 

Mock Exams

I’m always banging on about the value of mock exams and I’ll always stand by that but to really benefit from there you need to consider three things.

  1. Don’t take them too soon
  2. Sit them in exam conditions
  3. Get them marked or feedback from a tutor

If you rush straight into taking a mock exam too soon you will fail, and fail quite miserably.

There is no need to damage your confidence as this stage, you should have make sure you have a firm grip on the pre-seen materials, know what’s expected of you in your role in the exam and know how what technique or writing style is required.

Secondly, if you don’t sit at least one mock exam in exam conditions then you will really struggle on exam day with the time pressure and conditions. It’s key not to cheat yourself when taking mock exams by either looking at text books or not sitting them in exam conditions.

Finally, getting them marked by a tutor is a great way to see where you and what you need to focus on.

Otherwise, you will find it difficult to move forward and progress. I found it invaluable to get the feedback from Astranti as the tutor comments really helped me evaluate where I was and what I needed to do in the next one.

Revision of Pre-Seen and Mock Exams

Once you have taken a mock exam you will then have focus areas you need to brush up on, whether it’s F2 consolidated accounts or E2 management theories. You should use the time in between taking mock exams to cover the areas have identified as being yoru weak areas.

I’d also suggest to use this time to read the pre-seen materials every now and again, it will help you cement the information so it becomes second nature on exam day.

Important Dates – CIMA May 2018 Case Studies

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Good Luck!!

Using PESTEL Analysis

It’s not until you sit a case study exam until you begin to understand the theory and logic behind some of the CIMA E2 models, for example, we are all familiar with the PESTEL analysis and can explain what it stands for;


PESTEL – An introduction

The modern business world is a challenging and complex place, it’s becoming increasing competitive and difficult to find an edge in crowded market places. Globalisation has opened the doors for businesses to attract more customers, source cheaper materials and labour but this in turn has made it harder for business owners to compete and turn a consistent profit.

The idea of PESTEL analysis gives you 6 key areas in which to consider how current and future changes could affect the business so you can develop strategies to either;

  1. Exploit the opportunities identified in PESTEL analysis
  2. Improve the weaknesses identified.

The resulting strategies and conclusions should allow the business to compete or gain an advantage over their rivals.

So, as I have learnt taking a few mock exams for the MCS, you can use this model as a great way illustrate risks, threats or opportunities and how to deal with them – picking up some much needed technical marks on your case study!


This is where to what extent the government intervenes in the economy  and how they could affect your operations, there are several political factors that could feasibly crop up and have a major impact.

Tax Policy – the government may decide to increase or decrease corporate income tax, which means businesses will need to consider the impact. If taxes were to increase significantly then it would make sense for the business to perhaps look at transfer pricing as a way to pay less taxes within the scope of the law.

Trade Restrictions/Tariffs – as we can currently see with the current situation in the US, the government have put a tariff on goods imported and produced outside of the USA. So if you main export destination was the US, then this type of tariff what have a major impact on your sales. How would you combat this?


Things like interest rates and inflation need to be considered under the Economical umbrella of the PESTEL analysis, these types of factors can have a major impact on a business and profits they make.

A company that is heavily financed by debt runs a real risk of not being able to meet repayments if interest rates rise significantly.

Is there enough cash on hand to handle any rise in interest rates?

Can the company look to equity financing instead and look to repay some of the debt they have accumulated?

These types of questions needed to asked and addressed.


Social factors revolve around the community in which a company operates and consumer trades. How old is the general population, how health conscious are we at this moment in time?

i.e. a fast food chain may want to look towards a healthy menu to attract and cater for the needs of those who demand it. What are the current social trends?

Another angle to consider here is how current social climate affects your workforce, is there an ageing population? Is it difficult to attract the type of staff you need? If so, the cost of labour is likely to be higher. What impact would this have the company’s functional costs and operating profit?


Can cover an array of different issues ranging from the automation of robots to carry out non-value added activities to research and development.

Are your competitors currently investing a lot of technology in their products, will the release of these new products make your existing product range obsolete, meaning you’ll also have to follow the industry trend  of investing in technology?

Or perhaps you’ve identified an opportunity to innovate and use technology as a main driver for this innovation, putting you one step ahead of your rivals.

Technology can be a great source of competitive advantage, although the associated risks and costs shouldn’t be ignored.


Weather and climate change would be areas that fall under environmental. i.e. a ice cream shop will be heavily reliant on the summer months, if it looks set to be a wet or cool summer then sales will be under pressure.

With this in mind, should they look to other revenue streams?

That’s quite a simplistic example, but we can also consider how companies operate and they are acting in the best interest of the environment?

It can be a great area to tie in an example linked to CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility or Ethics.


Legal factors include employment law, consumer law and also health and safety law. Is the business meeting the required health and safety laws or perhaps there are new, tighter laws and controls regarding the health and safety on oil rigs – is the business able to meet these new requirements and how much could they cost to implement?

Or there could even be a lawsuit filed against the company by one of the employees for unfair dismissal – has the company followed the right procedures and evaluated the potential impact of the lawsuit i.e. financially and the bad press associated with it.

CIMA Case Study Application

I’ve used PESTEL analysis in one of my answers in a recent mock exam. But don’t worry, you don’t need to cover all of the P.E.S.T.E.L criteria. You only need to mention the relevant points.

For example, I faced a question about some ethical issues in the Middle East and I used the P/E/L parts of PESTEL to explain the issue and how we can address it.

All in all, PESTEL analysis will open the door to a lot of questions and once you begin to scratch the surface and explore these questions you can add more depth to your answer by linking the pre-seen material, recommendations and conclusions to your answer.

CIMA MCS Feb 2018: Nortan

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The February 2018 CIMA MCS case study exam is fast approaching and I can feel it as I am sitting the exam myself! If you are taking he exam next month and you haven’t read the pre-seen materials then you can find the official document released by CIMA here.

With this in mind, I thought I would share my thoughts on the pre-seen before sharing the preview videos on the Industry Analysis and Pre-Seen Analysis.

Nortan: What do we know?

Well, first of all there are two aspects consider.

  • Nortan is major global oil company with a strong history.
  • The Nortan FOSSC is a shared services function that was setup in 2002 at the Nortan head office – your role is Finance Manager at the FOSSC.

Why am I mentioning this?

Well, the bulk of the pre-seen materials talk about the FOSSC, the history, the management team, this issues and press articles about the FOSSC.

So it’s clear the case study itself revolves around the FOSSC – what are the strengths and weaknesses at the Nortan FOSSC? What is it’s mission statement?

However, we must also consider Nortan as an oil company and how their operations will impact the FOSSC? Will Nortan be making an acquisition – how will this impact the accounting that will be required at the FOSSC?

So don’t neglect the oil industry and remember to see the bigger the picture with Nortan – our immediate focus should be on the FOSSC and it’s mission but the day to day operations of Nortan and strategic decisions made will have an impact on the demands at the FOSSC.

Nortan: The FOSSC

Shared Services Centre’s are common place in this day and age with large multinational companies. It makes financial sense to centralise the accounting operations in one location as opposed to having local finance offices in every country.

  • The pre-seen tells us that the setup saves Nortan 35% on their accounting costs (see snippet from the interview).

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While it makes sense financially to setup a Shared Services Centre there are potential problems and risks that the Nortan FOSSC could face.

Staffing would appear to be a potential problem given the fact the FOSSC employs over 3000 people and a reliant on a motivated workforce to meet the strict deadlines.

  • How do Nortan keep their staff motivated?
  • Does the HR department have the resources to vet all of the incoming applications in order to filter the right candidates?

There is also mention of redundancies in one of the companies that Nortan have acquired. The below snippet was taken from a press article in the CIMA pre-seen materials. It appears that Nortan are acting responsibility as they state they will make every effort to assist the affected staff to find new posts.

However, the theme of redundancies and staff turnover (which is a particularly hot topic in Shared Service Centres) could well appear in one of the exam variants.

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Nortan: Industry Analysis

I find the Industry Analysis is very helpful in this case study as it gives you a clear insight into the oil industry itself. Which is something missing from the pre-seen materials where the focus is on the FOSSC and no real details on how the industry operates and how to relate it to Nortan.

You can find the full set of Astranti videos on the February 2018 MCS here.

Nortan: Pre-Seen Analysis

You can find the full set of Astranti videos on the February 2018 MCS here.

CIMA OCS Feb 2018: King Crystal

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The CIMA February 2018 OCS exam is based around a scenario called King Crystal.

Here are some thoughts from me on what to look out for when analysing the pre-seen materials for King Crystal – hopefully it will set you on your way to a first time pass next month!

CIMA OCS: King Crystal Pre-Seen Analysis

Firstly, you can download the official pre-seen materials for King Crystal from CIMA here.

Once you have analysed the materials I would suggest using the Astranti video series to add more depth to your notes and get you thinking about what could come up on exam day.

The below video is over 1 hour long and is a great starting point.

Having used these materials when I passed the OCS a couple of years ago (and currently using them for the MCS exam next month) – I’ve have found that the pre-seen materials contains lots and lots of hints, tips and suggestions on what will come up on exam day.

Don’t neglect any page!! Not even the introduction!!

Every single page of the pre-seen contains an insight to how the company operates, strengths, weaknesses and you need to ensure you have covered this detail and understand how to tie it back to the Operational Level syllabus.

CIMA OCS: King Crystal

I’ve taken a screenshot of the analysis made just on the first page of the pre-seen and you can see the amount of notes and points made by the tutor.

And this continues throughout the King Crystal pre-seen, the level of detail you can take from the pre-seen is huge so your immediate attention in the first few weeks should be focused on this.

Another nice touch, when watching the Astranti video, is the fact the tutor mentions that King Crystal could well in fact be based on the real life company Dartington.

So get yourself familiar with the UK company Dartington – It’s a great way to understand the scenario and industry that King Crystal operate in.

As well as the pre-seen analysis, Astranti also cover Strategic Analysis, Industry Analysis and the Top 10 Issues for King Crystal.

You can find the full set of videos on the February King Crystal OCS here.

For those interested in the complete Astranti OCS course you can find it here.

Finally, I wrote a general article of the February CIMA case studies for all levels with some advice and tips on the approach to take – you can find it here.

Good Luck and please feel free to share your own advice in the comments section below.


Blockchain; the future of finance?

Blockchain. Bitcoin.

Two words that I seem to keep across in recent weeks and months. Every day Bitcoin, the crypto-currency that keeps breaking records, appears on the news and mainstream media. Closely followed by the technology that allows it to thrive – Blockchain.

But what does it all mean and how can it impact the finance function and more specifically, CIMA?

I’ve only begun to scratch the surface myself but thought it would be worth writing a blog post to see what kind of discussion it would generate.

Bitcoin and Blockchain: A brief introduction

Blockchain has been around since 2009 when the technology was developed in order to facilitate the crypto currency Bitcoin. It was designed to provide an anonymous and secure digital way to transfer payments between two parties without needing a third party to verify the transaction.

A blockchain is a digital database for recording transactions, all parties involved in the transaction can see the database and each transaction is recorded as a block in the chain. All transactions are encrypted and it’s alleged to be tamper proof.

The technology has proved highly successful with large multi national corporations now looking at how they can use Blockchain to drive efficiency through the business, save costs and increase the bottom line.

Here is a simple example:

Say I want to send $1000 to a friend in the USA.

Traditionally I would go to my bank and submit a payment request to my friend, but in doing so I would incur charges by bank for the transaction as well having to wait two, three, four days plus for the money arrive.

Blockchain, in this instance, eliminates the “middle-man” i.e. the bank. I would send the $1000 using Blockchain technology to my friend in the USA who would receive the money instantly, no fees for me and both sides of the transaction.

Not only does Blockchain streamline the process it’s also more transparent and can be easily audited by any third party.

But how exactly does Blockchain work?

I came across this explanation in under 100 words by Richard Bradley from Deloitte.

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Bitcoin: The crypto-currency

You’ve probably seen the crazy price charts of Bitcoin recently or heard about the dramatic rises the crypto currency has been making. I don’t want to go into much detail, so this video from weusecoins dot com sums it all up quite nicely.

Personally, I know very little about Bitcoin as an investment opportunity and how secure it is long-term but that’s not the point of this blog post. The idea was to raise awareness of the technology Blockchain and how modern businesses are using it or exploring the possibilities.

Blockchain and Accounting

There was a brilliant article in the October edition of the CIMA FM magazine – you can read it online here. It as an interview with the management at Airbus and how they are looking at Blockchain technology to improve their external transactions and interactions with other parties.

A 2016 report written by Deloitte starts with the introductory sentence:

“Blockchain technology has the potential to upend entire industries”

It’s a quite a statement but the possibilities and potential are endless, you can read the report entitled Blockchain: A game-changer in Accounting here.

Auditing & Compliance

Blockchain technology could make the audit process of a company much more efficient and less costly. The auditor wouldn’t need to spend hours and hours reconciling transactions, they could rely on the companies “blockchain” ledger and spend more time analysing risks to the business.

Supplier Payments

Meanwhile, the automation of processes within the finance function could be developed. The obvious one would be supplier payments being made directly to the supplier once the vendor invoice is booked, goods received and it reaches payment date the supplier would receive the funds instantly.

And the transactional data involved is highly secure and visible to all parties concerned. Furthermore, it will increase efficiency and save the associated costs and times involved with a third party banks.

But what does this mean for CIMA?

This leads me to my final question – what does blockchain technology mean for me while studying CIMA? 

Of course I can only speculate at this stage but it wouldn’t surprise me to see the subject of Blockchain or Cypto-Currency to come up during one of the CIMA case studies in the coming months or years.

And if it doesn’t come up directly in the form of a scenario then there is definitely room for students to consider this real life trend and technology when considering risks in the case study.

  • Are your competitors considering Blockchain technology to gain competitive advantage?
  • What risks are associated with potentially implementing Blockchain and is it worth negating them?
  • Project Management – how to run a project on implementing Blockchain?
  • HR Issues – how do you educate your staff on the benefits of the technology without the fear of them losing their job?

These are the types of questions that pop into my mind at this stage.

Futures Contracts

Finally, it was pointed out to me on Twitter last week that the fact it’s now possible to buy/sell “futures” contracts on the cypto-currency Bitcoin as of today (Monday 11th December)!

Future contracts is a subject that comes up in the CIMA P3 exam so I would recommend keeping up-to-date with the latest news on the Bitcoin Futures that you will no doubt keep seeing in the news for the next few weeks.

Here is the latest news from the UK Guardian news website on the Bitcoin future contracts. 

CIMA Case Study Tips: February 2018

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The CIMA case studies represent a significant milestone in the professional qualification and require the appropriate planning, hard work and dedication.

With this in mind, and the fact I am sitting the MCS exam myself in February 2018, I’ve decide to release CIMA case study tips article earlier and add more depth to it.

CIMA Case Study Approach

Before we go into the various resources from CIMA and Astranti I believe it’s worth starting with the approach required with the case study. As it’s very different to the approach required to pass the CIMA objective tests.

Know Your Role

Remember you are playing the role of accountant/manager/director of an imaginary company created by CIMA. So you should answer your questions from that point of view. But don’t waffle on in your emails to the boss about how your weekend was! Keep it relevant and to the point but use the structure and format as if you were responding to your boss’s request to evaluate pricing decisions.

Business Acumen

CIMA are encouraging us as students to show our business acumen in the case study exam, so when showing your technical knowledge don’t keep it to factual and dry – you’ll need to apply to the pre-seen and new information – make observations and recommendations on how the business can use it to their advantage, like you would be expected to the real world.

Cover All Bases

Make sure you submit a balanced exam paper, cover all bases that CIMA are looking for. Remember, there are 4 areas that CIMA are looking for us to cover in the case study exam – as I mentioned you need to showcase your business, people and leadership skills alongside the technical skills we have already picked up from the objective tests.

  1. Technical Skills
  2. Business Skills
  3. People Skills
  4. Leadership Skills

Know the Pre-Seen

There is no excuse for not understanding the pre-seen materials inside out, there are 6 weeks or so between the pre-seen materials being released and the exam itself. Don’t remember it word by word (as of course the pre-seen is available on exam day itself), but we need to link all of the information to give a us a clear picture of the company, industry and the strengths and weaknesses we face,

Industry Knowledge

Knowing the industry your case study is operating will give you some valuable information on real life trends and news. Showing this on exam day is a great to score marks and give some context to your answers.

Technical Knowledge v Hands On Case Study Revision

Having watched the Astranti keys to passing the Case Study video earlier this week, I noted not to go overboard in studying the E2/P2/F2 syllabus I’ve already covered. I had initially planned to spend most of time in next week or two studying the technical content but I plan to scale that down a bit – and go back to syllabus content in conjunction with the pre-seen materials and mock exams.

Exam Technique

There are a few elements to this.

Firstly, you’ll need to plan your answer efficiently, identifying the question requirements and planning the content of your answer before fully committing to writing out the full answer.

Then you’ll need to make sure you don’t overrun with time, if there are 4 sections to the exam then you should spend 45 minutes on each section, no more.

Then break it down even further. Split the 45 minutes into sub sections, or allocation 10 mins for reading and planning, 25 minutes for completing full answer and 10 minutes for reviewing to ensure you have covered the points you planned.

CIMA Connect Resources


If you don’t visit the official CIMA connect site when preparing for your exams then you are missing out on a host of resources.

All of the below mentioned resources are linked to the CIMA connect site where you will require your login. And they are specially for the MCS exam and it’s an exam I will be sitting in February (you can find similar resources for OCS and SCS on CIMA connect).

How to analyse the pre-seen material – article by David Harris

MCS Exam question walk-through – article by CIMA

Student webinar: facts and techniques on how to pass the CIMA MCS

CIMA MCS Feb 2018 What’s App group – a thread created on by a student on the CIMA connect site.

Astranti Case Study Course

In my opinion, the Astranti case study courses are unrivalled when it comes to the CIMA case studies as my first hand experience with the OCS exam a couple of years ago.

The full OCS, MCS and SCS courses cover everything you need to pass the February CIMA case study.

I have enrolled on the MCS course for February and will be posting blog updates during the course to share my feedback with other students.


  • Study Text 1: how to approach the case study
  • Study Text 2: syllabus content from the previous objective tests
  • Pre-Seen Analysis: video analysis of the pre-seen from astranti tutor
  • Strategic Analysis: strategy based on the case study scenario
  • Top 10 Issues: the most likely issues to be tested on exam day
  • Industry Analysis: the case
  • Masterclass 1: live session with CIMA tutor on how to pass the case study.
  • Masterclass 2: another live session focusing on CIMA syllabus revision.
  • 3 Mock Exams: based on the actual case study (with marking and feedback).
  • Personal Advice and Guidance – via private forums and progress reviews.
  • Ethics Pack – a favourite CIMA topic that should never be overlooked.

OCS Course – February 2018

MCS Course – February 2018

SCS Course – February 2018

Other CIMA Tuition Providers

I like to promote and mention other CIMA learning providers outside of the big guns of BPP and Kaplan and there are two or three that I have been spoken to and used their materials to some extent and would also recommend to check out;

VIVA Financial Tuition – they have sent me a few articles on previous case study exams that were published on the site. You can read an example of their financial analysis on SCS exam AutoAuto here.

Practice Tests Academy – I use them for their mock exams for the objective tests but they have also started to release resources for the CIMA case studies and definitely worth checking out.

Important Dates – February 2018 Case Studies

Below is the schedule of important dates to remember – don’t forget you still have plenty of time to get prepared before the pre-seen materials are released!

CIMA Case Studies