The February 2019 CIMA OCS exam is a great time to take a case study exam. As you’ll have 60 days in between the pre-seen materials being released and the exam day itself – usually you’ll have around 45 days if taking a case study in May/Aug/Nov – so take advantage of this extra time!!
Focus on Technical Skills
The OCS exam is heavily weighted towards the Technical Skills competency area, so in order to pass the OCS exam you’ll need to have strong technical knowledge of the syllabus content and how to apply it.
- Technical Skills 64%
- Business Skills 16%
- People Skills 14%
- Leadership Skills 6%
If we think about the role you play in the OCS exam – Finance Officer/Accounts Assistant – it makes sense that he OCS will focus less on the leadership, business and people skills. So this gives you a platform to start planning your preparation.
What Technical Skills will I be tested on?
This leads to the next question, what technical knowledge should I focus when preparing for the Feb 2019 OCS case study? Well, we posted a great article from CSSC Tuition on the hot topics that could be tested in the OCS exam here.
And to further cement those area we can see that the bedrock of the OCS exam will be the P1 syllabus.
The above chart was taken from a CIMA webinar on approaching case study exams, however, we are just concerned with the E1/P1/F1 part.
And we can see that the bulk of the technical skills around the OCS exam are based around the P1 syllabus – so brush up on cost accounting, management reporting and accounting information systems before the Feb 2019 OCS exam.
The above chart also highlights the fact that risk management and internal control are a key feature in the OCS, MCS and SCS exams.
CIMA OCS Answer Planning
I published a recent “The CIMA Student: Insight” blog post on the important of planning your answer when faced with a CIMA case study.
If you don’t think about HOW you will answer the question and brainstorm your ideas on how you will satisfy the requirement then you will produce a poor unbalanced answer.
Linking the pre-seen materials, making recommendations and drawing conclusions in your answer is a must if you want to pass the OCS exam.
You can read the full article on planning your OCS answers here – it includes a real example taken from the August 2018 OCS exam and I walk through the thought process and different stages of planning your answer.
CIMA OCS Astranti Course
The full OCS course from Astranti is really packed full of resources!
I used the Astranti OCS materials when passing the OCS exam in 2015, you can read that in more detail here.
Complete pre-seen pack (pre-seen, strategic, industry analysis and top 10 issues)
- 3 x Full tuition videos
- 2 x Study text
- 2 x Live Masterclasses (the keys to passing and revision masterclass)
- 3 x Full Mock Exams (based on Nov 18 scenario)
- Detailed marking and feedback
- Ethics Pack
- Pass Guarantee
Pre-Seen Materials: Trigg Adventure
CIMA released the pre-seen materials for Trigg Adventure and you can take a copy from official CIMA website here.
Having had a first glance at the pre-seen materials it’s clear that the company faces challenging times given the competition with digital, electronic toys with parents preferring the often cheaper more “in demand” toys like video games.
So the company will need to be inventive with the products they offer and consider the price points at which they enter the market.
Below is the Astranti Top Ten Issues video for the Trigg Adventure case study that is part of the full OCS course for the Feb 2019 CIMA case study – it’s a great way to focus your revision for the February exam.
OCS Important Dates
The full set of important dates for the OCS exam are displayed below.