The May 2020 CIMA case studies represent somewhat of a milestone as the pre-seen materials released will cover TWO exam periods – both May and August 2020 case studies will use the same pre seen materials.
This is my understanding after speaking with a few tuition providers as well as indicated on the CIMA Exam Timetables pictured below.
You can see that the August 2020 has NO pre-seen materials release date, this is due to the August case study exams using the same pre-seen materials from the May exam.
What does this mean?
These are only my assumptions and thoughts, but this gives students who are planning to take a case study in August 2020 some flexibility as to when they want to start their exam preparations as the pre-seen material for their exam will be available in March.
I would suggest, though, not to start preparing for an August case study too early.
You do not want to peak in June or July when your facing an exam in August.
Even if you have access to pre-seen materials in March, I wouldn’t go overboard on revising the pre-seen just yet.
I’d also recommend speaking to your learning provider to understand if there are any implications on their materials and resources for the case study exams.
Effective Studying for CIMA Case Study Exams
With this new information in mind and the fact the case studies are now based around the 2019 Syllabus content, it’s a good time to remind ourselves how to effectively study for a case study exam.
The below video from Astranti is a great summary on how to approach a case study;
- Have a study plan
- Practice exams are key
- Hard work is required – don’t leave it until the last minute
- Study without distractions
It’s all common sense stuff but with the pre-seen materials only a couple of weeks away it’s the perfect time to start planning how you will pass the May CIMA case study exam.
Pre Seen Materials
This is a reminder that the pre-seen materials can be found in your CIMA planner, under the resources menu.
*You will need your usual CIMA ID and login details to access it.
I will be providing my own SWOT analysis on each exam once I have had time to digest the pre seen materials.
May 2020 Case Study: Astranti Courses
I believe the quality of the content and support provided by Astranti with their CIMA case study courses is second to none. I used their courses to pass my case study exams first time.
Well worth a look if you haven’t already seen what they offer.
Here is what you can expect from their course.
Complete pre-seen pack (pre-seen, strategic, industry analysis and top 10 issues)
3 x Full tuition videos
2 x Study texts
2 x Live Masterclasses
4 x Full Mock Exams (based on May 20 scenario)
Detailed marking and feedback