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.
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.