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Assessment

Examining the syllabus

CIMA is the first global accountancy body to pioneer a combination of computerised assessments.

Each subject in the syllabus is assessed by an Objective Test (nine in total) and also by an integrated Case Study exam at the end of each level (three in total). Once all three Objective Tests and the Case Study exam have been successfully passed, students can progress on to the next level of the qualification.

Objective Tests

Format: computer based
Availability: on demand at any of the 5,000 Pearson VUE centres around the world
Length: 90 minutes
Marking: computer marked
Results: provisional result available immediately followed by confirmation no more than 48 hours later

Further information
Objective Tests are comprised of a range of items including short multiple choice questions, number entry questions, drag and drop questions and other formats. They test all component learning outcomes across the whole subject.

Case Study exams

Format: computer based
Availability: four windows each year (Feb, May, Aug, Nov) at any of the 5,000 Pearson VUE centres around the world
Length: 3 hours
Marking: human marked
Results: available 5 weeks after the close of the exam window

Further information
The Case Study exams are used to test a variety of skills including research and analysis, how to present information, persuasion and communication skills. The move to more Case Study exams has been deliberate to test a wider range of skills and integrated learning across the syllabus.

Case Study exams reflect a real life business scenario, comprising a series of time bound tasks set for students to complete based on pre-seen material.

  • Pre-seen material released to tutors: 9 weeks prior to the exam window through MY CIMA (Tutor log in details required)
  • Pre-seen material released to students: 6 weeks prior to the exam window through CIMAconnect (Student contact ID and password required)

Syllabus document

Find out more about the CIMA Professional Qualification (2015 Syllabus & Assessment)

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