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We’ll do our absolute best to support you through the qualification and help you pass your exams first time. You can purchase quality, CIMA-endorsed study products and resources, including revision cards, exam kits, mock exams, revision classes and, of course, the official CIMA study text. You can even study online and take interactive tests with CIMAstudy.com.

You’ll also have free, exclusive access to CIMAconnect, the online study platform and community for CIMA students. You can start or join study groups, and attend ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions online, covering topics like time management in Objective Tests and analysis of pre-seen material for upcoming Case Study exams.

Thanks to the CIMA Global Learning Scheme, it’s easy to find a top-quality, accredited tuition provider near you that meets our global standards.

As you can probably tell, there are a wide range of study options to suit everyone’s needs, so read on to find out which one works best for you.

Study options

You can study in a variety of ways for the CIMA qualification. Take a look here and choose how you are going to study, choose the option that will suit you and the way you learn best!



Courses with a tuition provider

You can attend a course with one of the many global course providers that teach CIMA. This is a good option if you enjoy or prefer to study with others and have the benefits of a tutor on hand to ask any questions. Lessons will be planned to cover the full course and offer revision prior to sitting your exam.

It’s easy to find a top-quality, accredited tuition provider near you that meets our global standards by using the CIMA Global Learning Scheme tuition provider search.

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Distance learning with CIMAstudy.com

If you want to choose when and where you study, but would also benefit from some tutor support, then distance learning may be the right choice for you.

The official CIMA online resource is CIMAstudy.com. It’s ideal if you live in an area where there is little or no tuition provision, or just if you prefer to self-study at your own pace. Courses are now available for Certificate, Operational, Management and Strategic level subjects. For more information, visit http://www.cimastudy.com.

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Study with official CIMA textbooks and study materials

If you want to choose when and where you study, but would also benefit from some tutor support, then distance learning may be the right choice for you.

Looking for a cost-effective method to study the CIMA qualification? Study with the only CIMA faculty reviewed and endorsed Study Texts and materials – your only costs will be the texts, materials and exam fee. Home study does require high levels of discipline and self-motivation. The official CIMA textbooks can be purchased at www.cimapublishing.com.

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Combining study methods with blended learning

You can combine your study methods and get the effectiveness of face-to-face tuition together with the flexibility of distance learning. An example of this would be a distance learning course, followed by a taught revision course. To find tuition providers that offer distance learning courses, use the CIMA Global Learning Scheme tuition provider search.

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Resources

Power up your studies with our study support resources

CIMAconnect

CIMAconnect is your online study platform and community, available 24/7! You can start or join study groups and attend ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions online, which cover handy topics, such as time management in Objective Tests and analysis of pre-seen material for upcoming Case Study exams. You can also download free study resources and articles written and recommended by CIMA’s Learning Support experts, and engage with your fellow CIMA students.

What resources are available?

CIMAconnect offers a library of resources for all subjects, as well as more general study support resources, to help you plan your studies and prepare for your assessments. Resources include:

  • Exam practice
  • Past paper questions and answers
  • Study guides
  • Magazine articles
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Reading lists
  • Maths tables

How do I get started?

No additional registration is required. Just log in with your CIMA contact ID or email address and password. Easy!

Log in to CIMAconnect

Exam practice resources

There are two types of exams you will want to practise for: the Objective Tests for each subject (Cert BA and Professional Qualification), and the Case Study exams for each level of the professional qualification.

To help you become familiar with the exams, we have three sets of resources available.

  • Free exam tutorial
    Allows you to gain familiarity with the technology used to deliver the exam.
  • Free question tutorial
    Allows you to gain familiarity with the types of questions encountered in the exam.
  • Exam practice through CIMA Aptitude
    Affordable practice questions available through CIMAstudy.com. Practice at your own pace or test out your knowledge in timed-assessment mode!
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Other useful tools

The Financial Management App

The FM App is a mobile friendly way to enjoy the FM magazine, which has a CIMA study notes section especially for students. It offers an informative mix of features, news and practical advice. You can also find technical articles and exam notices in the study notes section.

Student success stories

Finding it hard to stay motivated or schedule your first exam? Hundreds of thousands of students have sat CIMA exams and passed – and you can too. Read a few of their stories and gain tips and advice on how to succeed in your first exam by reading our student success stories.

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CIMA My Jobs

This is the only dedicated careers portal for global management accountants. Visit My Jobs and benefit from:

  • All the latest job opportunities from leading organisations with vacant roles across all qualification levels.
  • Personal insights from CIMA professionals on maximising your career progression.
  • All-round advice and tips from experts to enhance your job prospects

Top 10 tips to power up your studies!

Studying CIMA exams takes a lot of dedication and hard work but, we promise, the rewards are well worth it once you reach CGMA status!


1. Plan your time in advance

Make a realistic study plan and stick to it as much as possible. Think about how much time you want to allocate to studying and what you want to achieve from each session. Don’t forget you’ll also need time to revise for your exams so create a separate revision plan.

2. Be realistic!

Set achievable targets and make sure you have time to cover everything. Add in any other work or social commitments that you have.

3. Find somewhere peaceful!

Try to study somewhere you’ll have no interruptions. If this isn’t possible at home, study at work or in the library.

4. Keep a record of your progress

Be proud of your achievements and honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Avoid concentrating your studies on the areas you are good at and spend time tackling the areas that you find hard.

5. Blend your learning!

Use a variety of study materials, methods, and work through a chapter of your textbook, do some practice tests, or read a related article from the CIMA FM app.

6. Use our study resources

These include the syllabus, relevant articles, reading lists and videos.

7. Practice makes perfect!

Knowing what to expect on exam day will help you feel prepared so use our practice exams and get hands-on experience of our computer based assessments.

8. Use a course provider to learn and prepare

In our experience, students who follow structured tuition are likely to be more successful in CIMA exams. Or, you can use official CIMA study materials at CIMAstudy.com or online classes offered by course providers.

9. Revise material for exams you are exempt from

If you are exempt from any exams, make sure you read the syllabus and learning outcomes for each one to ensure you feel comfortable with the subject matter.

10. Tell your employer!

If you are employed, let your employer know when you are sitting exams. They may be able to offer you study leave or other support.

Most importantly…

It is important to keep motivated and stick to your study plan but you should also find time to relax and take your mind off your studies for a while.

Want more advice about keeping calm and perfecting your exam technique? Log in to CIMAconnect and get advice from your fellow students.