Top tips for CIMA tests and exams

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Objective tests

Objective tests examine your knowledge and are made up of a range of different question types, 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.

When preparing for your objective test make sure you:

  • Practice the different types of questions
  • Get used to the exam format
  • Learn how to quickly answer a question and move on – you don’t have much time per question
  • Familiarise yourself with the exam software. CIMA has some great resources to help you understand how it works.
  • Book your exam in advance – this will motivate and focus your studies.

Top tips for CIMA case study exams

Case study exams are very different from knowledge exams because they test your ability to use what you have learned and apply it to a specific scenario. You’ll be given some pre-seen material to study, and then answer questions about it, using what you’ve learnt during your course.

When preparing for your exam make sure you:

  • Don’t over analyse the pre-seen materials. They’re there to provide context, and there are no hidden secrets or clues that you need to find.
  • Focus on the right things. Take time to prepare by understanding the case study exam itself and what CIMA are looking for.
  • Don’t over-analyse past exams. Every case study, and connected questions, are different. It can give you an idea of what to expect, but it won’t give you the answers.
  • Answer the question. Make sure you’ve read it properly, and don’t start writing until you’re sure you know what’s being asked of you.
  • Sit mock exams, and get a feel for the real thing. Case study exams are very different from objective tests, so you need to practice them before you sit them for real.
  • Study the CIMA blueprints. These show you exactly what the examiners are looking for. Information in the blueprints includes format, structure and weightings of the assessments.

Best of luck in your exams! check out our

CIMA page for more information.