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How to Pass Management Case Study Exam

Introduction to management case study.

CIMA has taken a totally different approach towards Case Studies (CS) as opposed to Objective Tests (OT) papers. I assume you know the differences since you are reading this article, but just to cover everything, let me just quickly give you an overview of how the exam is structured and what it consists of.

The aim of the CIMA Management Case Study (MCS) is to apply the knowledge you have gathered across the whole management level. In OT tests, you demonstrate what you know, but here, in MCS, you show how to apply what you know . Case Studies assess everything that cannot be assessed via an OT exam. That’s why CIMA introduced the core activities, so they could check the application of your knowledge against a real-life business case scenario.

It simulates what management accountants do in the workplace.

Management Level: Management Case Study Exam

  • E2 (Management Performance)
  • P2 (Advanced Management Accounting)
  • F2 (Advanced Financial Reporting)

  A few facts about the MCS:

– There are 4 exam windows throughout the year:  February, May, August and November. – Each preseen is valid for 2 exam windows, which means that there is the same preseen for May-August session and then another one for November-February. – For the May and November sessions, 7 weeks before the exam you will get the pre-seen material . It is mostly a description of a fictitious situation and gives you a perspective on what needs to be done. – Just like OT, case studies are also computer-based. They take 3 hours. – Exams are conducted over a period of 3 days . – There are 3  different variants of this exam per sitting (so in case there is another person taking the same exam, the chances of you both having the same questions are low). Another 3 will be released for the 2nd exam window.  – Each variant has 4 sections and each section lasts for 45 minutes. The section represents a request that you get from your superior, colleague, CFO/CEO etc which you need to address by writing an email or a report. – Exams are marked manually by CIMA, so it takes 6-7 weeks to find out if you passed or not. You will get a mark out of 150, according to a scaled score. The  cima pass mark is 80 (around 53%). You do not need to demonstrate proficiency within any of the core activities, you just need to get at least 80 marks. – The number of questions – for MCS, that number is 4. The time is allocated accordingly to the weight of the marks. Let’s take a logical approach – 180 minutes accounts for 100 points (then they are scaled to 150), so 45 minutes equals 25 points.

Core activities and the famous “I can” statements – what is it all about?

Within each Management Case Study examination, five core activities will be assessed. These core activities represent the tasks that are most frequent, critical and important to the Entry level finance professional role.

The five core activities are:

  • Evaluate opportunities to add value.
  • Implement senior management decisions.
  • Manage performance and costs to aid value creation.
  • Measure performance.
  • Manage internal and external stakeholders.

The 5 core activities are linked to associated assessment outcomes expressed in terms of ‘I Can’ statements that speak directly to the skills and competencies that drive the employability of successful learners.

Here are the famous “I Can” statements from above-mentioned Activities. We’ve added the OT papers where those statements are coming from.

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Finance Manager – your role in the MCS

  • You need to put yourself in the shoes of the finance manager (that is your role in the MCS). You need to think and write from the perspective of who you are. 
  • Identify what your line manager/audience wants from you (the task requirements), including the depth of detail required. 
  • Remember why you are supplying this information (e.g. to assist in decision making). 
  • Plan how you are going to communicate your response and to whom (format, tone, detail length and technical complexity).
  • Consider what the impact may be for other parts of the business, such as other stakeholders and on financial statements (this is where you may be able to demonstrate business and people skills and earn marks for integration). 
  • Consider what long-term measures can be taken for driving performance of the business (this is where you may be able to demonstrate leadership skills and, by thinking beyond the task requirements, earn marks for integration). 

Your role in the exam – as described by CIMA:

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How to approach your MCS preparation

Step 1 – planning.

Do you have a realistic (for you) study plan ? Have you figured out how much time you need for preparation? 

Have a look at what Steven Scullion, 8th in the world for Nov 2015 SCS, said about preparing your study plan:

“My goal was to ensure I split my time between the key elements needed to pass the exam, i.e. technical knowledge, knowing the case study and exam practise. With this in mind I drafted a study timetable immediately after booking onto my course, ensuring that I set aside adequate time in each of these areas.”

Personally, I think it all depends on different factors, such as when the last time you took an exam, were you exempted from any of the management level OTs? Or perhaps this is the first CIMA exam you attempted (Gateway route). 

 What do you need to include in your study plan?

Review your technical knowledge: E2, P2 and F2 . I would do it in that order. It has to be a thorough review, make sure you understand the models and all the mentioned concepts. Make notes.  Familiarise yourself with the Pre-Seen material. Familiarise yourself with the Industry of the Pre-Seen. Revise your notes from the 1st point. When you review them, think about the Pre-Seen and what could be useful. Practise, Practise and PRACTISE ! As much as you can! Do plenty of mocks for the current CS, but also have a look at the past papers.

Now that you know what needs to be covered, let’s figure out how to do it.

The way I see it, you have 3 options:

  • you can either do self-study,
  • you can enroll in classroom training,
  • you can mix both by signing up with an online tuition provider.

My suggestion is – don’t do it alone !

A Case Study is a totally different type of exam and if you have sat OCS before, you know what I’m talking about.

Let’s compare it with starting a new job – you feel a bit lost, simple tasks take you ages to fullfill and still there is big room for improvement. In these moments, haven’t you thought – “if only I could ask my boss how to do that” or “if only there was someone who could show me how to do it better and faster”? I know I myself had those questions. With years of experience, I’ve learnt that there is no point in reinventing the wheel, there are so many other things I could be doing. It is just more efficient to use someone else’s knowledge and experience to get your results faster.

I believe that signing up with a proper tuition provider can cut your study time at least in half. Just think about it, that’s all I’m suggesting. I just don’t want you to be frustrated and underprepared for your exam. 

I think now is the right time to show you the video that I made about How to Prepare for Your Management Case Study exam. It shows you how you should approach your preparations for MCS, what are the most important steps that you should include in your study plan and how we – Practice Tests Academy – can help you with that. 

The 1st step was all about planning , realising what the Case Study is about, what is the magnitude of the work you need to put in and deciding on your study option. 

I can help you – we partnered with brilliant tutors, all recommended to us by CIMA, with whom we prepared the necessary materials, helping you succeed in your next MCS exam.

Pete has prepared the first bit, where he aims at providing you the goal of Case Studies why they were created in the first place, what is their objective, what is expected of you and how you can excel at your role. 

In case you are interested in seeing for yourself how great his approach is and why he has been so successful in preparing students for Case Study exams, have a look at our MCS offer.

STEP 2 – Studying

To sum it up – by now you should have chosen how you want to study (or with whom) and you’ve made some kind of a realistic plan. 

Let’s get back to our list of what should be included in the study plan. My suggestion is to make sure you are done with the 1st revision of the 3 pillars by the time the Pre-Seen is released . We have used our expertise to prepare a set of revision videos for you.

In case this is something that might interest you, here is the link: Get your MCS Revisions package only for £49 now!  Personally, I think that sometimes you need that extra push, that structure that the revision course provides. Anyway, it’s up to you, I’m just saying you have an option not to do it on your own or attend highly expensive classes. You can do it online for a fraction of the price. Again, the link is >> here <<. 

If you have taken OT exams from the management level, then I hope you kept your notes since they are going to be useful now. Remember, no calculations will be necessary at this point, you just need to interpret the numbers you are given. So if you (for e.g.) had issues with calculating WACC, but you understand why companies should be using it, you are more less fine. 

If you took the Gateway route, well, I would roll my sleeves up and go through the study books.

With CIMA MCS, it is not sufficient to be knowledgeable, you need to be smart.

When the Pre-Seen is released, read it. Don’t postpone it. I know it is a bit scary because reading will mean that you have to start preparing. I know how trivial that sounds. I made that mistake – I always found more important things to do and postponed reading the Pre-Seen until “tomorrow”… and that tomorrow lasted for 2 weeks… And then I was rushing through it in panic.  Let me tell you – it is not worth it. Better to read a bit each day. 

What actually put me off was the size – usually Pre-Seen material is 20-30 pages long. There are plenty of pictures and charts, tables, so in fact, it is not really that long. 

For your convenience, I have added here a link to the latest MCS Nov’22-Feb’23 Pre-Seen from the CIMA Planner site: 

My suggestion, give it 2 attempts:

  • Skim through the material quickly to get a feel for what the case study is about.
  • On the next day, go through the material in detail – line by line, paragraph by paragraph, taking notes.

Since you reviewed the knowledge from the E2, P2 and F2 papers, you should be able to note the following:

  • Enterprise pillar – which models / frameworks / techniques seem the most relevant to that paragraph and also make notes on your Pre-Seen. You should be able to define short and medium-term goals. You should be familiar with the environment of the company, with its competition, with all the stakeholders. Also be prepared from the project management perspective and change – those topics come up very often. Let’s also not forget about the newly added digitalisation aspect.
  • Performance pillar – identify the types of risks faced which you learned about in P2 and how they could be managed.
  • Financial pillar – analyse the financial statements using key ratios to fully understand the current financial position and performance of the organisation.

A key TIP, coming from Kimanh Duong , 4th in the world in SCS from Aug 2015:

“Don’t leave it too long between your course and exams; get the exams booked early so you aren’t constantly juggling your busy lives.”

I’ve reviewed most of the online providers’ materials and the majority of them focus additionally on Most Likely Issues coming from the Pre-Seen and  Industry Analysis of the business that the company operates in. 

Here at PTA, we have a slightly different view. 

All the industry information you need for the exam is included in the preseen. That is why the preseen is released beforehand – so you can familiarise yourself with the environment of the company. Having more information about the company’s industry (in our current case – Traynner – an educational course provider) will not land you extra marks, BUT it will help you round up your answers better AND will boost your confidence. Why? You will feel that you know more about the company you’re supposed to work for. and we all know what a confidence boost can do in your exam 🙂

That is why we’ve included extra examples of similar companies in our MCS Essential package . You should know what are their current struggles and that should help you to approach answering actual exam questions in a better, more comprehensive way. We do it in a concise way. 

Let me explain – I really stress the word “ concise ” as I’ve watched industry analysis coming from other online tuition providers and they were just too lengthy without providing additional value. You see I can sit  for 4 hours watching something, but I need to be confident that it is adding value to my study time. I read the examiners report and it is clearly stated there that all the information on the industry is given to you in the Preseen and that you will not be given any additional marks for showing that you know a few additional names of the top competitors. Therefore the concise version of the industry analysis is beneficial and will not waste your time. 

Also, let me touch upon the most likely issues likely to be examined. It is a good indication to open your mind to possible problems that the company may face.  We’re projecting what are the most possible issues that the examiner may touch upon, but not limited to them. I remember when I sat my CS, I was still surprised at how the examiners twisted the unseen materials and found a way to utilise big data. There was no mention of that in the Preseen!  (I sat my SCS under the 2015 syllabus, which feels like ages ago, but still, 2015 is not that different from the 2019 syllabus). So just don’t think of that as a definite list. They are likely issues, but there are 5 variants of the exam (if each variance has 4 sections, we are talking about 20 sections to be written). Examiners are going to be creative, that’s for sure. 

In our MCS Preparation Packages , we will delve into identifying potential P2, then E2 and finally F2 threats and opportunities. You will have a complete analysis from each OT paper POV, that covers the core activities and therefore the famous “I can” statements And to reinforce all that knowledge and information, we will kick off the writing process here. We’ve prepared 5 tasks for each paper, based on the current preseen. We want you to avoid the common mistake that most students make while preparing for their Case Study. They start doing mocks far too late, and sometimes not even under exam conditions. We believe that if you start practising your writing from the get-go, as if you were in an exam environment, and then go on to complete your mocks, you’ll find that preparing the structure of your answers and then developing your points will become second nature to you. Obviously, properly developed solutions to those tasks are included in the package. 

By now, you should have:

  • reviewed the technical knowledge,
  • read the Pre-Seen, made notes,
  • done the Industry Analysis and gone through the Most Likely Issues.

Now, let’s focus on the exam itself.

STEP 3 – Exam Practice!

My suggested way around it is:

1. Take a sample from any past papers , have a look at the question and at a model answer provided by CIMA. That will help you understand what are they looking at. This is a tip coming from Steven Scullion, 8th in the world in Nov 2015 SCS

“Question practise is key. Get past paper questions or mock exams from whatever source you can. The greater the variety of questions you come across when studying, the higher the probability that you may get a similar question in the exam and be well prepared for it. Additionally, you will be more prepared for the “shock” factor of coming across a question that you did not expect.” One note here, to clear things up. Of course, it is MUCH better to practise current-preseen questions. That is why we’ve created our innovative tool so that you have a lot of options to practice relevant exam questions under exam conditions. We’ve added 5 tasks per each pillar (so 5 tasks x 3 pillars) + 3 additional questions from ethics, which makes it 18 single tasks + 3 full mocks (our packages can be found >>here<< ). You can see, there is plenty of practice, current preseen relevant of coruse. But I can understand that prices of mocks and other packages can feel a bit pricey, hence if you need to do more practising and you simply do not have access to current preseen mocks and/or questions, head over to the CIMA planner and review past exams’ solutions. 

2. Make sure you spend enough time on planning your answers. CIMA suggests that you should spend roughly 1/3 of your time reading the scenario and planning it. If the average section in MCS lasts for 45 minutes, we are talking about opening 15 minutes on reading and planning! Keeps that figure in mind!

3. Attempt full mock exams under timed conditions and be strict with your time management. 

Another quote from Brendan Ryan, 1st in the world from OCS in Nov 2015:

“Do all the practice exam material you can. Try not to master every single element of the course – listen to your tutor and focus your time on the key areas or any areas you find harder. For the case study in particular, it’s about applying the knowledge you’ve learnt. So try not to cram facts, but think about what’s relevant to the scenario and how this knowledge can be applied.”

We can help you out with practicing under exam conditions. We have a gift for you 🙂  We’ve separated 3 single tasks from our MCS Essential package and gave you access to it. You have 1 task from P2, 1 from E2 and one from F2. The only thing to do is to click the button and sign up for the free MCS package:

If, however, you are more interested in practicing current mocks, we have 3 full mocks for the current Pre-Seen. These also come with an exam simulator and instant solutions. 

Mock are manually marked. You can do all the preparation, you can plan your answers, but then it will be another person assessing how well you did. What you think was the gist may not be the case. You would be surprised how many students do not read the questions asked properly! Just have a look at any examiners’ reports from the exams! Read the answer, pause for 3 seconds, read it again! And only then start planning your answers. 

I think it is good to get a perspective from another person. It is not obligatory, but it is nice to have . Get your mocks marked so you can review the feedback. Ideally, you will get expert feedback on your mock exams as this will give you a knowledgeable and experienced point of view on your level of performance to tell you how well you are getting on. You can review your own script if you fully understand the marking scheme of the exam and note any key lessons learned ready for your next mock exam attempt, but I find this very rarely works as we are not very good judges of our own performance. If you do mocks with us, we give you the possibility to get your mocks checked and receive feedback and some tips on how to improve your performance.

What to do a day before your exam?

  • Re-read the Pre-Seen and the one page summary of your analysis.
  • Create a list of key points you want to use in your exam.
  • Review all the key lessons from your mocks .
  • Review the key theories to refresh your mind, especially from E2.
  • Try to visit your chosen exam centre , so you don’t get stressed on the day of your exam. Prepare your admission slip and ID in advance.
  • Take it easy the day before your exam, sleep well and relax the night before the exam. Being rested will improve your performance.
  • Practice thinking positively ahead of your exam, visualise your future success.

What to do during your exam?

  • Be confident – even if you don’t feel like it, try and act like it (remember that phrase: fake it till you make it?).
  • Work quickly through your exam and aim to make lots of points. 
  • Keep going right to the end, do not end the section before your time is up. You will NOT be rewarded for that!
  • Keep an eye on the time throughout and stick to your timings. 
  • Stick to what has worked in your exam practice sessions before.

The key to passing is therefore being able to demonstrate your application skills as well as the business, people and leadership areas being tested. You don’t need to be a prize winner, you don’t need to get 150 marks, you just need to pass. Overall, what you learn in that exam will help you tremendously in your work life later on, so in my opinion, CIMA has done a good job in structuring those exams in such a way. 

I believe you can do it! Be positive, keep on practicing and you will get there.

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Tips for mastering the CIMA Case Study Exams

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The CIMA® Case Study exams are the final capstone exams of each level of the CIMA Professional Qualification, which students must pass to gain the CGMA® designation. We explore four tips to help you prepare for the exams.

1)     Understand the three Case Study levels.

Each Case Study exam lasts three hours, with multiple tasks of equal lengths. There is a natural progression to the levels — Operational, Management and Strategic — that simulate how work as a management accountant progresses. To reach the Case Study level, you will have already passed the Objective Tests, which focus on ensuring that you have acquired the knowledge and skills for each pillar.  Case Study exams are more about interpreting data and require practical answers to practical questions and simulate real-life business scenarios.

Operational Case Study (OCS)

  • Focus — The short-term role of the finance officer and the implementation of decisions
  • Skills you need to convey — How to work with others in the organisation and use appropriate data and technology to translate medium-term decisions into short-term actionable plans
  • Stats — Three-hour exam containing four tasks related to the enterprise, performance, and financial pillars; allotted 45 minutes per task, each task has two to three sub-tasks

Management Case Study (MCS)

  • Focus — The role of the finance manager involves translating long-term decisions into medium-term plans
  • Skills you need to convey — How to use data and relevant technology to manage organisational and individual performance; allocate resources to implement decisions; monitor and report the implementation of decisions; prepare and interpret financial statements to show performance

Strategic Case Study (SCS)

  • Focus — The role of the senior finance manager entails long-term strategic decision-making
  • Skills you need to convey — How to support organisational leaders to craft strategy and evaluate and manage risks that might prevent the successful implementation of strategy, including sourcing financial resources; value the organisations
  • Stats — Three-hour exam containing three tasks related to the enterprise, performance, and financial pillars; allotted 1-hour per task, each task has two to three sub-tasks

2)     Understand the Case Study exam cycle.

  • Preseen — Released seven weeks before Exam 1
  • Exam 1 — Exam cycle is May and August . The same three to four exam variants are offered both months.
  • Results — Released seven weeks after the exam
  • Preseen — Released seven weeks before Exam 2
  • Exam 2 — Exam cycle is November and February . The same three to four exam variants are offered both months.

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3)     Understand the pre-seen materials.

Pre-seen materials — known as ‘preseens’ — are background information about the fictitious organisation featured in the Case Study exam. This information forms the basis of the tasks you can expect to see in the exam. The preseen tells the story of the company, including the industry and context in which it operates, its financial statements, management accounts, markets and competitors. Preseens are usually 26 – 30 pages long. Key tips include:

  • Be ready — Familiarise yourself with the company, industry and current events.
  • Analyse — Perform an analysis such as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) or political, economic, social and technological (PEST); review financial statements and reporting issues. The end of the preseen will contain live issues regarding what is happening in the industry. For instance, a new standard may have come out that will change reporting standards from the current year to the next and that the Case Study exam must address.
  • Cross-reference with the blueprint — Being able to know what you can do is critical. Can you discuss finance options, dividend policy or evaluate digital strategies?

Tackling “I can” from each of the core activities in each of the sections is necessary for success. For instance:

  • I can identify relevant costs and benefits.
  • I can advise on the communication process.
  • I can recommend a dividend policy.
  • I can use appropriate technologies to gather data for costing purposes, from digital and other sources.

Have a broad syllabus knowledge and know your company intrinsically. You become the person when you role-play the exam. Avoid prefabricated answers, as the exam will have details not included in the preseens. Your answers have to be relevant to the question. 

4)     Plan your exam approach.

  • Manage your time — If you can complete a section early, that time does not get applied to the next section. We suggest spending all of your allotted time within the section.
  • Keep your answers real and relevant — Remember this is a role-based exam; identify one or more factors that might be relevant, then explain why that approach would be relevant. The more tangible details you provide, the higher you are likely to score. Do not offer irrelevant arguments for the sake of padding your answers. Aim for neat, discreet paragraphs.
  • Understand the scoring — People mark the exams, and the pass rate is 60%. Even though a scale is scored 80 out of 150, 60% is the pass rate. The sub-tasks will be weighted differently. Each case will contain tasks from all five of the core activities:

Evaluate opportunities to add value.

-  Implement senior management decisions.

-  Manage performance and costs to aid value creation.

-  Measure performance.

-  Manage internal and external stakeholder.

  • Scoring example

 “For a 12-mark answer, it might be possible to identify, say, four issues. A candidate who aims to write about four topics only has to score three marks for each to obtain full marks.” – MCS Examiner

You have all the tools you need to do well on the CIMA Case Study exams. From all of us at the Association, we wish you the very best for your next Case Study exam.

The content of this article is based on a Case Study Masterclass webinar delivered by CIMA and BPP in November 2020.

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Mark Foley shares four top tips on mastering the CIMA Case Study Exams The CIMA Case Study exams are the final capstone exams of each level of the CIMA Professional Qualification, which students must pass to gain the CGMA designation. We explore four tips to help you prepare for the exams.

Understand the three Case Study levels

Each Case Study exam lasts three hours, with multiple tasks of equal lengths. There is a natural progression to the levels — Operational, Management and Strategic — that simulate how work as a management accountant progresses. To reach the Case Study level, you will have already passed the Objective Tests, which focus on ensuring that you have acquired the knowledge and skills for each pillar. Case Study exams are more about interpreting data and require practical answers to practical questions and simulate real-life business scenarios.

Operational Case Study (OCS)

Focus — The short-term role of the finance officer and the implementation of decisions.

Skills you need to convey — How to work with others in the organisation and use appropriate data and technology to translate medium-term decisions into short-term actionable plans.

Stats — Three-hour exam containing four tasks related to the enterprise, performance, and financial pillars; allotted 45 minutes per task, each task has two to three sub-tasks.

Management Case Study (MCS)

Focus — The role of the finance manager involves translating long-term decisions into medium-term plans.

Skills you need to convey — How to use data and relevant technology to manage organisational and individual performance; allocate resources to implement decisions; monitor and report the implementation of decisions; prepare and interpret financial statements to show performance.

Strategic Case Study (SCS)

Focus — The role of the senior finance manager entails long-term strategic decision-making.

Skills you need to convey — How to support organisational leaders to craft strategy and evaluate and manage risks that might prevent the successful implementation of strategy, including sourcing financial resources; value the organisations.

Stats — Three-hour exam containing three tasks related to the enterprise, performance, and financial pillars; allotted one-hour per task, each task has two to three sub-tasks.

Understand the Case Study exam cycle

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Understand the pre-seen materials

Pre-seen materials — known as ‘preseens’ — are background information about the fictitious organisation featured in the Case Study exam. This information forms the basis of the tasks you can expect to see in the exam. The preseen tells the story of the company, including the industry and context in which it operates, its financial statements, management accounts, markets and competitors. Preseens are usually 26–30 pages long. Key tips include:

• Be ready — Familiarise yourself with the company, industry and current events.

• Analyse — Perform an analysis such as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) or political, economic, social and technological (PEST); review financial statements and reporting issues. The end of the preseen will contain live issues regarding what is happening in the industry. For instance, a new standard may have come out that will change reporting standards from the current year to the next and that the Case Study exam must address.

• Cross-reference with the blueprint — Being able to know what you can do is critical. Can you discuss finance options, dividend policy or evaluate digital strategies?

Tackling ‘I can’ from each of the core activities in each of the sections is necessary for success. For instance:

• I can identify relevant costs and benefits. • I can advise on the communication process. • I can recommend a dividend policy. • I can use appropriate technologies to gather data for costing purposes, from digital and other sources.

Have a broad syllabus knowledge and know your company intrinsically.

You become the person when you role-play the exam. Avoid prefabricated answers, as the exam will have details not included in the preseens. Your answers have to be relevant to the question.

Plan your exam approach Manage your time — If you can complete a section early, that time does not get applied to the next section. We suggest spending all of your allotted time within the section.

Keep your answers real and relevant — Remember, this is a role-based exam; identify one or more factors that might be relevant, then explain why that approach would be relevant. The more tangible details you provide, the higher you are likely to score. Do not offer irrelevant arguments for the sake of padding your answers. Aim for neat, discreet paragraphs.

Understand the scoring — People mark the exams, and the pass rate is 60%. Even though a scale is scored 80 out of 150, 60% is the pass rate.

The sub-tasks will be weighted differently. Each case will contain tasks from all five of the core activities:

• Evaluate opportunities to add value. • Implement senior management decisions. • Manage performance and costs to aid value creation. • Measure performance. • Manage internal and external stakeholder.

Scoring example

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As the MCS Examiner said: “For a 12-mark answer, it might be possible to identify, say, four issues. A candidate who aims to write about four topics only has to score three marks for each to obtain full marks.”

You have all the tools you need to do well on the CIMA Case Study exams. From all of us at the Association, we wish you the very best for your next Case Study exam.

• The content of this article is based on a Case Study Masterclass webinar delivered by CIMA and BPP in November 2020

CIMA CURRENT ADVICE

Should you sit your case study exam online?

Many students do have a successful experience sitting their case study exams online. However, due to the less controlled environment of the online setting and the need for a continuous and regular internet connection, there are some students who have a disrupted exam experience. Test centres offer a reliable, controlled environment in which to take a test. Where possible, if you feel comfortable travelling to a test centre and feel at ease with the safety and hygiene procedures that have been made available in test centres as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, we recommend that you take your case study in a test centre.

Pearson Vue have more information on the measures that have been put in place.

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Preparing for the CIMA Feb24 Case Studies: Free Resources and Guides

In the lead up to the next CIMA Case Study exam, VIVA's experts share useful free resources and guides that put you in pole position for exam day.

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With the CIMA February 2024 Case Study exams just around the corner , it's a good idea for those of you intending to sit the exam to start laying the groundwork for your studies right now. The February exam can catch a lot of students out - the temptation is always to postpone study until after the holidays .

This is a mistake!

With the pre-seen already available, and a tuition provider like VIVA with full on-demand courses already available for the February window, there is no good reason why you shouldn't maximise your chances and jumpstart your studies as soon as possible. With that in mind, we thought we'd share with you what VIVA can do to help put you in pole position ahead of exam day. Below are a variety of tips, free resources and guides for the CIMA Feb24 case studies to help get you started.

1. Get the CIMA Pre-seen Materials Here

Probably the most important "free" resource of all is the pre-seen document that CIMA releases in advance of the Operational, Management and Strategic case study exams! The pre-seen document should be the focal point of your studies. You need to know this document inside-out. Too many students assume that they can casually browse the document a few days before the exam, and that if their theoretical knowledge is good enough, they'll be fine.

This is another mistake. There's a reason CIMA releases the pre-seen well in advance. It's because they want you to know it like the back of your hand. You need to be able to very quickly recall info from the pre-seen on exam day; to know where to look to find information that will help you answer the question. To know all the threats, opportunities, weaknesses, challenges, processes of the company in question.

Below you can find the links to each of the pre-seen documents for the current exam window:

OCS Feb24 Pre-seen: click here

MCS Feb24 Pre-seen: click here

SCS Feb24 Pre-seen: click here

2. VIVA's Pre-course Work

All of VIVA's Case study courses include a "Foundational Materials" component. This includes around 7 hours of video lectures and quizzes that ensure you are in the right mindset as soon as the pre-seen is released. These materials can be accessed immediately if you have purchased access to the Feb24 Case Study courses (whether as part of our CIMA All Access membership, or as an individual course ). The Foundational Materials include video reviews of your Objective Test theories and syllabi, exam technique lectures, study focus sessions, and more. This is particularly useful for any Gateway students sitting the MCS exam. VIVA's foundational materials orient you by introducing you to the key topics and concepts from the Objective Test exams. From there, if you wish you can further unlock the full suite of video lectures from E2, P2 and F2 with the All Access membership - allowing you to do a deeper dive on theories that you might not be familiar with. Unlock VIVA's full courses (with around 40 hours of learning materials, video lectures, live webinars and mock exams per course) via the links below:

3. Free articles and guides

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‍ Perhaps VIVA's best kept secret (though we try our best not to keep it a secret!) is our growing library of high-value free content - the Knoweldge Centre . Much of this content is highly practical and relevant to Case Study exam sitters. Below we include a selection of the best free case study materials and videos that you can start working through immediately in order to ensure you are well oriented and motivated come pre-seen release day: ‍ ‍

Free Articles:

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5 CIMA Study Tips to Keep You Motivated

How to Pass CIMA Case Study Exams: A Detailed Guide to Success

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6 Tips to Pass CIMA Fast

Handling CIMA Exam Day Nerves: Lessons from Public Speaking ‍

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How to pass the CIMA MCS exam

How to pass the CIMA SCS exam

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What goes into a Strong CIMA MCS Exam Answer?

Analysing and Understanding CIMA SCS Exam Questions ‍

4. Add mock exam marking at any time

For so many students, VIVA's professional marking has been the difference maker, the thing that pushed them over the line to a pass (see here for example).

Our student surveys have shown that VIVA students who had their mock exams marked by our team of experts, were 48% more likely to pass than students who had not had their mock exams marked. You don't have to get all your mocks marked, we understand that sometimes it's just not practical due to time or financial constraints. But the great thing with VIVA is that you can add any amount of mock marking to your course/membership at any time. You can purchase marking for anywhere from just 1 mock exam to 5 mock exams. You can purchase at the links below:

  • marking for 1 x mock exam: purchase here  
  • marking for 2 x mock exams: purchase here    
  • marking for 3 x mock exams: purchase here    
  • marking for 5 x mock exams: purchase here

We hope you find the above helpful as you gear up for the Feb24 round of CIMA Case Study exams.

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CIMA Management Case Study (MCS) Overview

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that there’s a lot to do in preparation for your CIMA Management case study exam.

As you will have seen from an earlier blog post I wrote, your approach needs to involve:

  • Careful analysis of the pre seen material
  • Familiarity with what is going on in that industry in the real world
  • Thorough revision of your technical knowledge from the three objective test papers
  • A good understanding of your “role” in the fictitious organisation
  • Practicing the many elements of exam technique needed to pass

Now you’re probably pretty scared of awaits you in the CIMA Management case study, right?

And you’re wondering: is it even possible to be fully prepared in such a short space of time?

But don’t worry, I’ve broken down what you need to do in a step-by-step, week-by-week, structure for you to follow.

It’s based on the same blueprint that CIMA case study experts Astranti use on their CIMA MCS Exam Course .

And this schedule has been proven to work over and over again by students who have passed their CIMA Management case study exam, despite working full time and having other commitments taking up their time.

Now it won’t be easy.  Preparing for CIMA exams never is.

But if you follow the plan below over the coming weeks it will set you up for success…AND don’t worry if you feel you are falling behind.   You will soon catch up if you are determined to pass.

Activity #1: CIMA Management Case Study Pre Seen Analysis

In particular you are looking to find out:

  • A clear picture of what the organisation does and the industry it operates in
  • How the business is performing and where it is currently heading
  • The potential threats and opportunities for the business
  • Who the stakeholders are and how you would advise they be managed
  • A list of the key issues facing the organisation that are likely to come up in your exam
  • How you would deal with such issues to provide practical business advice
  • The key topics from the E, P and F papers that are relevant to this particular case
  • Your own interpretation of the figures provided (what they mean for the business)
  • Any potential ethical issues that may arise
  • A list of key facts you can summarise onto one page and read over regularly

Activity #2: Start Learning More About the CIMA Management Case Study Exam

In particular you’ll want to discover:

  • The key ingredients to passing the CIMA Management Case Study
  • A general overview of the exam format
  • Your Role and how it will shape your exam answers
  • How to analyse the pre seen
  • How to Identify ALL the requirements
  • Why you must plan your answers
  • The 9 stages of exam planning
  • How you can practise your answer plans
  • The best approach to typing up your answers for a clear pass
  • How to practise your writing style
  • How the MCS exam is marked
  • How to master time management in your exam
  • The optimum approach to preparing for the MCS exam

Recommended resources:

  • Relevant MCS Pre Seen Material from CIMA Connect
  • Matt’s FREE guide to analysing the pre seen quickly and effectively
  • Astranti Detailed Video Guides walking you through the MCS pre seen
  • Astranti MCS Study Text no.1 covering in depth what is needed to pass the exam
  • Astranti MCS Tuition Videos on exam time management, writing style and answer planning
  • Recent MCS Examiner reports from CIMA Connect

Activity #1: Start Revising Theory from Papers E2, P2 and F2 (and how to apply it)

Your CIMA Management case study exam is not just testing your technical knowledge but also your application of this knowledge.

“Application” basically means knowing when and how to use a theoretical model appropriately in your exam so that you can provide the best advice possible to your boss in the case.

Here you’ll want to learn:

  • Which theories are most applicable to the CIMA Management case study exam
  • The underlying concepts of those theories so you can explain them
  • The pros and cons of using them in different business scenarios
  • What the examiner is really after when it comes to earning marks for technical skills
  • How to interpret and analyse key financials to help the decision making process
  • How to apply different theoretical models to the pre seen
  • How to use theory as a useful tool for providing sound business advice in the exam

Activity #2: Start revising the different aspects of Ethics (an area often examined)

Ethical issues can come up in any CIMA Management case study exam.   Such as ethical issues in dealing with redundancy (Variant 1, May 2017) and the company’s ethical stance on bribery (Variant 2 May 2017).

The CIMA Management case study examiner has also made a point of saying that Ethics needs to be dealt with better by students due to “a general and surprising trend of candidates performing badly at questions relating to ethical issues.”

So if you want to score well in your exam you need to be prepared to deal with the different aspects of ethics should they come up.

In particular you want to learn:

  • Why ethics is so important at case study
  • Ethics – the theory and how to apply to the exam
  • Corporate Social responsibility – the theory and how to apply it
  • How to use CIMA’s ethical code – which the examiner for the CIMA MCS exam said could come up at any time
  • Controlling ethics – a checklist on how to deal with ethical problems faced in the exam
  • Why students ethical sections are typically so poor
  • A checklist of ethical headings to consider to analyse ethical issues in depth and maximise marks
  • How to write ethical recommendations in depth
  • What the examiners say about ethics and the exam
  • A standard structure to use in the exam to maximise marks on ethics questions

Activity #3 (Optional): Watch a live/recorded webinar on the keys to passing the CIMA MCS exam.

Here you’ll by taught by an expert tutor where you’ll learn:

  • What it takes to prepare fully for this exam, and what YOU will have to do between now and your exam date
  • What the examiner says you must do to pass AND what you must avoid
  • The skills of effective planning with a live demonstration of answer planning
  • A good understanding of the key points from the current pre-seen
  • How to use your knowledge of the pre-seen to score marks in the exam
  • The 10 theoretical models most likely to be examined, based on the current pre-seen
  • The writing style that maximises your marks in the exam
  • How to master your time management – often the biggest roadblock to passing this exam
  • Astranti MCS study text no.2 which covers all the key areas of the syllabus from E2, P2 and F2
  • Astranti’s MCS Ethics pack which goes into detail about how to deal with Ethics confidently
  • Astranti Masterclass 1 where you’ll be taught the keys to passing the MCS exam

Activity #1: Attempt Your First CIMA Management Case Study Mock (and submit for marking)

Without doubt the difference between passing and failing the CIMA Management case study exam comes down to one thing: How well you have practiced your exam technique under exam conditions.

Mock exams help you with just that.

But also, mock exams help you determine whether the hours you have already spent revising have worked in terms of committing the vital information to your long term memory.  After all, in the heat of your exam, you need to be able to quickly and easily recall how to approach the answers.

As each exam window is based on a different case, you’ll want to make sure that the mock exams you are attempting are on the latest pre-seen and contain realistic scenarios which could occur in the real exam.

Because taking your first mock is always quite an overwhelming task, this mock exam should be “moderate” in terms of difficultly level.   This means it will test your exam skills to date but at the same time should also be quite manageable.  (This is provided you have already undertaken the steps above).

Once you have attempted your mock, you’ll want to get your mock marked by an experienced tutor.

It’s really hard to tell by yourself whether you would have picked up marks or not throughout your script and also it’s hard not to be biased.

Your marker will give you a good outside perspective as to the level of knowledge and exam technique you have displayed in your script.  And also point out which areas of improvement you need to focus on most and how to go about making those adjustments.

Activity #2: Review First Mock solution

Here you want to review what a high quality answer looks like as well as the best way to structure your exam answer to the different requirements you are faced with.

It’s important that you don’t simply copy out the solution.  Instead as you read through, think about and note down any key insights you learn.  In particular ask yourself:

  • Did I spot ALL of the same requirements?
  • Did I format my answer in a similar way?
  • Did I apply the same or similar theory to each requirement?
  • Did I make roughly the same number of points in each section?
  • Did each of my points have a similar amount of depth to them?
  • Was my overall advice in each section in line with the solution?

It’s also important to remember that mock exam practice is all part of the learning process.  You’re not expected to be writing a strong answer just yet.   And it’s also better to find out where your strengths and weaknesses lye right now rather than on your actual exam day.

Activity #3: Keep Revising Theory from Papers E2, P2 and F2

Keep testing yourself on how well you explain the theories you cover and your ability to apply them to potential scenarios affecting the case.

Activity #4 (Optional):   Keep Revising Ethics

Keep working on how to deal with ethical issues successfully in your exam

 Recommended Resources;

  • Astranti MCS Mock Exam 1 and Solution
  • Marking and feedback from experienced Astranti tutor
  • Astranti MCS Text Books

Activity #1: Review First Mock Feedback When Returned by Marker

Your experienced marker will review your script in detail, paragraph by paragraph.

They will give specific feedback for each paragraph and determine your areas for improvement. This will enable you to identify weaknesses in your answers and how you can improve on them to get those vital marks.

Specifically they will give you feedback on:

  • How well you applied the case to the unseen scenario – are you scoring enough application marks?
  • Your application to the pre seen – are you using pre seen information enough?
  • The balance of your points under technical, people, business and leadership skills
  • Your exam technique – focusing on what you need to do to score more marks
  • Your writing style – is the way you make your points scoring good marks?
  • Whether you are writing enough to pass – do you need to make more points and in which sections?
  • Any key areas of technical weakness that you need to revise.
  • Whether your point’s long enough and your explanation’s detailed enough.
  • Your overall performance with your final mark – and whether you are on track to pass

Activity #2: Attempt Your Second Mock (and submit for marking)

Use what you learned from your first mock to your advantage.   Particularly look to put into place those improvements identified by your marker.

In this mock you should expect to score highly. The topics will be wide ranging to test your theoretical knowledge and application skills, but with good time management, this will be a moderate challenge.

Submit your mock for marking to confirm how well you scored and put those improvements into place

Activity #3: Review Second Mock Solution

Follow the same process as for your first mock solution

 Activity #4: Keep Revising Theory from Papers E2, P2 and F2:

Recommended Resources;

  • Astranti MCS Mock Exam 2 and Solution

Activity #1: Review Second Mock feedback when returned by marker:

Follow the same process as when you got the feedback for your first mock.  Take comfort from where your strengths are and don’t get too down about your weaknesses.  You’ll never produce a perfect answer.  Simply commit to work on those specific areas of improvement in isolation before your next mock.

Activity #2: Attempt Your Third Mock

This will typically be your final mock before your actual exam.

As such, it needs to be very challenging and probably more difficult than real exam. That way your actual exam will feel like just another mock.

This final mock will cover some of the major topics (ones likely to be tested in the real thing) from E2, F2 and P2.

Submit this mock for marking to see where you really stand a week before your exam date.

Activity #3: Review Third Mock Solution

Follow the same process as per previous mock solutions.

Activity #4: Keep Revising Theory from Papers E2, P2 and F2

As in previous weeks

  • Astranti MCS Mock Exam 3 and Solution

  Activity #1: Review Third Mock feedback when returned by marker

Hopefully be now you’ll marker will be reporting that you’ve ironed out most of your weaknesses and you are well on track for passing your exam.

Activity #2:   Final Tweeks

Work on any remaining areas of exam technique and technical knowledge that need improving

Final practice of your application skills to different theories

Activity #4 (Optional): Final Revision Webinar Ahead of Your CIMA Management Case Study Exam

Here you’ll learn:

  • The common mistakes made in the exam according to the examiner
  • Which errors you are still making that you’ll want to eradicate
  • The top 10 most likely issues in your exam based on the current pre-seen
  • Whether you are using the pre-seen information as you should be – the examiner says you must!
  • A reminder of the key elements of passing the MCS exam
  • Four key areas of improvement for YOU to score more marks on exam day (based on a script you have written)
  • Pre-prepared paragraphs based on your pre-seen which you can memorise that are guaranteed to score you extra marks in the exam
  • What the markers are saying about MCS scripts they are marking and what they say you should do to improve
  • The key time saving tips for the exam to ensure you complete every section on the day
  • A number of top industry examples which you can use to score marks in your exam
  • What other students are saying which can be of use to you in your exam
  • Your revision notes
  • Astranti Masterclass 2

This is your CIMA Management case study exam week!!!

Exams are held between Tuesday and Saturday.

Activities to perform on pre exam days:

  • Re read the pre seen & the one page summary of your analysis
  • Create a list of key points you want to use in your exam
  • Review all the key lessons from your mocks
  • Re read the key theories just to refresh your mind
  • Try to visit your chosen exam centre
  • Make sure you have your admission slip and ID ready
  • Take it easy the day before your exam – no last minute cramming
  • Sleep well and relax the night before the exam
  • Practice thinking positively ahead of your exam – visualise success

Activities to perform during Your Exam:

  • Go into exam with confidence – even if you don’t feel like it, try and act like it (trust me this works)
  • Work quickly through your exam and aim to make lots of points
  • Keep going right to the end and try to maximise your marks
  • Keep an eye on the time throughout and stick to your timings
  • Stick to what has worked in your mock exam practice
  • Your admission slip and ID

Final thoughts

This schedule is not meant to intimidate you.  It looks long and involved but it is manageable even with a full time job and other commitments .  Plus you can always use it as a template to create your own schedule.

I can’t guarantee you a pass if you stick to this plan. I wish I could.

But if you follow ALL the steps outlined in the schedule, you are gearing yourself up for the best chance of passing first time.   After all, it means you are following a proven framework that has been used by many successful students on Astranti’s CIMA MCS course

And if your exam is fast approaching, you can still catch up and complete all these activities in time.  It just means you’ll have to put in the extra effort in the time remaining.  But what you can’t do is skip ahead or miss a couple of these steps out …as this virtually guarantees you will fail.

Just be prepared to put in the hard work now so that you can reap the benefits come results time.

P.S. Have any questions? Drop me a note in the comments section below.

P.P.S. If you know someone who is also taking their CIMA Management case study, share this plan to help them, too.

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CIMA Operational Case Study Exam Tips

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As you may already know, Operational Case Study (OCS) is the first case study under the CIMA professional qualification and is designed to test your ability to apply the technical knowledge you’ve learnt from E1, P1 and F1.

What’s included in the Case Study Exam tasks?

When it comes to the tasks in the exam, they can involve: giving advice or making recommendations on different budgeting techniques, variance analysis and costing techniques, and other relevant areas. They can also include accounting standards in practice, and thinking about the digital features in an organisation. Of course this list is not exhaustive of what could come up in your exam.

The case study exam is designed to reflect tasks that you could be asked to do in a normal day at work as a finance officer, the level that this case study is designed to test. Unlike the Objective test papers, the case study exam mostly involves a written answer, usually 4 tasks lasting 45 minutes each.

Kaplan Publishing is the only supplier of CIMA-approved material, meaning that all of our books have been CIMA-reviewed and are the only ones to benefit from examiner insight and past questions.

Once those 45 minutes are up the timer will stop and you’ll be pushed onto the next question. You can’t go back to the task after the 45 minutes if you don’t finish it. Time management is crucial, so when it comes to it practice really does make perfect.

In the past, case studies have been written on fictitious companies, including a chocolate manufacturer, (such as Hotel Chocolate, yum!) and a 24-hour gym (think Buzz Gym, Pure Gym). The exam will use this company and ask you to provide advice to the finance manager/director and the board on specific areas.

A student’s perspective

Jemma Mead is a Kaplan student who completed, and passed, the Operational Case Study exam in November 2019. She offers some thoughts and tips:

The Operational case study was pretty hard, but on a par with what I expected. I was particularly nervous as before starting CIMA I hadn’t studied for 15 years!

In the exam you don’t have to do many calculations, because you’re being tested on whether you’ve actually understood the concepts and can apply the technical knowledge you learnt at P1 / E1 and F1.

We had a chocolate company, which was nice, as you have to learn a lot about the company and industry. It really allows you to get into the role of finance officer at your pre-seen company and understand how it works.

Here are my tips on passing the CIMA Operational case study exam:

  • Be ready to think on your feet , and be reactive to what the tasks ask you to do.
  • Familiarise yourself with the pre-seen material - really understand the new material you are given in the tasks in the exam. I don’t think the examiners are looking for generic answers. It’s about tailoring it to the specific company in question.
  • Take advice from your Kaplan tutors. They gave me fantastic insight into what may come up, so do listen to them and use the material.
  • Brush up on any gaps in your technical knowledge. With the Kaplan courses they try to cover everything, but you’ll never know the tasks you will get on the day. So if there are weaknesses in your technical knowledge, you will need to brush up before exam day.
  • Really read and understand the question and pick out the key elements.
  • Allocate time effectively to answer the question.
  • Don’t waffle, use your time effectively and use it as best as you can.
  • Use the Kaplan student community. I used Live Online, and having other people in the class was really helpful. Being able to interact with them on a live chat can help you learn in a different way. Take advantage of that.

Passing OCS with top marks

For more student tips, watch our video from a student who came first in the world for the Operational case study exam. Jade gives us the inside info on what she did to get there. Tips, tricks and approach to study for E1, P1 and F1 objective tests.

How you can study and prepare for your next exam

Kaplan is here to support you and inspire you to pass your case study. We have a wide range of study methods to choose from, based on your preferences.

We are the only approved publisher of CIMA materials, which is essential for your success, and our mock exams are designed to give you the look and feel of the real case study exam. We will also give you tailored feedback on the answers to your mocks if you submit them to us by the marking deadlines.

Keep going, you can do it - we’re with you every step of the way!

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    We explore four tips to help you prepare for the exams. Understand the three Case Study levels. Each Case Study exam lasts three hours, with multiple tasks of equal lengths. There is a natural progression to the levels — Operational, Management and Strategic — that simulate how work as a management accountant progresses.

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