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CIMA case study not a three-hour test anymore!

25 April 2016

If you want to ensure success at the CIMA case study you must stop thinking of the exam as a three-hour test, says Kaplan’s Becky Evans.

As you can’t jump forward and backwards between tasks you need to plan for each individual task you are tackling (they are be between 30 and 60 minutes).

It is also essential you answer all the sub-requirements, as missing just one competency could mean a ‘fail’.

It may seem obvious but you also have to know the pre-seen inside out, she explains. You won’t, however, have time to re-read it in the exam room, so you must know who the people are and what their roles are. Evans said that PQs are meant to be working for this organisation, so refer to people by name not as ‘the HR manager’.

PQ magazine brought Evans together with four other experts to take a look at CIMA’s case study test. Along with CIMA’s-own Peter Stewart, our experts take an in-depth look at how to ensure success.

* See pages 20-22 in the latest issue for the best way to approach the case study.

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