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Latest CIMA pass rates are 'out'

15 July 2016

CIMA’s OT pass rates just can’t stop going up! The new rates, released today, show the overall exam pass rates are tracking up by at least one or two percentage points in every paper.

CIMA’s exam chief, Steve Flatman, told PQ magazine he was particularly pleased with the rise in the P3 and F3 pass rates. Both have seen a 20% increase in overall pass rates from a year ago, when CIMA released its first set of results.

For Flatman these latest results show the exams are “consistent, reliable and fair”.

The case study pass rates also held up in May, with the exception of the Strategic level, where the pass rate slipped to 46%. Flatman has already looked into this and explained there were were more students resitting this paper in the summer cohort.

For the first time CIMA released grade descriptors with the results. These are designed to help show students where they are failing. Flatman stressed this was not just for looking back, but to help students going forward too. He felt it is vital that CIMA is clear and transparent about the standards expected of exam candidates.


CIMA May 2016 case study pass rates: Operational 67%; Management 63%; Strategic 46%


CIMA overall OT pass rates: E1 88%; P1 67%; F1 84%; E2 93%; P2 72%; F2 72%; E3 80%; P3 77%; F3 75%


CIMA first-time OT pass rates: E1 80%; P1 47%; F1 74%; E2 86%; P2 52%; F2 49%; E3 65%; P3 55%; F3 55%


* PQ magazine would like to thank CIMA for allowing us to print the pass rates in full in the latest magazine. It means all students now get the pass rates a week earlier too!

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