10 Tasks you MUST do before the CIMA Strategic case study exam!






It's the last weekend before the SCS exam, so now is the time for the final push to secure the pass you're looking for!
Here is the list of 10 things you need to do as part of your last few days of revision:


1Read the CIMA SCS Examiners report The report is VITAL reading. It's the first chance we've had to really get to the heart of what the examiner is looking for. It will help you to find out exactly what scores marks, what you should be including and what you don't need to include in your answers. May Examiners Report 


2) Spend some time ensuring you are familiar with the pre-seen analysis and industry background. Consider the issues that could come up in the exam and the implications for the business.

 Being aware of these before you get into the exam will put you at a significant advantage as you will be able to write more comprehensive solutions.

find some free demo materials here 

3) Final mock exams. 
Your aim should be to complete a full script with each section being well developed. This will cement the exam practise you have been doing to date, and ensure you have your time management mastered. If you have time for two or three then even better! - find some mock exams here 

4) Create a one-page summary of pre-seen facts to learn. (e.g. cash-flow statement, who are the people and what are the key figures). You do not want to be referring back to the pre-seen on the day of the exam as you simply do not have time, and your main focus will be on the unseen material.

5) Ask any outstanding questions to your tutor or Friends 

6) On the day before the exam, a full mock is probably a little too much, particularly for those of you at work, so a mini-mock exam is perfect for this day to firmly cement your approach. If you've not done it yet - attempt our free mini-mock from the Members Area.
Signup here - http://goo.gl/yiSSga

7) Write and memorise some pre-learned paragraphs. This can score easy marks in the exam. You should memorise paragraphs which take a piece of theory such as a model, explain how it works and then apply it to the pre-seen.

8) Revise key theories and models. It is vital that you learn all the key theory. You should know this by now of course, but one final review is important.

9) On the morning of the examreview your key facts sheet and strategic analysis of the case pre-seen so they are fresh in your mind
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10) Attend the SCS Masterclass  - The aim of the day is to put you in the best possible position for your exam next week, with a focus on what it takes to pass and you need to do to score more marks on exam day. It could be the difference between passing and failing! - Find a sample Masterclass video here 


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How to face Ethics questions in the CIMA Case Study exams - useful ethics pack from Astranti








As accountants it is easy for us to focus on areas that we feel most comfortable with such as statistics and fact based answers!

Ethics is an area which requires us to think differently and develop opinions on somewhat subjective issues.

 Ethics Pack from Astranti will help you to understand what you need to know and how to build this into your Case Study exam answers.

Remember, Ethics based questions are difficult to avoid and will appear throughout your CIMA studies from Operational to Strategic level!

The Ethics Pack will be extremely useful to students taking Case Study exams across ALL levels, OCS, MCS and SCS.

The pack is a combination of a video (over an hour in length!) and an online ebook. 

It covers areas including:
  • Why ethics is so important at Case Study level
  • The theory of ethics and its application to the exam
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and its application to the pre-seen
  • How to use CIMA's ethical code - which the examiner said could be used on almost any ethical question.
  • 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 recommendation in depth.
  • What examiners say about ethics in the exam.
  • A standard structure to use in the exam to maximise marks on ethics questions.
Ethics is a highly examinable topic and has appeared in every case study since they were introduced at the start of the year.

To give you an idea of this please see the table below:

Exam Number of Variants that have included Ethics
 SCS May Exam3/5 variants
 MCS May Exam3/5 variants
OCS May Exam
4/5 variants
SCS March Exam3/5 variants
MCS March Exam4/5 variants
OCS March Exam4/5 variants

As you can see ethics is a vital topic for you to revise, as there is around a 70% chance that you will get a variant that includes ethical issues.
The recent examiners report also mentioned that ethical issues were often overlooked by candidates or they were only briefly addressed in their answers.

To give you an idea of the style and content of Ethics Pack, take a look at sample video from Astranti.


This 14 minute video introduces you to Ethics and discusses why this subject is so important

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If you like to know how to write the perfect answer to an Ethics questions, the full pack can be purchased via the link here - Astranti.com




Things you must do before the CIMA Operational Case Study (OCS) exam



1) Spend some time ensuring you are familiar with the pre-seen analysis and industry background. Consider the issues that could come up in the exam and the implications for the business. 

Being aware of these before you get into the exam will put you at a significant advantage as you will be able to write more comprehensive solutions.

Tip - Checkout some free analysis here - CIMA OCS free Analysis


2) Complete one final mock exam. 

Your aim should be to complete a full script with each section being well developed. This will cement the exam practise you have been doing to date, and ensure you have your time management mastered. If you have time for two then even better!



3) Create a one-page summary of pre-seen facts to learn

.(E.g. who are the people and what are the key figures). You do not want to be referring back to the pre-seen on the day of the exam as you simply do not have time, and your main focus will be on the unseen material.

4) On the day before the exam, a full mock is probably a little too much, particularly for those of you at work, so a mini-mock exam is perfect for this day to firmly cement your approach.  

Note - if you don't have a mini mock try astranti free mini mock from the free membership area - signup here 

5) Write and memorise some pre-learned paragraphs.

 This can score easy marks in the exam. You should memorise paragraphs which take a piece of theory such as a model, explain how it works and then apply it to the pre-seen.

6) Revise key theory.

 It is vital that you learn all the key theory. You should know this by now of course, but one final review is important.

Here are some key topics may help - OCS Key topics

7) On the morning of the exam

 Review your key facts sheet and strategic analysis of the case pre-seen so they are fresh in your mind.

8) Attend the OCS Masterclass - 
This is a great last minute revision opportunity. The aim of the day is to put you in the best possible position for your exam, with a focus on what it takes to pass and you need to do to score more marks on exam day. It could make the different between passing and failing! 

Find the Recommended Masterclass here - http://goo.gl/Zdc3PC


9) Read through the August Examiner's Report - This report contains very important information! It includes VITAL advice for students sitting the exam and identifies exactly what the examiner's will be looking for! Checkout this in the CIMA connect 





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