CIMA Strategic Integrated Case Study Look preseen March 2015 Strategic Analysis from Astranti

Introduction to LOOK Pre-seen March 2015

Strategic Analysis Part 1 

Nick Best of Astranti Financial Training Guides you through the first few pages of the March 2015 CIMA SCS Preseen Material in preparation for your Exams. 

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CIMA Strategic Level Case Study (SCS) Exam LOOK March 2015 Resources

CIMA Strategic Level Case study exam (SCS) Look March 2015  Resources 
  • Study Guides  
  • CIMA Strategic Level Preseen Analysis SCS Exam LOOK March 2015 (Astranti)
  • Mock Exams
  • Free CIMA Strategic level Study Texts (E3,P3,F3) 
  • Useful CIMA Strategic level Case study Introduction demo videos
  • Case Strategic level Case Study Related useful videos 
  • Case Strategic level Case Study Related Useful Articles 

5 things you need to know about the CIMA Strategic Case Study Exam (SCS)

1) There are no calculations in the Case Study Exam

HURRAH shout some of you! Well, it's not all good news... Calculations in the old T4 exam were a definite area where marks could be gained. In the new SCS exam, the general requirements are going to be less specific and harder to "learn". This will make improving harder because you might be at a loss to discover where you are failing. Getting feedback on your Mock Exam scripts for the new Case Study Exam will therefore be vital to ensure you are getting all the rights points and answering them in the right way!

2) Technical knowledge of the theory from F3, P3 and E3 syllabus will be required

You can't forget the technical material now you've passed your E3, F3 and P3 exams. You've still got be very familiar with it as you will be expected to use it in this exam.  If you've just failed T4, you will need to go back and revise these subjects as you'll need more specific knowledge than you did for T4. You'll need to use your knowledge in the context of the case study company and the specific new information provided. Application will be the key, rather than simply being able to state the theory. The best answers will use theoretical knowledge in combination with wider analysis and business acumen. With technical skills totaling 25% of the exam this is a vital element to passing.

3) There is preseen material released 7 weeks before the exam - you will need to analyse the material and have a full understanding of it.

In the exam you play the role of a member of staff, most likely a senior manager in the case study organisation, and your analysis and recommended strategies are expected to be as insightful about case study company as it would be about your own organisation.

4) Creating a balanced answer script will be key to passing

There are 4 learning outcomes for the Strategic Case Study (SCS): technical, business, people and leadership skills. Each of these criteria represents roughly 25% of the marks in the exam and as such you need to understand how the marks are awarded for each and how to write your answers in a balanced way. Your answer could be technically perfect, but you'll get no more than 25% in the exam if that's all there is to your script!

5) There is no escaping the keyboard!

All CIMA exams will be computer center based. For the Case Study Exam CIMA insist that this exam is not a test of typing speed and that an average typing speed of 20 words per minute will get you an answer long enough to pass. While that may be true, our experience of computer based case studies (going back to 2006 when they were introduced) is that longer scripts usually indicate a greater the level of depth, which will score more points. Therefore it will be your aim to type as quickly as you can and write as much as you can without compromising on the quality of your work.

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Online Revision Questions Chapter-By-Chapter for CIMA 2015 Syllabus

CIMA Chapter-By-Chapter online Revision Questions for latest CIMA 2015 Syllabus from Astranti 

10-12 challenging questions in multiple choice format to test your understanding of every chapter of our CIMA Study Texts.

There are 3 free packs of questions to try for each subject available when you sign up as a free member.

The types of questions include:

  • Multiple choice box ticking
  • Drag and drop
  • Fill in the blank
  • Data entry
  • Hotspot
  • Drop down selection

Astranti questions cover the entire CIMA Subject Material and are the perfect study partner to our Complete Study Texts.

Buying the CIMA practice questions from Astranti gives users access to the full range of chapter-by-chapter practice questions.

These questions are online only - you will need to have a internet connected device to view them.

Try the free demo questions below by signup for a free membership 

Special Features of the question packages

  • Comprehensive questions coverage of whole CIMA subject syllabus 
  • Created by the Expert team 
  • Package include all types of questions for OTQ 
  • Real time practice opportunity (online exams ) 
  • Instant correction with answers.
  • Free demo questions (3 chapters ) 
  • Cheaper compare to other tuition providers.
  • Can be use as additional source for practice exams (if you are not satisfy with your current tuition provider ) 

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Top 10 study tips for students (CIMA) in exam time

  • Decide the time you need to study (day/night)

  • Take 5 minute break for every 30 minutes 

  • Don't stay up late it will decrease your memory power

  • Start early, every seconds counts and avoid late minute disappointment 

  • Avoid energy drink and alcohol 

  • fuel your brain with healthy food before your exam avoid excessive sugar and drink plenty of water 

  • Exercise to decrease anxiety and increase brain power

  • Take notes with your own handwriting 

  • Schedule a study plan to ensure you will do every thing on time

Porter's Diamond Theory - E3 Strategic Management from Learn CIMA


Traditional economic theories cite land, location, natural resources, labor and population as determinants in competitive advantage. The Diamond Model uses a more proactive approach in considering factors such as:

-The firm strategy, structure and rivalry
-Demand conditions for products
-Related supporting industries
-Factor conditions

The Diamond Model demonstrates that countries can become competitive regardless of whether they possess natural factor endowments such as land and natural resources. In the Diamond Model, the role of government is to encourage and push organizations and companies to a more competitive level, thereby increasing performance and ultimately the total combined benefit.

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CIMA Permitted Calculator Models ( 2015)

From 2nd January 2015, CIMA will permit the use of calculators in all exams for a one-year transition period. 

Exam candidates will be permitted to bring their own calculators provided these are among the list of pre-approved non-programmable models. The exam administrator will check that the model is permitted.

Candidates will also have the option of using a calculator available on the test computer. Ahead of their exams, students can download a tutorial to practise using the computer-based calculator.

Permitted Calculator Models - Product manuals + Videos 

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CIMA Strategic Case Study Course - March 2014 from Astranti

January 2015 marks a big shift in the final CIMA case study exam. The updated 2015 CIMA syllabus includes a complete overhaul of the examination style and structure. One of the biggest changes was the removal if T4 and its replacement with the Strategic Case Study Exam (SCS Exam).

Astranti a leading providers of online courses for the old CIMA T4 exam continue its success into 2015 and will be providing a comprehensive course for the new SCS exam. Astranti online course has all of the materials and guidance you need to pass the exam. Read below to find out more

The 2015 Strategic Case Study Exam requires a good knowledge of the theory from the CIMA E3, F3 and P3 exams so revision of the key topics will be vital in your preparation.

Full course contents

  • Video exam guides by Nick Best
  • Video debrief of the SCS Preseen
  • Strategic Analysis of the Preseen and an Industry Overview
  • Three Online Masterclasses - All day tuition and revision sessions
  • Five Online Mock Exams with Detailed marking and feedback
  • Personal advice and guidance
  • The Astranti Pass Guarantee

How to Make a Mind Map - The Basics

What is Mind Mapping?

Mind mapping is a highly effective way of getting information in and out of your brain. Mind mapping is a creative and logical means of note-taking and note-making that literally "maps out" your ideas.

All Mind Maps have some things in common. They have a natural organizational structure that radiates from the center and use lines, symbols, words, color and images according to simple, brain-friendly concepts. Mind mapping converts a long list of monotonous information into a colorful, memorable and highly organized diagram that works in line with your brain's natural way of doing things.

One simple way to understand a Mind Map is by comparing it to a map of a city. The city center represents the main idea; the main roads leading from the center represent the key thoughts in your thinking process; the secondary roads or branches represent your secondary thoughts, and so on. Special images or shapes can represent landmarks of interest or particularly relevant ideas.

Features  of Mind Mapping:

  • The main idea, subject or focus is crystallized in a central image.
  • The main themes radiate from the central image as 'branches'.
  • The branches comprise a key image or key word drawn or printed on its associated line.
  • Topics of lesser importance are represented as 'twigs' of the relevant branch.
  • The branches form a connected nodal structure.

BCG Matrix - E3 Strategic Management from Learn CIMA

  1. The growth–share matrix (aka the product portfolio, BCG-matrix, Boston matrixBoston Consulting Group analysis, portfolio diagram) is a chart that was created by Bruce D. Henderson for the Boston Consulting Group in 1970 to help corporations to analyze their business units, that is, their product lines.
  2. Growth–share matrix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia–share_matrix

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A Guide To The New CIMA Objective Tests Questions (OTQ)

Amongst accountancy bodies, CIMA is leading the way with this revolutionary change to completely computerised assessment. Yet, it’s not so revolutionary really, as most of us spend all day working online.

The advantages are huge:

  • > An opportunity to offer rigorous assessment over a shorter exam period and no aching hands at the end of it.
  • > Exams on demand so that you can sit a subject when you are ready and when it suits you to do so.
  • > Immediate results and feedback to help you tackle any weaknesses.
  • > Best of all – employers like our new approach. They see it as mirroring the world of work more closely. A mix of OTQ exams and integrated case studies produce competent management accountants who can contribute to their businesses from day one.

Key facts about CIMA OTQ's

OTQs are a very important feature of the new syllabus and will apply to:

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