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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 -

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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