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  • CIMA Case Study 2019 - what’s staying the same, and what’s changing?

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Jan 16, 2020

    From February 2020 all first time attempts at a case study exam will be under the 2019 syllabus. CIMA have also used this as a chance to make some subtle changes to the case study exam. 

    So what’s staying the same? 

    Pre-seen information

    Firstly, you will still be given pre-seen information around seven weeks before your exam date. This will still be based on a fictitious company and will provide an opportunity for you to consider your previous studies in the context of the workplace. 

    The style and length of the exam

    The exam will still be the same style and format as it was under the 2015 syllabus. It will be three hours long with three or four tasks, and a number of subtasks.

    The exam level

    At Operational level it is expected that you are an entry level finance professional, at Management you are a finance manager, and at Strategic you are a senior finance manager. The tasks you are asked to complete during the exam will reflect the work expected at the relevant level. 

    And what is changing? 

    The syllabus 

    Please be aware that this is a change in the syllabus, so you will need to identify any knowledge gaps before you take the exam. 

    We will be providing the underpinning texts under the 2019 syllabus as electronic copies on MyKaplan, together with mapping to the core activities by the page number in the relevant text. Remember, if there is anything you are ever unsure of you will have the support of our Academic Support team.

    Use of the pre-seen

    The same pre-seen will be used for two sittings from May 2020, meaning that there will be two exam sittings with the same pre-seen information. 

    From May 2020 the sittings will be May and August and then November and February. 

    In February 2020 there is an exception to this in that there is one pre-seen valid only for the February 2020 exam sitting. 

    Replacing the competencies with core activities

    The exam will no longer be marked using the four competencies - Technical, People, Business and Leadership. Instead CIMA will be assessing you based on core activities, which represent the tasks that are most important to the professional role at the relevant level. 

    Changes to the exam days

    From February 2020 all exams for the sitting will be on a Wednesday to Friday, rather than the Tuesday to Saturday under the 2015 syllabus.

    Please note that any exams in February sat on the Monday and Tuesday will be resit exams under the old syllabus, for which specific criteria need to be met. 

    For more information on whether you are eligible for this please contact our student services team on 0161 259 7400.

    Breakdown of exam time

    In the new exams, the expected time per sub-task will be provided, so you will know exactly how long to spend and how the marks will be allocated. 

    Exam feedback

    The results from the future exam sittings will be structured around the core activities, with detailed feedback. This means you will be able to see the areas you performed well in and those not so well in. 

    Kaplan are here to support you every step of the way. If you need any help or guidance please don’t hesitate to contact us. All our courses are now available to purchase so for details please view our website or contact our student services team. 

    These courses have been carefully designed to support students sitting case study exams.

    If you need any technical guidance at any point please get in touch with our academic support team via the contact a tutor icon in MyKaplan


  • CIMA Case Study 2019 - what’s staying the same, and what’s changing?

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Jan 16, 2020

    From February 2020 all first time attempts at a case study exam will be under the 2019 syllabus. CIMA have also used this as a chance to make some subtle changes to the case study exam. 

    So what’s staying the same? 

    Pre-seen information

    Firstly, you will still be given pre-seen information around seven weeks before your exam date. This will still be based on a fictitious company and will provide an opportunity for you to consider your previous studies in the context of the workplace. 

    The style and length of the exam

    The exam will still be the same style and format as it was under the 2015 syllabus. It will be three hours long with three or four tasks, and a number of subtasks.

    The exam level

    At Operational level it is expected that you are an entry level finance professional, at Management you are a finance manager, and at Strategic you are a senior finance manager. The tasks you are asked to complete during the exam will reflect the work expected at the relevant level. 

    And what is changing? 

    The syllabus 

    Please be aware that this is a change in the syllabus, so you will need to identify any knowledge gaps before you take the exam. 

    We will be providing the underpinning texts under the 2019 syllabus as electronic copies on MyKaplan, together with mapping to the core activities by the page number in the relevant text. Remember, if there is anything you are ever unsure of you will have the support of our Academic Support team.

    Use of the pre-seen

    The same pre-seen will be used for two sittings from May 2020, meaning that there will be two exam sittings with the same pre-seen information. 

    From May 2020 the sittings will be May and August and then November and February. 

    In February 2020 there is an exception to this in that there is one pre-seen valid only for the February 2020 exam sitting. 

    Replacing the competencies with core activities

    The exam will no longer be marked using the four competencies - Technical, People, Business and Leadership. Instead CIMA will be assessing you based on core activities, which represent the tasks that are most important to the professional role at the relevant level. 

    Changes to the exam days

    From February 2020 all exams for the sitting will be on a Wednesday to Friday, rather than the Tuesday to Saturday under the 2015 syllabus.

    Please note that any exams in February sat on the Monday and Tuesday will be resit exams under the old syllabus, for which specific criteria need to be met. 

    For more information on whether you are eligible for this please contact our student services team on 0161 259 7400.

    Breakdown of exam time

    In the new exams, the expected time per sub-task will be provided, so you will know exactly how long to spend and how the marks will be allocated. 

    Exam feedback

    The results from the future exam sittings will be structured around the core activities, with detailed feedback. This means you will be able to see the areas you performed well in and those not so well in. 

    Kaplan are here to support you every step of the way. If you need any help or guidance please don’t hesitate to contact us. All our courses are now available to purchase so for details please view our website or contact our student services team. 

    These courses have been carefully designed to support students sitting case study exams.

    If you need any technical guidance at any point please get in touch with our academic support team via the contact a tutor icon in MyKaplan


  • Andy is on top of the world!

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Jan 14, 2020

    Our student, Andy Hall, has just placed first in the world for his ACCA Strategic Business Leader exam. We’re so proud of his hard work, and we’re looking forward to seeing what his future holds.

    Andy said that the 4 hour exam is, “...tough but achievable, so long as you get your head down and work hard. If you’re able to allow yourself enough time to study, then I’ve found that it'll give you the best chance of passing. 

    "Of course, this is always easier said than done when having to work full time. I also believe that practising exam style questions is key. It’s certainly less of a shock on the day if you have half an idea of what you will be faced with.” 

    As with any professional qualification, it took up a lot of his time, so we wanted to know how he managed a work-life balance. Andy said: “I think hitting the sweet spot between work, study and life is really important. Locking yourself away to study non-stop didn’t work for me. Allowing for a sensible amount of down-time helps lift your morale and reduces the risk of burning out.”

    Andy works in the London office of BDO LLP. He provides support to high growth SMEs with their monthly management reports, VAT compliance and year-end financial reporting as part of BDODrive.

    Locking yourself away to study non-stop didn’t work for me.

    His organisation allowed him to attend classes during weekdays, and he’s very grateful for that, but he did add, “You still have to find time to revise, and that means at the weekends or in the evenings after work. It can definitely be a test of stamina and willpower! However, I’m confident it’ll be worth it in the end.”

    And finally Andy thanks his Kaplan tutor, Iryna Macdonald, for all the help and guidance. He said that all the tutors were more than willing to help him whenever he needed it.

    Well done Andy - fantastic work. We look forward to hearing more about your successes in the future.

    If you’re interested in ACCA, check out our courses and study methods to see if it would suit you.


  • CIMA Case Study 2019 - what’s staying the same, and what’s changing?

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Jan 16, 2020

    From February 2020 all first time attempts at a case study exam will be under the 2019 syllabus. CIMA have also used this as a chance to make some subtle changes to the case study exam. 

    So what’s staying the same? 

    Pre-seen information

    Firstly, you will still be given pre-seen information around seven weeks before your exam date. This will still be based on a fictitious company and will provide an opportunity for you to consider your previous studies in the context of the workplace. 

    The style and length of the exam

    The exam will still be the same style and format as it was under the 2015 syllabus. It will be three hours long with three or four tasks, and a number of subtasks.

    The exam level

    At Operational level it is expected that you are an entry level finance professional, at Management you are a finance manager, and at Strategic you are a senior finance manager. The tasks you are asked to complete during the exam will reflect the work expected at the relevant level. 

    And what is changing? 

    The syllabus 

    Please be aware that this is a change in the syllabus, so you will need to identify any knowledge gaps before you take the exam. 

    We will be providing the underpinning texts under the 2019 syllabus as electronic copies on MyKaplan, together with mapping to the core activities by the page number in the relevant text. Remember, if there is anything you are ever unsure of you will have the support of our Academic Support team.

    Use of the pre-seen

    The same pre-seen will be used for two sittings from May 2020, meaning that there will be two exam sittings with the same pre-seen information. 

    From May 2020 the sittings will be May and August and then November and February. 

    In February 2020 there is an exception to this in that there is one pre-seen valid only for the February 2020 exam sitting. 

    Replacing the competencies with core activities

    The exam will no longer be marked using the four competencies - Technical, People, Business and Leadership. Instead CIMA will be assessing you based on core activities, which represent the tasks that are most important to the professional role at the relevant level. 

    Changes to the exam days

    From February 2020 all exams for the sitting will be on a Wednesday to Friday, rather than the Tuesday to Saturday under the 2015 syllabus.

    Please note that any exams in February sat on the Monday and Tuesday will be resit exams under the old syllabus, for which specific criteria need to be met. 

    For more information on whether you are eligible for this please contact our student services team on 0161 259 7400.

    Breakdown of exam time

    In the new exams, the expected time per sub-task will be provided, so you will know exactly how long to spend and how the marks will be allocated. 

    Exam feedback

    The results from the future exam sittings will be structured around the core activities, with detailed feedback. This means you will be able to see the areas you performed well in and those not so well in. 

    Kaplan are here to support you every step of the way. If you need any help or guidance please don’t hesitate to contact us. All our courses are now available to purchase so for details please view our website or contact our student services team. 

    These courses have been carefully designed to support students sitting case study exams.

    If you need any technical guidance at any point please get in touch with our academic support team via the contact a tutor icon in MyKaplan


  • CIMA Case Study 2019 - what’s staying the same, and what’s changing?

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Jan 16, 2020

    From February 2020 all first time attempts at a case study exam will be under the 2019 syllabus. CIMA have also used this as a chance to make some subtle changes to the case study exam. 

    So what’s staying the same? 

    Pre-seen information

    Firstly, you will still be given pre-seen information around seven weeks before your exam date. This will still be based on a fictitious company and will provide an opportunity for you to consider your previous studies in the context of the workplace. 

    The style and length of the exam

    The exam will still be the same style and format as it was under the 2015 syllabus. It will be three hours long with three or four tasks, and a number of subtasks.

    The exam level

    At Operational level it is expected that you are an entry level finance professional, at Management you are a finance manager, and at Strategic you are a senior finance manager. The tasks you are asked to complete during the exam will reflect the work expected at the relevant level. 

    And what is changing? 

    The syllabus 

    Please be aware that this is a change in the syllabus, so you will need to identify any knowledge gaps before you take the exam. 

    We will be providing the underpinning texts under the 2019 syllabus as electronic copies on MyKaplan, together with mapping to the core activities by the page number in the relevant text. Remember, if there is anything you are ever unsure of you will have the support of our Academic Support team.

    Use of the pre-seen

    The same pre-seen will be used for two sittings from May 2020, meaning that there will be two exam sittings with the same pre-seen information. 

    From May 2020 the sittings will be May and August and then November and February. 

    In February 2020 there is an exception to this in that there is one pre-seen valid only for the February 2020 exam sitting. 

    Replacing the competencies with core activities

    The exam will no longer be marked using the four competencies - Technical, People, Business and Leadership. Instead CIMA will be assessing you based on core activities, which represent the tasks that are most important to the professional role at the relevant level. 

    Changes to the exam days

    From February 2020 all exams for the sitting will be on a Wednesday to Friday, rather than the Tuesday to Saturday under the 2015 syllabus.

    Please note that any exams in February sat on the Monday and Tuesday will be resit exams under the old syllabus, for which specific criteria need to be met. 

    For more information on whether you are eligible for this please contact our student services team on 0161 259 7400.

    Breakdown of exam time

    In the new exams, the expected time per sub-task will be provided, so you will know exactly how long to spend and how the marks will be allocated. 

    Exam feedback

    The results from the future exam sittings will be structured around the core activities, with detailed feedback. This means you will be able to see the areas you performed well in and those not so well in. 

    Kaplan are here to support you every step of the way. If you need any help or guidance please don’t hesitate to contact us. All our courses are now available to purchase so for details please view our website or contact our student services team. 

    These courses have been carefully designed to support students sitting case study exams.

    If you need any technical guidance at any point please get in touch with our academic support team via the contact a tutor icon in MyKaplan


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