Insights for the CIMA New Syllabus 2015

Insights for the CIMA New Syllabus 2015

 Insights for the CIMA New Syllabus 2015

This is a synopsis for the new CIMA 2015 Syllabus: For a full guide to the syllabus for each subject please download the new CIMA syllabus guide here

New CIMA Syllabus – January 2015

Johannesburg Polytechnic’s concise guide to the new CIMA syllabus, featuring a guide to the new case study and objective tests.As you may or may not know CIMA is changing the syllabus from 2015 onwards…On this website you will find a range of information designed to help you understand the new syllabus and what it means for you. This includes samples of the objective test and case study questions featuring in the new CIMA syllabus from 2015 onwards.

Overview of the syllabus changes

While the over-riding syllabus content is very similar to the old CIMA syllabus, the assessment approach has changed significantly. The T4 case study exam has been removed from the new CIMA syllabus and instead each professional level (Operational, Management, Strategic) will have their own integrated case study, while formal written exams are now being replaced by on-demand objective test questions.

The new syllabus

The actual content of new 2015 CIMA syllabus remains very similar to the 2010 syllabus overall. There are some relatively minor additions to the the syllabus with the concept of ‘big data’ being one of the key ones. Very little has been removed however and the main changes are just movements of content between areas. Here’s the over structure of the exams under the new CIMA 2015 syllabus.

Case study exams

The new case study exams on the new CIMA syllabus will involve a range of tasks based around the syllabus from all three papers at that level. Key features of these case study exams include:
  • The exam questions will be based on pre-seen material
  • New unseen material will be provided during the assessment and will involve a series of practical tasks to simulate the workplace e.g. responding to an email from the finance director, or analysing the response to a change in the competitor.
  • They will be available during 4 set periods each year (February, May, August and November).
  • The case study is sat on computer at a Pearson Vue study centre, and Under the new CIMA syllabus You must complete all 3 papers at a level before you can take a case study, and will not be allowed to sit any of the next level of exams until you have completed the case study at the lower level. So for example the operational case study must be completed before exams P2, E2 and F2 can be attempted.
  • There are no calculations in the case study exams, but you will be required to analyse and comment on financial information.
  • The pass mark is 60% An increase on the current syllabus to maintain CIMA’s high standards and the employability of its members

Objective tests 

The 9 professional papers will be testing using Objective Tests. These will be available on demand and will be a range of short answer questions such as multiple choice, drag and drop, hot spot, fill in the gap questions. They will be sat through a computer (much like the certificate level exams) at a Pearson Vue study centre.It is important to note that the pass mark for these objective tests will be 70%! Representing a significant increase on the current syllabus, this is to maintain the high standards and prestige associated with the CIMA qualification. 


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