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CIMA Result – 2016 Complete Details

CIMA Result – CIMA takes around seven weeks,to mark and release CIMA results for the May and November exams. These sessions include paper-based exams, which pose a major logistical challenge for CIMA in the global distribution and collection of exam materials.Reflection can be just as important as preparation when it comes to passing CIMA exams – whether it’s an objective test or a case study, analysing where you went wrong and how to correct it for future sittings is invaluable.

CIMA Result – Complete Details

CIMA students often ask why they have to wait so long for their exam results and what the process involves. CIMA takes around seven weeks,to mark and release results for the May and November exams. These sessions include paper-based exams, which pose a major logistical challenge for CIMA in the global distribution and collection of exam materials. To indicate the scale of this operation, at each exam session some 30,000 students sit 60,000 exams at around 250 exam venues, in almost 90 countries.

Once an exam is completed, the invigilator collects all the scripts and matches them to the list of candidates on the attendance list, noting any absentees. All scripts need to be accounted for and then bagged and couriered to a centralised facility in the UK, for secure distribution to markers.

The anonymity of scripts is maintained at all times throughout the script handling and marking process.

The marking teams

Each exam paper has its own specialist marking team led by a lead marker (supported by other co-lead markers in large marking teams). The lead markers are appointed not only for their technical expertise, but also because they have considerable experience of marking for CIMA.

Similarly, markers are recruited for their relevant expertise, both in relation to the subject area they wish to mark in and their experience as markers. For example, they may come from a background such as university lectureship, with expertise in particular area of accountancy, or be an accounting practitioner with experience of marking gained elsewhere.

CIMA generally has a stable pool of markers. New markers need to demonstrate their marking ability in the relevant paper as part of the recruitment process.

Marking standardisation

All markers are required to attend a markers’ standardisation meeting, which is led by a lead marker. This meeting will have input from other experts, for example the senior examiner and CIMA staff.

Markers prepare for the meeting by marking a small quota of scripts to gain an initial insight into the question paper and the marking scheme, and to gain some idea of how students performed. This informs the discussions at the markers’ standardisation meeting.

All markers also mark a few control scripts – scripts that are marked independently by individual markers. The marking of each control script is individually discussed and then further control script marking is carried out to ensure that all markers mark to the required standard.

The standardisation meeting also provides an opportunity to discuss and agree the validity of some of the answers that CIMA students give.

The actual marking

Following the markers’ standardisation meeting the quality checking of each marker’s marking continues. After the meeting, each marks a further batch of scripts and submits them to the lead marker for evaluation of their marking. Once the lead marker is satisfied that all is in order, the marker begins marking the papers.

The expert knowledge and experience of the lead marker is available to markers throughout the marking process. For example, they may consult the lead marker regarding particular responses given by individual candidates. Particular student responses that are deemed to be acceptable within the scope of the set question (and associated scenario, if applicable) would be awarded marks.

The lead marker conducts further sampling throughout the marking period. In addition, CIMA may appoint a monitor marker to undertake additional independent scrutiny. A separate team of transcription checkers carry out checks that markers are adding up marks correctly and transcribing them accurately.

Centralised monitoring and coordination allows CIMA to ensure marking is rigorous and CIMA results accurately reflect candidates’ performance.

Data analysis and submission

Whilst the marking is in progress, CIMA assesses special consideration appeals from candidates. These cases are submitted for consideration by the appeals working party, which also considers breaches of exam rules by individual candidates.

Once all the marks are on the CIMA database, analysis is carried out of the overall performance for each paper for that session. The analysis advises CIMA regarding trends on individual questions, those that students excelled at and those that they found challenging.

These findings are presented for consideration to CIMA’s exam and assessment oversight panel, which has the responsibility for validating the results.

Once ratified, the results are released to students, but whilst these processes are taking place, CIMA will have already commenced preparation for the next exam session.

Future developments

CIMA is always looking to improve the approaches that we take to various aspects of our work.

Often it is through the application of technology that improvements are made. It is pleasing to note that with the introduction of computer-based exams we have avoided the manual collection and distribution of paper-based scripts. This has reduced the marking and results processing time for the March and September exams to around three weeks.

Further innovation will follow as CIMA continues to look for improvements and take advantage of technological advances to provide the high-quality, efficient service that you as students expect.

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Analysis of CIMA Result – 2016 Exam

Reflection can be just as important as preparation when it comes to passing CIMA exams – whether it’s an objective test or a case study, analysing where you went wrong and how to correct it for future sittings is invaluable.

CIMA Exam Results – Objective Tests

One of the advantages of the new CIMA objective tests is the fact you get a “Pass” or a “Fail” grade as soon you finish the computer based exam. Then, 48 hours later you will receive an email confirmation that you can find the full breakdown of how you measured up against each area of the syllabus.

However, it’s important to realise that you will see the scaled score (from 0 – 150) and not a percentage mark. Which I think is a bit strange as CIMA tell you need 70% to pass the Objective tests but yet you don’t get to see the % score out of 100.

CIMA Results Objective Test Example

Below is an example of what you will see when logging in to your CIMA account to view your results.

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  • You can see that the “Not Proficient” comment was applied to the Financial Reporting area of the exam.
  • Moreover, CIMA provide you with specific areas of the syllabus which you need to focus based on your answers in exam day.
  • This a key piece of information and should be used as a focus for your revision on the resit.

CIMA Results – Case Study Exams

Next up are the case study exams which have a familiar feel to them as you have to wait 6-8 weeks before you receive your result. A reminder of the old 2010 syllabus!

But once you receive your CIMA results you should analyse the feedback as it’s a useful tool to learn from – even if you have passed the exam – it’s still valuable to see what areas you excelled in (Strong) or areas you just passed (Moderate).

CIMA Results Objective Test  Example

Here is what to expect when checking your case study results.

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  • There are five areas that are marked in the case study exams and all areas need to be marked as Moderate or higher.
  • You can see above the Technical Skills element (which makes up the bulk of the exam) has been marked as Moderate but still gives you a reminder that you can improve in certain areas.
  • I would suggest to review the performance feedback even if you have passed the exam – as it acts as a reminder that areas can still be improved on (unless you aced the whole exam!). 

How to understand your case study results

There’s been some confusion around what the case study results mean, so I thought it might be helpful to, briefly, review what they mean and how you can use them to prepare whether for a re-sit or your future studies.

First of all, let’s look at what you will receive and what you need to do to achieve a pass.

How will my results be presented?

Your case study exam results are made up of three elements:  

  1. An overall grade which tells you whether or not you have passed or failed this exam.
  2. A scaled score between 0 – 150.
  3. An indication of performance against each of the competencies (strong, moderate, fail)

What do I need to achieve a pass?

To achieve a pass, you need:

  1. A scaled score of 80 or above plus
  2. Strong or moderate grades in each of the competencies and integration.

You will fail if you:

  1. Score less than 80 on the scaled scores or
  2. Fail to meet the minimum threshold in one or more competencies; the minimum threshold represents approximately one third of the total marks available for that competency.*

*For operational level only, there is no minimum threshold for leadership and integration

Secondly, how can you use your case study performance report to support your future studies? 

Overall grade = pass

If your overall grade is a ‘pass’, you will have demonstrated your competence by performing well across all the elements in the case study and integrating across subjects and competencies.

You should review the grades given for each of the competencies to see whether there are areas you could improve on in the future. For example, if you got ‘strong’ in technical and business skills but ‘moderate’ in people and leadership skills, you might want to look at the examiner’s suggested answers for the variants you sat to see where you might have performed better.

See below a detailed description of what each of the competency grades mean.  

Overall grade = fail

If your overall grade is a ‘fail’, you need to review where you went wrong.

If you failed because you didn’t achieve 80 on the scaled score but did achieve strong or moderate grades on all the competencies and integration, you have performed well and have demonstrated your ability to apply your knowledge gained in the OT exams to a business scenario. However, it’s likely that your answers lacked the depth and breadth necessary to fully answer the requirements in the context of the scenario.

The best way to ensure a pass is to fully answer all parts of the requirement in as much depth as time allows. Look at issues from a business perspective so that you make the most of any opportunities to demonstrate your business, people and leadership skills.

To prepare for next time, review the suggested answers for the variant you sat together with the examiner’s report and marking guide to see where you might have lost marks.

We have put together a really useful pack for each of the February/March case study variants at each level. These contain the variant requirements, suggested answers, examiner’s report and marking guide. You’ll find them on the case study pages on CIMAconnect.

If you failed because you failed on one or more of the competencies and integration but scored above 80 on the scaled scores, you have performed well but not well enough to assure the examiner you are fully competent across all areas. You need to review which competencies you failed in, using the suggested answers for the variant you sat together with the examiner’s report and marking guide to see how you might have demonstrated your skills more fully.

We have put together a really useful pack for each of the February/March case study variants at each level. These contain the variant requirements, suggested answers, examiner’s report and marking guide. You’ll find them on the case study pages on CIMAconnect.

If you failed because you scored less than 80 on the scaled scores and failed on one or more of the competencies, you need to spend more time on your preparation for your next attempt. There are lots of study resources on CIMAconnect to help you, including a series of blogs by me to take you through from the pre-seen material to writing your answer in the exam and demonstrating integration.

What do the competency grades mean?

For each of the competencies and integration, you will be graded as either strong, moderate or a fail.

Strong means you performed well in integrating across subjects and competencies and have demonstrated business competence in this area.

Moderate means you have exceeded the minimum competency threshold for this area but have not demonstrated strong performance as above. You should consider reviewing your performance in these competencies before moving on to your next exam.

Fail means that you didn’t achieve the minimum competency mark of approximately 30% of the marks available for this competency.

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CIMA Result Pass Rate, Pass Percentage

CIMA Result pass rates July 2016 – Case studies & Objective tests

Exam pass rate: total exams passed / total exams taken.
Case study exam pass rates will be made available following the release of strategic case study exam CIMA results in each window.
August (2015)  November (2015) February (2016) May (2016)
Operational 34% 61% 62% 67%
Management 77% 78% 64% 63%
CIMA gateway 40% 42% 29% 26%
Strategic 67% 62% 56% 46%

Objective tests

The pass rates cover the objective test sittings between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.
E1 P1 F1 E2 P2 F2 E3 P3 F3
Overall exam pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam after one or more attempts. 88% 67% 84% 93% 72% 72% 80% 77% 75%
First time pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam on first attempt. 80% 47% 74% 86% 52% 49% 65% 55% 55%
Exam pass rate:Total exams passed / total exams taken. 76% 42% 69% 83% 43% 45% 60% 50% 49%
CIMA will publish updated objective test pass rates every quarter following the release of pass rates for case study exams.

Certificate level exams

These pass rates cover the certificate level exams between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.
C01 C02 C03 C04 C05
Overall exam pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam after one or more attempts. 83% 90% 73% 86% 91%
First time pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam on first attempt. 73% 83% 62% 76% 85%
Exam pass rate: Total exams passed / total exams taken. 68% 80% 57% 72% 83%
CIMA’s exam chief, Steve Flatman, told PQ magazine he was particularly pleased with the rise in the P3 and F3 pass rates. Both have seen a 20% increase in overall pass rates from a year ago, when CIMA released its first set of results.
For Flatman these latest CIMA results show the exams are “consistent, reliable and fair”.
The case study pass rates also held up in May, with the exception of the Strategic level, where the pass rate slipped to 46%. Flatman has already looked into this and explained there were were more students resitting this paper in the summer cohort.
For the first time CIMA released grade descriptors with the CIMA results. These are designed to help show students where they are failing. Flatman stressed this was not just for looking back, but to help students going forward too. He felt it is vital that CIMA is clear and transparent about the standards expected of exam candidates.
CIMA Result May 2016 case study pass rates: Operational 67%; Management 63%; Strategic 46%
CIMA Result overall OT pass rates: E1 88%; P1 67%; F1 84%; E2 93%; P2 72%; F2 72%; E3 80%; P3 77%; F3 75%
CIMA Result first-time OT pass rates: E1 80%; P1 47%; F1 74%; E2 86%; P2 52%; F2 49%; E3 65%; P3 55%; F3 55%

Case study exams 2015/16

Exam pass rate: total exams passed / total exams taken.

CIMA Result Case study exam pass rates will be made available following the release of strategic case study exam results in each window.

August (2015)  November (2015) February (2016) May (2016)
Operational 34% 61% 62% 67%
Management 77% 78% 64% 63%
CIMA gateway 40% 42% 29% 26%
Strategic 67% 62% 56% 46%

Objective tests

The pass rates cover the objective test sittings between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.

E1 P1 F1 E2 P2 F2 E3 P3 F3
Overall exam pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam after one or more attempts. 88% 67% 84% 93% 72% 72% 80% 77% 75%
First time pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam on first attempt. 80% 47% 74% 86% 52% 49% 65% 55% 55%
Exam pass rate:Total exams passed / total exams taken. 76% 42% 69% 83% 43% 45% 60% 50% 49%

CIMA will publish updated objective test pass rates every quarter following the release of pass rates for case study exams.

Certificate level exams

These pass rates cover the certificate level exams between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.

C01 C02 C03 C04 C05
Overall exam pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam after one or more attempts. 83% 90% 73% 86% 91%
First time pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam on first attempt. 73% 83% 62% 76% 85%
Exam pass rate: Total exams passed / total exams taken. 68% 80% 57% 72% 83%

CIMA Result Pass rates – April 2016

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The CIMA Result pass rates have now been released, and generally make pretty reading for PQs.

The CIMA Result OT overall exam pass rates:

Operational level 

Management Accounting  –              P1 65%

Organizational Management            E1 87%

Financial Reporting and Taxation –  F1 – 83%

Management level 

Project and Relationship Management  E2 – 92%

Advanced Management Accounting      P2  – 68%

Advanced Financial Reporting               F2 – 69%

Strategic level 

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT                 E3 – 77%

RISK MANAGEMENT                              P3    72%

FINANCIAL STRATEGY                          F3     71%

The CIMA Result OT 1st time pass rate:

E1 79%; P1 45%; F1 74%;
E2 84%; P2 46%; F2 47%;
E3 62%; P3 51%; F3 50%

CIMA Result February case study exam:

Operational   62%
Management 64%
Strategic       56%

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CIMA Result – 2016 Complete Details

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