If you have a question which isn’t answered, post it as a comment here and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can or get in touch with our contact centre which is open 8.00am to 8.00pm GMT: +44 (0)2088492251.
Q: 'I haven't received my results email.'
The 12-week competition sets the candidates through a gruelling series of tasks and the first prize is the job of Sir Alan Sugar's apprentice, with a six figure salary.
I recently took some time to read a new McKinsey report – ‘Education to Employment: Getting Europe’s youth into work’. If you, like me, are in your 20s and live in Europe you may just recognise yourself somewhere in the statistics.
To all May 2014 candidates
I had an idea for this blog earlier in the week when the sun was shining and the birds were singing. 'Ah, spring is here at last' I thought to myself confidently 'I know, I'll write a blog about spring time'.
Three days later when I have come to write the blog I can see fog and light rain outside my window.......
Want tips to help pass your CIMA exams? Having failed and subsequently passed the T4 exam, I’d like to share my top ten tips to passing the exam, so that you can avoid the mistakes I made and benefit from what worked for me.
1. Summarise the preseen
As part of your revision, summarise the key facts of the pre seen on one page and learn them.I would suggest this includes the important numbers in the financials as well as the key factors surrounding the firm’s strategy.
Congratulations to those who have successfully booked and paid up for the exams. You have made the right move along the journey of success to reach that ultimate glorifying CGMA designation.
To all March re-sitters (and some T4 part B first timers) - how have you done? Is it congratulations or commiserations?
Looking at some of the discussions on these forums today we have a mix of emotions.
For those of you who got the results you wanted - well done!! It is a day of celebration! We know that a HUGE amount of work and dedication go into preparing for these exams and seeing a pass mark is a great reward.
The May 2014 exam entry deadline is getting closer (5pm GMT on 14 March).
If you still haven't decided whether or not to register for the May exams have a look at our 5 good reasons and then go for it!
To all of our dedicated 'extra' exam students
A quick message to say good luck in your 'extra' exams which start next week (Monday 24 - 28 February). We are thinking of you!
As I’m sure you’ve heard, there's very exciting news this month as we launch our 2015 Professional Qualification and Assessment. Our aim is to provide you with the best skills and knowledge needed to create and execute successful strategies, ensuring you can be a future business leader.
We are delighted to share with you our updated syllabus and assessment method!
Following comprehensive global research and consultation we've updated our syllabus and assessment method to reflect the working environment of business professionals.
- Syllabus update to reflect the skills set required by employers
- New assessment process
- All exams will be computerised
- More frequent exam sittings
- Your exam credits (completed exams) still stand
Here’s a great resource for all students sitting T4B in February or May this year. Adrian Sims, a successful freelance tutor with years of experience helping students pass the case study, has written a detailed analysis of the pre-seen material to help you prepare for the exam. The case this time is based upon YJ, a British Oil and Gas Exploration company. The exam will require you to bring all the knowledge, skills and management accounting techniques developed through your previous studies to the case.
There's no dilemma about ethics because, as highlighted in a previous blog and an article in April 2013 Velocity, failure to understand and/or address the ethical issues which are integral in all T4 cases is a "very dangerous strategy" which will lose you marks in the exam (T4 case writer feedback).
Want to know how CIMA is involved in the Business of government? In Velocity this month, we talk to Emily Hamblin ACMA, CGMA, the Senior Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, about her exciting career.
Emily first made a name for herself when she was a student. In her successful T4 part B exam in August 2012, she gained the highest mark globally and won an award, so her study and exam tips are well worth looking at!
The day T4B students have been waiting for is fast approaching ...the results from the November 13 T4B PC exam are due out on Thursday 12 December. Hopefully this will be the day you read the great news that you have become "exams complete".
You may have had a few sleepless nights during the course of your CIMA studies but we don't want you to have one now over these results (!) so, please note:
I would like to wish all of you taking exams this week, the very best of luck.
You have worked hard for these exams so try to stay calm and give them your best shot.
Remember - you have got to climb the mountain if you want to see the view. And ... the view is well worth it when you are an ACMA!.
The final weekend before the Nov 2013 examination means that you are very near the finishing line. For those of you who have been working hard since exam registration opened in August, this is the end of the tunnel.
You may have noticed that we have not been publishing as many exam count down blogs as we used to do in the past. One reason is that we feel we have pretty much said all we have to say and your future is now in your own hands. You alone is going to decide the outcome of this examination.
As Exam day approaches, you will probably be beginning to feel a bit nervous. That's only natural and it can actually be quite helpful as it releases adrenalin which can give us a boost. However, if your exam days get ruined by nerves and you worry it may affect your performance, here's some things you can do to help.
With just over a week left in your exam it is time to perfect your exam techniques