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CIMA introduces OT scaled scores

CIMA has introduced scaled scores into all its exam results, director of examinations Steve Flatman told the recent Lecturers’ Conference.

December 2015

From 1 November 2015, OT results included a grade of pass or fail, sectional performance feedback and a scaled score. Flatman said the OT scores will range from 0 to 150, with a score of 100 and above represents a pass.
For the case study it is a little more complicated. A scale score will also range from 0 to 150, but here a score of 80 and above represents a pass. However, all candidates also need to achieve one-third of available marks in each competency (excluding leadership at operational level).
The exams director felt that new research showed that there wasn’t too much time pressure in the exams. Overall, 3.7% of OT exams sat have more than one item unanswered due to time constraints (see page 25 for the percentages).
Another big announcement was the change in calculator policy (see page 25). There is not going to be a ban on students taking their own ‘approved’ non-programmable calculators into the Pearson Vue assessment centres. At one time there was a worry that students would be forced to use the onscreen version.

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