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CIMA pass rates holding steady

CIMA’s new pass rates have been released, and the OT and case study success rates are showing no sign of slippage.

September 2017

While the current P1 first-time pass rate hovers at 49% (the lowest of all papers), the P2 pass rate continues to climb and now stands at 52%. The first-time pass rates for the E papers all look good, and for E2 they are a whopping 86%.
CIMA exam chief Steve Flatman admitted that the E pillar is not where the most difficult subject matter is. He felt if PQs are working for SMEs they can bring a lot of practical experience to these papers.
The May 2017 case study pass rates are all up on February 2017, although at 47% the operational case study stands out – for the wrong reason. Flatman revealed that the second-time takers of the operational case had a good pass rate in May, but acknowledged that CIMA may have to reinforce the resources available at CIMAConnect. He said: “My advice is that when you are working through the OTs you must always have the case study in mind. You will need to integrate all three papers into the case.”
CIMA also released the pass rates for the new-look, four-paper Cert BA for the first time. Again, Flatman was extremely pleased with the results (see online at www.pqmagazine.com). “We are very pleased and the pass rates are all very comparable to the old results. Overall, they are in fact a little higher,” he said.

E1 88%
P1 68%
F1 84%
E2 94%
P2 75%
F2 78%
E3 83%
P3 78%
F3 79%

CIMA case study May 2017 exam PASS RATE
Operational 47%
Management 73%
Strategic 66%

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