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Don’t reschedule if you want a pass

22 March 2019

Thinking of rescheduling your CIMA OTs? Well be careful, as new research shows that students who reschedule their CIMA exams are 16% less likely to pass than those that book an exam and stay with the original exam date.

The study, undertaken by Kaplan and CIMA, shows while the pass rate of students sticking to their exam date is 77%, this falls to 61% for those who rescheduled.

The stats also show a steady decline in pass rates from the end of the course to sitting the exam. Pass rates fell by 6% after the third week and by a further 10% by week six. The recommendation then has to be to sit you exam within three weeks of finishing your course to maximise your chances of passing.

Students who attempted both short tests and mock exams had 5% higher pass rates than those who did neither. However, when you sit exams has no affect on pass rates. Apparently there isn’t a ‘lucky time’ to sit exams. The researchers also wondered if exemptions influenced pass rates. The short answer is again no – exemptions of five or less make little difference in pass rates.

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