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Latest CIMA results show pass rate rise

CIMA’s OT pass rates just can’t stop going up!

August 2016

The new results show the overall exam pass rates are tracking up by at least one or two percentage points in every paper.
CIMA’s exam chief, Steve Flatman, 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 results show the exams are “consistent, reliable and fair”, and he felt some traditionally ‘difficult’ papers – such as P1, P2 and P3 – now seem very achievable.
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 more students resitting this paper in the summer cohort.
For the first time CIMA released grade descriptors with the results. These are designed to help show students where they are failing. Flatman stressed that 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 pre-tested the descriptors with both students and other stakeholders and they “really loved” this new approach, said Flatman.

CIMA OT pass rates
E1 88%
P1 67%
F1 84%
E2 93%
P2 72%
F2 72%
E3 80%
P3 77%
F3 75%

CIMA case study exams – May 2016
Operational 67%
Management 63%
Strategic 46%

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