Is it Worthwhile to Revise CIMA’s Past Exam Papers?

*Updated 28 August 2020 to account for the 2019 CIMA syllabus and exam changes.

Good morning MJ

For theory, I have been using Astranti’s study materials. I have both the MCS study text as well as the detailed one. I do agree with you that it’s not just about knowing the theories, but more about being able to apply the theories to the given scenario.

I’ve gone through the mock exams a second time now and feel a little bit more confident. I was wondering though, I know you mentioned this in the masterclass that we could peek…but would it really help me to look through past CIMA exam papers and their recommended answers?

Kind regards


Good day Lesley

They most certainly can! With several variants per sitting and 4 sittings per year, you have a lot of “looking” to get through.

The past exam papers will help you develop a better understanding on:

  • what unseen scenarios (triggers) have come up in the past.
  • what exam topics regularly come up on the exams.
  • the logic behind the answers and responses the examiners look for.

Although I’d probably have to highlight that you mustn’t get bogged down too much on researching and learning the previous pre-seen companies because this then may take up a lot of your time.

May I suggest using the past exam paper “triggers” and imagining these happening to your current pre-seen company? This way, it’s almost like you are presented with new set of mock questions and your focus remains with the company that matters, your current pre-seen.

Good luck at the exams!

Your tutor

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