CIMA’s latest pass rates are currently available on its website.
Pass rates for all case study levels went up from August 2019 to November 2019 but went down once again from November 2019 to February 2020. This could be due to the launch of the 2019 Professional Qualification in the case study exams starting from the February 2020 sitting.
After the big dip in August 2019 to under 50%, operational level went back to norm at 55% in February. The fall to 46% in August 2019 was certainly surprising but the examiners had attributed it to the lack of technical understanding of some P1 elements.
Management level also had a good run in 2019 but have been slowly declining in pass rates, settling on 49% in February 2020. There is a slight concern as it dips below 50%.
Strategic level has been rallying around 60% since August 2016, only going below in February 2020 at 59%.
Gateway level maintains its low numbers, hitting a low of 18% in February 2020.
The OT exam pass rates are calculated on total exams passed over total exams taken for the periods stated below. There has been no new pass rates issued for the OT exam as CIMA focuses on the launch of the 2019 Professional Qualifications. We should have another update around July 2020 (or so the website says). Highlighted below in blue are the subjects/courses that have less than 50% pass rate. P1 still remains the only “dreaded” subject based according to the results at 48%.
It is important to note that the Certificate level percentages are based on the new Cert BA 2017 syllabus and all in all, the results at those levels are satisfactory.
Don’t be deterred or disheartened by the low pass rates for some of the courses/ subjects/ levels. The good news is that like a good managed project (here’s an E2 reference for you, students!), you will just need to ensure you allocate the costs, time, resources, patience you need to get through the levels effectively.
For a graphic view of this, here’s our CIMA Exam Pass Rates page.
For Case Studies
For Objective Tests
These results are total exams taken from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019. No new exam pass rates have been released due to the launch of the 2019 Professional Qualification.
For Certificate Level
These results are total exams taken from 1 December 2018 to 31 January 2020.