CIMA’s latest pass rates are currently available on its website.
Aside from the OCS, pass rates for all case study levels remained steady from November 2020 to February 2021.
Operational level shows a significant improvement from 53% in November to 60% in February. This is a good sign since the last time we were in the 60% range was almost 2 years ago in November 2019.
Management level was steady at 71% in February, coming from 74% in November. Another positive sign for students since we’ve only ever seen above 70% during 2018.
Strategic level is its usual over-60 slot at 67% in February. Slightly lower than November’s 69%, but nothing major.
Gateway level maintains its low numbers, but showing improvement at the 40% range – 41% in November and 40% in February. Gateway continues its high result streak in the last 3 years. Gateway has always been at low numbers, assumed to be due to Gateway students finding it hard to transition into case study preparation.
The OT exam pass rates cover the 2019 Professional Qualifications. I am glad the trend continues to have no subjects that have less than 50% pass rate.
It is important to remember 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.
Visit our Resources page for some helpful links to materials and preparation tips.
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 2020 to 30 April 2021 and cover the 2019 Professional Qualification.
For Certificate Level
These results are total exams taken from 1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021.