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What isOCSAll About
and how can we help you prepare and pass
The Case Study Examination provides a simulated context which allows learners to demonstrate that they have acquired the required knowledge, skills, techniques and mindset for that role. Those six core activities are:
- Prepare costing information for different purposes to meet the needs of management (12-18%)
- Prepare budget information and assess its use for planning and control purposes (17-25%)
- Analyse performance using financial and nonfinancial information (17-25%)
- Apply relevant financial reporting standards and corporate governance, ethical and tax principles (12-18%)
- Prepare information to support short-term decision-making (17-25%)
- Prepare information to manage working capital (7-13%)
Each of those core activities includes sa called "I can statements".
- There are four examination windows per year, in February, May, August and November. For details of upcoming Case Study Examination dates, visit cimaglobal.com.
- Pre-seen material will be published on the CIMA website ahead of the May and November examinations. The same preseen will be used for 2 examination windows (e.g. preseen will be the same for May-Aug and Nov-Feb sessions).
- Candidates must use the material to prepare for the examination, immersing themselves in the simulated scenario and considering the organisation’s current position and future strategy.
- During the course of the examination, new information will be provided at the start of each section (task). In response, candidates will have to consider the new information that’s been given, as well as their previous analysis of the pre-seen material.
- Results will be available in MyCIMA about six weeks after the examination.
- The examination lasts three hours. A 15-minute tutorial is available before the start of the examination to allow candidates to familiarise themselves with the test driver.
- The examination has four sections (tasks), which are each 45-minutes long. All sections are equally weighted. Candidates may finish a section early and move on to the next but cannot return to previous sections in the time remaining.
- There may be more than one sub-task within each section and an indication of how long to spend on each sub-task will be given to allow candidates to manage their time. If no weighting is given, then candidates should assume that the sub-tasks are equally weighted.
- More than one core activity will normally be assessed in each section/task and the order of core activities and assessment outcomes in the blueprint does not reflect how these might be structured in the examination.
- All core activities will be assessed in each form of the examination in line with the weightings.
- The examination requires constructed, written responses from candidates in the format of a range of business communications (for example, emails, memos, reports and briefing notes).
- The Case Study Examinations are human marked.
- The Case Study results will contain the following information:
- Grade: Pass or Fail
- Scaled score: 0 to 150 with 80 and above being a Pass
- There is no requirement to obtain a pass or meet a minimum threshold for each core activity.
- Feedback on performance against each core activity will be provided so that learners know their areas of weakness for further study.
How to study for the OCS exam
At the Operational level you play the role of a senior finance officer.
The capstone Case Study Examination provides a simulated context allowing candidates to demonstrate that they have acquired the required knowledge, skills, techniques and mindset required for that role.
Our innovative products cover:
- Technical knowledge review
- Complete current preseen analysis
- 3-5 mocks and plenty of tasks for writing practice
Do check the video on the right side to learn how PTA can help you pass your Operational Case Study Exam in May 2021. Watch the first 3 mins to get an overview of OCS and our packages. The remaining 5 mins show you a detailed presentation of what's included in our packages.
There are no calculations in the Case Study Exam. You've passed your E1, F1 and P1 exams already. OCS is a totally different type of "animal".
The Pre-Seen will be available before the exam. And you need to know it inside out. The new "unseen" information will come up on the exam day, that will build on the pre-seen scenario and you will need to use them in your answer.
A balanced answer script is your key to success. The exams are human marked... and no-one likes to read long essays. Make sure you input each significant thought in another paragraph and keep them short. It is all about the quality, not the quantity!
There is no escaping the keyboard! Typing skills will surely help you pass your exam. Typing speed of 20 words per minute in general will be sufficient to produce a ‘good-sized’ answer.
Our OCS Packages
- for May - August 2021 Exam Window -
OCS preparation video series
Generic preseen analysis videos + pdfs
E1, F1 & P1 OT Revisions Videos
Preseen analysis from the E1, F12 & P1 POV
18 single tasks to practice your writing 5 (E1), 5 (F1), 5 (P1) + 3 (ethics)
3 mocks with solutions and marking guide
Extra videos on ethics, writing technique, mock walkthroughs
1 bonus mock from BPP
(4 mocks in total)
Mocks marking service x1
1 bonus mock from BPP
(5 mocks in total)
Marking service - 3 in total
Mocks and OCS Revisions are already included in the packages above.
Mocks marking relates only to mocks written by PTA.
- outstanding quality-
£25 / mock
1, 2 or 3 high-standard mock exams
Solutions and marking guide included
Written by Case Study experts
- that makes a difference -
£45 / mock
Professional mocks marking service
Notes and tips from our Case Study Experts
2-3 days turnaround time
FREE OCS Study & Exam Materials here:
Our OCS Free Package comes with great features, plus instant access to the following materials:
Access to the selected current pre-seen materials and preparation videos, e.g. a deep dive into your role at the exam.
3 Practical Tasks with solutions, covering E1, P1 and F1 papers. All carefully prepared for the current OCS preseen.
Get instant and lifetime access to our newest OCS free materials.
Practise the above mini mock under exam conditions i.e. timed and using the similar word-processor, so you can improve your writing technique.