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Pass your CIMA Strategic Case Study

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What is SCS all about

The Strategic Case Study Examination is the final competency test in the CIMA Professional Qualification and expects the learner to think and respond like a senior finance manager. The Case Study Examination provides a simulated context which allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired the required knowledge, skills, techniques and mindset for that role. 

What is being examined

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 five core activities are:

  1. Develop business strategy.
  2. Evaluate business ecosystem and business environment.
  3. Recommend financing strategies.
  4. Evaluate and mitigate risk.
  5. Recommend and maintain a sound control environment.

Each of those core activities will have 15%-25% weight on the exam.


5 Key Facts about the SCS exam


There are no calculations in the Case Study Exam

You've passed your E3, F3 and P3 exams already. SCS is a totally different type of "animal".

Technical knowledge of the theory from F3, P3 and E3 syllabi will be required

You need to masterise the key concepts and use them in your answers. We've prepared SCS Revisions to address that need.

The Pre-Seen will be released 7 weeks before the exam

And you need to know it inside out. The new "unseen" scenario will come up on the exam day, that will build on the previous pre-seen scenario.

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.

What do you need to PASS your SCS exam?

There are 2 main steps:


SCS Revisions

How do you start preparing for your upcoming Strategic Case Study (SCS) exam? A typical student would start with revising the theory of E3, F3 and P3 papers. But how do you go about it? Like our tutor Pete says "you have already passed those OT exams" - now it is the time to review only the bits that could be useful for your Strategic Case Study. Now it is the time to go through the theory and only concentrate on the topics, that you can use when you write your responses.

But which are those topics? Now this is where our video course comes handy! Our tutor, based on his enourmous experience with teaching Case Studies, has selected all the important pieces for you. Each video is between 1h 20 mins to 1h 50 mins long. 

What's included in the course?

Have a look at the video that we've prepared for you. It covers the introduction to SCS and 3 sample videos taken from the actual course.

SCS Revisions package consists of 3 videos:

  • E3 Revisions - which is the backbone of the SCS exam, covers all the important topics from the E3 (Strategic Management) paper. It lasts for 1h 47 mins.
  • F3 Revisions - covers topics from the F3 (Financial Strategy) paper and lasts for 1h 34 mins.
  • P3 Revisions - covers topics from the final paper P3 (Risk Management) and lasts for 1h 19 mins.

Get your SCS February 2021 study materials!

We know how stressful it is to wonder how to prepare for one of the most difficult CIMA exams. 

The 2nd most important step is to revise your current pre-seen and complete few mocks that are written for that preseen. 

In order to provide you with the best chance of success, we've partnered with VIVA Financial Tuition. They speciliase in Case Studies and have prepared pre-seen analysis materials for the next February 2021 SCS sitting.