Strategic Level

E3 Objective Test

  • 10 hours of on-demand video lectures by a subject expert
  • 500+ post-chapter CIMA-grade practice questions
  • 5 Mock Exams of 60 questions each
  • Downloadable course notes covering the entire syllabus
The course is on-demand. Access lasts 6 months from the purchase date.
what will you be learning?

Course Syllabus

The foundation of strategic management and an understanding of the dynamics of the organisational ecosystem and how it affects the strategy of the organisation.

Strategic choice and how options are generated, linking them to the purpose, values and vision of the organisation and how the options are evaluated, chosen and integrated coherently to form the strategy of the organisation.

How strategy is implemented, how implementation objectives are achieved and how change is managed.

What are the technologies that underpin digital transformation and various elements of digital strategy.

Pre-course work
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Objective Test Success
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Before diving into the E3 syllabus, it’s worth getting a “helicopter” perspective on Objective Test exams, E3, and where it fits into the CIMA syllabus. In this set of videos, you’ll learn about the format of CiMA’s objective test exams, how best to prepare for the exam, and what approach you should take on the day of the exam itself.
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E3 Overview Videos
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Over the course of seven video lessons, you’ll get a quick overview of the entire E3 Strategic Management syllabus. Your tutor will talk you through the components of the strategy process, organisational ecosystems, strategic options, strategic choices, strategic control, and digital strategy.
Week 1
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The Strategy Process
Refine your understanding of what exactly strategy is, different types of strategy, and learn about so-called strategy “lenses” and levels of strategy. At the end of this chapter there are 84 exam-style questions to test your knowledge.
Week 2
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Stakeholders, Governance and Ethics
Here you’ll learn about a range of foundational strategic topics such as purpose, vision and values, stakeholders and corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and ethics. As with all of our unit chapters, there is an end of chapter CIMA-grade exam, this one comprising 43 questions.
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Analysing the Organisational Ecosystem
Building on what you’ve learnt about ecosystems in E2, here you’ll delve more into the strategic implications of ecosystems, starting with how to analyse the ecosystem for insights. You learn about PESTEL analysis, Porter’s national diamond, Porter’s five forces, competitor analysis and SWOT analysis. Test your knowledge with 50 end of chapter exam questions.
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Impact of the Ecosystem on Organisations and Strategy
In this chapter, you’ll deepen your understanding of ecosystems further by looking at how they influence the organisation as a whole, and its strategy. You’ll learn about drivers for change, different ecosystem archetypes, mutuality and orchestration, and networks and platforms. Then test your knowledge with 34 exam questions to make sure you really understand what you have seen in the video lectures.
Week 3
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Generating Strategic Options
Here you’ll learn about how certain models and frameworks can be used to generate a range of strategic options for an organisation. You’ll be taught about Porter’s generic strategies, Bowman’s strategic clock, Ansoff’s matrix, Lynch’s expansion matrix, joint ventures, strategic alliances and franchises. There are 49 end of chapter exam questions.
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Forecasting and Scenarios
Your tutor takes you through some of the most effective tools and theories for determining future scenarios and generating forecasts. Master real options, game theory and scenario planning, among other themes and models. Consolidate your learning with 43 end of chapter exam questions.
Week 4
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Resources and Capabilities
Here you will look inward, focusing on the organisation’s own resources and capabilities, and their strategic impact. You’ll learn about resource auditing with the 9Ms model, value drivers, Porter’s value chain, supply chain management, the product life cycle, and the BCG matrix.This chapter includes a bank of 58 practice questions.
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Evaluating Strategic Choices
After generating strategic choices, an organisation needs to be able to assess which ones are optimal. This is where the SAF framework comes in. Learn what goes into determining the suitability, acceptability and feasibility of strategic choices. There are 29 end of chapter questions to confirm your understanding.
Week 5
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Performance Management Systems
Here we apply tools and concepts of performance management at the highest levels of the organisation. You will learn about the strategic utility of critical success factors (CSFs) and key performance indicators (KPIs), the balanced scorecard, the performance pyramid, integrated reporting and more. There is another end of chapter test to consolidate your learning.
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Change Management
Of course we know that organisations are not static, but are dynamic environments. At a strategic level therefore one needs to be equipped to manage change. Here you will learn about the change management process, the context of change, styles of change management, how to deal with resistance to change and be a change leader. Test yourself after watching the video lectures with 54 more exam-standard questions.
Week 6
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Building and Implementing Digital Strategy Introduction
Digital technologies present their own unique challenges for strategy. So this chapter equips you with some of the tools and insights needed to manage that context. You will learn about digital leadership, digital transformation, digital consumption and measuring success in a digital world. Ensure you have really understood the video lectures with 25 end of chapter questions.
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Digital Technologies
In this final chapter you will survey the range of prominent digital technologies through a strategic lens. You will look at cloud computing, big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and internet of things among others. As always, there are CIMA-grade exam questions to ensure you’ve really understood what you’ve learned in the video lectures.
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Mock Exam 1
Now it’s time to put everything you’ve learned over the 12 course chapters into practice with a CIMA standard exam. You’ll have 90 minutes to complete a 60 question exam, just as you would on the day of the real E3 exam.
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Mock Exam 2
60 more exam-standard questions for you to complete under exam conditions.
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Mock Exam 3
The third exam-standard mock for you to complete in a 1.5 hour sitting.
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Mock Exam 4
After three full exam sittings, you should be feeling confident. Just in case you need extra practice, you can take a 4th full mock exam to fine-tune your knowledge and exam readiness.
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Mock Exam 5
We’re spoiling you now! With a 5th full exam paper you’ll be getting a huge amount of exam practice before you sit your official CIMA exam.
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Hotspot sessions

As well as access to over 10 hours of on-demand video lectures covering the core syllabus, you will find bonus "Hotspot Sessions". For those particularly trick subject areas, your tutor offers a deeper dive to ensure understanding.

  • Complex topics are broken down into plain English
  • All hotspot topics are explained with concrete examples
  • Walkthroughs of exam-style questions to ensure full comprehension

Live webinars

Tap into your course tutor’s deep expertise by asking questions & getting answers immediately. From pre-seen analyses to mid-course check-ins, our live sessions cover a range of topics and student needs. And if you miss a session, you can always watch the replay.

  • Interact with your CIMA tutors during Q&A segments
  • Never miss a session with full replay access
  • Mock writing guidance, theory applied sessions, and more.

Personalisation and learning analytics

Our course design is based on the latest science of learning. Part of optimal study is ensuring that you have the data and control that you need to shape the resources to your needs. VIVA does just that.

  • Data dashboard to track your course progress and average scores
  • Control video playback - slow down or speed up as you require
  • Progress tracker ensures you know where you last stopped studying

Online exam simulator

Not only to do you get 500+ CIMA-grade practice questions as standard - but you get to practice these in our online exam simulator, to ensure maximal preparation for the real-life exam!

  • Choose from 3 time modes - No Limit, Exam Mode, or Quick Mode
  • Choose how you see your answers - after each question, or after the exam
  • See mock breakdown of how you scored in each syllabus area

Complete mock exam coverage

The Case Study course comes complete with professionally written mock exams as standard (3 for OCS, 5 for MCS and SCS), freshly written for each new pre-seen cycle. Our mocks are weighted in accordance with official CIMA subject and grading criteria.

  • Professionally written mocks tailored to current pre-seen document
  • Model solutions written by former CIMA prizewinners
  • Unlock mock marking at any time for complete exam preparation
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Live Workshops

As an Elite Student, you will gain access to 12 hours of private, live cohort workshops with your expert Case Study tutor. Each workshop is thematically focused on a different aspect of the Case Study exam, with an emphasis on practice, application, and exam technique secrets.

  • Work with your tutor and fellow Elite students on problems
  • Offer and exchange ideas, feedback, and doubts with your tutor
  • Develop answers and insights in collaboration
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Tutor-led Forums

As an Elite student, you will gain exclusive 24 hour access to a private, tutor-led Slack discussion group. Here you will be able to post and share queries, topics for discussion, helpful sources and articles. Your tutor will also regularly share helpful materials, and prompt discussions and debate between workshop sessions.

  • Bounce ideas off fellow Elite students in relaxed environment
  • Take advantage of Slack's great community features
  • Seek assistance from your Tutor at any time

Live workshops

Our live sessions are run outside of work hours. Tap into your course tutor’s deep expertise by asking questions & getting answers immediately. From pre-seen analyses to intensive workshops, our live sessions cover a range of topics and student needs. And if you miss a session, you can always watch the replay.

  • Interact with your CIMA tutors
  • Elite workshop sessions with lecturer and small student cohorts
  • Receive regular notifications on upcoming webinars

Tutor-led private discussion group

"I have tried mocks from other providers, but VIVA's are the best". Neofytus (SCS Aug17) isn't alone in thinking this. Our Case Study mocks are written in-house by our team of CIMA experts, tailored to the current pre-seen, and modelled closely on the real CIMA papers. Practice in our online exam simulator under timed conditions.

  • 13 Mock Exams per exam window across OCS, MCS and SCS
  • Professionally prepared model answers with every mock
  • Marking services can be added at any time

Mock marking

120+ hours of video lectures by subject experts, covering the entire CIMA syllabus. That's an average of 10 hours per subject. Watch anywhere, anytime. All our lectures are concise, high definition, using only the highest quality audio and example-led visualisations.

  • Special hotspot sessions devote additional time to tricky areas
  • Learning interface keeps track of where you stopped watching
  • View at any speed setting that you prefer

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"I have tried mocks from other providers, but VIVA's are the best". Neofytus (SCS Aug17) isn't alone in thinking this. Our Case Study mocks are written in-house by our team of CIMA experts, tailored to the current pre-seen, and modelled closely on the real CIMA papers. Practice in our online exam simulator under timed conditions.

  • 13 Mock Exams per exam window across OCS, MCS and SCS
  • Professionally prepared model answers with every mock
  • Marking services can be added at any time
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Your expert tutor
Ben Wilson

A former Big 4 auditor, for the past 12 years Ben Wilson has worked at the top of the professional education market, working first as a lecturer and manager at Kaplan before moving to Avado as their Head of Learning.

Ben teaches VIVA's E3 and F3 subjects. He is also VIVA's MCS tutor.

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E3 Objective Test
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A comprehensive online course for the independent learner

Pre-seen Analysis Lectures (4 hrs)
Objective Review Lectures (3 hrs)
E3/F3/P3 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
E2/F2/P2 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
E1/F1/P1 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
5 Mock Exams with Solutions
3 Mock Exams with Solutions
Tutor-Annotated Pre-seen
2 Live Tutor Check-in Sessions
100s of Pages of Course Notes
Unlimited Replays of Live Webinars
Private Student Discussion Group
Live Tutor Workshops (12 hours)
Mock Marking*
Personal Tutor Office Hours
3 Live Mock Debrief Sessions
Private Tutor-Led Forum

Course access runs until 31st of August 2022.
*Mock marking can be purchased separately at any time.

E3 Objective Test
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Ideal for students seeking intensive, personalised 1-to-1 training

Pre-seen Analysis Lectures (4 hrs)
Objective Review Lectures (3 hrs)
E3/F3/P3 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
E2/F2/P2 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
E1/F1/P1 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
5 Mock Exams with Solutions
3 Mock Exams with Solutions
Tutor-Annotated Pre-seen
2 Live Tutor Check-in Sessions
100s of Pages of Course Notes
Unlimited replays of live webinars
Private Student Discussion Group
Live Tutor Workshops (12 hours)
Mock Marking for All Mocks
Personal Tutor Office Hours
3 Live Mock Debrief Sessions
Private Tutor-Led Forum

Course access runs until 31st of August 2022.

E3 Objective Test
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Access to the E3 Objective Test Course until the end of the chosen exam window.

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Unlimited access to all CIMA Courses for 12 months, inc all Case Study & Objective Test mock exams
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Designed for those students who would like to complete 2 or more courses over the next year.

  • 1,000+ hours of premium CIMA study content
  • All Case Study/Objective Test Mock Exams included
  • Hundreds of hours of on-demand video lectures
  • Downloadable course notes covering entire syllabus
  • All materials automatically updated throughout year
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If I fail my exam, will I still have access to the VIVA course?

That depends on the plan you purchase. If you purchase a single case study course, you will have access for the duration of the relevant exam window (i.e. until the final CIMA exam date for that window). If you purchase a single objective test course, you will have 6 months of access to the course from the date of purchase. If you purchase the All Access membership, you will have access to the course (and all courses) for 12 months from the date of purchase. And don’t worry: your subscription/access will not auto-renew. You will be automatically notified when your access is due to expire, but you get to decide whether or not you would like to renew.

How is this course so cheap? I see other tuition providers charging thousands for single courses.

VIVA was born entirely online, and since day one has maintained a small team of dedicated experts. This low cost-base has allowed for relatively high investment in a streamlined online learning platform and high-quality production values. This in turn has allowed us to scale our tuition rapidly, reaching thousands of students across the world.

Our low cost-base and scaled delivery affords us the luxury of being able to charge radically lower prices for premium-grade courses than traditional, brick-and-mortar tuition providers (or online providers with bloated administration and sales teams who target and service large institutional clients).

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Due to GDPR restrictions, it is increasingly difficult to compile our students’ pass rates whether directly or via CIMA. However, VIVA has had consistently high pass rates over the years, and this is attested to by the fact that VIVA was awarded the prestigious Global Pass Rate Excellence Award in 2020 by CIMA itself.

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Does VIVA offer feedback/marking on students’ mock exam answers?

Yes. After you purchase a Case Study course or All Access membership with VIVA, you will be offered the chance to add marking services to your account. You will be able to purchase corrections for anywhere from 1 mock exam to 5 mock exams, and these can be used during any of the Case Study exam windows. Once you have 5 mock exams corrected (whether during one exam window or across several), you can repurchase corrections services as and when needed.

Case Study Elite course students have marking for 5 mock exams included as standard.

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