With the CIMA May/August 2023 pre-seen materials now available, it's a good idea for those of you intending to sit the exam to start laying the groundwork for your studies right now.
With that in mind, we thought we'd share with you what VIVA can do to help put you in pole position ahead of pre-seen release day. Below are a variety of tips, free resources and guides for the CIMA Aug23 case studies to help get you started.
1. Get the CIMA Pre-seen Materials Here
Probably the most important "free" resource of all is the pre-seen document that CIMA releases in advance of the Operational, Management and Strategic case study exams! The pre-seen document should be the focal point of your studies. You need to know this document inside-out. Too many students assume that they can casually browse the document a few days before the exam, and that if their theoretical knowledge is good enough, they'll be fine.
This is a mistake. There's a reason CIMA releases the pre-seen well in advance. It's because they want you to know it like the back of your hand. You need to be able to very quickly recall info from the pre-seen on exam day; to know where to look to find information that will help you answer the question. To know all the threats, opportunities, weaknesses, challenges, processes of the company in question.
Below you can find the links to each of the pre-seen documents for the current exam window:
OCS May/Aug23 Pre-seen: click here
MCS May/Aug23 Pre-seen: click here
SCS May/Aug23 Pre-seen: click here
2. VIVA's Pre-course Work
All of VIVA's Case study courses include a "Foundational Materials" component. This includes around 7 hours of video lectures and quizzes that ensure you are in the right mindset as soon as the pre-seen is released.
These materials can be accessed immediately if you have purchased access to the Aug23 Case Study courses (whether as part of our CIMA All Access membership, or as an individual course).
The Foundational Materials include video reviews of your Objective Test theories and syllabi, exam technique lectures, study focus sessions, and more. This is particularly useful for any Gateway students sitting the MCS exam. VIVA's foundational materials orient you by introducing you to the key topics and concepts from the Objective Test exams. From there, if you wish you can further unlock the full suite of video lectures from E2, P2 and F2 with the All Access membership - allowing you to do a deeper dive on theories that you might not be familiar with.
Unlock VIVA's full courses (with around 40 hours of learning materials, video lectures, live webinars and mock exams per course) via the links below:
3. Free articles and guides
Perhaps VIVA's best kept secret (though we try our best not to keep it a secret!) is our growing library of high-value free content - the Knoweldge Centre.
Much of this content is highly practical and relevant to Case Study exam sitters. Below we include a selection of the best free case study materials and videos that you can start working through immediately in order to ensure you are well oriented and motivated come pre-seen release day:
4. Add mock exam marking at any time
For so many students, VIVA's professional marking has been the difference maker, the thing that pushed them over the line to a pass (see here for example).
Our student surveys have shown that VIVA students who had their mock exams marked by our team of experts, were 48% more likely to pass than students who had not had their mock exams marked.
You don't have to get all your mocks marked, we understand that sometimes it's just not practical due to time or financial constraints. But the great thing with VIVA is that you can add any amount of mock marking to your course/membership at any time.
You can purchase marking for anywhere from just 1 mock exam to 5 mock exams. You can purchase at the links below:
- marking for 1 x mock exam: purchase here
- marking for 2 x mock exams: purchase here
- marking for 3 x mock exams: purchase here
- marking for 5 x mock exams: purchase here
We hope you find the above helpful as you gear up for the Aug23 round of CIMA Case Study exams.