CIMA Operational Case Study – Study Texts

Study Text Part 1 – How to pass the case study

The main reason why people fail the case study exam is because they don’t fully understand what it takes to pass!

To pass you need to know the theory and the pre-seen and also master the following skills:

  • Writing points in a way that scores marks (it’s harder than it sounds!)
  • Playing the role you are given in the exam
  • Effectively using the pre-seen
  • Working quickly enough to answer all parts of every question
  • Planning questions in a way that focused your answer on the key points.

Our Case Study Text Part 1 will give you the skills to pass this challenging exam with a step by step methodology to deal with each of these critical skills.

It complements our Case Study Tuition Video Series where Astranti case study expert, Peter Stiff, uses his years of CIMA teaching experience to show you how to apply these skills to pass the exam.

Sample chapters:

So what exactly do you get?
  • 202 page study text
  • 33 page pre-seen analysis proforma to analyse your own answers to mock exams

Study text content:

  • The keys to passing the operational case study
  • The exam
  • Your role
  • How to analyse the pre-seen
  • Answering the question
  • Why you must plan your answers
  • The 8 stages of exam planning
  • Planning practice
  • Writing approach
  • Writing practice
  • How is the OCS marked?
  • Time management
  • The optimum approach to preparing for the OCS exam
  • Application to the OCS

Study Text Part 2 – Theory and the operational case study

Theory is key to the CIMA exams, but is particularly important at the operational level, where there are a greater number of theoretical questions than in any other CIMA case study exam!

You have already learned all of the theory you need in order to pass, but simply don’t have time revise it all. There’s just too much!

To help you revise key knowledge, part 2 of our study text:

  • Summaries of the most commonly examined topics from E1, P1 and F1
  • Saves you the hours of revision time by focusing on the key topics
  • Reduces over 1000 pages of our full study content into one 424 page document

Sample chapters:

So what exactly do you get?
  • 424 page study text
  • Sections after each chapter for you to apply your knowledge to the pre-seen

Study text content:

  • Section A – Chapters 1 to 7: CIMA E1
  • Section B – Chapters 8 to 14: CIMA F1
  • Section C – Chapters 15 to 21: CIMA P1

What our students say

Please see our Live Testimonials Page for all our latest testimonials. Here are a couple of examples:

“I first learnt about Astranti when the fees became unbearable where I was previously studying. For almost half the price I signed up for the complete OCS course and I passed my exam first time! I found the study texts great for revision, the videos opened up my imagination and the mock exams prepared me for any exam situation. I highly recommend Astranti to working mums, those on a budget or anyone who is an aspiring CGMA like me.”

Vimbai Sinchuke

Passed CIMA OCS, November 2016

Second sitting of the CIMA Operational Case Study and despite what felt like a tough exam which left me feeling not too confident managed to pass by a comfortable margin. I can only attribute this to the methodology of how to approach the exam and effective time management that was taught by Astranti. Its all too easy to get off topic and write a lot of material which is irrelevant and just repeating what you’ve already stated. Which cost me marks and ultimately the exam in my first sitting. Thanks to Astranti, the lectures and my marker for the mock exams for providing the guidance to help me pass!

Mr Calder via Trustpilot

Passed CIMA OCS, June 2019

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OCS Study Text
Part 1


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Part 2


OCS Study Texts
Part 1 + Part 2


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