Getting Started with your CIMA Journey

Step 1: Register as a CIMA student

The first step on your CIMA journey is to visit the CIMA website and register as a student. This process only takes a few minutes. It’s worth taking a moment to review all entry routes as you may have some options depending on your previous qualifications.

If you don’t qualify for any other entry routes or uncertain on which option to take, choose Standard Entry. Don’t worry too much at this stage as you will have the option to apply for exemptions later!

Step 2: Pay your registration fee

There is a fee associated with registering as a CIMA student. If you are becoming a CIMA student via the Standard Entry route, this fee is £77. However, fees vary depending on the route taken.

There’s an annual fee of £120 for membership of CIMA during your studies. Once you have passed all of your exams, this fee rises to £275. By the way, good news – your first year’s subscription fee is included in the price of registration!

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Step 3: Apply for exemptions

If you joined via the Standard Entry route, you may be eligible for some exemption from certain CIMA exams based on any prior qualifications you hold. Receiving an exemption means that you do not need to sit an exam, and are considered to have passed it. If you’re not eligible for exemptions, you can skip to Step 4.

To apply for an exemption, you must search CIMA’s exemptions database for your qualifications. You will need to provide documents as evidence including details of subjects studied and marks achieved. These documents should be sent to the CIMA exemptions email address at and the email should include your contact ID.

CIMA will confirm receipt of your documents within 72 hours, but it may take up to 20 working days to confirm your exemptions. Once you receive your exemptions, you may choose to accept or decline them. You must then pay any additional fees.

Depending on your institution and qualification, it is possible that your exemption is not in the database. If so, you may still be eligible for exemptions and can find out more on this page of CIMA’s website.

Step 4: Booking your exam

It’s recommend that you book your exam before starting your studies to give yourself a target end date to work towards!

CIMA exams can be taken at a Pearson Vue testing centre or remotely via Pearson Vue’s online proctoring system.

To book an exam, you will first need to log in to My CIMA, and then settle any outstanding debts on your account such as membership subscription fees. Once you have done this, you will need to use the ‘Schedule My Exam’ button under the ‘Studying’ tab at the top of the page. You will then be transferred to the Pearson Vue website, where you can begin the booking progress.

Step 5: Preparing for your first exam

In order to learn everything you need to pass a CIMA exam, you will of course need study resources!  Astranti provide a full set of study materials for every CIMA exam,including study texts, mock exams, and tuition videos. Registering is completely free and just takes a few minutes. By signing up you’re able to take advantage of our wide range of FREE resources including mock exams.

Once you have registered, you are are ready to start studying. By the way, if you are studying for the CIMA certificate, all Astranti’s certificate level courses are free!

Astranti materials can be purchased individually, allowing you to customise materials to suit your budget and needs, or at a discounted price as part of our courses. These courses contain all the study materials you’ll need for your exams, as well as some course-exclusive content such as a personal mentor, direct tutor support, and our pass guarantee to give you the best possible chance of passing your exam.

Step 6: Exam day!

On the day of your exam, you will need to arrive at your test centre in good time and with photo identification. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, certain test centres may have additional rules or requirements: make sure to check our COVID-19 page for the latest updates.

If you are taking an online proctored exam at home, you will need to follow check-in procedures. You must make sure you have a computer with a webcam and a strong internet connection, as well as a clean, uncluttered work area. You will then need to provide a headshot photograph, a photograph of your identification, and a photograph of your work area. Your exam should start within 15 minutes.

If there are any issues with your photos, identification or workspace, you will be joined by a greeter, who will help you to troubleshoot. You will then be monitored via webcam and microphone for the duration of your exam.

Whichever method you choose, you are now ready to sit your first CIMA exam. All that’s left to say now is… GOOD LUCK!

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