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Getting Started With Your CIMA Exams

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 takes just a few minutes. It’s worth also taking a moment to review all entry route options. Depending on your existing qualifications, you may have the option of several entry routes.

If you do not qualify for any other entry routes, or are uncertain, choose Standard Entry. Don’t worry if you’re just choosing this because you’re unsure which other routes you qualify for, 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 GBP £77. Other entry routes, including the Master’s Gateway and Professional Gateway, have other fees which may be higher.

There is a yearly subscription fee for remaining a member of CIMA. While you are studying towards CIMA qualification this subscription fee is GBP £120. Once you have passed all of your exams, this fee is GBP £275. Your first year’s subscription fee is included in the price of registration.

You can browse all of the fees associated with CIMA membership here.

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 are not eligible for exemptions, you can skip to Step 4.

To apply for an exemption, you must search CIMA’s exemptions database for match qualifications. Once you have found matching qualifications, you will need to provide documents as evidence. These documents should details of the subjects studied, and marks achieved. These documents should be sent to the CIMA exemptions email address at documents@cimaglobal.com 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 which exemptions you are eligible for. Once you receive your exemptions, you may choose to accept or decline them. You cannot accept an exemption once you have declined it. 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 about applying for them on this page of CIMA’s website.

Step 4: Preparing for your first exam

In order to learn everything you need to pass a CIMA exam, you will need study resources. Astranti provide a full set of study materials for every CIMA exam, including study texts, mock exams, and full video tuition. Registering is completely free and just takes a few minutes. Even if you are using another provider, sign up to take advantage of our free resources including free mock exams.

Once you have registered, you are are ready to start studying. If you are studying for the CIMA certificate, all Astranti’s certificate level study materials are free to use. Membership also includes sample materials for all our other CIMA courses, including our free mock exams.

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 courses. Courses contain all the study materials you’ll need for your exams, as well as some course-exclusive content like a personal mentor, direct tutor support, and our pass guarantee to give you the best possible chance of passing your exam. Our professional level CIMA courses can be purchased individually, or as part of our whole level packs with a further discount.

Step 5: Booking your exam

Once you have finished revising all of your study materials and passed all of your mock exams, it’s time to sit the real thing. CIMA exams are normally taken in person 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 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 photos and exam will then be queued up and 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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