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Strategic Level

The strategic level is made up of three subjects. Students who have completed the strategic level subject must then complete the strategic level Integrated Case Study (ICS) to become CIMA qualified.


The CIMA computer based exams offer students increased flexibility with regards to when and where students write their exams. From the on-demand Objective Tests (OTs) to the quarterly Integrated Case Study (ICS) exams. 

To progress through each level, students will need to complete an OT for each paper and an ICS for the level. 

Objective Tests (OTs):

Each paper will be assessed by an Objective Test. This is a computer based exam which will be available on-demand. Students will be able to attempt these in any order and write whenever they are ready. Once you have attempted an OT the results will be available immediately.

More information about the OT:

90 minutes long
Marked by computer
Short questions, including multiple-choice, multiple response, data entry, fill-in-  gaps, etc.
On demand – can be sat at any time with immediate results
Students must complete 3 OTs at each level before they can attempt the ICS
Pass mark is 70%

 Integrated Case Study (ICS):

The Integrated Case Study combines the knowledge from each of the subjects within each respective level. Students can only attempt the ICS once they have successfully completed each OT from within the level. After completing the three OTs and ICS for a level, students can progress to the next level.

More information about the ICS:

Three hours long
Marked by an examiner
Long questions – similar to the previous written exams
Integrated case study covers all subjects within the level
Exams available quarterly (Feb, May, Aug and Nov) 
Pass mark is 60%

 Where can I write my exams?:

You can register to write your exams at any Pearson Vue Authorised Computer Based Test Centre. 

Assessment Centres:

Cape Town
3rd Floor
79 Roeland Street
Cape Town

Block B, Grayston Ridge
144 Katherine Street

Directions and map >

Click here for additional test centres > 

To register for exams, log into your MyCIMA account and select your subjects and exam venue.

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