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CIMA Exam Dates 2019: Beware the Case Study Dates Deadline!

cima exam datesThere are 3 levels in the CIMA exam under the qualification program. In each level, there are 2 types of tests — the objective tests and the strategy case studies. The CIMA exam dates for these 2 types are different. Please find the details below.

(CIMA in this website refers to Chartered Institute of Management Accountant. For Certified Investment Management Analyst, please click here.)

CIMA Exam Dates for Objective Tests

Since the computerization of the CIMA exam, the 9 objective tests have been offered on-demand, meaning we can take the exam anytime the CIMA exam centres are open. This pretty much means all business days throughout the year.

In other words, you don’t need to worry about a specific CIMA exam calendar for the objective tests – there is none!

CIMA Case Study Dates for 2019

The CIMA case studies are also computerized and are taken in the same Pearson VUE testing centres. What’s different is that the case studies are offered in 4 testing windows in a year:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November

The exam registration is open for 6 months. Pre-seen materials are available towards the end of the registration period. The actual testing window is quite short with only 5 days, so make sure you schedule way ahead.

Here is the CIMA exam timetable for the rest of 2018:

February 2019 CIMA Case Study Dates

Operational Management/Gateway Strategic/CGMA
Exam registration starts
July 25, 2018 Aug. 1, 2018 Aug. 8, 2018
Exam registration ends
Jan. 22, 2019 Jan. 29, 2019 Feb. 5, 2019
Pre seen material available Dec. 7, 2018 Dec. 14, 2018 Dec. 14, 2018
Exam dates Feb. 5-9, 2019 Feb. 12-16, 2019 Feb. 19-23, 2019
Results release
Mar. 21, 2019 Mar. 28, 2019 Apr. 4, 2019

May 2019 CIMA Case Study Dates

Operational Management / Gateway Strategic / CGMA
Exam registration starts
Oct. 24, 2018 Oct. 31, 2018 Nov. 7, 2018
Exam registration ends
Apr. 25, 2019 Apr. 30, 2019 May 9, 2019
Pre seen material available Mar. 22, 2019 Mar. 29, 2019 Apr. 5, 2019
Exam dates May 7-11, 2019 May 14-18, 2019 May 21-25, 2019
Results release
Jun. 20, 2019 Jun. 27, 2019 Jul. 4, 2019

CGMA and CIMA Gateway Exam Dates

As you can see from the chart, the CIMA Gateway exam dates are the same as those for the Management level case study exams.

The CGMA exam dates match with the Strategic level case study exams.

How to Reschedule CIMA Exam

Candidates are allowed to reschedule CIMA exam on their own within the following deadline:

  • Cert BA: up to 48 hours before the exam
  • Objective tests: up to 48 hours
  • Case study exam: during the exam registration period

Rescheduling is the same process as scheduling your exam the first time:

  1. Log in to your MYCIMA account
  2. Confirm that the profile information is up to date
  3. Click “schedule your exam”

Frequently Asked Questions

When can we take the Cert BA exam?

The Certificate in Business Accounting exams are also fully computerized and available throughout the year. Please click here for full details of the Cert BA syllabus and exam information.

How long does it normally take to complete the CIMA exam?

One can expect to spend 3-6 years from start to finish, plus the time needed to fulfill the work experience requirements. It takes time because there are 12 papers to complete.

This exam takes too long. Is there an alternative?

The US exams use a qualifying exam system. This is much faster if you are able to pass on your first try. For example, the US equivalent of CIMA, the CMA exam administered by the IMA, has two exam parts. As long as you pass these two parts and accumulate two years of relevant experience, you are all set.

For information on the CMA exam here.

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