Ultimate exam skills: preparing for CIMA exams is not just about repeatedly reading through your syllabus notes and attempting a few past paper questions. On a BPP revision course the main focus is the development of the key exam skills specific to each paper and this is done through guided question practice.


To help all CIMA students, here's a summary of BPP's key skills that often turn a marginal fail into a comfortable pass, along with practical tips on how to practise them and a check list to work through in your run-up to the exam.

Keep this page somewhere safe with your CIMA study notes and work through them as you prepare for your next exam sitting.

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