Operational Level

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Many students approach their first case study with trepidation. They don’t know what to expect or how best to prepare for this exam. A good starting point is to review past exam papers to highlight the key topics that get tested. Are all subjects (E1, F1 and P1) equally represented or not? Are there certain topics within the three subjects that the examiners like to focus on? Are there other topics that examiners rarely test?

Operational Case Study (OCS) Key Topics
General Articles
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by Thomas Newman

How to Maximise Your Chances of Passing CIMA Objective Tests

There is a reason VIVA Financial Tuition has dedicated the best part of a year to building the world's largest bank of CIMA objective questions...

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Techniques for CIMA Objective Test Success - Exam Day Strategy

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The CIMA Case Study: How to Write an Answer that puts you ahead of 90% of candidates

In the last two years, we’ve helped over 2,000 CIMA students prepare for their case study exams. We’ve seen what works, and also what definitely does not work...

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Working through your CIMA Case Study Course: a step by step guide to getting the most out of your Case Study resources

We’re going to tell you exactly how you should proceed through your case study course in order to get the most bang for your buck...

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CIMA Student Series: Operational Case Study

In this interview, Rachel Harrison discusses the challenges she faced in passing her OCS exam, as well as offering some great advice to students yet to take the exam...

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OCS November 2018
Some free articles guiding you through key points of the November 2018 Case Study
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OCS November 2018 Industry Overview

The November 2018 pre-seen focuses on GymFiT, a company in the budget-gym sector…

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OCS November 2018 Case Study Financial Analysis: GymFiT

This article goes through the main issues relating to GymFiT's financial statements...

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OCS August 2018
Some free articles guiding you through key points of the August 2018 Case Study
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OCS August 2018 Industry Overview

The August 2018 CIMA OCS Pre-seen focuses on a fictional tea producer called Thomas Fine Teas…

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OCS August 2018 Financial Analysis

Thomas Fine Teas is the subject of CIMA's August 2018 Operational Case Study...

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OCS February 2018
Some free articles guiding you through key points of the February 2018 Case Study
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OCS February 2018 Financial Analysis

King Crystal is the company in question for the February 2018…

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OCS February 2018 Industry Overview.

The February 2018 Pre-seen considers King Crystal, a crystalware manufacturer based in the…

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OCS November 2017
Some free articles guiding you through key points of the November 2017 Case Study
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OCS November 2017 Financial Overview

The November 2017 Operational Case Study introduces us to Struans, a premium dairy ice cream producer.

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OCS November 2017 Industry Overview

The November 2017 CIMA OCS Pre-seen focuses on a fictional dairy ice cream manufacturer called Struans…

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OCS August 2017
Some free articles guiding you through key points of the August 2017 Case Study
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by Thomas Newman

OCS August 2017 Financial Overview

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OCS May 2017
Some free articles guiding you through key points of the May 2017 Case Study
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by Thomas Newman

OCS May 2017 Financial Overview

The May 2017 Operational Case Study introduces us to Ashworth Lea, a luxury sports car manufacturer.

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by Hugo Newman, PhD

OCS May 2017 Industry Overview

The May 2017 OCS Pre-seen presents us with a really interesting fictional company in a fascinating.

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OCS February 2017
Some free articles guiding you through key points of the February 2017 Case Study
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OCS February 2017 Financial Overview

February 2017 Operational Case Study (OCS) focuses on the obscure beekeeping industry.

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OCS February 2017 Industry Overview

The February 2017 OCS Pre-seen presents us with a really interesting fictional company in a fascinating...

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OCS November 2016
Some free articles guiding you through key points of the November 2016 Case Study
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by Hugo Newman, Ph.D

OCS November 2016 Industry Overview.

The February 2017 Operational Case Study (OCS) focuses on the solar industry...

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by Thomas Newman

OCS November 2016 SWOT Analysis.

The SWOT is a great lens through which to view the Case Study...

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by Thomas Newman

OCS November 2016 Financial Analysis

The February 2017 Operational Case Study (OCS) focuses on a company called Marici Power...

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