CIMA SCS and MCS pass rates down

CIMA PQs sitting the Management and Strategic level case study papers in August seemed to struggled with them, a bit more than normal.

The pass rate for the Strategic case exam dropped to 48% – it was 62% in May, and last November 2022 the pass rate was a healthy 71%.

The Management case study pass rate dropped to 58% this time around. Some 62% of sitters passed the MCS May sitting, and 72% were successful in February.

It was better news for those taking the Operational level case study. The August pass was up five percentage points to 69%.

Stephen Flatman, Vice President, Examinations – Management Accounting, told PQ magazine: “The Operational level case study pass rate has remained consistent across the year, although Management and Strategic level case study pass marks dropped off for August. Candidates do need to make sure they show the depth required in their answers, evidence strategic thinking and remain focused on the question being asked. A good tip is to read to our examiners reports.”


                                  AUG 23          MAY 23         FEB 23          NOV 22

Operational               69%                64%              68%                66%

Management            58%                67%              72%                71%

Strategic                    48%                 62%              56%                71%