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This kit helps you focus your revision and practice for the exam in a way that makes the best use of your time. Targeted at CIMAs exams, it provides: Practice on questions in every syllabus area in the different formats you will encounter Feedback on how to approach questions.

Whatever your learning style, we have books and e-learning to suit. So like many CIMA students, you can give yourself the best chance to pass. Advice on how to obtain easy marks Rehearsals for your exam day with three mock exams. Marking schemes and quotes from examiner comments where provided for past CIMA exam questions are sourced from CIMA post exam guides, which can be found in full at cimaglobal.

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If they act illegally and unethically in one area, can you really trust them? We are grateful to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for permission to reproduce past examination questions. Questions set under the old syllabuss Organisational Management and Information Systems OMIS exam are included because their style and content are similar to those that appear in the Paper E1 exam. Questions Planning your question practice Our guidance from page xx shows you how to organise your question practice, either by attempting questions from each syllabus area or by building your own exams tackling questions as a series of practice exams.

Topic index Listed below are the key Paper E1 syllabus topics and the numbers of the questions in this Kit covering those topics. If you need to concentrate your practice and revision on certain topics or if you want to attempt all available questions that refer to a particular subject you will find this index useful. Syllabus topic. Using your BPP Learning Media Practice and Revision Kit Tackling revision and the exam You can significantly improve your chances of passing by tackling revision and the exam in the right ways.

Our advice is based on feedback from CIMA. We focus on Paper E1; we discuss revising the syllabus, what to do and what not to do in the exam, how to approach different types of question and ways of obtaining easy marks. A topic index, listing all the questions that cover key topics, so that you can locate the questions that provide practice on these topics, and see the different ways in which they might be examined.

Making the most of question practice We realise that you need more than questions and model answers to get the most from your question practice. We show you how you can pick up Easy marks on questions, as picking up all readily available marks can make the difference between passing and failing.

We refer to the BPP Study Text for detailed coverage of the topics covered in each question Marking schemes and quotes from examiner comments where provided for past CIMA exam questions are sourced from CIMA post exam guides, which can be found in full at cimaglobal. Attempting mock exams There are three mock exams that provide practice at coping with the pressures of the exam day.

We strongly recommend that you attempt them under exam conditions, as they reflect the question styles and syllabus coverage of the exam. To help you get the most out of doing these exams, we provide guidance on how you should have approached the whole exam. The compulsory question in each Strategic level exam is based on a common preseen case study, issued in April and October each year.

Revising E1 The E1 exam This will be a time-pressured exam that combines a variety of different types of question. It is very important that you do not spend too long on the objective test and shorter written questions at the expense of understanding and appreciating the issues involved in the longer written questions that make up half the marks on the paper.

Topics to revise You need to be comfortable with all areas of the syllabus because any question may span a number of syllabus areas. Question spotting will absolutely not work on this paper. It is better to go into the exam knowing a reasonable amount about most of the syllabus rather than concentrating on a few topics.

The global business environment. The major economic systems of the world and the emergence of new economies The role of government in shaping the business environment and market regulation The importance of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. The role of information systems and how they are implemented and evaluated Types of information system and their role in enabling change The importance of protecting information systems and aligning them with business strategy.

How to manage inventory, production capacity, demand and supply chains The importance of quality and methods of quality measurement and management Information systems used in operations management.

Marketing orientations, the marketing environment and social responsibility issues of marketing Targeting market segments with an appropriate marketing mix through various marketing methods Branding and not-for-profit marketing. Human resource management theories and HR planning Good human resource practices from recruitment to dismissal Training, development and the role of appraisals. Question practice Question practice under timed conditions is essential in order to get used to answering exam questions in limited time and to practise the different skills involved in answering each type of question.

Passing the E1 exam Displaying the right qualities The examiner expects you to display the following qualities. Qualities required A good understanding. Questions will often test your grasp of generally accepted management thinking in the main syllabus areas, there will often be some flexibility allowed, there may be no single right answer. You will be tested in different questions on your ability to identify and understand the management implications of the problems you are faced with.

You must be able to analyse a situation, generate and evaluate a range of options and be ready to recommend a reasonable course of action. A challenging aspect of E1 is that you have to adapt to the four types of question MCQ, OT, short-answers and scenario questions of unlimited length.

To answer the short Section A and Section B questions you should carefully structure your response use bullets or short sentences and only answer the question set. When answering Section C questions you should remember that markers assess your overall answer as well as counting points made. Limited answers that make basic points score poorly, pass answers add realistic insights, but only strong answers offer clear, purposeful explanations that earn the big marks.

Ensure your answers have enough depth to score well. Avoiding weaknesses You will enhance your chances significantly if you ensure you avoid these mistakes:. Failure to pick up scenario details eg size of company, morale of workforce, the business environment. Brain dumping everything you know about the topic area being tested seeing a familiar word in a question and going off on a tangent.

Using the reading time We recommend you spend the first ten minutes of reading time scanning the paper and identifying the main topic areas covered. The second ten minutes, we suggest you spend looking at the compulsory Section A questions and marking your answers on the question page. Answers can be transferred to your answer booklet once writing time commences.

DO NOT write in you answer booklet until you are given permission to do so. Choosing which questions to answer first Choosing which questions to answer first is a matter of preference. You should practise different methods during your revision to decide which one suits you best.

One option is to do Section C questions once you have tackled Section A as these questions are longer and require more thought and planning. An alternative method is to do the questions in the order they appear on the exam paper that is, Section A, Section B and then Section C.

The most important thing to remember is to spend no longer than 36 minutes on Section A, 54 minutes on Section B and 90 minutes on Section C! Discussion questions Remember that depth of discussion is important. Discussions will often consist of paragraphs containing sentences. Each paragraph should have a short header and:.

Make a point Explain the point you must demonstrate why the point is important Illustrate the point with material or analysis from the scenario, perhaps an example from real-life. Gaining the easy marks The first few marks are always the easiest to gain in any question. This applies particularly to Section B. Spend the same amount of time on each part of the Section B question. This will give you a good chance of passing each part of the question, and comfortably passing the question overall.

Section C questions carry a lot of marks. Make sure you read the requirement carefully and apply your knowledge to the situation outlined in the scenario. Expected to be 10 compulsory multiple choice questions worth 2 marks 6 compulsory short-written questions worth 5 marks each 2 compulsory longer written questions worth 25 marks each. Time allowed: 3 hours plus 20 minutes reading time. Section A will always contain some multiple choice questions, but other types of objective test question may be included as well.

Short scenarios may be provided to which a group of questions relate. Section B questions will be short-answer written questions which may or may not be based around a scenario.

This section will require breadth of syllabus knowledge and also good time management skills. Section C questions will be longer written questions based around a scenario. They will require knowledge, some application, and discussion surrounding the issues raised. Breadth of question coverage Questions in all sections of the paper may cover more than one syllabus area.

This exam information page sets out what to expect from your E1 exam in terms of exam format and style, however it is possible for exam papers to vary slightly over time. None or all questions could be based around a scenario. Section B questions may be based around a scenario, or may not.

By practising a range of question styles you will be prepared to take anything which comes up.


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