Examination Policies

  • Online Exam Scheduling Policy +

    CIMA® online exam windows open four times in a year. You can choose the most convenient exam window and schedule your exam on one of the available day- and time slots. This must be done by the prescribed scheduling deadline for that exam window mentioned on your myCIMA dashboard. You can schedule both the standard CIMA® Level-1 and 2 exams within three years of your CIMA® program registration confirmation. If you are a Master’s/ Professional Pathway candidate, you must schedule your single unified Pathway exam latest within two years of your CIMA® program registration confirmation.

  • Offline Exam Scheduling Policy +

    CIMA® offline exams are available in some countries and can be taken on specific dates only. You can choose the most convenient exam date and schedule your exam from your MyCIMA dashboard. You can take both the standard CIMA® Level-1 and 2 exams within three years of your CIMA® program registration confirmation. If you are a Master’s/ Professional Pathway candidate, you must schedule your single unified Pathway exam latest within two years of your CIMA® program registration confirmation.

  • Exam Resit/ Reappear Policy +

    Candidates registering in any of the three CIMA® registration tracks get three attempts to clear each required CIMA® exam. In the event candidates fail to pass their CIMA® exam(s) in their first three attempts, they can appear for CIMA® exams again by paying US$ 100 for each exam level. They can register for retake of the CIMA® exam from their myCIMA account. Please note that examinees can apply for a resit in the applicable CIMA® exam only after the payment is made. A no-show on a scheduled exam date will be counted as a resit, and will deduct one free resit attempt.

  • Exam Reapply Policy +

    Examinees who voluntarily cancel their scheduled examination appointments after their first three attempts, can immediately reapply from their myCIMA dashboards by paying a nominal fee of USD 50.

  • Exam Cancelation Policy +

    All CIMA® candidates are given three attempts to cancel their CIMA® exam(s). If you wish to cancel your exam, you must log into your myCIMA account and cancel the exam only before the exam Cancelation Deadline mentioned on your myCIMA dashboard. The re-sit attempts for each exam may be charged in accordance to the policy, if you have already exhausted your free re-sits.

  • Exam Reschedule Policy +

    If you want to reschedule your CIMA® exam(s), you must do it before the exam Rescheduling Deadline mentioned on your myCIMA dashboard.

  • Examinee Conduct Policy for All Candidates +

    We have a ‘zero–tolerance’ policy for misconduct or adoption of unfair means. During Exam, the test manager (or proctor) has all rights to dismiss an Examinee from the exam session. The following regulations apply to candidates sitting for offline pen and paper-based exam(s) as well as for online exam(s):

    • Causing any disturbance during the exam session
    • Giving or taking any assistance to or from anybody
    • Using digital assistants, notes, books, wristwatch calculators, electronic dictionaries, or other aids/devices
    • Using electronic devices, such as mobile phones
    • Trying to remove any type of scratch paper during the Exam
    • Trying to mess with the computer
    • Trying to relocate during the Exam from allotted computer/ system
    • Trying to remove questions (in any format) during the Exam
    • Not obeying the directions given by the test manager (or proctor) or remote-proctor.
    • Sharing the content of the exam with others
    • You (irrespective of if you are a licensed weapon holder) are not allowed to attend your exam with a weapon. If you are found to have a weapon in your possession you will be excluded from the exam without any reimbursement
    • If you are sitting for the offline pen and paper-based examinations, you are not permitted to remove either your candidate answer booklet(s) or your question paper from the exam room. All candidate answer booklets remain the property of CIMA Institute
    • Candidates must not conduct themselves in an inappropriate way (including conducting themselves in vulgar, offensive, abusive, or any illegal activity)

    Please be informed that CIMA Institute will take legal action against anybody who violates copyright laws such as reproducing and distributing examination content or materials. The data bank of questions, the exam form and all exam-related materials have copyrights and are the legal property of CIMA Institute.

    Any communication – be it verbal, written or electronic, is strictly prohibited. Any such act will be punishable by law.

    Please note that, if any examinee is caught in any of the above forms of misconduct, there will be no evaluation of their exam and no refund of their fees. Also, there will be a six-month bar to retake the exam. Furthermore, CIMA Institute shall review the acts of misconduct, which may lead to:

    • The cancelation of the examinee's prior or present exam scores
    • The revocation of the examinee's award
  • CIMA® Qualification & Exam Passing Policy +

    In order to qualify for the award of the CIMA® qualification, Standard route candidates have to pass both levels 1 & 2 of the CIMA® exam by scoring a minimum of 65% in each. Candidates taking the unified pathway exam also have to score a minimum of 65% in their Pathway exams.

  • Calculator Policy +

    Small battery- or solar-powered electronic calculators restricted to a maximum of six functions— addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square root, and percentage—are allowed. The calculator must not be programmable and must not use any type of tape. Candidates can also use Texas Instruments’ BA II Plus, HP 10bII+, HP 12c, or HP 12c Platinum calculators when taking the exams. The Hewlett-Packard 10BII is valid, but no longer available for purchase. Candidates will not be allowed to use calculators that do not comply with these restrictions.

  • Examinee ID Policy +

    The candidate must have:

    • Valid, signed, non-expired government-issued passport.
    • Or
    • Two original forms of non-expired identification, one primary ID with photo and signature and one secondary ID with signature. See list of acceptable forms of ID below.
    • Or
    • A government-issued National country ID card with a photograph (with or without a signature), and another acceptable valid form of ID with a signature. See list of acceptable forms of ID below.

    Acceptable forms of ID include:

    Primary ID
    • Government issued driver’s license
    • Passport
    • Military ID
    • State/Country ID
    • Employee/School ID
    • Aadhar card – Candidates who present the Aadhar card must also present a valid form of ID with a signature in order to be admitted.
    Secondary ID
    • Any primary ID
    • Social Security Card
    • Credit/Debit card
    • Bank ATM card

    Note: All IDs required must be issued by the country in which the candidate is testing. If the candidate does not have a qualifying primary ID issued from the country they are testing in, an International Travel Passport from their country of citizenship is required, along with a secondary ID.

    The first and last name that the candidate uses to register must match exactly with the first and last name on both of the IDs that are presented on exam day.

    You will not be permitted to take the exam(s) without proper identification.

Administrative policies

  • Change of Name on the Certificate +

    If you want to change your name on the certificate, you will need to write to us at [email protected] and attach the required supporting documents. A fee of USD 50 will have to be paid for the processing of your request. You will also have to pay USD 100 for an additional certificate with the new name on.

  • Issue of a Duplicate Certificate for All Candidates +

    In case you lose your certificate and require a duplicate certificate a service request needs to be generated from your myCIMA dashboard. An additional fee of USD 100 will have to be incurred by you.

  • Refund Policy +

    The full fee paid by an applicant minus USD 500 is refunded if the withdrawal application arrives within 72 business hours from payment. For withdrawal requests beyond 72 business hours, no part of the fee paid will be refunded.

  • Appeals Policy for All Candidates +

    Appealing In Case of No-Show

    Emergencies
    Examinees missing a scheduled exam because of emergencies, should directly contact us to report matter. The following reasons for missing out on, or not showing up for a scheduled CIMA® certification Exam have been defined as acceptably genuine, and deemed as justified for grant of Retake permissions if requested:

    • If examinees themselves or any of their immediate family members (like Spouse, Siblings, Parents, Grandparents, and Children) meet a serious accident, or develop a sudden medical condition demanding serious attention
    • If there is a bereavement in the family (like Spouse, Siblings, Parents, Grandparents, and Children)
    • If examinees are summoned by courts, or are drafted on juries, or are required for some urgent national duty.

    Examinees forced to miss out on their scheduled CIMA® exam for any of the above-mentioned reasons are required to contact us and request for a Retake by submitting a doctor’s or hospital certificates etc., as proofs of the emergency encountered.

    For cases/ scenarios of no-shows not listed under our no-show policies or exhausting three free resit attempts (details below), an additional USD 50.00 will be charged as exam-reapplication fee. This reapplication exam can be scheduled from the myCIMA dashboard after 7 calendar days of the date of missing the original CIMA® exam appointment.

    Please note: Candidates registering in any of the three CIMA® registration tracks get three attempts to clear each required CIMA® exam. The following events will be counted as a resit, and will deduct one free resit attempt:

    • A no-show on a scheduled exam date
    • Canceling the scheduled exam
    • Failing the scheduled exam
  • Audit Policy +

    The submission of an application indicates your agreement to comply with the terms of the audit process. All applications are subject to an audit, although only a percentage of applications are selected for audit. The selection of an application for audit is random. You may be required to submit documents of the required professional work experience and/or educational degrees officially. The electronic audit notification provides detailed information on how to comply with the terms of the audit.