CIMA Exam Dates & Registration Process

CIMA Exam Dates & Registration Process – If you want to be the top of the curve in accounting profession, you should definitely pursue CIMA. CIMA is one of the best, globally recognised courses that will take you to your next level.

As you’re reading this article, it’s assumed that you’re already convinced why you should pursue CIMA. Thus, here we will show you how you can take the step forward to make your dream come true.

In this article, first we will talk about the registration process in detail. Then, we will go ahead and talk about the CIMA exam windows and dates so that you can schedule your exam.

Jump right in. Because if you read this guide about CIMA registration and exam dates, you don’t need to read another article about the same!

How to register for CIMA?

If you want to study CIMA, you need to go through a lot of details. But don’t worry; we will get you covered. In the following paragraphs, we will show you how you can go for CIMA registration step by step.

First: Go to the page

The first step is really to go to – CIMA

How to Register Page CIMA Exam Dates

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In this page, you will be able to get information how to find your best entry route, how to search for course provider if you want to take tuitions and which exam centers you can attend for your qualification.

Choose your route

The best part of CIMA exam is that anyone can study it. The only requirement you need to have is that your English and Math should be strong.

So why it’s important to choose the route! Because you need to know what options and exams you can take to directly get to CIMA certification. You would agree that if you’re a graduate, you’re more advanced than someone who’s just leaving school.

Go to this page – Choose your route

Entry Route

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And then you will have four options –

  • I’m undergraduate or graduate
  • I’m about to leave school
  • I’m a member of another professional body
  • I’m working

In each section, you have different options. Just click on the option that seems most relevant to you and follow the instructions mentioned there.

The matter of fact is that that you can study CIMA part time or full time.

Course provider

If you think that it’s better to take tuition classes rather than studying on your own, CIMA got you covered. You can easily get access to their course provider.

First go to – Colleges that teach CIMA and then read three levels of schemes they offer. After reading it in full, you can fill up the form below and can search for your nearest course providers.

Have a look at the page below –

Course Provider

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CIMA Exam centers

Before registration process, this is the last thing you should check. You need to know which exam centers you can attend as per your qualification.

This is also very structured and you don’t need to go through any hassle to check the exam center.

Just go to – Pearsonvue 

Then in the box, write down your address or where you live as of now. Check whether there’s any nearest CIMA exam center than you can go for.

If you didn’t check the above page yet, have a look at the page below to understand what you need to do –

Exam center

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Additional details

You’re already done with checking your entry routes, course provider and exam center. Now it’s time to register. To make the process of registration easier, few things you need to keep with you while registering. Here are they –

  • You need to have your accurate contact details like email, phone number, and address with you while registering.
  • If you’re working anywhere, keep all the details with you while registering.
  • If you’re already studying, you also need to provide details of your tuition provider.
  • If you choose to pay online, you also need to keep your debit or credit card details with you.

Finally for your information, if you are from UK, you can pay online via debit or credit card; but if you’re from outside UK, you can pay via online or by post.

CIMA Exam Registration – 4 step process

There are exactly four steps in CIMA Registration process.

In this section, we’ll take you through each step.

1st Step: Start

First go to – Student Registration

In this page all you need to do is to select your entry route from the options. If you’ve a promotion code, you can write it down in the given box.

If you’ve doubt about what entry to route to choose, it’s best to go for standard route.


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Once you’re done with this, press “continue” to go to the next step.

2nd Step: My Details

After pressing “continue”, you will be coming to the following page –


My Details

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You have two options here. If you don’t have MY CIMA account, get started by writing your email id on the left hand. Or else, if you’re already registered with CIMA, fill up the email/contact ID and password on the right hand side.

If you don’t have the MY CIMA account, after providing with email id, you need to fill up some more details –

Creating MY CIMA account

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Once you fill this up, there’s another form that you need to fill up. Have a look –

Home Address

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Once you fill this up, you will be asked to press “Complete My Details”.

3rd Step: Registration

Once you press “Complete My Details”, you will be carried to this page –



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In this page, you’ll be asked to how would you want to study (via which medium). There’re total 5 options –

  • Attend a college
  • com
  • CIMA official study texts
  • Distance learning
  • Not yet decided

If you don’t yet know which option to choose, simply select “Not yet decided” and then “Continue”.

Then you will be asked to fill terms and conditions and agree to CIMA terms. Before you tick and “Continue” make sure you read the whole document carefully.

Terms & Conditions

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Final Step: Payment

Final step is simple. Once you’re done with registration, simply choose the way you will pay and your registration process would be complete.

CIMA Exam Dates

In this section, we will go in detail about CIMA exam dates in 2016. As you already know that you need to appear for two tests. First you need to clear an objective test and then you can sit for case study exams.

So we will go one by one.

First let’s talk about the objective test and then we will articulate details about the case study exams.

But before that, just have a look at the overall picture so that you can get what we’re talking about later on.

Overall picture of CIMA exam

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CIMA Objective test

Objective tests would be of 90 minute for each subject within each level. You can take the objective test any time throughout the year as these are on-demand tests. What’s important here is to know how you will schedule your CIMA exam.

Objective test schedule

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CIMA – Case Study exams

In case of case study exams, you have four windows throughout the year. You can take case study exams in February, May, August and November.

Within each exam window, you’ll be able to sit for five days – from Tuesday to Saturday.

Let’s have a look at exam dates of 2016 in detail. Although, February & May windows are already gone, still you’ll get an idea about the next year –

February 2016

Operational Management/Gateway Strategic
Exam Entry Opened 28th July 2015 4th August 2015 11th August 2015
Exam Entry Closed 26th January 2016

(5 pm UK time)

2nd February 2016 (5 pm UK time) 9th February 2016 (5 pm UK time)
Pre seen material available Week commencing 21st December 2015 Week commencing 29th December 2015 Week commencing 4th January 2016
Exam dates 9th – 13th February 2016 16th – 20th February 2016 23rd – 27th February 2016
Results released 24th March 2016 31st March 2016 7th April 2016


May 2016

Operational Management/Gateway Strategic
Exam Entry Opened 28th October 2015 4th November 2015 11th November 2015
Exam Entry Closed 26th April 2016

(5 pm UK time)

4th May 2016 (5 pm UK time) 10th May 2016 (5 pm UK time)
Pre seen material available Week commencing 21st March 2016 Week commencing 28th March 2016 Week commencing 4th April 2016
Exam dates 10th – 14th May 2016 17th – 21st May 2016 24th – 28th May 2016
Results released 23rd June 2016 30th June 2016 7th July 2016


August 2016

Operational Management/Gateway Strategic
Exam Entry Opened 27th January 2016 3rd February 2016 10th February 2016
Exam Entry Closed 26th July 2016

(5 pm UK time)

2nd August 2016 (5 pm UK time) 9th August 2016 (5 pm UK time)
Pre seen material available Week commencing 20th June 2016 Week commencing 27th June 2016 Week commencing 4th July 2016
Exam dates 9th – 13th August 2016 16th – 20th August 2016 23rd – 27th August 2016
Results released 22nd September 2016 29th September 2016 6th October 2016


November 2016

Operational Management/Gateway Strategic
Exam Entry Opened 27th April 2016 4th May 2016 10th May 2016
Exam Entry Closed 25th October 2016

(5 pm UK time)

1st November 2016 (5 pm UK time) 8th November 2016 (5 pm UK time)
Pre seen material available Week commencing 19th September 2016 Week commencing 26th September 2016 Week commencing 3rd October 2016
Exam dates 8th – 12th November 2016 15th – 19th November 2016 22nd – 26th November 2016
Results released 22nd December 2016 12th January 2016 12th January 2016


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How to schedule your CIMA exam

If you want to schedule your CIMA exam online, theirs is exactly four steps to consider –

  • First step: While you registered for CIMA, you would receive a CIMA contact ID and password. The first step is to use the contact ID and password to log in to your account. If you have any confusion regarding your contact ID, you can email CIMA at contact [at]
  • Second step: The second step is to update your contact details (if required) at your MY CIMA account. If there’s any outstanding payment, you need to pay off right now; otherwise you won’t be able to schedule your CIMA exam.
  • Third step: Once you update your details and pay the outstanding amount (if any), you’ll transferred to Pearson VUE website directly. At Pearson VUE website, you need to select “Schedule your exam”.
  • Fourth step: This is the last step. You need to choose the exam you want to sit and you need to go through the payment process (if you decide not to pay later). Once you’re done scheduling your exam, you’ll be transferred back to MY CIMA.

You can also schedule your CIMA exam via phone. You can call at +44 (0)20 8849 2251 and the CIMA team will take your details and will transfer you to Pearson VUE that will schedule your exam and take your payment (unless you choose to pay later).


Once you’re done scheduling your CIMA exam, you’ll get a confirmation email from Pearson VUE that your schedule is confirmed.

Rescheduling your exam

If in any case, you feel the need to reschedule your exam, here are the time limits –

  • You can reschedule your objective test up to 48 hours before the test.
  • In case of case study exam, you can reschedule your exam till the registration period is open.


If you read it through, you would know everything about the registration process and exam dates of CIMA. All you need to do is to keep this guide handy and whenever you require, keep referring back.

Before you take the plunge, think through about how CIMA would add value to your long-term career goals and whether you would really like to do CIMA to advance your career or not. Once you’re certain, go ahead and register yourself with CIMA. We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!

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