CIMA Exam Dates

CIMA Exam Dates & Registration Process

If you want to be the top of the curve in the accounting profession, you should definitely pursue CIMA. CIMA is one of the best, globally recognized 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 making 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!

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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

CIMA Exam 2020 Registration

source: CIMA

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

Choose your route

The best part of the CIMA exam is that anyone can study it. The only requirement you need to have is that your English and Maths 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

CIMA Exam 2020 Entry Route

source: CIMA

And then you will have four options –

  • I’m an 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 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

course: CIMA

CIMA Exam centers

Before the 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 – Pearson Vue. 

Then in the box, write down your address or where you live as of now. Check whether there’s any nearest CIMA exam center then 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 centersource: Pearsonvue

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 the UK, you can pay online via debit or credit card; but if you’re from the outside UK, you can pay online or by post.

CIMA Exam Registration – 4 step process

There are exactly four steps in the CIMA Registration process.

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

1st Step: Start

First, go to – Student Registration

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

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

CIMA Exam 2020 Student Registration

source: CIMA

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 –

CIMA Exam 2020 Student Registration 1

source: CIMA

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

source: CIMA

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

Home Address

source: CIMA

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 –

Registrationsource: CIMA

On this page, you’ll be asked how you would want to study (via which medium). There’re a total of 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

source: CIMA

Final Step: Payment

The 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 into detail about the CIMA exam dates in 2021. 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

source: CIMA

CIMA Objective test

Objective tests would be of 90 minutes 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.

CIMA 2020 Objective Exam

source: CIMA

CIMA – Case Study exams

In the 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 the exam dates of 2020 in detail. Although February & May windows are already gone, still you’ll get an idea about the next year –

February 2021

February 2021
Exam entry to be opened29 July 202005 August 202012 August 2020
Exam entry to be closed8 February 202115 February 202122 February 2021
Pre seen material to be available25 September 202002 October 202009 October 2020
Exam dates10-12 February 202117-19 February 202124-26 February 2021
Results to be published01 April 202108 April 202124-26 February 2021

May 2021

May 2021
Exam entry to be opened28 October 202004 November 202011 November 2020
Exam entry to be opened27 April 202105 May 202111 May 2021
Pre seen material to be available26 March 202101 April 202109 April 2021
Exam dates12-14 May 202119-21 May 202126-28 May 2021
Results to be published01 July 202108 July 202115 July 2021

August 2021

August 2021
Exam entry to be opened27 January 202103 February 202110 February 2021
Exam entry to be opened27 July 202105 August 202110 August 2021
Pre seen material to be available26 March 202101 April 202109 April 2021
Exam dates11-13 August 202118-20 August 202125-27 August 2021
Results to be published30 September 202107 October 202114 October 2021

 November 2021

November 2021
Exam entry to be opened28 April 202106 May 202112 May 2021
Exam entry to be opened26 October 202102 November 202109 November 2021
Pre seen material to be available24 September 202101 October 202108 October 2021
Exam dates10-12 November 202118-20 August 202125-27 August 2021
Results to be published06 January 202213 January 202213 January 2022

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 it 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 be transferred to the Pearson VUE website directly. At the 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 the case of a case study exam, you can reschedule your exam until 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 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!

Reader Interactions


  1. Troy Reels says

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information. Well can you tell what the difference between CIMA and CFA is? Are they both same and different? I am lil bit confused in both of this certifications.

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Thanks for your note. Well, actually you must not be confused because CIMA and CFA are not at all related qualification and they both signify different domain of study. But NO they are not completely different but if you talk about focus, perspective and subject emphasis they are quite different from each other. If you want to know more about the CIMA and CFA differentiation’s you can read this blog here.

  2. Cayden Caffey says

    Thanks for this useful information. If you could also tell me how to take the CIMA Exam Qualification in a best way, Please share me some study material if you have related to CIMA Exam Qualification

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      : Welcome. Yes I do have a comprehensive guide which will definitely help you to take the CIMA Qualification Exam in the best way possible. To read this blog you can go to this link

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