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SAMPLE EXAM PAPERS

Sample papers for the new syllabus:

 

OLD SYLLABUS PAST PAPERS

With the recent changes in the CIMA syllabus these past papers are out of date, and may not be a true representation of the new paper. Please refer to the Syllabus transition page for details on the changes.

  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - pilot paper (PDF 231KB)
  • P4 Organsiational Management and Information Systems - May 2005 exam questions (PDF 137KB)
  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - November 2005 exam questions (PDF 122KB)
  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - May 2006 exam questions (PDF 140KB)
  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - November 2006 exam questions (PDF 134KB)
  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - May 2007 exam questions (PDF 149KB)
  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - November 2007 exam questions (PDF 99KB)
  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - May 2008 exam questions (PDF 100KB)
  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - November 2008 exam questions (PDF 96KB)
  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - May 2009 exam questions (PDF 91KB)
  • P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems - November 2009 exam questions (PDF 88KB)
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    CIMA exam tips for November 2009 It is the last sitting of the old syllabus this November – here’s our top tips for the exams. Watch this space for more ‘guidance’. Advice from PQ Magazine, a free magazine for Accountancy Students.

    HOT TIPS- CIMA Nov 2009 exam tips OCT 2009. Article in PQ Magazine, a free magazine for Accountancy Students.

      CIMA tips for November 2009 from i-PASS, the on-line version of the free student accounting magazine PASS

     ACORN TUTORS PROVIDE FREE DEMOS INCLUDING P4, MAY 2006 PAPER and SOLUTIONS 

     

     CIMA ARTICLES

    Guidance on how to use your additional 20 minutes reading time (PDF 85KB) by Martin Taylor (CIMA, May 2005)
     
    Advice on how reading the business pages of quality newspapers can make your exam answers far more insightful (PDF 366KB) by Graham Pitcher (CIMA, April 2005).
     
    P4 Organisational Management and Information Systems: Ask The Tutor (CIMA Oct-Nov 2009) In October 2009 you emailed us your questions about the upcoming November exams. We passed them onto our tutors and now all the answers  are available.
    Question answered are:
    • Question 1: Can you explain the features of Organisational Development? What are HR practices and what are HR activities? Does the HR department defines the communication channels and procedures for the organization and how is that so? Can you give examples of HR monitoring and control mechanisms?
    • Question 2: I have problems grasping the chapter 'Operations Management' and 'Information Systems'. There seems to be so much information cramped in the 'Operations Management' chapter, and the lack of revision questions in the Learning Systems and Practice and Revision Kits made it even more difficult for me to understand. Can you outline the important points that I must learn for the two chapters?

     
     
    TIPS ON ANSWERING QUESTIONS
     
    This abridged advice is from the 'AsK a tutor' events hosted through CIMA
    which was given to someone achieving 46% on their first sitting.
     
     "Your symptoms typify so many of the students who score that kind of mark. I suspect from your comments that you are focusing too much on the factual and theoretical areas and not enough on the application of your knowledge in these areas to specific business situations. A comprehensive knowledge of all theory and models is worth around 40% in the exam. The real marks are earned from demonstrating your application skills. These can be categorised as explaining who, how & why in specific situations, discussion – presenting both sides of arguments pertaining to specific business problems and their solutions, and recommendations – setting out all of the options and justifying why your recommendation is suitable. In terms of technique, make sure you clearly understand the requirements by paraphrasing them onto your answer plan, before reading the scenario. This ensures that you recognise the relevant areas that you should be dealing with and highlights examples that you can include in your answer to avoid the all too common pitfall of producing a general answer that could relate to any organisation not just the one in the scenario – a guaranteed road to failure. You can test your answers by asking yourself …… Have I just described the theory or situation or have I explained the impact or outcome on the organisation in the scenario. If it is the former only here lies the trap…make sure you do the latter – apply the theory to the case!"

     

     

     

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