n Meditari : Research Journal of the School of Accounting Sciences - Factors affecting Southern African students' success in CIMA examinations

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1022-2529



This study explores the factors affecting the results obtained by Southern African students in the professional qualification examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Thirteen variables were identified and included in a questionnaire sent to CIMA students. It was found that three variables were significantly associated with examination success: age, tuition and study material. Younger candidates, candidates who attended part-time tuition classes and candidates who used the textbooks published by BPP were more successful. Trends were also detected regarding gender, the number of papers written, and examination attempts: females tended to outperform males, candidates had a smaller chance of passing all the papers they sat if they took on more papers at a time, and first-time candidates had a higher tendency to pass than repeat candidates. Opportunities for further research are discussed.

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