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CGMA Exam - Case Study Guide by American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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chapter 1 Introduction to the CGMA exam

Chapter learning objectives

  • When you have completed this chapter, you will have an overview of the CGMA case study exam, its purpose, structure, marking and process involved.

1 Why a case study examination?

The CGMA exam is an integrated, comprehensive strategic case study that assesses the competencies required in today’s business environment. The case study examination is an attempt to simulate workplace problem solving, and allows examiners to move one step closer to the assessment of competence than is possible with traditional objective test questions. It is a test of your professional competence.

The CGMA exam assesses

  • your skills in areas such as research, synthesis, analysis and evaluation;

  • your technical knowledge, and

  • your skill in presenting and communicating information to users.

Because the examination tests a range of different skills, preparing for this examination needs to be different from studying for a ‘traditional’ examination. The purpose of this text is to suggest how you might prepare for the examination by developing and practising your skills.

2 Your role

The case study exam will be set within a simulated business context, placing the candidate in the job role matched to the competency level.

In the CGMA exam, the job role is that of a senior manager reporting to the CFO and interacting with other members of the senior management team within the organisation. Key elements of the case are likely to focus on the ...

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