CGMA Management Level Case Study Exam Study Aids
Learn more about the CGMA Management Level Exam
Management Case Study
The focus of Management level is on the medium term and monitoring and implementation of strategy. In the Management/Gateway Case Study exam, your role will be that of a Finance Manager.
The Case Study exam is essentially a virtual business role play. Therefore, students need to understand their role within the case study exam in order to produce a good answer, demonstrating knowledge and applying skills from across the syllabus.
The table below provides an overview of the role students are expected to take on at Management and Gateway Case Study exam, who they will be seeking to influence and examples of the syllabus area they may be tested upon.
|Who are you?||
At Management/Gateway level, your role will be that of a Finance Manager.
Equivalent job titles in a real organisation might be:
What is the main focus of your role?
Medium term and monitoring and implementation of strategy
You may be involved in:
You will need to understand
|Who is your audience/who are you seeking to influence?||Your manager (Senior Finance Manager), Financial Director, colleagues within the finance department plus other senior business managers – may be non-financial.|
|Examples of topic areas and tasks you may be asked to look at in the exam (based on Variant 1 of the Nov 2015 Management Case Study exam)||
You are a Financial Manager in ABC Solutions; ABC is an IT service provider founded in 1996 by 3 friends. The company is in Kayland, an industrialised country in northern Europe with an advanced economy and a sophisticated infrastructure. During the exam you will need to demonstrate:
Conduct value chain analysis
Analyse the impact on Return on Capital Employed, including a discussion on how ROCE could be affected in different years by gains or losses on disposal)
Identify the economic substance of a contract
Evaluate the performance of a departmental head
Explain the challenges associated with managing business relationships
|Competency weightings for your exam||
Competency Weighting is the basis of distribution of marks from various sections in the exam. You will have to obtain minimum threshold marks (approximately 1/3) for each competency along with a scaled score of 80 to pass the exam.
Technical skills - 39%
Business skills - 24%
People skills - 21%
Leadership skills - 16%
Note: you will also get a grade for 'Integration'. You can earn up to 6 marks, or points, for integration.
Look at the following materials to understand how the Management Level CGMA exam works:
- How is the Case Study Exam Graded, and what is a passing grade? - Video
- What do the grade descriptors mean in my CGMA exam score? - PDF document
- View an actual graded CGMA exam - PDF document
Information on Pearson Vue Test Centers
- What two forms of ID does the Pearson VUE test center require to check in? - Pearson VUE website
- Find out more about what you’ll see when checking into the Pearson VUE test center - Pearson VUE website