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All three levels of the CGMA Finance Leadership Program culminate with a Case Study Exam, a unique assessment to test your mastery of the critical competencies. The Case Study Exam will challenge you to apply all your knowledge and skills to deliver insights and make decisions in a real-world business situation. The Case Study Exams are administered by Pearson VUE, which offers more than 5,100 testing centers worldwide, including more than 2,000 in the United States. You have the option to take the exams at a location convenient for you or from your own home. The Case Study Exams are administrated during four test windows per year, approximately three months apart.

You must successfully complete any required learning and assessment before you can take the Case Study Exam. You can schedule the Case Study Exam through your personal dashboard, but you cannot sit for the Case Study Exam until you have successfully completed any requisite learning and assessments.

Yes. There is an online Case Study Review course specifically tailored for the upcoming exam included in the CGMA Finance Leadership Program. Materials will familiarize you with the exam format, how it is graded, and the best way to approach your answers. You also have the opportunity to submit two practice exams for grading and invidualized feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your responses.

All three levels of the CGMA Finance Leadership Program culminate with a Case Study Exam, a rigorous assessment designed to test your mastery of critical knowledge and skills, as defined by the CGMA Competency Framework.

The unique Case Study Exam format features a hypothetical scenario, based on a real-world business situation. The case study is designed to see how the complexities of real-life influence decisions.

Analyzing a case study requires you to practice applying your knowledge and your thinking skills to a real situation. A case study analysis requires analyzing, applying knowledge, reasoning and drawing conclusions from a hypothetical scenario, based on a real-world business situation. They are designed to test your ability to deliver insights and make decisions in a real-world situation. The exam tests theoretical knowledge, and, more importantly, it tests your ability to apply that knowledge to demonstrate competence in guiding business decisions. The Case Study Exam will challenge you to deliver insights and make decisions in a real-world business situation.

The exam is based on real-world case studies, requiring you to answer open-ended questions. Seven weeks prior to the exam, you will receive a data set and industry information about a hypothetical organization (example: a toy company with operations in the United States and four other countries).

The data set and industry information for the case study (referred to as the ‘pre-seen materials’) will also be accessible electronically during the exam. No outside materials, such as printed pages or notes, are allowed in the testing center or with you if taking the exam at home. During the three-hour exam, you will be presented with three to five tasks related to the business case. Along with the tasks, new information may be provided that will change the business scenario and will require you to adapt your answer. Each task must be answered fully in the allotted time, which will be displayed on the screen.

Each level of the CGMA exam is offered during four test windows per year, approximately three months apart.

The CGMA exam differs from the CPA Exam in both purpose and format. The CPA Exam tests the knowledge and skills required to become a newly licensed U.S. CPA. The CGMA exam tests the broad range of skills and competencies that employers require of management accountants, as specified in the CGMA Competency Framework.


The format of the exams is also different. The CGMA exams are integrated, overarching case studies, which require completion of underlying learning and assessments.


The Uniform CPA Exam is a four section, 14-hour test consisting of multiple-choice questions, short cases called task-based simulations, and essay responses, all of which directly test content specified in the Uniform CPA Examination Content Specification Outline (CSO).


The CGMA exam requires candidates to incorporate, analyze and synthesize the knowledge, skills and competencies found in the CGMA Competency Framework into long form, written answers.

Yes, the case study exam is computerized, and you have the option to take the exam at a testing center or from home. The exam is administered by Pearson VUE, which has more than 5,100 test centers worldwide, including more than 2,000 in the United States.

Yes. The case study exam is administered by Pearson VUE, which has over 5,000 test centers in 178 countries.

The specific case study and the pre-seen material will be the same globally for a given testing window, but there are several exam variants (the actual tasks and additional information provided during the exam).

The CGMA Case Study Exams are currently only offered in English. The exam materials and tasks are composed in British English, but there is no penalty for writing your responses in American English, or other English dialects.

Pre-seen materials will be available to download seven weeks before the start of the exam window. These materials will be available during the exam and will consist of:

  • A business scenario with background information
  • Multiple documents with information relevant to the business problem

If you register for the exam less than seven weeks before your test date, the pre-seen material will be available for download immediately.

You also have access to the practice exam and the exam tutorial.


We also recommend that you complete exam preparation courses included in the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, and consider additional case study preparation courses and mock exams.

A strong response demonstrates mastery of each of the four competencies: technical skills, business skills, leadership skills, and people skills. To pass, you must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Effectively communicate to different groups of primary stakeholders
  • Research and synthesize large amounts of data efficiently
  • Make decisions and provide recommendations at a strategic level
  • Generate insight from business data, considering risks and financial aspects, and
  • Understand complex, global business situations

Yes. You may reschedule an exam booking any time the exam window is open (prior to the registration deadline, which is two weeks before the exam window). There is no limit to how many times you may reschedule an exam.

You may cancel a booked exam without penalty up until the registration deadline two weeks before your scheduled exam. Exam fees or credits are non-refundable after the registration deadline.

You may re-take a Case Study Exam as many times as necessary to pass. However, the exam can be taken only one time per exam window (i.e., four times per year). You must receive completed exam scores before re-registering to take the exam again. The same exam fees apply each time you take the exam. If you do not show up for a booked exam sitting, the exam fee or credit is non-refundable.

Exams are graded by management accounting experts vetted by CIMA. Results are to be released to test takers approximately six weeks after taking the exam.

A passing grade requires you to earn at least 80 of the available 150 points.

If you do not pass the Case Study Exam, you may retake the exam.  The Case Study Exams are offered four times per year, once in each quarter. You may only sit for the Case Study Exam once per testing window.

Your CGMA Finance Leadership Program subscription includes 2 credits for each of the Case Study Exams you are required to pass. In other words, you have an extra credit to retake the Case Study Exam, if you need it. If you want to take the exam, after using your two exam credits, then you can pay the CGMA exam fee during the exam scheduling process. Please note that your exam credits expire when your program subscription expires.

The global pass rates for the Case Study Exams are published here.


Pass rates are not broken down by any region, including the US. Breaking down pass rates by region reduces the sample size to a degree that would prevent meaningful representation.

Online Exams

Using Pearson’s OnVUE system you will be able to take your exams from home. For more information watch this short video (note: a proctor is the same as an invigilator).

Wherever you test, you should be in a walled room, with a closed door and without distractions. No one else is permitted in the room with you while you are testing.

You are allocated a remote invigilator (or proctor) who will do your security and room checks.

  • Calculators: We are pleased to confirm you will be able to use your own calculator from this approved list.
  • Whiteboards and scrap paper: The OnVUE functionality does not allow students to use an erasable whiteboard or scrap paper. However, there will be an onscreen whiteboard available for you to use. This will allow you to enter numbers and draw shapes and lines . You can find an overview of the whiteboard here.

Technical requirement

Technical Specification

Operating System

Windows 10 
Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit
Mac OS 10.13 and above (excluding beta versions)

Note: Windows Operating Systems must pass Genuine Windows Validation.

· Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 7 are strictly prohibited for exam delivery 

· All Linux/Unix based Operating Systems are strictly prohibited.


Do not take your exam in a setting with a corporate firewall (including VPN), or, alert your Network Administrator to the network configuration requirements.


Minimum Resolution: 1024 x 768 in 16-bit color
Additional monitors are forbidden.

Internet Browser

The newest versions of Microsoft EdgeSafariChrome, and Firefox for web registrations or downloading the secure browser or Internet Explorer 11.

Internet Connection

A consistent connection speed of 1 Mbps down/up is required.
We recommend testing on a wired network as opposed to a wireless network.
Tethering to a mobile hotspot is explicitly prohibited.


Webcam must have a minimum resolution of 640x480 @ 10 fps. Webcam may be internal or may be external and connected to the computer. 
Mac users may need to allow OnVUE within their ‘System Preferences: Security & Privacy: Privacy’ settings for Microphone, Camera, Automation and Input Monitoring.

Sound & Microphone

Verify the audio and microphone are not set on mute in Windows. 
Mac users may need to allow OnVUE within their ‘System Preferences: Security & Privacy: Privacy’ settings for Microphone, Camera, Automation and Input Monitoring.

Browser Settings

Internet Cookies must be enabled. 
Any Pop-Up blocking setting(s) must be disabled.

Work Computer

We recommend testing on a personal computer as work computers may block the OnVUE software.


Ensure you are connected to a power source before starting your exam to avoid draining your battery during the exam.

You should check the system requirements and complete a system check before you schedule your exam*. You need to use the location and equipment that you intend taking the test on. Check your equipment reaches the minimum required.

*if your system test fails you should not schedule an exam until you can resolve the issue and pass the system test. If you have already scheduled you should cancel your exam (within the usual 48hr cancellation period).

Breaks are not allowed during the exam for any reason. If you leave your computer during your exam the proctor/invigilator will end your session and you will be unable to continue testing.

Water in a clear glass is allowed during testing; however, eating, smoking, and chewing gum are prohibited.

During the exam, you may not access the following types of personal items: mobile phones, headphones or headsets (wired or Bluetooth), handheld computers or other electronic devices, pagers, watches, wallets, purses, hats, bags, coats, books, notes, notebooks, study guides, pens/pencils, contact lens solution and lip balm, food or tobacco products, or any other materials not specifically approved.

You are not allowed to use exam-specific materials or scratch paper, erasable whiteboards, or any other physical writing object, such as a pen, marker, or pencil. Watches, including smartwatches, must be removed and placed out of sight/reach during the exam.