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Use the tools below to book your preferred date, location and time instantly or to check when and where computerised exams are running.

If you need help booking your exam, check the guidance below.

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What should I do if I have a problem booking my exam?

In the unlikely event you have a problem when booking your exam, please call 0161 259 7400.

How do I apply for additional exam support?

Simply select ‘request additional exam support’ when making your booking and your Kaplan centre will contact you to discuss your requirements.

What types of questions appear on OTs?

The number of questions you will be asked depends on the paper you are sitting. For more details on individual papers, please visit our CIMA syllabus section.

The questions will be a mix:

  • Multiple choice
  • Multiple Response
  • Number Entry
  • Drag and Drop
  • Hot Spot
  • Item Sets
How should I prepare for an OT?

The whole of the syllabus is examinable therefore you should have practised and be confident in all syllabus areas.

Answering questions on a computer screen is very different to answering a paper exam therefore practising answering computer based questions is vital. Kaplan students will be given access to practice questions and a mock exam through their MyKaplan account.

What happens during an OT?

You should arrive at the exam centre at least 30 minutes before the exam is due to start so you can register.

You will need to bring photo ID with you, such as a driving licence or passport.

You are not permitted to bring your mobile phone, pencil case or any paper, books or notes into the room with you. An on-screen calculator will be available for you to use or you can bring your own as long as it’s on the CIMA approved list.

Read the on-screen instructions before you begin. Once you have been given permission to begin you will have a maximum of 2 hours to complete the assessment. The on-screen timer will show you how long you have left.

You do not need to answer the questions in order so you can return to a question later. Don’t leave any multiple choice questions left answered. If you’re not sure, just make your best guess. It you have time left at the end then review each of your answers.

The assessment will automatically end after your 2 hours are up. If you finish early and are sure that you have answered all questions as best as you possibly can then click ‘Exit’ to submit your exam.

The invigilator will inform you of your result at the end of the exam. If you were unsuccessful, we will help you to arrange a resit.

CIMA have produced this video which helps to explain the process.

When can I take my OT?

Assessments are available all year round, subject to availability, at a time to suit you, including evenings and weekends.

You must complete the Certificate in Business Accounting before moving on to the Professional Qualification.

Where can I take my OT?

The following Kaplan Centres have been accredited by CIMA to hold OTs:

What is my CIMA Contact ID number?

Your contact ID is your unique CIMA reference number. It can be found on all correspondence that CIMA sends to you, including your subscription notice.

Can I enrol on a CIMA Certificate course?

Yes. You will need to enrol on a Certificate course separately to booking your exam.

Objective Test Assessments