CIMA students sitting their financial accounting examinations recently encountered an explosive introduction to the profession, after a hoax bomb scare prevented them from finishing their papers. The sitting which certainly went with a bang, took place at CIMA’s examination centre in Barking, Essex. As if this wasn’t enough, candidates who were affected were given the opportunity to resit last month. Unfortunately, the highly charged hoaxer struck again; however, the institute was prepared and arranged an alternative venue. But in the event this was not used, – with the examination starting later than planned in the original venue. A spokesman for the institute, said: ‘We fully understand that those candidates affected were subjected to severe disruption. On the positive side, the institute’s Adjudication Panel has reviewed the performance of those candidates very carefully, taking the quite extreme circumstances into account.’ TS has been informed that in other parts of the globe, the exam proceeded without major incidents, with 32,962 candidates sitting 80,846 papers.
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