reality is THERE IS NO MARK TO PASS A CASE. Candidates do not pass or fail cases! What determines whether you pass the CSA is the TOTAL score. You can actually get low marks in some cases and pass the CSA if you score high in others.
But I realise that during practise sessions trainees do want a rough idea of how well they are doing in each case. Therefore, it seems logical to provide a rough idea of how many marks might deem your performance as satisfactory in a case. If we go for the higher pass mark of 78, this means that the average score needs to be 6 out of 9 per case. But do not forget what I said. You do not need to pass every case to pass the CSA examination as a whole (i.e. you do not need 6 in every case to pass). If you scored 5/9 in one case, but you scored 7/9 in another case, the extra mark in in the second case would make up for the deficit in the first.
There’s another thing to remember – even if you did badly on one case, you are still likely to get about 3 marks for it (unless you were really really really bad). Let’s say one case went bad and you only get 3 marks for it – then you’ll only need an extra one mark in 3 of the other cases (i.e. 7/9) to make up for the deficit in that bad case. So, what I am trying to say is that if a case goes really badly – pick yourself back up. Not all is lost. You can easily make up for it. Failure only happens if you don’t get back up again. So chin up! Reset yourself and carry on with a positive mindset of passing. Give yourself a positive affirmation; something like : “I can do this. I know I can be good. And I will be good.” Positive affirmations really do work – they bring out the best in you – and there is a lot of evidence around this.
By the way, there is no daily quota of how many candidates must pass or fail AND candidates are not judged against their peers. In other words, if you are good enough, you will pass even if everyone in your cohort is good enough.