I need your help. I have taken the CIA exam two times already and I have not passed a part yet. I took the last written part in 2007 parts one and two. I took part on the computer the other day and I still didnot pass. I think I am studying for the test the wrong way. Can someone give me advice on how to pass the exam please.
At the risk of getting flamed, I'm going to repeat part of a rant that I posted earlier. Studying for the CIA exams is no different than studying for any other exam. I would suggest starting with a practice session or two for the part that you are studying. For each question that you miss, the software will usually allow you to debrief - that is tell you the correct answer and why it was correct. I printed each one of these debriefs in the areas where I was consistently missing questions.
Then I got my head out of the software. I went back to the standards or a good college text book on internal auditing and studied the areas I had difficulty with. Then, the two weeks prior to the test, I just pounded on lots of pracitce sessions. At that point I was averaging around 95% in the practice software.
Note, if you are an old dog like me, you might have to unlearn some real world answers and get to know the book answer for things. That's just the way it is.
The other things that tend to help are to get a good nights rest before the test. Eat before you go. Arrive in plenty of time. And take a few minutes to pray, meditate, or whatever helps you relax. Go in with confidence that you know the prinicpals the IIA is testing.
Dan Integrity can be defined as your moral soundness. A test for integrity - Do your actions match your words?
I have never taken the exam. However, I have been reading from the comments of many, in different discussion boards, and most are in favor of using the GLEIM CIA Review preparation material. This is what I am using. I hope that it helps me. I have the books, the CD’s, and I also have the CIA Model Exam Questions 2004 which I purchased from the IIA bookstore. A side from that, I will be preparing myself to take the exam every month so that I am done with the four exams by June. I know that it requires discipline and that's what I am doing. I will be taking Part I next month, and I’ll let you know how each part goes.
Edited: Wednesday February 18, 2009 at 1:08 AM by moneymaker
Thanks planoisdaudit and moneymaker for your replies. I guess I have to sit down and read each chapter to understand the theory first before I do anything else. I was trying to get around reading the entire chapter but I have to do like I did in school read first to understand and forget about what I do at work.
Test taking strategies are a big part of taking a certification exam. When taking practice exams, make sure you are timing like a real exam. Do not spend a lot of time on one question. If you do not know the answer, skip it and go back later. Sometimes, later in the exam, you will get a hint on a hard question. Use the practice exams as a guide for your study; study only the sections that you did not pass on the practice exams. After you study the sections you did not pass, retake the exam and see if your score improvements. Before you submit your exam answers, review your test for accuracy and making sure that you answered all the questions. However, do not second guess your answers and change before submitting go with your instincts. There is no substitute for preparation. Good Luck Noraanne
I will enter part 1 exam after 4 weeks. I have IIA learning system book and online questions. How many houres I need daily to read and practice answering the questions and do i need any extra questions and answers materials?
I have been preparing for CIA exams part 1 for last one month and my experience says CIA is a tough nut to crack.
I am a not a CA/CPA and i am not from internal audit background. I started everything from scratch.
I feel one should be proficient in all practice advisories. Understand all PA but in the end one has to learn the PA summaries. Until and unless one does not learn/revise the PA summaries, how can we tackle conceptual based questions in exams.
I have calculated i need atleast 80-100 hours for part 1 preparation. My three point preparation will go something like this:
1) Understand practice advisories
2) Learn/Revise/Retain Practice advisory summaries/key concepts
3) Practice questions from book and CD
For CA/CPA/Internal audit professional, it is a different case and they find CIA exam relatively easier.
Akhil, you have a very good point. It is important to understand the material with which you will be working. Therefore we should have a plan to achieve that, and have in mind a time frame and the organization of our personal programs. I also plan to take the first part of the CIA in one month and I actually calculated approximately 90 hours needed Good lack and thank you for sharing.
Akhil , Thanks for sharing this---it increases my level of confidence. I 'm starting Part 1 again, last time was in Nov.07 with a score of 514. What review material is Best to clear this Exams---Part 1-4
I am using the GLEIM CIA review. I have not yet taken the exam, and as I mentioned above, there are people who have used it and had success. However, I have in mind that everyone is different. It is also mentioned that it all just depends on the amount of time and dedication that you put into it, regardless of the material you choose.
Edited: Tuesday February 24, 2009 at 1:23 AM by moneymaker
I would like to know what you have done in your CIA exams bying taking a part every month,my email is email@example.com.Please email me to tell me if Gleim has worked for you to pass the 4 parts & if a part every month is not impossible to be acheived.Thanks
Hi Bjay and Bigtray I was just curious if you have passed the exams since your last post here (if you still get info). I thought Part 1 questions could have multiple answers but you have to select the best answer.
I bought the Gleim book and recently took Part 1. The way I studied was I spent 1 hour per chapter in the Gleim book (10 chapters total), then answered the questions at the end of each chapter. After completing all chapters, I took as many times as I can, tge practice multiple questions on the cd that came with the book. 30 hours or so later, I took the test then passed!
I'm going to start preparing for Part 2, maybe I'll do it in numerical order.
I am planning to appear in CIA Part 1 paper this coming July / August. I am preparing from Gleim study book and MCQ’s software. If any of you can share some tips regarding how to pass the paper, it will be very appreciable. 1) Furthermore, I have a question regarding the practice MCQ’s. As i am regular solving these questions they have been stuck on my mind and at the day end most of the MCQs have been memorized due to which I can’t concentrate on the concepts.
2) I start doing MCQs after reading the books, Normally i get 70 or 75 % in first attempt but on second time practice I get around 95% marks; my question is that it is due to to practice that I got 95% because mostly question were memorized on my mind or It is because of my clear understanding of chapter after 2 or 3 times practice.
Kindly advice me that it is normal to memorize MCQs or I am going with the wrong approach. For your valuable comments I shall be very thankful to all of the group members.
I also used the CIA Learning System and passed. I am selling them on Craigslist and Ebay so if you are interested check them out. I paid $745.00 for the whole system and can give it to you for $350.00. If you are interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have just learned that there will be changes to the CIA exam beginning July 1st so you will need supplemental material for the new IPFF changes. I just want to get rid of the study material so I am happy to sell it for $150.00 obo & I have it for sale on Craigslist & Ebay for your convenience. Contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Hello, I am wondering if yoiu took already part II and would like to know the results you have, also do you know the difference between the GLEM study materials and ones from the Internatl Auditors Institute? I will appreciate any feedback as I have decided to start the process for the CIA. Thanks!