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msmeyer


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Hello World!

I am happy to say that I just passed part 2 of the CIA today, finally. I took it back in June 2011, studied a week for it and then was terribly sick the day of the exam and still got a 572. I didn't think that was too bad of a score (considering you have to get at least 600 to pass and I hadn't studied much). However, this time around I prepared--I may have over-prepared--and the exam was a piece of cake.

I know that there are a lot of people out there with questions about what software to use. I used only exam matrix for parts one, two (the first time around) and three...and plan to only use that for part 4. However this time around in part two I used exam matrix but also bought the Gleim audio review for part 2 the week of the exam to be able to review while driving to and from work. I honestly don't think the Gleim audio helped too much--I remember a couple of questions on the exam for which I remembered the audio talking about those topics but the bulk of the help came from doing practice questions on the exam matrix software.

The exam matrix software has 776 questions for part 2. I've heard Gleim has many more--however, I believe exam matrix chooses the hardest questions to make sure you are prepared the day of the test. The good thing is that after you pick your answer, you can see all the answer choices and an explanation about why they are right/wrong. That is a great opportunity for note-taking and actual learning time.

My strategy consisted of answering all the questions at least once. I chose "study with answers" to get the answers after answering the question and to take notes if I needed to remember something. I think taking notes help you stay focused and learn. When I had seen all of the questions, I went back and re-did the ones I got wrong. Exam Matrix gives you the option of picking whatever questions you want to re-do (I picked "missed last time seen"). I have to admit that I didn't get to complete all the questions I got wrong due to work and family (I work full time, have a husband and a one year old son)--however, I didn't feel it was necessary after today's test.

The last two days before the exam I just made sure to listen to the Gleim audio ($70 at Gleim's webstite) and do some extra "missed last time seen" questions. The day before the test I took a 50 question test in the "study without answers" mode and no restrictions (so it picked from all 776 questions, not just the ones missed). I got a 44/50 (88%) and felt comfortable enough not to keep studying the rest of the night and actually get some sleep before taking the exam.

I do have to say that for this one I opened the book that comes with the exam matrix software to look at the sampling stuff (i.e. attribute, variables, discovery, stop/go, etc). I just read over that portion of the chapter and that was it. For the other two exams (part 1 and part 3) I didn't even carry the book with me. I relied heavily on the software for explanations, etc.

Sounds like a lot of prep but it seemed pretty easy for me (total study time under 35 hours). In today's exam there were about 4 or 5 questions that I had to guess on. The rest I pretty much knew the answers or figured them out easily. I know for a fact that 18 questions came directly from exam matrix. If I had gotten a score in today's exam, I would say I got above a 90%--it felt that easy. It seems like the questions I was answering on exam matrix were much harder, but the explanations on exam matrix help you understand the concepts and then you can easily tackle the questions on the test.

BTW--the Exam Matrix software cost me exactly: $495 (USD). The IIA is trying to sell it for $650 (members) and $695 (non-members)--don't fall for that. If you are interested in the software, the Exam Matrix folks can give you a webinar and show you exactly what the software looks like and its capabilities. Webinar: http://www.ExamMatrix.com/Webinar or contact Exam Matrix directly at 1-800-272-7277. The guy that helped me is called Tony James (Tony.James@ExamMatrix.com).

NOTE: Everyone's study habits/preferences/patterns are different. If you are like me and would rather not have to sit there and read a book to learn the material--this might be for you. If not, don't risk it.

I hope this was of help to some of you and I wish you the best on your CIA exam journey!

BTW--if you want more info regarding the Gleim Audio software for part 2, let me know by replying to this post. ('wink', 'wink').

-Mari

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Bigtray


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Tuesday December 20, 2011 2:24 PM

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Ms Meyer,

Is the Exam Matrix better than the IIA CIA Learning System? I have to get one of them or both so I can pass the exam next year.

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Msmeyer,

I have the Exam Matrix part I and I will be taking the exam on March 2, 2012. I have been studying since Dec 2011 so I think i am ready. My boss has passed parts I and II and he is studying part III now. He is already a CPA so he doesn't have to take IV. He told me to get the Exam Matrix because it is good. I will see next month and I am buying a part at a time.

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onlydrinktea


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Wednesday February 22, 2012 1:12 PM

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Bigtray, thanks for the info. I'm also preparing for part I this coming March using Exam Matrix as well. Please report back and let us know whether Exam Matrix fully prepares you for the exam since they claim the passing rate is over 80%. I have failed part I last year using Gleim 14th ed. Real exam questions that came up were vastly different from Gleim's question bank. I guess I just sort of panicked and made a lot of educational guesses. I got a scored of 548 (6 or 7 questions away from passing?) which wasn't surprising since I did not feel confident about the exam at all. Big thanks to msmeyer for sharing your experience, I will be taking part I again toward the end of March and will report back.

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Archie


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Thursday April 12, 2012 12:13 PM

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Hello to all... this is my first post here...!

I'm an Internal Auditor with about 7 years of auditing experience, 6 in internal audit. I'm no superstar, but I'm pretty comfortable with the kind of work I do. I am a CFE, and am currently working on obtaining my CIA.

I have studied for the CIA exam with Exam Matrix, and passed both sections 1 and 2 without a hitch, on my first attempts. I also used Sawyer's Internal Auditing text to help me with any trouble spots, and did a lot of internet surfing to glean information on topics that I wasn't comfortable with. I don't like the texts that came with Exam Matrix; they're hard to read. I found that the questions in Exam Matrix -- including the explanations for both right and wrong choices -- are pretty helpful; not just to memorize the right answers, but to learn concepts. The vast majority of the questions I encountered on the exam were different than those in Exam Matrix, but I had learned the concepts well enough to answer them with a high degree of confidence.

My biggest complaint about Exam Matrix has to do with the print materials and references to them from the computer questions. Often, the references given for questions did not correspond well. And when they did, the explanations were not very clearly defined or represented. Thus, I ended up looking up (and learning the concepts behind) trouble areas on the internet and in Sawyer's.

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<< Hello to all... this is my first post here...!

I'm an Internal Auditor with about 7 years of auditing experience, 6 in internal audit. I'm no superstar, but I'm pretty comfortable with the kind of work I do. I am a CFE, and am currently working on obtaining my CIA.

I have studied for the CIA exam with Exam Matrix, and passed both sections 1 and 2 without a hitch, on my first attempts. I also used Sawyer's Internal Auditing text to help me with any trouble spots, and did a lot of internet surfing to glean information on topics that I wasn't comfortable with. I don't like the texts that came with Exam Matrix; they're hard to read. I found that the questions in Exam Matrix -- including the explanations for both right and wrong choices -- are pretty helpful; not just to memorize the right answers, but to learn concepts. The vast majority of the questions I encountered on the exam were different than those in Exam Matrix, but I had learned the concepts well enough to answer them with a high degree of confidence.

My biggest complaint about Exam Matrix has to do with the print materials and references to them from the computer questions. Often, the references given for questions did not correspond well. And when they did, the explanations were not very clearly defined or represented. Thus, I ended up looking up (and learning the concepts behind) trouble areas on the internet and in Sawyer's.
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So true about the ExamMatrix materials!! I gave up on the book, but I found the questions to be very helpful. They are very different that Gleim.
So true abo

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Archie


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Monday June 17, 2013 12:36 PM

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To follow-up my earlier post about the CIA...

I obtained my CIA in November 2012. I used no other exam review materials besides those that I mentioned in my earlier post (ExamMatrix, Sawyer's). I passed each section on the first attempt, and feel that much of my success was due to the questions from ExamMatrix... they really were a big help. I also came into the exam with 5+ years of experience in internal audit.

I still feel that the review books that accompanied the ExamMatrix review course were pretty poor.

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energy


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Monday September 30, 2013 9:33 PM

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Hello, wondering if you would like to sell the exam matrix for part part of the part 4 exams. I would
To buy if still can be accessed
My email is tula4319@hotmail.com
Thanks

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Current take on the three parts of the CIA exam and using Exam Matrix.

A little background - I do not have an accounting degree (Finance) and earlier in my career I have passed the Series 7, 66, & 31 Securities Licensing exams. I do have 15 years of experience in Accounting, Project Management, Operations Management, Corporate turnarounds, and 2 years in Internal Audit; so I had a broad base of knowledge coming in to the exam process.

I took parts I & II under the old format and the new part III. I failed the first part the first time I took it - bottom line I under estimated the exam by a long shot; I scored a 560. You don't get a score if you passed, they just say you passed (If you're naturally competitive then this will bother you a little bit). I passed part I the second time I took it. I used the print materials from Exam Matrix and the IIA's test exam; I took over 2800 questions from the practice tests for Part I. Again you can not under estimate the preparation needed.

For part II I took some advice from the message board here and supplemented the Exam Matrix & IIA material with Sawyers. I only cracked the Exam Matrix books when I needed to reference something, but half the time it wasn't there. I took over 3400 questions from the practice tests for Part II. Again you can not under estimate the preparation needed. I passed (which felt the easiest of the three).

For part III (New format) I contacted exam matrix and they had migrated to an online format. I loved the online format except I could not take practice tests when I was on the plane which hurt my study time. I only used the IIA exam questions and Exam Matrix for part three, I never cracked the book. I took over 5500 questions from the practice tests for Part III. Part III was by far the most difficult, the subject area is very broad. Again you can not under estimate the preparation needed.

In total I took 11,849 practice exam questions in preperation for all three parts. Yes there are some people out there who can study 25 - 30 hours and pass the exam, I tip my hat to those individuals. Bottom line is anyone can pass this test if they put in the work. If you're having trouble passing the exam read the success stories. Study the concepts not the questions, ask WHY if you don't know the answer, understand the question and what they're asking, don't study the day before the test go do something that day and RELAX, and if you fail don't get discouraged (My boss told me some days you don't get "your" test but somedays you do - this happened with me on Part I). I spent close to $2,000 for all the material Exam Matrix, IIA Bookstore, & Pearson. The time probably a lot more. At the end of the day it is worth all the money, blood, sweat, and tears invested in it.

Lastly, please don't ask me to "share" the materials. I am shocked people would openly do that on the message board. Several of the concepts you learn in the examination process revolve around ethics and software licensing. People have to make a living off of these materials - this would be the same as someone stealing from your business and taking food off of your family's plate. You need to find another career if you can honestly convince yourself this is ok in any manner.

I wish everyone the best in their pursuits and future success,

M

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