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PEDISTRIAN


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Hi folks,

I want to share some of the general tips useful for passing CIA exams with people who are new to CIA:

1. In My opinion by far the most effective, comprehensive and cost effective study material is Gleim. (Any of 14th,15th or 16th editions will work for you)

2. Use a structured approach while studying for exam e.g. my approach was to study 1st subunit by subunit i.e. Unit 1 subunit 1.1, 1.2 and so on, doing questions after studying each sub unit 1.1,1.2…. after that reading the whole Study Unit and doing the practice questions and then after some days revising the whole Study Unit again and doing the questions again while marking the important questions or the questions I got wrong…

3.Never go to next Subunit or Study Unit until you scored 75% in 1st attempt and 85% while revising Study Unit…

4. Keep in mind while studying that practice questions are good for practice but they do not cover every topics of book in detail so you need to concentrate on book along with practice questions in gleim software...

5.Don’t memorize the answers of the practice questions instead see the logic behind each questions’ options even the wrong options to see why they are wrong...

6.Avoid rot learning, grab the Concept behind each topic as CIA is a conceptual exam …

7.Half way through the course coverage get an appointment date for your paper .It will help you to stay focused….

8. Finally devise a clear cut revision plan say 4 days before exam over viewing each chapter from the books and doing the practice questions you marked previously.

Good Luck for your CIA exams Journey ahead…

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This is some great advice. Regarding #5 about not memorizing the answers: a strategy I found helpful for this was to not repeat questions/sections until I have gone through them all- once I went through every question once I started over and did the sections in the same order. This way you are at least allowing some time between repeating questions and you are less likely to memorize the answers.

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Agreed that is great advice above, especially # 5. I used Gleim's 14-16th editions but did not see much difference in any of them.

You must work and read every chapter. I took part 3 yesterday and there were questions from everything. Part 3 is totally different from parts 1 and 2, in that it was a lot harder for me. All I needed for parts 1 and 2 were the books.


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Wednesday August 22, 2012 4:56 AM

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Great Advice..!

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Just took part 1 and failed it my score was 593. Over a five week period I read the book I purchased from the IIA website twice, read the standards online (not the practice guides) and answered all of the test prep questions online so many times I was getting scores in the high 90's. This method of study has always worked for me. In fact, when I got my MBA I received A's in accounting, economics, finance, and stats but earned slightly lower grades in classes that in my opinion seemed to have far easier content such as human resource management and marketing that I took for electives.

When I read the book the content seemed very easy to understand and I spent considerable time studying the concepts and material however, the questions on the tests seemed ambiguous at times or a question could have more than one answer. My brain seems to learn quantitative information very well but does not do so well with qualitative material such as the CIA exam.

Lambers offers a CIA test prep CD for $150 that contains 650 test questions. Not sure if I should invest the time in reading the book again, reading the practice guides, and working on additional questions from a Lambers CD and retaking part 1 in 90 days or go in a different direction perhaps CMA that has more analysis type content.

Any suggestions???


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Just took part 1 and failed it my score was 593. I read the book (from IIA) twice and answered all of the test prep questions so many times I was getting scores in the high 90's. I did this over a 5 week period. My question is.....

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PEDISTRIAN


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i would recommend to use gleim 16th edition books and software(or at least software)....i passed cia using them in 1st go with in 6 months...

whats your e mail iD?

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Hi,

I am a new candidate to the CIA Certificate, I appreciate any tips or advices helping me to pass the exam. I have the 14th edition of gliem of the text book only but I don't have the software, what I have to do? Shall I buy the sofyware of gliem 16th edition. is it workable to study the text book from one edition and practice on other software edition. please advice me.

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PEDISTRIAN


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Hi Ahmed..

i would advice you to use same version of software and books otherwise it would be bit hectic for you...

where are you from?and when are you planing to take 1st exam?

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Hi PEDISTRIAN,

Originally I am from Palestine, and recently I came to the states to continue my MBA at akron university in Ohio, and I am living in akron now. Do you recommend that I have to buy new materials and discard the one that I have.

I already have all the 4 text books from my friend ( 2009 14th edition) and I bought the sofware for the 14th edition long time ago but I could not work on the certification due to my work. I registered for the CIA on Jan,2010 and now I have only about a year to finish the exams. I don't know how to start?? I am so confused I don't know if the 4 years passed without finish all the exams, what will happen? I mean if I passed only 2 parts and the 4 years frame finished, can I continue? or I will lose everything and have to start all over.

please let me know and I appreciate any help you can give. by the way I did not start yet, but planning to start studying this week and willing to take the 1st exam very soon depend on my study and my progress.

for your interest and any help this is my email address is : ahmad_1212003@yahoo.com

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<< Just took part 1 and failed it my score was 593. Over a five week period I read the book I purchased from the IIA website twice, read the standards online (not the practice guides) and answered all of the test prep questions online so many times I was getting scores in the high 90's. >>



Don't rely exclusively on the IIA CIA Learning System materials, as I have found that the questions are too few and too easy, and the sample questions don't cover an adequate amount of material. I recommend supplementing the CIA Learning System with Gleim books & MCQ database. You can purchase from Gleim for only $75.

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I used the IIA's Learning System books and practice questions as well as Gleim 12th edition questions (I know it's old but I inherited on my PC from the previous auditor).

The IIA books were great. The practice questions were very good but like a previous poster said there aren't enough. After a couple of times through you start to memorize the questions. But this is where it's important to understand what they are asking.

As others have said, understand the concepts in the practice questions. For example, in the practice question they will lay out some variables and have you solve for or answer how the last variable is impacted. In the actual exam it might be the same situation but you will be solving for a different variable (i.e. they will give you the variable you solved for the in practice test and you have to solve for a variable that was given in the practice test, kind of like working the problem in reverse...I hope this makes sense it helped me big time!)

I felt the exam more closely resembled the IIA practice questions. I felt the Gleim questions were sometimes more complex than what actually ended up on the exam (again I was using 12th edition so I can't speak for newer editions). However, it's better to study and understand more complex questions and have the exam be simpler than the other way around.

I was able to pass Parts I, II and III all on the first try by reading the IIA books, doing the IIA practice questions then supplementing with Gleim practice questions.

For each part I would study approximately 6-8 weeks (probably 10 for Part III) at approximately 2-4 hours a week. (I've been out of college over 10 years now and can't handle the cram sessions, I prefer to take my time with this so I didn't burn out)

Also, I personally felt each Part built on the next one. For example for Part II I had a question I remembered from Part I. I know in other threads I've seen it suggested taking the exams out of order but I personally woldn't recommend that.

Lastly, when taking the exam be calm, read the whole question. I almost got tripped up with questions like which is NOT the best example of something.

Best of luck to everyone!!!

Edited: Thursday September 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM by wderek13

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Thanks for all valuable tips. I am using 16th Gleim, I am wondering whether the questions of real exam are the same as Gleim's Test Prep software?
It is so tough to memorize the concept, such as the components of BCM or type of leaderships, are there any tips for memorizing that theory?

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hello Please could you also help me with the material?

my email id is : germaine.possim@gmail.com

thanks

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Hi shine05
What do you mean by 'memorising the concepts'?
You need to understand the concepts and then be able to apply them to specific situations.
Don't overestimate the computational question but practise, practise, practise...
If you study further the concepts that you don't understand and then apply them accordingly, then you will pass.
Good luck!

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007nick


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can you please send me any material for the cia part 1 please at nirmalpatel8329@gmail.com

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Hi germaine, Here are some tips to prepare CIA. Hope you like it???

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can you please send me any material for the cia part 1 and part 3 please at kevin.lee80@gmail.com

thanks

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Ahmad1212003


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Hi,

I have a question! If time frame of the 4 years finished before we passed the all 4 parts, Is that will cancel any parts we already had.??

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Pedestrian, After taking and passing just Part I, I agree with your concepts of preparation. Here is some information to add for those wanting tips:
a. Study Materials: I used Gleim 11th edition, so the concepts are still consistent among the various editions.
b. Preparation times: I studied at least 40 hours (closer to 60 hours).
c. Study Methodology: study the materials theory, do sample, questions, REPEAT. I reviewed everything more than once. Lastly, never underestimate the value why wrong answers are wrong in the practice questions.
d. Final Prep: 48 hours prior to the exam, reviewed questions & answers for the parts that I had the most trouble learning.

Now preparing for part III using the same approach, but using a newer edition of the Gleim materials (mostly due to revisions to the IT section topic related to technologies that change over time (as compared to concepts and theories that wouldn't change much).


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Dear Ian,

I recommend you to go for Part 2 first. Part 1 is bare standards and two is more simpiler as it comprise of practicle work relating to audit. Once you will pass part two you will be consifdent enough to go for part 3 because it is teh most difficult part. and if God's forbidd you fail part 3 you will be demotivated. Since you have just passed part 1 therefore to continue the momentum of success it is recommended that u go for part 2 and then finally go for part 3 with full motivation because you will require a lot of it believe me ...

Take care,

Shahid
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Ahmad1212003


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Hi everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!,

I am looking for anyone has test bank or exam questions for old Actual CIA exams like 2010/2011, I have Gliem Model exams but I want to see any actual exam. I heard that the difference between exams is only 25-30%. So I think is very useful to look at the questions during the preparation time.

If any one can help my email address is : ahmad_1212003@yahoo.com

Thank you,
Ahmad

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As far as i know there is no such test bank that comprise of exam questions of CIA.

I have recently qualified CIA and i studied from gliem and used its test CD. It is true that few MCQs come from the test CD but they are only few. May be three, Five or max ten. You only have to grab the concept from the material.

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Ahmad1212003


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Hi Shahid,

Thanks for your reply, but I know a guy who used a questions written by a candidate after his examination, this candidate remembered about 75 questions out of the 90 questions of the exam and what surprise me is that out of this 75 questions a 60 questions came in another exam for another candidate. thats why I know that the questions in the exams are repeated in a high percentage (60%).

From here I asked if there is anyone has like this questions written after he finished the exam?

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Dear Colleages:

Can anyone became a CIA and have gliem materials 14 15 or 16th edition or CIA materials or HOCK could help me by sending a copy to me on my below email:

Ahmed_gomaa86@hotmail.com


Thanks very much in advance

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Hi Ahmed,
If I understand correctly you are attempting to breach the non disclosure agreement and general terms of use for iia exams.
Please refer to the exam handbook for further details and ... Cease this practice before it is too late.

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Ahmad1212003


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No my friend I am not trying to breach any rule. What I asked is for old questions from previous years like 2009-2010. If this is request consider a breach then I'm no more interested to have anything. And ignore my post .

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