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#371075 - 06/08/05 08:06 PM CIA Exam Review Materials

I am looking for feedback on CIA Exam review materials, specifically: Gleim, Micromash, and SRV.

Also, study timelines, hints, etc.


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#371076 - 06/08/05 09:19 PM Re: CIA Exam Review Materials
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I'm looking for feedback too and about to get either Micromash or Gleim - the Fed recommended that I get this certification in addition to my CCBIA cert.

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#371077 - 06/09/05 01:22 AM Re: CIA Exam Review Materials
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It's been yrs, but I liked Micromash. Recently, one of my staff prefered the Gleim books. Depends on how you like to study. On the computer or with a book. I liked the way Micromash kept giving me questions on the areas I didn't do as well in. Seemed more efficient.

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#371078 - 06/09/05 04:20 AM Re: CIA Exam Review Materials

I passed the four parts last fall with the new exam format. I don't know about the Micromash materials, but I used the Gleim review books and it worked well for me. The main thing is to learn how to read the questions. The Gleim books had a good chapter outline to go back to. The books gave me flexibility to study at home without hogging the PC. Either way, it takes time to go through the questions in studying so it's healthy to start early. Just go over the sample questions until you get them all right and you'll do OK.

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#371079 - 06/09/05 02:02 PM Re: CIA Exam Review Materials
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I found Gleim (manuals and test database) to be very good. Passed all parts on first try (however, I have 15 yrs of audit, regulatory, and risk management experience).

If you have limited experience, I would split the exam up. Parts one and two are very much based on the IIA's Internal Audit Standards and should be taken together. Parts three and four are very independent of each other and can be taken together or separately depending on how much time you have to study (and how soon you want your certification...the exams are only offered 2 x per year). Keep in mind that there are experience and education requirements to meet as well.

If you have a good bit of true internal audit experience (i.e. 5 yrs or more), take it all at once.

Regarding studying. If I remember correctly, Gleim breaks each part up into 10 units. If you have limited experience, I would study no more than one unit per week, an hour or two at night. If you have good experience, you can probably do a couple of units per week, scanning the outline/book and focusing on the questions (paper-based on PC-based).

Really focus on the IIA's standards. Not only do they make a lot of practical sense for running an audit shop, they will take you a long way on parts 1 and 2.

The review courses are helpful. Check with your local IIA chapter. The Dallas sponsors two per year (2-3 months prior to each test), and most of the larger chapters sponsor them as well.

You can find links to the local IIA chapters as well as information on the CIA exam at
My opinions are just opinions.

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#371080 - 06/09/05 05:15 PM Re: CIA Exam Review Materials
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I used the computer, but I don't recall which vendor. They were cheap - less than $200 for the three sections I had to take. Worked great - as someone mentioned, the ability of it to focus on topics that you're not doing as well on is very helpful.

Only thing that I wasn't familiar with from working experience was all the statistics I had to re-learn from college. Regression, uh, what's that again?

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