Has Anyone Taken the CIA?
October 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm #162012
I'm looking into getting the CIA and if possible, I'd like to get any information on the process, study materials, etc. on anyone who's been through it. Thanks, guys.October 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm #379640
I am working towards a CGAP. Go to the IIA website as that is where all the information is. They have a pdf booklet that explains the entire process.October 2, 2011 at 12:05 am #379641
baseballcpa — yes, i finished the CIA exam last year, so i can give you an idea of how it works. i purchased the complete “IIA CIA Learning System” which included books on each of the 4 parts in addition to internet access to the test bank and practice tests. if you are going to take it, i would highly recommend the books and the online software. the review is very thorough and systematically helps you stay on track.October 2, 2011 at 1:34 am #379642
This is an exam I've considered as well. Does anyone know how it compares in difficulty to the CPA exam?October 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm #379643
the CIA exam content was very similar to the AUD, BEC and REG sections of the CPA exam — a mile wide but only an inch deep. the overall style of the exam and the way questions were worded were both similar. also, once you have passed your CPA, you qualify to be exempt from taking part #4 of the CIA exam. as far as difficulty, there is no question about it — the CPA exam is more challenging for me than the CIA exam was. However, i took a review class for the CIA with about 10 other students and only 3 of us passed, so you absolutely have to apply yourself and be disciplined about studying.October 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm #379644
I've heard that if you've taken the CPA exam, the CIA exam is a joke. I serve in an internal audit market offering, so it's a niche certification that could just further the gap between myself and my peers, but I'm not too concerned about it. I mean, I already have the CPA and that's the most prestigious certification you can have; so I guess in the end it's just all about the scrilla!!! Haha so you all would recommend the IIA's study materials? My employer is paying for it, so I'm indifferent to what I use, but I've heard that most people use Gleim. Can anybody attest to Gleim's effectiveness?October 3, 2011 at 3:09 am #379645October 3, 2011 at 3:24 am #379646
@Baseball – you missed a lively discussion a couple weeks ago:October 3, 2011 at 3:41 am #379647
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA OHHHHHH MY GOD….I'm so mad that I missed that! I started my job 3 weeks ago so I've been pretty busy lately; thus, my forum attendance has almost completely dropped off. I really really really want to know what comment posted by the OP got “edited” was…especially because Jeff followed it up with “enough…we're all friends here” hahaha I can only imagine. Thank you so much for keeping me in the loop! How's kicks? Congrats on the REG pass.October 3, 2011 at 3:54 am #379648
lmao. Knew you'd get a kick out of that one. I think the OP said something a little personal directed towards me. I actually forget what it was. Wasn't overly offensive though. I love threads like that. Entertaining as hell.
Congrats on the new gig. Enjoying it so far? I'm not a fan of auditing, hope its going well for you though.
Yeah, REG wasn't too bad. One more to go.
Make sure you stop by once in a while.October 3, 2011 at 4:37 am #379649
Oh, wow, that's outrageous…yeah, I would have definitely had fun with that one! I mean, seriously, what a jacka**…because people love throwing money at the CPA exam with the goal of failing. Haha oh well, trolls make this forum fun sometimes.
I am enjoying it, actually, but I should really give it longer than 3 weeks to make an accurate assessment 🙂
Well, you absolutely killed the two hardest exams, so BEC should be a breeze for you.
Yeah, I will try to stop by more often…I forgot how entertaining this site is!October 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm #379650
jeff @ another71.comKeymaster
It was completely out of line, trust me.October 4, 2011 at 12:27 am #379651
I used Gleim for the CPA, CIA & CMA (old 4 part version) exams, test bank only. Cheap and well worth it in my opinion, actually I could have sworn I saw 1 or 2 of the exact same questions on the exam as I did in the Gliem review.
As far as the CIA exam goes, I had 3 years of audit experience prior to taking the exam so I found the majority of the 1st two parts to be a review of what I had been doing in audit. The third part is closer to BEC and probably comparable to the pre-simulation version and covers economics, and other business type sections. The CPA exam was the hardest of the three exams in my opinion, but again it depends on your strengths and work experience.October 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm #379652
I took the CIA (with the CFSA as my part 4– I work in banking) before taking the CPA, and after both experiences I'd for sure say the CPA is harder. No sims, not super specific material– in fact a lot of the topic content lines up well with the CPA (BEC matches CIA Part 3, AUD quasi-matches parts 1 & 2). Plus, when you take the CIA, you walk out with a result in hand– it's not “official”, but becomes official the next day usually.
I used the CIA Learning System, and it was totally worth it. I got several questions from the study materials *verbatim* on my actual exams, and many others that were similar. The IIA writes both the review system and the exam, so it makes sense.April 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm #379653
I just took Part 1 of the CPA exam and JUST missed it! I'm so mad right now. I plan on taking Part 3 next, instead of Part 2, since I've heard that if I take Part 3, Part 2 will be easier. Is that true?
Also, I used Gleim for Part 1? Should I use the CIA Learning System for the other parts? I just got the gleim since it was cheaper, but reading from the comments on here, I guess I should go for the CIA Learning Sytem software? What do you all suggest? Please, any help would be much appreciated.
Thank you.April 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm #379654
@momo5 If it's any comfort for you, even though I passed the CIA three parts from my first try, I felt that Part 1 exam questions were extremely tricky compared to the other parts. If you missed it by a small margin then you should be able to pass next time with a little more effort. If part 1 is still fresh in your mind then I would recommend that you to take Part 2 first since it will assist you in preparing for Part 1 retake. Part 1 has some overlap with Part 2 (the last two units in Gleim books are exactly the same). Part 2 has some overlap with Part 3 in the area of IT (IT study units are more detailed in Part 3).
I felt that Gleim was enough for me to pass the exams. The test prep tool was great (a good portion of the actual exam questions were exactly the same as the ones in the software). It might be worth a shot to try your luck again with Gleim materials instead of going for another solution.April 8, 2012 at 1:39 am #379655
Thank you for your reply. I'm planning on taking Part 3 now, and then Part 2. I just got the IIA's Learning System. Hopefully it'll help me out quite a bit. I might get Gleim's test prep for Part 3, since I've heard it's the hardest. I think the IIA is very overpriced. I guess I'll decide on whether to get it for Part 2 or not after I'm done with Part 3.
Regard Part 1, I really didn't put much effort into it. I guess I was a bit too relaxed.July 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm #379656
I am using Gleim review materials (part III), so I started from the back sections of the book which are IT stuff. (That's was my weak area in BEC). My question is: Do I need to know in detail all those stuff? I am even using becker CPA and Wiley books the aid me. I feel Gleim is overwhelming I cannot believe any exam will go to the type of detail they have……
Anyone that has taken the CIA part III and use Gleim can give me an idea. … 🙁July 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm #379657
Gleim does go into alot of detail (using it for CPA), espessially for REG. It throws so many AGI floors and phase-outs out there that it really is overwhelming. I also could not believe that the test was going to be as detailed as the book. I think I've heard somewhere its the only real drawback on Gleim that it goes into more detail than necessary for the test. The only problem is that it's hard to identify those “unnecessary” parts, so you have to study everything.
Overall I feel like its more concise than most other materials because its in the form of notes with no block text to read. It does have a few typos here and there, which can be a bit annoying. Also they have pretty nice online sumulations and a vast MCQ bank.
I would give it a solid B/B+.July 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm #379658
You can't ignore IT in the CIA exam since it weighs around 35% of the exam. You don't need to go into much details with the IT, the questions are fairly shallow compared to BEC. My advise is to skim quickly through the materials from the Gleim book and then try to solve the Gleim software questions (highly representative of the actual exam and you might see the exact same questions). If you do well in your initial tries (i.e. 75% or more) then you don't need to spend much time on it. If you already passed part II then you should be fine since it contained almost the exact same IT materials with some additions.
Here is another piece of advise for the rest of part III materials; don't spend too much time on calculations materials (i.e. Financial reporting and cost accounting). You still need to know them but most of the actual exams questions are conceptual.July 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm #379659
Thank you LongJourney and Nearlythere.
Part III will be my first part. BEC was my last CPA part, I figured why no? everything is fresh. I think it was not so fresh!!! I am having hard time with IT my first time around (low 70's in many topics) . I plan to spend most of my time on IT and master all three units. Units 1 and 2 were OK and I feel comfortable with finance and accounting topics, even “advance accounting is pretty basic.
Thank you again for the advice I truly appreciate it… It seems like IT is key and there is no way around it 🙁
Wish me luck !!July 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm #379660
Holy hell…. you took all of your sections within 10 days of each other….. and passed them. That's sick.
Also what's this Ethics score everyone keeps displaying? Can you take that before you pass your sections?July 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm #379661
That was due to bad planning from my side and luckily it worked out for me (I was unemployed at that time and single). My CIA exam process was even shorter than this.
I believe that you can take the Ethics exam at any time during your CPA process (at least this is the case in Illinois). I took mine before the BEC exam since I didn't have a good night sleep.July 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm #379662
Is it the test for your state or some sort of general exam on the AICPA website? I'm waiting for my final score and would rather take it while I wait if I could.
Also, I already have a required Ethics credit from a class that I took. Is this what its refering to?July 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm #379663
It's a good idea to take your ethics course now. Each state has different rules for the ethics course (some have their own state course) and I think that some do not even require the course (I'm not sure if this still applies), though I believe most of the states require the AICPA course so check your state board rules.July 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm #379664
I called my state board (TX) and they said that I need to take for the packet to take that Ethics test… guess I'll just have to wait.
Thanks for the help.October 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm #379665
I have been trolling the IIA website for the CIA exam fee information but it evades me. Can anyone provide an estimate on how much the actual exam fees are please? Also, for those who have studied and taken the CIA, how long did you study for? 6mos-1yr? Is it feasible to complete the 3 parts within a year based on the material (with the Part 4 waiver)?October 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm #379666
^ Nevermind on the exam fees, I guess I just had to open my eyes and look opposed to “search” the IIA page.January 18, 2017 at 11:19 am #1443554
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