How to identify the best CIA review courses?
Some based on brand. Others based on price, number of products, apps, freebies, gimmicks…
The fact is, there is no absolute best.
I don’t believe in people who say their CIA study materials are the absolute best, because different courses suit candidates with different background and learning style. I am however confident that you will find one that suit you the best here.
|Test Prep Software|
|# Practice Questions||3,060+||n/a||2,919|
|Customer Service||Personal counselor||Tech support||Tech support|
|Access Time-limit||18 months|
or until you pass*
|12 or 24 months||Unlimited|
|Pricing (3-parts)||$759 / $902 (w coupon)||$895||$549|
|Pricing (single-part)||$279 / $339||$325||$299|
* Apply to Gleim Premium only, and conditions apply. The price above reflects that for premium version.
Gleim is among the most established and popular CIA exam review courses. If you browse around my site, you’ll notice that most readers use Gleim, mostly as their core study materials, or as supplements to the CIA Learning System.
In fact, 3 of our 4 CIA exam bloggers choose Gleim (on their own) to prepare for the exam; the remaining one started with another provider and switched to Gleim after two weeks.
If you have some accounting / auditing background and are the type of candidates who learn from practice i.e. doing lots of practice questions, I have no doubt that Gleim is the best for you.
The CIA Learning System is the official review materials from IIA. It is an integrated review system consisting of textbooks, study planner, analytics and practice questions.
It’s a great learning tool for those who want to take the time and learn about the best practices in internal audit. If you are tight in budget or want the title fast… might want to check out the others.
Founded by Brian Hock, this CMA/CIA review course provider is quite popular outside of the US.
If you need more explanations on the concepts behind the topics covered in the CIA exam, but find CIA Learning System too expensive, Hock could be a good alternative. If you need more practice questions, you can get Gleim or Exammatrix as supplement.
You may also consider these CIA exam preparation materials:
Wiley is another global brand in the accounting exam preparation industry. They are most welcome in the CPA test prep with the #1 selling Wiley CPA Exam Review (text books), together with the fully guided online version known as the Wiley CPAexcel.
For the Certified Internal Auditor exam, Wiley CIAexcel is also available using a similar platform (the earlier version of CPAexcel). If you would like to get separate products, there are also the study guide, practice question test bank and focus notes that you can get from their official site.
Exammatrix prides itself on their adaptive learning technology. It is now under the Surgent brand, which is an innovative, up-and-coming provider in the CPA exam prep market.
Lambers is another brand name that has been around for almost 50 years. They have products for CPA, CMA and CIA exams.
I believe Mr. Lambers has sold his business years ago, and as a result the current products lack a personal touch they used to have. It feels pretty institutionalized but doesn’t really have the benefits that you may get from a big company.
Interestingly I have a few readers asking about Becker CIA. So far Becker hasn’t launched one for the internal audit exam.
There are also providers such as Fast Forward Academy and Rigos. I feel like I should mention them but they are not on my recommended list.
Given that this is a 100% multiple-choice examination, I would pick a set of materials with the most solid practice questions.
I believe most candidates would agree that Gleim CIA has the best practice questions, together with personal counselor support, reasonable pricing, free trial… all with the Gleim Guarantee. What do you think? Drop a comment below and we can discuss.
I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.
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