Hock CIA Review 2018: Revealing the 3 Pros and Cons

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Hock CIA Review 2018Hock International is founded by Brian Hock in 2003, following his success at Hock Training in Moscow. Hock expanded its business to cover CIA exam preparation materials in 2006.

Product Offering

For CIA exam materials, there are two offerings:

1. Hock CIA Complete: includes text books, practice questions, and video

2. Hock CIA Essential: text books and questions only.

Hock CIA Review Strengths and Weaknesses

Pros

1. Text Book Provides Comprehensive Content

Hock CIA Review prides itself in its text book — it is written for those who do not have background in internal auditing. It not only starts from the beginning, but is also easy to read and understand.

2. You Can Study On the Go

Printed books are available, but you may also choose to read the PDF format on iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Kindle and other mobile devices. Similar access to test prep, flashcards, video and audio as well.

3. Video in Classroom Setting

The video has been recorded in classroom setting featuring Brian Hock as the instructor. Brian covers the main points from the textbook, gives insights into difficult concepts, and solves calculation-based problems.

Cons

1. A “Narrower” Set of Practice Questions

Based on readers’ feedback, Hock has decent practice questions but the breadth and depth is lacking when compared to Gleim.

This is partly because Gleim has longer history and bigger teams. Gleim also provides review materials for all accounting and tax qualifications, including CPA, CMA, CIA, EA and that for tax preparers. It is therefore much easier for them to come up with different but related questions and train their students to think on their feet. Hock in comparison does not have this capacity.

2. Everything is Good but Not Great

I am impressed how Hock provides an integrated review course package such as personalized study planner and free trial of their offerings.

However, when you look further, the study planner isn’t really personalized (it’s a PDF), let alone customizable as in other providers. The “free trial” is actually sample download instead of full-access of their product for a specific section or period of time.

3. Not Really the Best Value for Money

Hock CIA Review is a good offer, but it pales in comparison to what its competitors are offering. Given they all have similar price tag, Hock isn’t the best value for money in my opinion.

Summary of What Hock Offers

StrengthsLimitations
  • Well-written text books
  • Video recorded in classroom setting
  • Narrower set of practice questions
  • No free trial
  • No performance tracking and interactive online study planner
  • Probably not the best value for money

My Recommendations

Hock CIA Review is a good choice for those who don’t know much about internal audit and need to virtually start at zero.

P.S. Not sure about Hock? Check out our pros and cons of major CIA review courses!

About the Author Stephanie

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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  • sharlene demeritte says:

    does part 3 of cia has the audio (MP3) . Its clear that video is not available.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Sharlene, that’s right Part 3 video won’t be available until fall 2015 (technically it’s Fall but I don’t know that exact release date). I believe they prepare the video and audio together so it is likely not yet available.

      If you like Hock, send them an email. They are usually very responsive. Cheers, Stephanie

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