Wiley CIA Review 2018: Latest Analysis Revealing Pros & Cons


Wiley CIA Review is one of the major providers for the Certified Internal Auditor exam. I haven’t got the chance to get access to this review materials, and therefore, can only provide a preliminary analysis. You are most welcome to share your thoughts and experience as a customer in the comment section below.

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Wiley CIA Review 20181. Wiley CIA Review Books

There are altogether 3 books in this set, for Part 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Each book begins with an introductory chapter covering exam format and basic study tips. The subsequent chapters cover the domains in accordance to the CIA exam content specification (i.e. the syllabus).

The exam itself is primarily theoretical. In Part 1 and 2 i particular, there are rarely computational questions. Therefore, expect to see a book full of text. Wiley does try to make things easier by using subheadings, bullet points and highlight boxes as much as possible. At the end of each chapter, there are a handful of sample questions for your review.

2. Test Bank

There are more than 5,300 multiple choice questions, with other helpful features such as the ability to flag the questions you would like to pay special attention at a later date, as well as tracking of your performance with charts and statistics. It runs on the same platform as the CPA Test Bank.

3. Focus Notes

The notes are designed as a supplement to review materials from Wiley or other providers. The chapters are in line with Wiley, but the content doesn’t match page by page. It is a great material for final review.

Why You may want to Consider Wiley CIA Review

1. Wiley is a Strong Brand

Wiley has one of the most established and reputable brand names in the accounting and finance exam prep industry. Its CPA book is the best selling among CPA review books for years. Its CMA review book is officially endorsed by the IMA. Its CFA review course is the up-and-coming product second to Kaplan Schweser notes in terms of popularity.

The CIA review material is not a best-seller (yet), but please be assured that the team behind the product is pretty strong.

2. Better Test Prep?

I have a handful of readers who actually prefer Wiley CIA test bank over those in Gleim because they seem to mimick the real exams better. This is obviously subjective but I am actively collecting feedback to see if enough people have this same conclusion.

3. 48-Hour Free Trial

I believe free trial is a relatively new introduction. You get to try it out for 2 days. It seems short, but it’s enough to make a decision in my opinion. So make sure you pick a relatively relaxed day, spend an hour to really dig into the features, and make a decision. You should also test the free trial of other providers at the same time. Gleim is the only other one for now.

4. Big Discounts

In an attempt to enter the CIA exam prep market, Wiley is willing to offer big discounts to their products, for now. The standard full course for Part 1, 2 and 3 is only $375, and occasionally there are discounts up to $100. It’s a substantial saving if one’s budget is tight.

For now…

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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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  • Irina says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I got Wiley (3 parts) text book (2014 edition) & Gleim Test Prepartion question (3 parts) (with approximately over 3,000 questions) ( 16th edition) on hand. I am going to attend 2015 CIA (all 3 parts) exam in one shot. Do you think it’s necessary for me to be equipped with Wiley test bank as well? How do you find it? I found that t Gleim (16th edition) questions did not cover full syllbus listed as per Wiley’s text book.

    Urgently to seek for your kind advice.


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Irina,
      My readers seem to be pretty ok with Gleim alone. The review course providers have different interpretation of the syllabus and what’s heavily tested or not, so I wouldn’t worry too much of the difference. Just focus on the practice questions that you have, do an excellent job (achieve at least 85-90%), and redo the once you did wrong previously, you will be fine.

      Here is my CIA exam test prep tips: http://ipasstheciaexam.com/cia-exam-preparation-tips/

      Best of luck! Stephanie

      • Irina says:

        Thanks a lot Stephanie for your prompt response & kind advice.

        I found out from Gleim website that the test bank 16th edition (in paper) I possessed is not suitable for the new part 3 exam. Quote” The 16th Edition helps candidates pass the 4-part exam in an efficient and effective manner. The 16th Edition is in no way meant to be used for the 3-part exam”
        Do you think there are indeed a lot of difference between 16th & 17th edition? I am afraid there will be great portion of duplicate questions. Would you recommend me to get the 17th edition full set of Gleim materials?

        Many thanks,

  • Glory says:

    I would like to know about which course do you recommend to study to take CIA certification??
    I read about Gleim but I am confuse about 16 and 17 editions

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Glory,
      I am also quite confused with the editions myself 😉 As long as you go to the Gleim website and get whatever is available now, it is the latest version. If you get a second hand, that’s most likely an older version…

      You have checked out this pros and cons page right? Just want to make sure you’ve compared all the major providers: http://ipasstheciaexam.com/cia-exam-review-courses/

      Cheers, Stephanie

  • Clark says:

    Hello – Do you know what the difference is between Wiley CIAexcel and Wiley Efficient Learning? Which one would you say has the larger or more difficult test bank?

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