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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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