Who is behind IPasstheCIAExam.com?

My Name is Stephanie…

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of several accounting professional exam prep sites.

After a few years of investment banking at Morgan Stanley, I went to work for a client in their corporate finance department and later as a director of strategic planning in a global bank. Since then, I’ve gone solo to run my own series of accounting and finance career websites on exam preparation, resume preparation and job hunting.

I also work pro bono as the CFO of New Sight Eye Care, a UK/Hong Kong registered charity that runs the only non-profit surgical eye facility in the Republic of Congo.

… and I am Meghan!

Hello, I am Meghan D., and I live in the United States. My father worked in finance and my mother owned a series of home-cooking restaurants in the midwest. I’ve lived in the midwest US my whole life, although I have traveled all over – from Europe to China, and many places in between! I even interned as a member of a tax services team in the Middle East. I currently work for a big 4 accounting firm in the advisory department. My goal is to get promoted to manager by this time next year!

I took and passed the CPA Exam in 2014. I studied hard and passed my exams before I began working in public accounting, but I kept traveling while I was studying. It is possible to have a life and still study for the CPA Exam! In addition, I am currently working toward becoming a CMA and am exploring the possibility of CIA. I look forward to writing about my experiences, helping you learn about all the different accounting exams, and giving you advice that has worked for me and my colleagues.

Our Take on Internal Audit

Both of us have worked with many internal auditors in our careers. IA is a fascinating job, with lots of opportunities to see how a company actually runs. You are paid to fly to different offices around the world, look at the other side and “spy” for irregularities.

At the same time, it could be a job from hell. How do business units feel like being spied on and poked at? This is a job that needs excellent communication skills and the ability to see the big picture. Successful IAs are tactful and professional, with the commitment to work with the business units for their improvement and common good.

Guess You are Interested in Internal Audit?

Some of you are already in the IA profession and others are exploring the opportunities. In any case, if you visit our site, you are at least interested in internal audit and the CIA exam.

The CIA exam is the most relevant and recognized certification within the internal audit profession. It is a 3-part exam that can be taken in any order, and most professionals can pass within 12-18 months.

CIA Exam is the Necessary Evil

Taking the CIA exam isn’t the end game; it is the necessary evil in your path towards a successful IA career. Therefore, our goal is to pass the CIA exam in the simplest, fastest, and the most efficient way possible.

You will find two types of articles on this site. The first being the basic facts, such as registration process, exam dates, location and so on. They are all listed on my frequently asked questions page.

The second, which is more important, is the tips on how to nail this exam.

Don’t Miss My Tips Pages

The most important page on our site is the CIA review course comparison. Getting the most suitable course is extremely important for your passing success. You’ll see that we list out the pros and cons for each, but our general recommendation is Gleim CIA review, and we explain why on a page dedicated to this excellent review course.

Then, we also have tips page for each of Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, together with the ultimate tips page.

You are also welcome to join our community by signing up to our free mini e-course. It’s completely free with no strings attached, meaning you can unsubscribe any time:

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