CIA Exam FAQ: Most Popular Questions from CIA Candidates

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I’m always here to answer my readers’ questions about the CIA exam. And over the years, I’ve received some very similar questions about the exam many, many times! So, to help you get the answers you need quickly and easily, I’ve compiled this list of CIA exam FAQ (frequently asked questions) I got from my readers and included links to the articles that answer these questions. If you can’t find your question here, feel free to reach out to me directly.

Considering the CIA Certification

1. What is a career as a Certified Internal Auditor like?

2. Is getting the CIA certification a good idea?

3. Do I have what it takes to earn the CIA?

Becoming a CIA

1. How do I become a CIA?

2. What is the CIA exam like?

3. How do I take the CIA exam?

4. Should I take the CIA exam now?

5. Which part should I take first?

6. Has the CIA exam changed recently?

Preparing for the CIA Exam

1. Which CIA study materials should I use?

2. How do I study for the CIA exam?

Completing the CIA Process

1. How do I prepare to retake the CIA exam?

2. How do I maintain the CIA certification?

Considering IT Audit

1. What is an IT audit career like?

Comparing the CIA to Other Accounting Designations

Getting More Help with the CIA

If you’d like more information about the CIA certification process, you can find it in my free CIA e-course. This course even tells you how to pass each part of the CIA exam on your first attempt. So, learn more or sign up below!

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  • js says:

    Is there a deadline that I have to complete all three exams? link does not work. It opens a different web page

  • SM says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I have a 3-year bachelor degree in Mathematics and a 3-year master’s degree in computer applications. I don’t have any relevant auditing experience, though. Do I need to have the work experience before appearing for the exam or can I get any internship if I successfully complete the exam and if so, will that be counted towards the 2 year experience needed to be certified as CIA. If the work experience is a prerequisite to appear for the exam, how should I proceed to get one. I am on an L2 visa (can work on EAD) and not yet a permanent resident. Please advise.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi SM,
      First of all you don’t need prior experience (either internal audit or any work) to get qualified for the CIA exam. So you are all set. In terms of preparation, people with experience have slight advantage, but many candidates can pass without being an auditor.

      With your background you might want to consider specialization in IT auditing? It’s a up and coming field with higher pay. If you’d like to learn more, here is an article I wrote recently on IT audit.

      And the most relevant qualification is CISA:

      CIA is great but want to show you a few options as well 🙂

  • ketan mistry says:

    I have cleared Part1 & 2 by referring Gleim material with textbooks and practice questions. I attempted part 3 and failed. I was reading all the discussions. I just want to know is it advisable to buy IIA leaning system and also study it in order to prepare for the Part 3. Because I am confused that after giving almost 2 months and spending more than 100 hours in the study I failed than what should be my strategy to conquer Part 3.?

    Please advise.

  • Art Yip says:


    It really depends on where you needed improvement. If it’s IT, Org Structure or Mgmt/Leadership, then I would say IIA Learning System will help you. If it’s RIsk Management or Governance, then I would recommend reading the IPPF Practice Guide on those 2 topics. Two months and 100 hours isn’t all that much time spent on Part 3. Since Part 3 has double the amount of material and is much more technical than Part 1 or 2, it generally requires double the study time compared to preparing for Part 1 or 2.

  • hi
    i have a query regarding CIA eligibility criteria
    i am currently doing ACCA (optional Papers)
    i have passed my Research analysis project and oxford brookes university awarded me the degree of Bsc (hons.)
    i just want to know is i am eligible for the CIA exams?

  • Rahul says:

    Hello sir,
    I m 3years from India, i want to know if i m eligible?

  • Alessio says:

    Dear all,

    Could you please confirm if the CGAP is a one part exam composed of 4 sub sections tested all at the same time during 2h50?
    Also, which ressources are the best to prepare the exam and nail it on the first try?

    Thanks for your help guys!

  • Ranjit says:

    My 4 year period of CIA would end in May 2017. I am working and could not seriously prepare for exams in last 3 years. I appeared for Part 1 last year and could score only 560. I am serious in clearing CIA now as there is no other option for me to grow in Internal Audit. Do you suggest me to wait for another year and re register because as per IIA rules even I clear 2 papers out of 3 I will have to appear again if I cannot complete all 3 parts in 4 years. Please suggest

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Ranjit, it’s tricky indeed… technically you can take the 3 parts very close to each other, but if you find the materials quite tough (as in Part 1), then it is better to wait. Regards, Stephanie

  • viet truong says:

    hi Stephanie,
    Thank you for running this site. I took CIA part 1 exam first time and I failed, I used the Gleim resource to study, basically, it was good one, however, in the exam, majority questions are relating to the scenarios and unless I have much experience to pass it. Is there any way for me to improve it? thank you

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Viet, I guess you can practice working on a few classic questions very closely, try to apply the concepts by plugging in the answer choice in various scenarios and see which makes the most sense. You can only gain this through actual experience or by develop an IA “intuition” by thoroughly think through the questions.

      I wrote about this a bit on this page (towards the bottom of the page). Please see if it helps:

      • viet says:

        Hi Stephanie,

        Thank you for your advice. I definitely will look into the link you provide and will try again. it’s tough but will do my best again 🙂 thanks so much. I wil may ask you questions in the future. Again, thanks so much for creating this website.

  • hannah2822 says:

    HI Stephanie,

    thanks for your blog post.

    I am wondering what is the difference between

    Internal Audit VS IT audit, in terms of certification, salary, career path,etc..

    Can you write a post on that because it will be really helpful?!

    I am interested in IT audit because IT auditor get paid more.
    Correct it if I am wrong. thanks as always!

  • RNP says:

    Is there anyway to get 2nd hand ( used) IIA’c CIA study material?

    • Stephanie says:

      You may get it somewhere, but my site does not provide second-hand exchange / selling platform. Please be careful as illegal distribution of copyrighted material may breach IIA code of ethics. Regards, Stephanie

  • Ibrahim says:

    good day,
    I conducted the exam CIA (part 1) before 3 days and i have score of 486 whats that mean in %?
    Im using the gleim material its good but i dont think that is enough to pass?
    what is your recommendation .

  • Noman Khan says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I have passed CIA Part 1 exam back in October 2015, now my preparation for Part 2 is almost complete and intending to take the exam by the end of May.

    I have a query to ask. Is it necessary to pass all 3 sections in order to pass a CIA Exam or is it just that scoring 80% marks (600 out of 750) anyhow would suffice?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Noman, you have to pass all 3 parts individually, each with a minimum score of 600. Regards, Stephanie

      • Noman Khan says:

        Hi Stephanie,

        Thanks for the reply. I think I did not get my question through clearly.

        I wanted to ask if it is mandatory to pass all 3 sections in a CIA Exam (Part 1, 2 or 3). For e.g. in CIA Part 2 the 3 sections are 1. Managing the Internal Audit Function, 2. Managing Individual Engagements, and 3. Fraud Risks and Controls.

        While taking the exam, will it be necessary to score 80% marks in each section individually or just scoring an aggregate of 80% marks irrespective of whether I fail to score 80% in any one section will pass my exam?

  • Rania says:


    I will sit for part 2 exam in about two weeks, I am studying Gleim and Hock test preparations. Is that enough to pass the exam?? And is there anything else I can do or another recommended test preparation??

    Another thing, when I took part one exam, I realized that 2 or 3 questions where form part two, Is it the same regarding part two??


    • Noman Khan says:

      Hi Rania,

      I just passed my CIA Part 2 exam on July 18, 2016. I used 17th Edition of Gleim Textbook and Question Bank plus a BeCertify Question Bank and that was sufficient as per my needs. I also have Hock Exam Simulator but I only did about 50-80 practice questions the night before my exam.

      With regards to your second query, there are some areas which are common in Part 1 and Part 2 exams like internal controls, fraud, risk management, governance, etc. so don’t be surprised if you find questions of Part 2 in Part 1 and vice versa.

      If I could be of any more help to you, please let me know.


      Noman Ullah Khan
      Senior Officer – Internal Audit

      • Rania says:

        Thank you so much Noman 🙂
        could you please give me your email?? I have some questions if you don’t mind..

      • Alicia says:


        I read that you used the 17th Gleim materials for Part 2. Is there much difference between 17th edition and new edition for 2017? I want to take Part 1 and 2 in 2017, but Gleim new materials are just too expensive to me.

        I would like to ask whether it is ok to use Gleim 17th for 2017 exam.


        • Stephanie says:

          Hi Alicia, I haven’t confirmed with Gleim, but it looks like there will be a new version for the second half of 2017 given the changes in IPPF will likely take effect then. So try taking the exam before June and you should be fine with the 17th version.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Rania,
      The Gleim team has actually responded to this question for me somewhere on this site. Strictly speaking questions should be limited from the exam part syllabus, but since the exam parts (esp Part 1 and 2) cover the same macro concepts, you may see a few questions that may seem to be coming out from the other part. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Maria Jones says:


    I just sat the CIA part 1 exam today and failed it with a score of 571. I have only worked in audit for 9 Months so, still lack experience in applying the concepts to real situations. I have been provided with the IIA learning materials and did read the book and took all the test questions to almost a 100% score. However sitting the exam I didn’t find any of the exam questions quite similar and although I work in audit I won’t say I am necessarily gonna come across the scenarios used in the questions. Can you please advice me how to go about preparing for passing and what learning material I could use to possibly pass the exam next time around?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Maria, this post may help you self-evaluate and find out the most appropriate solution(s):
      You might also consider signing up to the special newsletter at the bottom of this post. Regards, Stephanie

    • Jun says:


      You were using IIA learning system for Part 1 and you find that the questions in the actual exam differ significantly from the learning system?

      • says:

        Hello Jun,
        I was using PRC and Wiley.. some questions were familai but most of them not familiar.. i needed 16 more questions to pass it.. what should i do?

        • Jun says:


          I m using Gleim. To be honest, I’m at a loss too. I have covered the whole study materials inside out for full 3 months and I did full time study. Unfortunately I missed the passing mark by a few questions too. I guessed I was too nervous during the exam and I couldn’t focus.

          And i also realized that the actual exam questions were more in depth than what was in Gleim. Is it true that IIA learning system materials would cover more in depth than Gleim?

          Any one who had used IIA Learning System can share the experience?


          • Stephanie says:

            To be honest, there are people who pass and fail regardless of which review course they use. While the course itself could be a big factor (as in, it doesn’t fit your learning style), it can’t explain everything.

            I am quite sure that none of the course, including the official endorsed IIA Learning System, covers all question, because the IIA doesn’t release questions to any providers.

            Candidates must be able to apply the concepts and not expect to see the same exact questions appear in the real exam.

            In your case, Jun, it’s only a few questions. It really could be just bad luck. Of course, you should work towards getting a comfortable pass so you don’t need to depend on luck 🙂

          • Jun says:

            Hi Steph

            Thank you for your reply. I do agree that the review course may not be the factor but I have read reviews that IIA LS TEACHES you rather than just helping you to pass the exam. So it is true that it would be better for non accounting background candidates to take IIA LS for CIA exams?

          • Stephanie says:

            Sure Jun, you can give it a try 😉

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Maria,

      Does the IIA learning system for part three have practice questions like those of Gelim? I already have Gleim and used it for the three times i attempted the exam.I am considering purchasing the IIA learning system. Do you recommned it ?


  • Bettina Abou Nader says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    Well I’m preparing my CIA part 1 and my exam is end of November. I have a question for you: in general,is the IT protection (internal control section) asked?


    Bettyna Abou Nader.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hmm… it’s hard to tell because the system randomly takes questions from a huge database. The general rule is: if it is covered in the syllabus (or your review course provider), make sure you at least skim through it. Cheers, Stephanie

  • Pg says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    I have registered with IIA on December 19, 2016 and appeared first part exam on January 3, 2017. (Within 15 days of registration)

    Unfortunately, I failed (offcource, lack of preparation) with 476 score (approx 64%). I understand that if I would have studied well I could get a better chance of getting clear…!!

    Now a days, I have a full month holidays (till January 31, 2016) so I would like to reappear for part 1 exams but it eligible only after 90 days.

    So my question to you is, whether I am eligible to give PART 2 exam within this duration of my vacation for the first time or it is still needed 90 days halt from the last appeared (Part 1) exam.

    Does 90 days limitations would also apply to part 2 as well? Or I can give exam as it is for the first time appearing?

    Appreciate your reply in advance..!!!

  • Roy says:

    I believe you can clear Part 2 first then retake part 1 after the 90 days.

  • Mehul Mehta says:


    I am having overall 17 years of Experience in IT Infra field and would be interested to do CISA exam. I am also holding degree of ISO 27001:2005 Lead Auditor Certification. Currently I am in pune and would like to do CISA Exam from Pune Chapter – ISACA org. Please suggest on the same.

  • Joleen Moore says:

    I have a questions regarding the Compliance Control Frameworks. Exactly what will we be tested on regarding he frameworks? What they are, where they came from and the main difference between the 5 Frameworks that the CIA will test on? I have never used any of these frameworks, so will I need to do more studying outside of my CIA study material regarding the frameworks?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hmm I am afraid this is too technical for me… our view would not be as comprehensive as those from the providers, given they really study the syllabus and can get feedback from hundreds if not thousands of customers. Maybe you can check with your review course provider? Regards, Stephanie

  • Nic says:

    I’m interested to purchase test bank for cia part 2 & 3, appreciate some feedback on which might be the better provider specifically for test banks..gleim or wiley? Wiley seems to have higher number of test bank questions..however gleim seems more widely used. Which provider in your opinion has higher quality test questions..or do they come from a similar database source?

  • QUITTELIER says:


    First I wanted to thank you, your advices and emails helped me a lot with the study!

    I’m about to pass the exam, and I came to realize that I have recurent issues with sampling questions (level of confidence, deviation rate, interval , …). From the mock exam (Wiley) I have done, I though that I needed the formulas to calculate those indicators. But I cannot find them anywhere on internet or in my book. Do you know a way I could find them? Do I really need them for the real exam? Or anything that could help me to strengthen this subject?

    Tanks in advance,

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Quittelier, I am afraid I am not familiar with Wiley’s mock exam… I am not sure exactly which formulas you are referring to, but can you check it out on Youtube? They have quite a lot of generally accounting / auditing tutorials.

  • Khadija says:

    I am from CA background and I have passed my part 1 in march and now I am going to give part 2. I am currently studying from Gleim. I would like to ask that is it sufficient or should I do any other supplementary material.

  • Raj says:

    Do u suggest using Wiley cia course ???

  • Azhar says:

    Hi Dost,

    I got failed in CIA part 1 and 2, scored 590 approx in each. The issue is my CIA membership is about to expire (4th year) in next year May 2017. I am not sure will I pass all 3 parts within it. Even i have studied a lot for both parts therefore don’t want to let 1 year go just to have new registration and forget what I studied.
    in dilemma what to do ? I m registered with BOMBAY Chapter – India, i heard that I can extend membership for 1 more year, if required, after paying fee.

    Suggest me bro, I severely need it .

  • Keren says:

    Dear Stephanie,

    If I want to take a CFSA exam, do I need to pass the CIA exam before?? Is there any related part with specialty certifications and CIA certification?

    Please clarify about it

  • Fanell says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    first time to visit this website and find it very useful.
    I’ve got a BS in Computer Science last year and I am currently pursuing a Master Degree. Is it possible to take the examination or is it only for Accounting / Finance students?
    I would like to take the a general certification like CIA to complement my degree in CS and maybe later think of a CISA. Is it a good idea? Please share me your thoughts.
    Have a good day.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Fanell,
      Welcome! You can definitely take the exam as it is open to all majors, but you may want to think through whether it’s helpful for you in the future. Our page here attempts to walk you through the decision:

      Your thoughts of complementing your CS degree does make a lot of sense. As long as you can handle the accounting part of the exam, it’s likely to be pretty useful and can open additional doors for you for opportunities looking for both IT/CS/accounting skills. Good luck!

  • Hasan says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks for all the helpful materials and tips. I am presently preparing for the CIA Part 3 paper after passing Parts I & II. I am a CMA and pretty much addicted to using a regular calculator.

    My question: will the exam center on the day of the exam, provide me with a regular (hand held ) calculator OR would I have to use the on screen calculator. I am pretty quick with a regular calculator which saves time; on the other hand the on screen calculator takes up unnecessary time.


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Hasan,
      Quote from the IIA handbook:
      “An onscreen calculator will be available during the exam. If you prefer a hand-held calculator and the test center has
      one available, you may request to be provided with one. You will not be allowed to bring a personal calculator or any
      similar such device with you into the testing room.”

      There shouldn’t be that many calculations and they will likely be basic computation. Don’t worry. Regards, Stephanie

  • A Ahaid says:

    Give me some tip to Pass part-2, I have raced through Part-1 and Part-3 clearing at first attempt but stuck on Part-2, which I have failed.

    I have done whole of gliem and HOCK but cant seem to pass part-2 🙁 scored 594 marks.

  • Khadija says:

    Hi Stephanie
    I have passed part 1 and 2. Kindly guide on part 3 as I have heard that Gleim is not suffiecient

  • Bandel ACA says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    My CIA Program registration would expire on November 26th 2017. I have just Part 3 remaining to take and i am currently studying towards it.

    Please what exactly does this expiration mean? Can i register for the Part 3 exams before the 26th November 2017 expiration date while i select a date after 26th November 2017 (say 15th December) for seat for the exams.

    • Bandel ACA says:

      Hi Stephanie, this is a follow up to my question. My CIA Program Registration would expire on November 26th 2017 (because I registered in 2012 and I applied for a one year extension in November 2016) and I have just Part 3 remaining to take. Now recall that when one registers for any Part of the CIA exams, there is a 90 day period within which the candidate has to schedule for and take the examination. Would this 90 days period apply in my situation given that my CIA Registration Program expires on 26th November 2017?
      Suppose I register for the the CIA Part 3 on 1st November 2017 and schedule to take the examination on 15th December 2017 (which is within the normal 90 days scheduling interval), would this be okay.

      • Bandel ACA says:

        Hi Stephanie, so it’s actually 180 days. I just referred to one of the emails i was sent after registering for Part 1 and 2. One of the sentences says “Your exam registration is valid for 180 days from the date you received approval to sit for the exam. If you do not sit for the exam within this authorization window, the registration will expire, your registration fee will be forfeited, and you will be required to re-register for this exam”.

        So my question is, would i still have this 180 days validity period to schedule for and take my part 3 exams if i register before 26th November 2017 when my CIA Program Registration would expire.

        • Bandel ACA says:

          Hi Stephanie, so i sent this email below to IIA and i am yet to get a response.


          I registered for CIA exams in November 2012. In November 2016, i applied for the one year extension of my registration which now expires on 26th November 2017. I have just Part 3 remaining to take and i am currently studying towards it. If you recall, when one registers for any of the CIA Parts, there is usually a 180 days period after the date of registration within which the candidate is expected to take the examination. Specifically, it reads thus “Your exam registration is valid for 180 days from the date you received approval to sit for the exam. If you do not sit for the exam within this authorization window, the registration will expire, your registration fee will be forfeited, and you will be required to re-register for this exam”.
          Would this 180 days period apply in my situation given that my CIA Registration expires on 26th November 2017? Suppose I register for the CIA Part 3 on 1st November 2017 and schedule to take the examination on say 20th December 2017 (which will still be within the normal 180 days scheduling interval) would there be a problem.

          i expect that i should be able to schedule for my Part 3 examination within the 180 days timeline after the date of registration, provided i do that before the expiration of my registration which is on 26th November 2017, but i would rather err on the side of caution than to be sorry.

          Please advice me.


      • Stephanie says:

        Again it’s best to double check with the IIA. Good luck! Stephanie

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Bandel, I think the deadline applies to the actual date of the exam, but you can double check with the IIA to confirm.
      There should be a one-time extension (costing $250) to extend the deadline for a year. Hope you don’t need it though! Stephanie

  • Khadija says:

    I have passed part 2 and 1 after studying from Gleim and IIA. I have done almost 3000+ questions but when I appeared for the exam hardly 2 or 3 questions came from my study material. Now I have to give part 3 so please guide me from where I can study.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Khadija,
      I am not sure, but I guess they can’t be exact same questions but those cover the same concepts and with the same style. You may try Hock but to me it isn’t necessary… I would focus on the weaker areas and redo the questions you did wrong previously. I would actually do it twice and make sure I nail them. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Umer Zain Faruqui says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am using the 17th edition of Gleim to prepare for the part 1 exam, I was wondering if I would be missing some topics considering it is an older version of Gleim. Am I missing something?


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Umer, while I strong recommend candidates to get the latest version, for Part 1 I believe it’s fine. Just work harder and aim for a higher score to give yourself some buffer. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Sartono says:

    Hi Stephanie, if I join short course here, and do test, whom is issue CIA certificate?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Sartono, the IIA will always be the one to grant the certificate. It is a qualifying exam, meaning the course and the exam is separate from each other. In theory you don’t even need to take any course if you are confident enough to pass the exam as is. Hope it is clear? Stephanie

  • Umer says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Does the CIA part1 has some exam format like let’s say the First 40-50 questions on the exam will be from Mandatory Guidance and then the next 30-20 questions from Internal control / Risk….

  • Olga says:

    Hi all!

    Could you please share your views whether this is a successful strategy to pass two or more parts together? and if yes, which combination is the best?
    Thank you!

  • Kenny says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I was just wondering if you had any suggestions regarding where to go to read up on areas away from auditing that I may need to brush up on that isn’t in the learning.

    For example, I work in the financial services sector and I’m therefore fairly comfortable when the questions that pop up where I have to apply auditing techniques relating to this industry. I have found however that there are a lot of questions that specifically relate to many other industries and their processes, such as manufacturing, or different parts of organisations such as purchasing department. Here, I sometimes struggle.

  • sharmaine07 says:

    Hi i’m planning to take CIA exam after 2 years because I’m fresh grad. If i pass the part 1 and 2 then i fail in part 3, do i need to take the part 1 and 2 again? or only part 3? ??

    • Jen says:

      Each part is taken separately. If you fail any of the parts, you have the change to retake and pass. They do not need to be done consecutively and the only time you’d need to retake a passed exam is if you exceed the 4 yours after registration.

    • Meghan D says:


      You will only need to re-take the sections that you failed.


  • sharmaine07 says:

    Hi again, is CIA certificate can use for the exemption in acca exam like cma? ???

    • Stephanie says:

      CIA exam candidates can use ACCA full membership to waive the education and experience requirements. I need to check if there are benefits the other way round. Stephanie

      • Stephanie says:

        I checked the ACCA exemption calculator. They ask for graduation year so this could be a factor, but in general I believe these courses are waived if you have your CIA certification:
        Accountant in Business (AB)
        Management Accounting (MA)
        Financial Accounting (FA)

        Honestly not much – isn’t this pretty much the same as having a bachelor degree?

  • Jen says:


    I failed an exam on 2/17/18, registered for the exam again and received my Pearson Authorization to Test notification. I understand there is a 90 day waiting period however when I go to schedule my exam day/location all days, even within the 90 day period, are available to me.

    From this point it seems like it will allow me to retake the exam within 90 days. What happens if I do this?

    Thank you.

  • halesh achar says:

    hi i am Halesh i completed my PG in accounting and taxation and also i am present working as audit and tax consultant, where they conduct exam and what is the difference between member and non member plz guide me.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Halesh, if you mean IIA member vs non-IIA member, the difference is mainly on getting discounts from the CIA exam, courses and seminars, supplementary materials useful for the CIA exam, and being able to attend IIA events.

  • JD says:

    Hi there,

    I am currently studying for the 3rd exam and I am having a really hard time with the accounting and finance chapters. Are there a lot of questions on these?

    I am horrible at inventory costing. For some reason, I cannot understand it for the life of me.

    Please advise – super worried.


    • HAQ says:

      Hi JD

      I would say there is a reasonable number of questions from accounting and finance. Coincidentally there were a few of inventory questions in the exam I took.

      I you are using Gleim study material, in my opinion, it assumes that you already have some background in accounting and finance, which I gather is not the case with you.

      I would suggest picking up some basic accounting books and get a clear understanding of the topics you have having difficulty with. And then just practice practice practice ……

      You came this far, I’m pretty sure you can nail the final paper too

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi JD, good news is that you will be ok with basic knowledge in accounting. If you study using Gleim, do NOT go through all questions. They are too complex for this exam. It’s good for your general accounting knowledge but not required if your purpose is to pass. Check out our Part 3 tips page here:

  • Kj says:

    I am looking into CIA certification. I know you need 2 years experience in order to complete certification process. I do not have any experience in auditing. If I do pass all 3 exams and looking for a job in auditing, will I be able to get any confirmation from IIA that I have passed all 3 exams and does not have certificate since need to complete 2 years experience. What about will I be able to can use designation of CIA?

    • HAQ says:

      Hi KJ

      If you don’t mind may I ask what is your current field of work?

      I do know is that they also consider accounting and finance experience.

      What I would suggest is to address the same query to them, they are pretty responsive.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Kj, the IIA does not give out certificates to candidates passing the exam, but you can get a proof from the CCMS and by all mean state this in your resume (that you passed the CIA exam). However, you cannot hold yourself out as CIA until the experience requirement is fulfilled.

  • Megha says:

    I am a CIA and passed last year in one attempt for part 3 and two attempts to part 1 and 2. I had lost by just 5 marks each time and scored 592 and 594 respectively in each.
    I am currently giving CFSA in another two days and wanted to check if someone has given the same here and is the CFSA study guide enough to pass the exam. what are kind and difficulty level for questions?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Megna, I wish I can help but for now we are not covering the CFSA exam… because we are not (yet) familiar with the specialty exams. I hope you did well. Please let us know! Stephanie

  • Nitesh Kumar says:

    I am planning to give CIA Part 1 this year in June and and part 2 & 3 in 2019. Do I need to reappear for part 1 again as CIA syllabus is going to change in 2019?

  • Omar says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I just passed part 2 last week and looking to take part 3 exam.

    1- Is it possible and practical to prepare in less than 3 months to pass part 3 exam? . Each Part 1 & 2 took more than 3 months to pass them on first attempt.

    2- what are the CIA review courses ready to deliver the updated 2019 system?

    3- can I depend on old materials and adjust materials and align them with the new syllabus?
    For example in new system risk management and governance topics are removed so I will avoid them.


  • Asma says:

    Hello. I am from Pakistan. I am a CA Finalist and I have Affiliate certification of Institute of chartered accountants of Pakistan. This is given after completion of 5 modules of CA (minimum 6months each) and trainee program of 3.5 years professional experience with an audit firm. I also have 6.5 years of work experience as an internal auditor. Can I get CIA membership and CIA exam registration on the basis of this? I have certificates to certify the attainment of affiliate membership. I am concerned as I am not completely qualified CA.

  • Asma says:

    I also want to know that Gleim premium review system and Gleim question bank both are available for purchase. Does the latter has different questions as compared to the review system or it is covered in the former one?

    Thanks in advance. This is a very useful link. Thank you for sharing all the information here.

  • Roopal says:

    Hi there. Can we take our study books to the CIA exams i.e. is it an open book exam or closed book?

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