Whether you have passed Part 1 of the CIA exam or want to take Part 2 first, you can find details on the syllabus, exam format and difficulty as perceived by my readers below.
There will be a major syllabus change in the CIA effective January 2019. The following is the current version valid for the rest of 2018.
CIA Exam Part 2 is shorter than Part 1 with 100 questions. Because of this, the duration is reduced from 2.5 hours to 2 hours. The average time per question remains the same as 1.2 minutes. There are only multiple-choice questions in the exam.
Based on my readers’ comments, Part 2 is similar to that of Part 1 in that experience internal auditors shouldn’t have problem passing this section.
If you take the exam sequentially, you will happily find QAIP, Risk, and Fraud again in Part 2.
In my opinion, the syllabus is slightly more advanced than Part 1, but once you are well prepared, the questions themselves are more straight-forward in the actual exam. I’ve got more and more candidates reporting this trend since 2016.
Having said that, it does not mean you can just walk in and ace the exam. It is crucial to read through the concepts at least once and work through the practice questions.
Similar to Part 1, there are some overlap with the CPA and CMA exam.
It matches the most with CPA Audit section, which focuses more on general (and external) audit, they share most of the underlying concepts and audit procedures.
CMA Part 1 exam also has a section on internal control. The concepts and question styles are also similar.
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