Your CIA Exam Study Planner to Customize and Download [Free]

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You can download my CIA exam study planner, for Gleim and Hock review courses.

This study planner is an excel spreadsheet that helps you to:

  • Calculate the number of studying hours per week
  • Estimate the time required to prepare for the exam, based on the number of studying hours and any vacation days you may have identified
  • Specify the start and end dates of each study unit. You can then monitor your progress in the calendar

This Video Shows How My CIA Exam Study Planner Works

The spreadsheet is pretty much self-explanatory, but just to make sure, I made this screen capture to walk you through. This video was originally made for the CMA exam planner but the format is exactly the same.

CIA Exam Study Planner Download Area

This file contains worksheets for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, and it could be automatically downloaded to your computer after clicking. Please check your desktop or download folder:

gleim-cia-exam-study-planner

hock-cia-exam-study-planner

(Hock CIA study planner will be available shortly)

Further Explanation

For those who have slower internet connection, you might want to refer to this instruction in text format.

The image below shows how the CIA exam study planner looks like once you open the excel sheet.

This is the master page where you can enter all the inputs:

1. Weekly Schedule

The area shaded in yellow is the weekly schedule area. You can mark off with an “x” for time allocated to your CIA exam study. The default spreadsheet starts the day from 5am and ends at mid-night, but you can always insert more rows for further customization.

cia exam study planner

2. Days off

Realistically you will have some days off. For the scheduled ones, such as wedding days and a long weekend off, you can mark them off in this column and the spreadsheet will excludes these dates from the calculation.

3. Basic Study Mode

You need to input a start date (please pick a Monday otherwise the spreadsheet won’t work). Other than that, it’s all auto-calculation. It shows you

I am showing you a screenshot of the first page of this CIA exam study planner. The area highlighted in yellow is the input area. In other words, don’t type outside the yellow boxes or you may alter the formulas and affect the calculations.

You will see, from the bold text, the number of studying hours for your chosen exam part (There are 3 tabs indicating each part of the exam). For example, the worksheet above shows that 61 hours are required, which translate to 38 days, 5 weeks, and 1.2 months.

4. Comprehensive Study Mode

What’s special about our CIA exam study planner is that we’ve got 2 scenarios. To me, to ensure passing the CIA exam on your first try, you need to use this comprehensive mode.

The basic mode (for Gleim , for example) assumes that you go through the entire Gleim CIA Review System. This requires students to go through 20 multiple choice questions in each study session.

For comprehensive mode, you’ve got to work on the above, plus ALL the practice questions on Gleim, together with time needed for thorough review. As you will see, it often doubles the prep time.

Any Questions?

This study planner has been vetted by the Gleim Team. If you have questions on how it works, or how it doesn’t work (e.g. you find a bug), please let me know in the comment section below. Thanks a lot and hope this can help you in your CIA exam prep.

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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  • grace says:

    which review system would you recommend?Hock or Gleim?I used gleim but failed part 1 twice.I saw unfamiliar terms like transaction level controls…

  • Thom says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    As one who is active in the internal audit space in the government sector, monitoring federal-funded programs, I have a CFE and am interested in obtaining the CIA. Of the three parts, I’m inclined to take them out of order – Part II, Part I, and lastly Part III. This may be against the norm, but to me and for my situation, Part II appears to be more practical as I’m actually implementing and conducting many of the concepts and steps covered in Part II on a routine basis. Your thoughts…?

    Thanks.

    • Stephanie says:

      Definitely go for what you feel comfortable with Thom. We do have quite a few readers who did that out of order without any problem. Cheers, Stephanie

  • Amantle says:

    Hi Stephanie, Im struggling to understand the assumptions part that is within the spreadsheet. Im looking to start using the study planner and looking forward to sharing my experience.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Amantle, the assumption part is for those who want to customize the time needed for each study unit. If you have no idea, just leave it as default. The Gleim team has taken have vetted that assumption page.

      Hope it helps! If not I am happy to clarify and help out further. Looking forward to your sharing! Stephanie

  • Niv Sudhan says:

    how and where can i download the spreadsheet for study planner for CIA part 1,2 and 3 ?

  • Jehan says:

    Hi Ms. Stephanie!

    I’m on a self-review now and planning to take P1 and P2 of the CIA exam before May 2017 (because my eligibility to take and pass both exams will only be until June 2017).

    I already downloaded your weekly schedule (and I am super thankful) as a guide.

    For P1, I am using the IPPF 2013 red book as one of my references. My only concerned now is, I am still using the Gleim Review Notes 2010 and Gleim Software 2008 (both outdated version) because that’s the only resources I have.

    What can you advice?

    Thank you and I will greatly appreciate your response.

  • Joleen says:

    If you want to purchase both the IIA study Guide/Materials and the Gleim Study Guide/Material, how would you recommend using two study guides?

    I was thinking I would complete the IIA Study Guide from front to back before moving onto the Gleim study materials that I would also finish front to back.

    Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hello Joleen,
      Here is my suggestion. Feel free to amend to suit your needs.

      For Part 1 and 2, it is probably necessary to get both in my opinion. If you do get both, stick with one as your core, and the other as supplementary (only refer to that when the concepts get too complicated) otherwise it could get quite confusing.

      For Part 3, I would follow what Art has suggested on my Part 3 page: https://ipasstheciaexam.com/cia-exam-part-3/

  • Diana says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am currently reviewing for the CIA Exam. I actually availed a 3-part package review but I’m planning to defer taking the Part 3 on July 2017 – next review season and take the exam thereafter. This is to have time to review for the Part 1 and 2 which I’m planning to take by May-June to ensure that no changes in the current standards are applied yet in the exam. Will this be a good choice? Thank you!

  • Petr says:

    Hello Stephanie!

    Where can I find a study plan for Hock?

    Thank you

  • Jehan Joy M. Victorio says:

    Hi Ms. Stephanie!

    I’m on a self-review now and planning to take P1 and P2 of the CIA exam before May 2017 (because my eligibility to take and pass both exams will only be until June 2017).

    I already downloaded your weekly schedule (and I am super thankful) as a guide.

    For P1, I am using the IPPF 2013 red book as one of my references. My only concerned now is, I am still using the Gleim Review Notes 2010 and Gleim Software 2008 (both outdated version) because that’s the only resources I have.

    What can you advice?

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