CRMA Review Materials: The Official Study Guide’s Pros and Cons

Proper preparation is the key to success in any professional exams. Getting the highest quality review materials is crucial to passing on your first attempt.

There is only one set of CRMA review materials out there — the “official” textbook by the IIA Research Foundation. I’ll discuss the pros and cons below, and where you can find supplementary study guides and practice questions. I say “official” because the IIA did not write the book; instead, the IIA Research Foundation did, and many candidates find that the “official” book didn’t prepare them for the exam well.

CRMA Exam Study Guide

This official guide covers the 4 domains of the exam syllabus. There is only one version (first edition) as the syllabus has remained the same since the certificate’s establishment in 2013.


1. Comprehensive and Organized Review

The book was written by an international team of practitioners and academics. The main authors, Francis Nicholson and Chris Baker, are CRMAs themselves.

The book is written in plain English, with highlight boxes featuring the key terms you need to know for the exam. The authors also use bullet points and charts extensively to improve readers’ experience.

With 264 pages, this is a manageable read in my opinion.

2. Good Reviews from Customers

All in all, people have been generally happy with the content, sample practice, suggested solutions and teaching style.


1. Not Enough Practice Questions

There are only 50 practice questions and everyone finds it insufficient to prepare with such a small sample of questions. Plus, many candidates report that these questions are nothing like the ones they see on the actual exam.

2. English Version Only

Strictly speaking, this is not the limitation of the book but of the exam itself. For now, at least, the CRMA exam is only available in English.

CRMA Exam Practice Questions

This is a companion exercise book, with 150 practice questions in the form of paperback, kindle, and PDF that you can open in mobile devices.

We haven’t got sufficient feedback from readers. Among the Amazon customers, one finds it pretty helpful, but the other gives a 1-star rating given the unnecessarily complex and tough questions and how it didn’t reflect the difficulty of the actual exam (the exam questions were much easier).

If you’ve got this practice question book on hand, I would love to hear what you think. Please drop us a note in the comment section below.

CRMA Books Available at Amazon

The text book and practice questions are available at the IIA bookstore and Amazon. Here are the links to the Amazon pages for your reference. Last time I checked, the price was the same:

 Text book Practice Question
Practice Question
(Physical Copy)

Other CRMA Study Materials

1. Gleim CIA books and Practice Questions

Our blogger Lynnel has done some research on CRMA review course materials. One of her colleagues only used Gleim CIA materials (<— discount applies when you use this link) and passed. It makes sense given the extent of the syllabus overlap between the two exams, especially on CIA exam part 1 and part 3.

2. Other CRMA Review Course Materials

There are also websites that sell CRMA study guides but the IIA website does not list them as independent course providers.

For now, I can’t tell the quality and therefore I am reluctant to introduce them to you here. Feel free to google “CRMA review” to get the names. If you try out one of their courses, I’d love to hear from you as well.

3. IIA Suggested Exam Prep Resources

The IIA includes a list of CRMA education resources that you can further study on your own. These books are available at the IIA bookstore, whereas the IPPFs can be downloaded from the IIA website and are free for IIA members.

The IPPFs are helpful and I recommend that you get them for your studying. The books are great too, but I wouldn’t buy and read them all for the purpose of this exam. I would stick with the CRMA study guide, Gleim book/test prep and check out Youtube for further explanation on certain concepts.

4. How about Gleim CRMA?

A few of you asked me, but Gleim has yet to develop a review course for CRMA. Same for Wiley and Hock.

However, a good number of my readers have used Gleim CIA to study for the CRMA exam and have passed on the first attempt! If you end up going with Gleim, you can use my Gleim CIA discount (no promo code required; however, you must check out online to receive the discount).

My Conclusion and Recommendation

There are two choices:

1. CRMA Exam Study Guide + Gleim CIA practice questions + IPPFs

  • Pros: More comprehensive with the official guide
  • Cons: extra $100-200 and extra time to go through the book

2. Gleim CIA book + Gleim CIA practice questions + IPPFs

  • Pros: No additional cost (if you’ve chosen Gleim for CIA Part 1), most efficient study for two exams if you are aiming for both CIA and CRMA certifications
  • Cons: Gleim CIA book isn’t 100% written for the CRMA exam

What’s your choice? Let us know in the comment section below.

Text book Practice Question
Practice Question
(Physical Copy)
CIA Review


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