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Gleim CIA Review is one of the top CIA review courses, and certainly the most popular among my readers.

This CIA exam prep course has been helping aspiring CIAs pass the exam since 1981, and we will go through the pros and cons in detail. Disclosure: The I Pass Team may earn a small amount of compensation if you purchase from our links; our team uses these revenues to maintain the site and produce awesome free content just for you!

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gleim cia review1. Review Interface

Gleim CIA Review is a very structured online learning tool that guides candidates on how to self-study effectively. Within each study unit, there are:

  • Diagnostic quiz questions
  • Video lectures featuring professors teaching and going over the most difficult multiple-choice questions (premium version)
  • Audiovisual presentation (traditional version)
  • True/False Questions
  • Thousands of MCQs and detailed explanations
  • Audio lectures
  • Access to technical accounting experts
  • Knowledge Transfer Outline (eBook)

2. Review Books

The books are available in either a printed or digital format. The content is aligned with the IIA’s CIA Exam Syllabus. Each study unit outlines the most important concepts and provides examples, where appropriate. Additionally, the books include MCQs and explanations.

3. CIA Test Prep

The online test prep software is probably what Gleim is best known for. There are 3,060 multiple-choice questions that are presented in a simulated testing environment. There is detailed diagnostics report and performance tracking capability that helps you identify your own strength and weakness.

4. Audio Review

This is essentially the audio version of the book. It serves as an additional channel for candidates to learn and review the exam materials.

5. Mock Exam/Exam Rehearsal

There is a timed practice exam in a simulated test environment for your final preparation. Your final weak areas will be identified here so that you can continue to maximize your scores in these areas before exam day.

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Who is Dr. Gleim?

Dr. Gleim is Professor Emeritus at the Fisher School of Accounting, University of Florida. He has been recognized by University of Florida as the author of “renowned accounting [materials] that to this day are the field’s authoritative learning resource.”

Gleim CIA Review Pros and Cons

Pros

1. Gleim Has a Strong Team

Dr. Gleim has authored books and review courses on multiple discipline within the accounting field. He is in fact the original author of the renowned Wiley CPA Exam Review until 1990.

He has a full team of staff, including dedicated authors to update the text books, personal counselors to provide individual customer support, and accounting experts to answer technical questions from students.

2. Highly Recommended Test Prep Software

Gleim CIA test prep includes more than 3,000 multiple choice questions. This includes all IIA-released questions with answers and full explanation.

As a CIA, CPA, CMA/CFM and CFII with a PhD (and Professor Emeritus at University of Florida), Dr. Gleim has vast knowledge in every aspect of accounting. Gleim CIA Review is the one with quite a few “tricky” and “out-of-the-blue” questions to make sure you are well covered.

3. A Learning Tool that Teaches You How to Self-Study

I really like how the CIA Review System is designed to help students overwhelm the difficulty in self-studying:

  • Determine which exam topics to focus on;
  • Manage study time.

This is how the CIA Review System works:

The content from the books and test prep software can be overwhelming, but the Review System divides the content into manageable study units.

For each study unit, you begin by completing a set of questions to find out how much you know before the review. Based on the performance, you can decide if you want to learn even more through detailed video lectures, read the book, and more.

Then, there is a set of tricky true false questions which test your knowledge on fundamental concepts. Based on this performance, you can decide how to go through the CIA review book.

The study unit concludes with another set of practice questions so you can put what you just learned in practice.

Cons

1. No Lecturer Teaching in the Video

The video (within Gleim Online) is an audiovisual presentation that highlights the main points in each unit. It doesn’t go into details, but I believe this is purposely designed so. I like how how the presentation summarizes the key points in each chapter, but I can see that some candidates don’t find it as useful.

Update: Gleim now offers video instruction. In fact, the lead instructor is a professor and Director for the Center for Internal Auditing Excellence at University of Texas at Dallas, an IAEP school endorsed by the IIA.

2. Book Could be Overwhelming?

While I appreciate the very detail discussion on every topic I could see that some candidates will find it hard to read, or too much to read.

Having said that, if you follow the study guide in the CIA review course, you will see that students are not required to read the whole thing but just focus on the parts they are not familiar with. You can even skim through the summary and go straight to practice questions.

Would You Pick Gleim CIA Review?

If you are asking me… yes, definitely! I always prefer “active studying” by doing lots of practice questions, because I actually learn the key terms, the concepts and how concepts are applied through the exercise.

Gleim’s biggest value add are the practice questions and the online tools that guide me through my self-study. It fits my needs perfectly. It works well for many others too!

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Pros

  • Video lectures
  • Quality of content
  • Access Until you Pass

Cons

  • Books may be overwhelming

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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  • Victor B Kabwe says:

    I would like to know more about your products.

    kind regards

    V.B Kabwe

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Victor,
      I don’t have my own products, but if you have questions on Gleim’s offering, I will try my best to answer or ask the Gleim Team to help you out here directly. Stephanie

  • Zamiq says:

    Hi, can you tell please, is it the same material in the Gleim online electronic book and Internal audit basics book, 2016 edition? Because I want to eliminate this book from my packet due to expensive shipping. Thank you.

    • Stephanie says:

      Yes Zamiq, yes it’s the same. The book is divided into chapters and you can find in each of the study unit under Gleim Online. I also got the electronic-only version myself. We need to get used to the fact that we can’t highlight and write notes on the e-copy, but if necessary you can print it out. Regards, Stephanie

      • stacy says:

        HI Stephanie and Zamiq,

        Can you please specify what is the “Gleim online electronic book” or “electronic-only version” you are referring to? I’m on the budget and think the shipping is expensive. I tried the demo and didn’t see any online e-book. Thanks.

        • Stephanie says:

          Hi Stacy, there should be something called the “knowledge transfer online” as part of the Gleim Online — see Step 2C of each study unit. Did you see that?

  • Jocelyn says:

    Hello Stephanie, I was wondering are the CIA Gleim online parts the same as the Test Prep – Bank of Multiple-Choice Questions? It seems like the online parts already contain a lot of practice questions. I would to purchase a Gleim package that contains practice questions, a textbook for learning the concepts, e-learning, and audio tools. What would you suggest? Thank you for your help.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Jocelyn, if you are referring to Gleim Review System, it has everything including the Gleim Online and Test prep questions, plus audio, e-books etc. I would just pick that. Best of luck to your exam! Stephanie

  • darrell says:

    I just took part2 and failed. I used Gleim Test bank and found it was totally not helpful. I did the testbank at least twice and found no topic was covered in real exam. I was so frustrated when the exam did not finished. A lot of topics was not covered by Gleim in real exam. I was misleaded by the testbank. Please take care for the selection. I also was misleaded by the article and purchase all parts from Gleim. I would try the others.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Darrell,
      I am sorry to hear that. I can’t explain the reason and I think “mislead” is a bit strong, but I certainly welcome readers with different views. Other readers can go through all the comments and make a decision yourself. There is also a free trial that you can check out before any commitment. Regards, Stephanie

    • Seddiqi says:

      Hi Stephanie and Darell,

      I totally agree with Darell! This is the 2nd time I take CIA part 2 and fail in it. I have purchased Gleim 2017 and I was told that the questions of 2017 are updated and stronger than 2016. I have solved all questions for every single study unit and scored 80’s to 100% for each study unit. Accordingly, I was confident that I will pass in the CIA part 2 exam. I am sure that I have studied very thoroughly and also made research to study from the relevant position papers and practice guides.
      The result was.. A Fail .. a score of 577.
      I realized that there were soooo many questions that Gleim DID NOT cover !!!
      I have devoted my maximum potential and don’t know if I should re-consider resitting for this part again ( the third time!).

      Also, I am thinking of starting part cia 3… what do you think??
      Looking forward for your feedback Steph..

      Thanks

      • Stephanie says:

        Hi Seddiqi,
        I am sorry to hear that. Since this is your second time, I assume you had the same issue with the first set of review materials. May I ask which one was that?

        I also have a post written for candidates in your situation — to examine the possible reasons, which include but not limited to the review materials: https://ipasstheciaexam.com/fail-cia-exam/

      • Gleim CIA Team says:

        Dear Seddiqi,

        GLeim CIA is sorry to hear about your previous attempts with CIA Part 2, but they are confident that they can get you to pass on your next attempt. Memorization can be a major detriment. Gleim’s most successful candidates will follow the Gleim Suggested Steps as presented. To prevent memorization, strategically review each quiz as you go along. In your review, be sure to make sure you recognize the connection between the question and answer, and the disconnection between the question and the wrong answers, whether you answered it correctly or not.

        Going back through previous quizzes can also be helpful in retaining the concepts. For example, once you have gone through Study Unit X, you can go back and take MCQ 1 for any previous units that you scored below a 75% on. Not only will this practice bring up your score, but it will also give you a good picture of how much you’ve grasped the concepts in that unit since you first saw them.

        Also, rather than trying to exhaust every question in the Test Prep, stick to completing 2-20 question quizzes in the Test Prep unit as suggested, and save the additional questions for random cumulative quizzes as well as your final review. For example, once you have completed Study Unit X/X, you can go into your Test Prep and do a XX question quiz with the first few units combined. That way you challenge yourself with seeing more concepts at once, and get to review previous information.

        Gleim CIA looks forward to your success with the Gleim Review! Please let them know if you have any further questions.

  • darrell says:

    Why did my comments post succesefully?

    • Stephanie says:

      Why not? Criticisms are always welcome. It’s not like I am employed by Gleim or other providers. I hope you were serious about posting here. I respect my readers and never delete their comments. At the same time I expect readers to post responsibly. Regards, Stephanie

  • Martial says:

    Hi Dear,
    I just want to know if Gleim is also available in French?

    Thank’s

  • Andreana says:

    Hi,
    I have 17th edition ot Gleim CIA Review book. Is that 2016 edition is the next after the one that I have? Now I have started preparation for part 1 and I want to know is there a necessary to buy the new one, because I don’t think that there is a big changes.

    Thank’s

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Andreana, I think the 17th edition is the one published in 2013. If so it is the first year of the new 3-part syllabus and since then nothing as major has been implemented. Having said that, that book is 3 years old. If budget isn’t a big concern, I would definitely get the latest one. Regards, Stephanie

  • Lovejit says:

    Hi,

    I am from India and would like to purchase the CIA review system. How would you provide me the books? Do you courier it without an additional cost?

  • Dennis says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am confused about the study package that is advertised on the Gleim website. Would the basic package offer us full access to the test bank? What is the difference between test prep and exam rehearsal? Also, does Gleim online mean that the book is available to be viewed online? Many thanks!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Dennis,
      They have two packages: the premium and traditional. I assume by “basic package” you mean the traditional.
      Yes you have full access to the test bank. The exam rehearsal is the “mock exam”. It is the closest thing to the actual exam, with questions randomly selected from each topic, and same time allowed + same number of questions as in the real exam.

      For the test bank, it is a database with thousands of practice questions. Within the test bank you can practice using the study mode or test mode (i.e. they won’t tell you the answer right after each question).

      Yes there is an e-book (called knowledge transfer) within Gleim Online.

      Hope it helps! You can sign up for the free trial if you are interested in finding out more. Cheers, Stephanie

  • Aleks says:

    Hi,

    I am taking Part 1 in two days. I’m using Gleim and it seems to cover pretty well all topics for Part 1.

    I came across some negative comments however (it does not cover all topics/concepts) and now I am not sure if there’s anything else I can do. I’ve also read IPPF twice and I am quite confident that I am familiar with main concepts but was wondering if there is something else I could read.

    Thank you.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Aleks, yes there are some comments on Gleim (and other review course providers) not covering all concepts in the exam. You can find these comments here on this site. The Gleim team responded to one of such comments here. The thing is that they do cover all topics listed in the syllabus at the concept level, but there are questions in which the underlying concept is not as obvious, and for those candidates would think that they are not covered.

      I am quite sure there are some questions that are totally not covered. In my opinion, it is acceptable as long as the number of such hard questions are manageable.

  • Med Mecheri says:

    Please

    can you tell me if gleim is available in french

    Regards

  • Leah says:

    Hi there Stefanie,

    I just want to know if the Test Prep in Gleim CIA Review Materials is also on a per unit or in general as a whole such as Part 1?

    Thanks and regards,
    Lei

  • Sinra says:

    Hi,

    I just purchase CIA Gleim package CIA Test Bank & Books. The physical book will deliver in three days, but now i want to assess book online book, but I can’t.

    Tell me why?
    Regards
    Sinra

    • Stephanie says:

      Hello Sinra, it should be under the Gleim Online (assuming that you get those?) Stephanie

      • Sinra says:

        Hi Stephanie,

        I did see that. I bought the last package cost $528.89 ( CIA Parts 1, 2, 3 (Books & Test Prep = $447.00, Freight = $71.89, and Handling = $10).

        This package, I could only access to Test Preparation and waiting for physical book. Yet, I can’t access to ebook?

        Can you tell me if this package has only physical book and preparation test? or it also include ebook? if it also include ebook, could you please guide me on how to access it ?

        Regards,
        Sinra

        • Stephanie says:

          Hi Sinra, I see, I know one can access the e-book through Gleim Online, but looks like you don’t have it…
          Maybe you can email Gleim and see? Afterall I don’t work there, can’t really answer this type of technical questions 😉

  • Lyn says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Do you know if I can just solely purchase the gleim test prep?

  • Yasser says:

    Hi Staphanie,

    just wanted to give my opinion about Gleim CIA. i took part one and failed bcoz there were many things in the exam that were not covered is Gleim and during the exam the last thing you want to see is things that you never heard of. the other problem with Gleim they dont deliver the concept so during the exam if an unusual question appears you cant answer it bcoz the student doesnt know the concept. doing hundreds of question again and again and scoring 90% is useless bcoz the actual exam is different even the langue used is different. after failing i purchased IIA books and i was shocked to see how big the book was compared to Gleim’s.

    i highly recommend IIA CIA Book, to understand the concept, after understanding the concept you can answer any question. i have passed part 1 by only using IIA books only.

    • Anne says:

      Hi Yasser,

      I just want to know if what IIA CIA book did you purchase? Is it the IIA Learning System? I’m preparing for Part 1 CIA Exam, hope you can reply.

      Thanks

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Yasser, thanks for taking the time to leave a detailed comment. It’s true that we cannot expect the same questions appearing in the actual exam. Based on your comment, I would add a new point on how Gleim may not be sufficient for those who need help in understanding the fundamental concepts.

    • Seddiqi says:

      Hi Yasser,

      Was the IIA learning system test bank helpful? Did the book cover topics that appeared in the real exam?
      I had a bad experience with Gleim. Most of the question that I was tested on Part 2 was not covered in Gleim, although I studied from 2017 edition!

      Do you recommend me purchasing the IIA learning system?
      Thanks

  • Artemio says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    May I know how to get concrete material in Gleim for CIA; how much the cost? and how to deliver in Jeddah Saudi Arabia if any. Also, Is Gleim Premium CIA review course are quite good? Please help me to provide material and free.

    Thanking you in Advance!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Artemio, for CIA exam prep, I don’t think there is any “free” course other than those obtained illegally. On how to get them, for the online ones you can simply on the button above which leads you to the Gleim page, and from there you can buy the course online.

      There is also a comparison of premium vs traditional on the Gleim official page. The main difference is video instruction and personal council service.

      If you prefer a physical copy, please contact Gleim as they will suggest which reseller you can contact in your country. Please expect a sizeable shipping cost. Regards, Stephanie

  • Adeel says:

    Hi,

    How much of the actual exam questions, if any, are the same as Gleim exam practice questions? I ask this because Gleim website states ‘…includes thousands of exam-emulating, IIA-released questions.’

    Thanks

  • Patrick says:

    Hi,

    Since IIA made a lot of amendments to the Standard, and replaced “Practice Advisories” with “Implementation Guides” in late 2016, does the Gleim 2017 version reflect all of the above amendments ?

    Thanks in advance !!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hmm I’ll have to ask the Gleim Team on this. Will get back to you Patrick.

    • The Gleim Team says:

      Hi Patrick,
      Per The IIA, the IPPF changes will not be testable until around mid-2017. Accordingly, those changes will be reflected in our 2018 edition, to be released ~June 2017. As far as the 2017 edition, any major changes or updates would be on the updates pages and/or updated within the Test Prep and Gleim Online Courses automatically.

  • Teri says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for creating this blog. It has been helpful. I hope to take the CIA exam this year and have read from your review that the Gleim resources are the most useful.

    I am interested in getting the supplement package which consists of the book and the test prep: http://www.gleim.com/accounting/products.php?cat=CIA&pk_campaign=CRUSHCIA&pk_kwd=CRUSHCIA-Cat

    Any idea if the book refers to the Knowledge Transfer Outline in Step 2: Comprehension and the Test Prep refers to the questions in Step 3: Application in the Free CIA Demo.

    Kindly advise. Thank you Stephanie.

  • Wasim says:

    Very confused to read all the comments here about Gleim. I have my paper scheduled on Saturday and after reading all the comments i think i should have referred to other courses too. 😥

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Wasim,
      Gleim is still the best review course out there despite its imperfections. Especially if you are taking Part 1 or 2, the vast majority of readers find Gleim very helpful, so no worries. Best of luck to your exam! Regards, Stephanie

  • Bianca says:

    I also have a quite negative feedback for Gleim review, I’m sorry. I just had my exam for part 2 today, and failed (570 pts. A bit frustrating). The wording is very different, I believe.
    I would also like to add that the wording for the questions is very weird, for me at least. You are given 4 options, but all of them are perfectly valid. Choose the BEST answer. It is very subjective and this type of question relies also on memorization of “priorities” like state in the books. It is very tricky and not helpful at all.
    I have the premium package, did all the tests several times and spent a lot of time studying.

    I consider now to purchase the CIA learning tools.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Bianca, sorry to hear that, and thanks for your comment. Audit questions are not like computational ones with black-and-white answers. They are indeed quite difficult. One has to understand the concepts well enough to differentiate the subtle difference.

      Best of luck to your next attempt! Stephanie

  • Khule says:

    I am considering to study CIA and have been going through your blog to get a view on how to pass. What i am picking up is that in as much as the Gleim kit helps, one has to grasp the underlying concepts/principles, be able to apply them in any given scenario and not to just rely on the 3000+ Gleim prep exam questions.

    I plan to be done by March 2018 do you think that is feasible. I can commit about 4 hours of study a day. will the Gleim pack assist me to achieve that or i am setting an unrealistic target for myself.

    I think i am happy with the package. How long does it take to courier the material to South Africa? Which courier do you use and what is the additional cost for that.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Khule,
      That’s a good summary. Yes March 2018 should be doable as long as you put in that amount of time and effort (and that you have some background in audit / IA).

      I don’t know how much it costs to ship – you may ask Gleim directly. You may also consider getting only the online version and not to worry about the shipping and the cost. Many of my readers use online-only version and it seems to work pretty well for them. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Joy says:

    I recently started using the Gleim software and just did my first set of multiple choice questions and I must say it is super frustrating. Who designed this software?Why won’t they show the clearly what the answers are for the multiple choice questions? For the questions I got wrong it shows my answer but doesn’t tell me what was the right answer and why? What’s the point of that? How is that helpful?!

    I bought this to have an efficient organized way to study and it is NOT helpful to not even be able to determine the right answers after doing a quiz.

  • Sonia says:

    Hello,
    I belong to an internal audit department where the staff auditors are supposed to undertake CIA.
    Usually what happens is that since they do not take the exam at the same time, they share a couple of sets of the books that my company has bought.

    1. Do you think we are supposed to buy the book every year/edition and is it possible to pass studying the books from 2016?
    2. If we buy the new version with online courses and exams, can that be accessed by different people in time? I mean not access it at the same time, but same user and password in different laptops.

    Thank you.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Sonia,
      I guess 2016 is not ideal but ok — my understanding is that there hasn’t been major changes in 2017. There will be a big change effective January 2019.

      Putting ethical question aside, I would say it’s possible to share the online lectures but it doesn’t make sense for online test prep. The performance tracking will be totally messed up. Also, some review course providers only allow 2-3 downloads to avoid this sharing issue.

      In theory one should get their own set, but you company may consider getting one premium version (to share the video lectures) but each colleague gets his/her own basic online test prep.

      Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Fissie says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    I have taken the CIA part 1 twice and failed both times with the exact same score both times and i studied with Gleim Test Prep and ebook. I have no accounting background and this is probably a contributing factor. I am quite frustrated at this point and would like some advice on what TestPrep to use or what alternative strategies to consider

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Fissie,
      Thanks for your sharing… I understand the frustration. Are you able to identify your weaker areas? I would try to work on that, for example, go through one classic question step by step (as detailed as you can) and see if you fully understand the concepts.

  • Fernando Arguello says:

    Hi Steph,

    I’ve been reading your web page and find it very helpful and informative.

    I took the CIA Part 3 exam just last week and (un)fortunately my score was 594, which means I still have some more studying to do; however, I noticed that ISO 31000, CSR and IIA’s PAs constitute a representative amount of questions (it matches one of your posted stories) but they were not heavily addressed in the CIA’s learning system I used to study. Do you know where can I find effective supplemental information to study from?

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