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IIA CIA Exam Changes: Major CIA Syllabus Changes & COVID-19 Updates

In the ever-changing environment of the business and accounting industries, professional accounting exams must be adjusted every 5-6 years to keep up. Therefore, IIA CIA exam changes aren’t all that infrequent. So, if you’re starting your exam journey now, let me tell you all about the CIA exam changes so you can prepare to pass successfully.

IIA CIA Exam Online Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are currently taking the CIA exam, chances are you’re doing so in an online environment. The IIA began CIA, CRMA, and CIA Challenge exam testing on April 29, 2020. At this time, the IIA has not defined an end date.

Why Has the CIA Exam Gone Online?

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, Pearson-Vue centers closed, which meant CIA candidates didn’t have a place to take their exam(s). While Pearson-Vue centers have re-opened, candidates still have the flexible option of taking the CIA exam remotely.

How Does Online Testing Work?

You can sit for the CIA exam comfortably from home, your office, or another remote location. Also, you’ll need access to a computer. Additionally, you’ll need internet access, as well as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. What’s more, the online testing environment presents issues on Apple/Mac devices. Therefore, it is recommended you take the exam in a Pearson-Vue location if you only have access to Mac devices.

Which Countries Can Access the CIA Online Testing Environment?

Currently, all countries except Cuba, mainland China, North Korea, Slovenia, Sudan, and Syria can take the online version of the exam. However, please be advised that all support and proctors can only assist you using English.

When Will I Receive My Score from the Online CIA Test?

The IIA states that they will send your score within 24 hours of exam completion. However, I’ve been hearing that scores have been delivered much sooner than that. Some candidates received their scores in 2 hours or less.

Is the CIA Exam Different Online?

The syllabus for the online CIA exam remains unchanged. Consequently, you’ll experience the same CIA exam format, questions, and content that you would at a Pearson-Vue testing center. Therefore, the only difference is that you can take the exam from your house or any remote location!

I’m Nervous About Taking My Exam Online. Can You Help?

Yes! It’s completely normal to be nervous when the IIA issues a change. But so long as you have a reliable computer and internet access, the process should be seamless.

But, to offer even more help, my readers have sent their online testing experiences, along with tips. Also, feel free to leave your questions, concerns, and tips in the comment section below.

Soham Chatterjee’s Experience: CIA Part 1

online cia exam soham chatterjeeIt was sometime at the end of May 2020 when I realized that I’m somewhat prepared to write the Part 1 exam soon. Due to the COVID-19 situation worldwide, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) permitted Pearson to conduct the CIA exams through online proctoring from home.

So, I checked the Pearson Vue website for the same, and the information regarding the test was very well explained there. Even though I was skeptical about giving it online from home due to my often unstable wi-fi connection and background noises in my neighborhood, I thought of giving it a go knowing that any glitch from my side can result in the exam getting terminated without any refund.

I accessed the exam section in CCMS and paid for my exam. Then I was taken to the Pearson Vue website where I was given an option to choose my mode of exam:-
• In the test center
• At home through OnVue

OnVue Details

I selected OnVue and was then prompted to enter my preferred time and date of the exam. They have a long catalog of dates and times all throughout the month and day. When I was selecting my slot, there were slots for the entire month of June. The time slots are available all throughout the night and day with a gap of 30 mins between each slot.

I chose 6:45 am IST to give my exam on the 26th June 2020. On confirming the same, one gets a confirmation mail from Pearson Vue stating the Non-Disclosure nature of the exam and other relevant details pertaining to the exam.

Also, it is advisable to run the system check on the same computer on which you’ll be giving the exam. You’ll want to do this sometime before the actual exam starts to ensure any last-minute troubleshooting is completed.

Before the Exam

You are required to be seated and in the system 30 mins prior to the exam. So, I took my seat at 6:10 am to start with a system check and then start with the exam. Once my system check got completed, I accessed CCMS and then went on to “Manage my Exam” which redirects you to the Pearson Vue Dashboard that has the “Begin Exam” button.

Once you click that, you’ll be given an access code that you need to insert in the OnVue software. Furthermore, you’ll need to download the software before your exam date or at that time, as per the instructions on the screen to have a seamless check-in process.

After you put in the access code in the OnVue software, you’ll start with the check-in process that will involve activating your microphone, webcam, screen sharing, and uploading your proof of identification. Furthermore, you’ll also be asked to provide your mobile number in case any troubleshooting needs to happen during the exam.

Upon completion of all the check-in steps, you’ll be asked to wait for around 15 mins till the check-in is approved. Mine got approved in a minute and I was greeted by my Proctor over a computer call. After that, she asked me to turn my laptop and show her my desk and the room to maintain integrity and prevent any malpractices. I did as instructed, and she gave a go-ahead and informed me of her launching the exam right away.

Exam Launch

My Proctor wished me luck before the exam, and then my exam launched. During the exam, your webcam is kept ON and you are being recorded throughout the exam.

What’s more, in the exam window, you’ll find the chat option where you can raise any concerns during the exam to the proctors who’ll assist you right away. A nervous me started the exam without any hassle and slowly eased up as I went along. When I was short of two questions before finishing the exam, my screen froze in the “Loading” screen which appears when going from one question to another. As it was the first time I was giving an exam of this magnitude entirely online, I got tensed but somehow held my nerves to see the screen automatically unfreezing.

Consequently, I immediately got a call on my mobile and computer from my Proctor who enquired why there was a lag. I answered honestly and he helped me troubleshoot then and there to ensure a smooth test-taking experience for the remaining part of the exam. Post call, I finished up my exam without any issue and was then redirected to Pearson Vue’s feedback page to provide comments on the exam experience.

So, don’t panic in case any issue happens during the exam. Your proctor will either contact you over a telephone or computer call to assist you. Online Proctoring was indeed a very new experience for me which comes with its own pros and cons but you can give the exam from the comfort of your home, so that balances it 🙂

Feedback and Steps Recap

Overall, it was a great experience to take the exam through OnVue and I highly recommend taking up the same if you have a relatively stable internet connection and a quiet room for the exam.

To end it up, I’d like to provide a process flow of the steps required to finish the exam through OnVue:-
1. Access CCMS and paid the exam fees
2. Get redirected to Pearson and select the preferred mode, date and time of the exam
3. Receive the exam details confirmation mail from Pearson
4. Study hard
5. Complete a system check before the day of the exam
6. On the day of the exam, sit on the system 30 mins before the scheduled slot time, and start with the check-in process. Make sure your room is well lit and your desk is clutter-free
7. Comply with the proctor’s instructions and start the exam hassle-free
8. Finish within the time limit and raise a doubt in the Chat section to get it addressed by the proctor in case of any issues and then submit the exam
9. Give feedback for the exam process and then check the score report in the Pearson Dashboard

All the best 🙂

The Purpose of CIA Exam Changes

In early 2017, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) conducted an extensive analysis of the modern internal audit profession. With their research, they uncovered the knowledge, skills, and abilities current internal audit professionals need in their positions. The IIA then decided to modify the CIA exam syllabus so that the new version assess CIA candidates for such information and capabilities.

According to the IIA, an exam syllabus is an outline summarizing the topic areas the exam addresses. Therefore, each part of the CIA exam has its own separate syllabus. For this reason, CIA exam review providers and candidates can use the 3 CIA exam syllabi to identify and learn the content on which the exam will cover. The exam focuses on this content in order to prove candidate proficiency in internal audit during the process of earning the CIA designation.

The Timing of the 2019 CIA Exam Changes

As I mentioned, a new iteration of the CIA exam launched January 1, 2019. The IIA released the updated English version of the exam first. Other language versions of the exam will become available gradually throughout 2019.

Language Availability Date
French and Spanish June 1, 2019
German and Turkish July 1, 2019
Arabic and Russian August 1, 2019
Korean and Portuguese September 1, 2019
Chinese Traditional and Japanese October 1, 2019
Chinese Simplified December 2019 or early 2020

The Extent of the CIA Exam Changes 2019

Unaffected CIA Exam Features

The format of the CIA exam, which includes the following exam components, will remain the same:

Exam Structure

3 Parts

Exam Duration

150 minutes (Part 1)

120 minutes (Part 2)

120 minutes (Part 3)

Number of Exam Questions

125 Questions (Part 1)

100 Questions (Part 2)

100 Questions (Part 3)

Exam Grading

Scale: 250-700

Passing Score: 600

The CIA exam requirements will also stay the same.

Affected CIA Exam Features

The IIA has adjusted the syllabus of all 3 parts to reflect the latest global practice of internal audit. In particular, the IIA has revised Part 1 and Part 2 to better align with The IIA’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

The IIA has also switched a few sections between Part 1 and Part 2 to create a more focused and coherent syllabus. Therefore, candidates who have already taken Part 1 or 2 may see some subject areas repeats if they take the other part in 2019.

CIA Syllabus Changes

Each new CIA syllabus for 2019 differs significantly from each old CIA syllabus 2018. As you can see in this comparison of the IIA syllabus for each part, the CIA Part 1 syllabus and the CIA Part 2 syllabus have gained content areas, while the CIA Part 3 syllabus has lost content areas.

CIA Part 1 Syllabus Changes

Essentials of Internal Auditing

Part 1 CIA Syllabus 2018 Part 1 CIA Syllabus 2019
I. Mandatory Guidance (35-45%) I. Foundations of Internal Auditing (15%)
II. Internal Control / Risk (25-35%) II. Independence and Objectivity (15%)
III. Conducting Internal Audit Engagements – Audit Tools and Techniques (25-35%) III. Proficiency and Due Professional Care (18%)
IV. Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (7%)
V. Governance, Risk Management, and Control (35%)
VI. Fraud Risks (10%)

CIA Part 2 Syllabus Changes

Practice of Internal Auditing

Part 2 CIA Syllabus 2018 Part 2 CIA Syllabus 2019
I. Managing the Internal Audit Function (40-50%) I. Managing the Internal Audit Activity (20%)
II. Managing Individual Engagements (40-50%) II. Planning the Engagement (20%)
III. Fraud Risks and Controls (5-15%) III. Performing the Engagement (40%)
IV. Communicating Engagement Results and Monitoring Progress (20%)

CIA Part 3 Syllabus Changes

Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing

Part 3 CIA Syllabus 2018 Part 3 CIA Syllabus 2019
I. Governance / Business Ethics (5-15%) I. Business Acumen (35%)
II. Risk Management (10-20%) II. Informational Security (25%)
III. Organizational Structure / Business Processes and Risks (15-25%) III. Information Technology (20%)
IV. Communications (5-10%) IV. Financial Management (20%)
V. Management / Leadership Principles (10-20%)
VI. IT / Business Continuity
VII. Financial Management (10-20%)
VIII. Global Business Environment (0-10%)

The new syllabi also provide more information about how deeply the exam expects candidates to understand each topic. For example, the old syllabus told candidates to know all topics at the Proficient level as opposed to the Awareness level. Consequently, each new syllabus specifies whether an individual subtopic requires a Basic or Proficient level of knowledge. This detail helps candidates get a better impression of the relative importance of every topic.

Part 1 Changes in the CIA Exam

cia exam part 1 changesThe new CIA exam Part 1 syllabus reorganizes this part to cover a macro view of internal audit. Furthermore, the syllabus goes deeper into the foundations of internal auditing as defined by the IIA mission statements and standards.

Part 1 also tests the overall concept of governance, risk management and control, and fraud risk in more detail.

The syllabus has moved the application portion of internal audit (e.g. audit tools and techniques) to Part 2.

Section I to IV

These 4 sections include:

  • Foundations of Internal Auditing
  • Independence and Objectivity
  • Proficiency and Due Professional Care
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement Program

They are essentially the same as Section I in the old syllabus. The combined weighting (15%+15%+18%+7% = 55%) is higher than the old one (35-45%).

Changes include:

  • Under section IC, one new topic has been added about interpreting the difference between assurance and consulting services provided by the internal audit activity.
  • The questions involving definition now align with specific IIA standards instead of general rules in auditing.

Section V

Governance, Risk Management, and Control now appear in this section. Originally, these topics were located under Section II in the old syllabus.

Additionally, the subtopics in this section are almost evenly split between a Basic knowledge level requirement and a Proficient knowledge level requirement.

Finally, the weighting has increased from 25-35% to 35%.

Section VI

Fraud Risks was part of the old Section II. But now, this topic has merged with Section III in Part 2 to form a new separate section. At 10%, the weighting is about the same.

Furthermore, in the old exam, these topics were tested at the Awareness level in Part 1 and progressed to the Proficient level in Part 2. However, in the new exam, candidates must know almost all of these topics at the Proficient level.

Transferred Section

The old Section III, Conducting Internal Audit Engagement (25-35%), has moved to Part 2.

Knowledge Levels Required for CIA Exam Part 1 Topics

Basic

14
Proficient

19

CIA Exam Changes in Part 2

cia exam part 2 changesThe new CIA Part 2 syllabus now clarifies that this part tests the application of internal audit.

Specifically, Part 2 assesses candidates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the IIA’s Performance Standards (Series 2000, 2200, 2300, 2400, 2500, and 2600) and current internal audit practices.

Section I

This section, called Managing the Internal Audit Activity, is the same as Section I in the old syllabus.

Nevertheless, Section I places less emphasis on the strategic role of internal auditors (previously addresses in Section 1A) and now only tests on this topic at the Basic level.

Accordingly, this section has experienced a great reduction in overall weighting, going from 40-50% to 20%.

Section II and IV

Previously, Section II on Planning the Engagement was the first part of the old Section II.

Additionally, Section IV on Communicating Engagement Results was the second part of the old Section II.

Not surprisingly, the newly combined weighting of this (20% + 20% = 40%) falls within the same range as the old version (40-50%).

Section III

The Performing the Engagement section used to be in Section III in Part 1. But now, the weighting has increased from 25-35% in old Part 1 to 40% in the new Part 2.

Transferred Section

The old Section III on Fraud Risk now resides in Section VI. Fraud Risk in Part 1.

Knowledge Levels Required for CIA Exam Part 2 Topics

Basic

14
Proficient

21

Part 3 CIA Exam Changes

cia exam part 3 changesThe new CIA Part 3 syllabus considerably streamlines this content to feature only the areas most relevant to internal auditors. For example, the IIA removed business competition, conflict management, cultural and political environment, and communications from the new CIA Part 3 syllabus.

Interestingly, the once heavily tested topic about COSO and ISO 31000 seems to have disappeared as well.

As a result, the new syllabus places much greater weight on Information Security and Information Technology.

Section I

This Business Acumen section is a combination of the old Sections III and V. For this reason, most of the topics continue to test at the Basic level. However, performance measures and the risk/control implications of common business processes now require a Proficient level of knowledge.

Moreover, with 35%, the weighting of this section stays within the old 25-40% range.

Section II and III

These 2 sections on Information Security and Information Technology pull from the old Section VI on the same subject. But, the weighting has increased significantly, going from a range of 15-25% to 45%.

Although, the cognitive level continues to be Basic. So, this section just tests candidates at an introductory level of the topics.

Section IV

This section on Financial Management is a duplicate of the old Section VII on the same subject. Hence, the testing level is still Basic for all topics except financial analysis (the ratios).

Once again, the weighting (20%) remains in the same range (15-20%) found in the old syllabus.

Knowledge Levels Required for CIA Exam Part 3 Topics

Basic

32
Proficient

3

The Effects of the IIA CIA Exam Changes on CIA Candidates

New Exam Candidates

Whether the new syllabus makes the exam harder or easier is hard to say. But new exam candidates can rest assured thatCIA exam review course providers have updated their content according to the new syllabus and will continue to adjust their practice questions and exams to better reflect the altered exam content as they receive more feedback from candidates.

Candidates Taking Part 1 and/or Part 2

As I mentioned, the topic switches that took place between the 2018 CIA syllabi and the 2019 CIA syllabi mean that candidates who took Part 1 or Part 2 in 2018 may see some of the same topics when they sit for the other part in 2019.

On the other hand, if you have to retake Part 1 or Part 2 in 2019, you’ll have to study some new topics in order to pass the new version.

Candidates Taking Part 3

Part 3 is now less of a mixed bag, which could be good news for many candidates.

For instance, Governance and ISO 31000 may no longer be tested (at least, the new syllabus does not explicitly mention them as the old syllabus did).

Also, the exam still tests financial management at the Basic level. In that case, those who use Gleim can still to stay away from the complex computational practice questions. The ratios remain important though. For this reason, you should memorize the formulas and know how to apply them.

Candidates Who Have Already Passed at Least 1 CIA Exam Part

Maybe you’re wondering, “I’ve already passed one part of the CIA exam. Do I need to retake that part in 2019? Will my credit for passed CIA exam parts carry over?”

No, you do not need to retake any passed parts in 2019. Because yes, credit for passed exam parts will carry over. As a result, you can combine credit for a part passed in 2018 with a part passed in 2019. Just remember: you have 3 years to pass all 3 CIA exam parts.

Preparing for the CIA Exam Changes 2019

To ensure that you’re prepared for the most recent exam version, you need to study with the most up-to-date review materials. If you purchased an online course that comes with free updates, make sure you accept those changes and get the latest edition of the printed book as well.

If your CIA materials are out of date and you can’t renew them for free, you must invest in new materials so you have the information you need to pass. Thankfully, you can save money on these materials when you use my CIA review discounts to make your purchase.

You can further diminish CIA exam uncertainty by taking our free mini-course. This course will help you pass the CIA exam with ease, so sign up directly below:

Reader Feedback on the New 2019 CIA Exam

The new exam has not been around for long, but we already have some valuable feedback on it from one of our readers. That’s because our reader Lio (who is now officially a CIA!) sat for the CIA Part 3 2019 exam and has this to say about his exam experience:

Lio’s Words

Lio Sat for 2019 CIA Exam“Great news! I passed the last part, and I’m now a full-fledged CIA! I’d like to thank you and the rest of the IPasstheCIAExam.com blogging community for helping me get through the last hurdle. Truth be told, your recurring emails about practical advice and review tips as well as your readers’ experiences did help in making sure I stayed focused down to the last stretch.

As a way of giving back to the community, I’d like to share my exam experience with your readers and hope that they, too, could learn from my experience. I think this is also insightful since I probably am one of the few ‘guinea pigs’ writing the new 2019 CIA syllabus exam.

Since it was such a frenzy, and everything happened in a daze (not-so-fun fact: I almost didn’t make it to the exam because I didn’t realize I had an expired driver’s license), I will try to recall as much as I can about the exam content and present that information here in bullet points.

Just a caveat: everything I’m saying here is based solely on my exam. It is very possible that other people who sit for the exam will see very different sets of study unit questions than I did. So without further ado, here are some tips and practical advice you might find useful.

Lio’s General CIA Exam Advice

  • Don’t spend too much time on your review course’s study/test questions; focus on the content of the study units instead. When you read the book, you take the concepts of what is covered in the exam to heart, which allows you to readily apply those concepts to the actual exam questions. Conversely, if you just memorize the sample questions from the test bank, you’re conditioning yourself to expect the same type of questions in the actual exam, which increases the risk of failure. In my actual exam, the type of questions I had was way, way different from the practice questions of my review course.
  • Choose a review course and stick to it. I noticed that a lot of your blog readers asked a lot of questions about what type of review course is best and which ones they need to use. For me, I found Gleim CIA to be the best material out there, content-wise and price-wise. Their 2019 course has this Personal Classroom review style that sets your knowledge baseline at the beginning of each study unit and adjusts that based on post-study unit questions. In doing so, the system is able to identify your weak points and reinforces those types of questions in succeeding study units. Finally, after finishing all 14 study units, it gives you this huge 100-question exam rehearsal and, based on your results, pinpoints which areas you need to focus on further. This worked great for me! (Heads up from Stephanie: these features are only available in the Premium and Traditional courses).

Lio’s Part 3 CIA 2019 Exam Syllabus Advice

IT

  • Make sure to learn all the IT-related study units by heart. I cannot emphasize enough how extremely important this advice is. Just to ballpark, half of the 100 questions in my exam were related to IT. So, be sure you know the difference between application and ITGCs and commit to memory the different types of these IT controls, especially the different types of application controls. Know the different IT stakeholders and the job functions and responsibilities they hold (senior management, management, system administrator, DBA, helpdesk, computer operator, network administrator, infrastructure support, etc.). There were also a lot of questions about cybersecurity and disaster recovery as well as some questions relevant to data analytics. What makes a database? What are its components? How does Internet work? TCP/IP, Firewall, IPS/IDS, anti-virus, malware: the whole nine yards. Just throwing some keywords in here.

Financial and Managerial Accounting

  • About 30-50% of my exam questions had to do with financial and managerial accounting. Hence, it is prudent for exam takers to have a solid understanding of basic and advanced financial and management accounting (In Gleim, these are Study Units 9, 10, 13, and 14). Not so much the calculation aspect (I only had 1-2 questions involving computation), but the concepts behind them. More often than not, the exam would give you a scenario, and you’d have to determine what effect would it have (or vice versa). For example, what would be the net effect of paying accounts payable in company X’s quick ratio? (Answer: zero net effect since both current asset and liability are reduced).
  • On the financial side, be sure you have a good understanding of basic and advanced financial accounting and managerial accounting (Study Units 9, 10, 13, 14). Also, don’t forget the basics of CVP analysis. Make sure you know the difference between variable costing, full costing, process costing, and JIT. And, be familiar with the concepts of BEP, CM, manufacturing COS, residual income, etc.

Lio’s CIA Exam Study Advice

  • Of course, the best plan is to have adequate review time for ALL the covered topics. But if push comes to shove and the exam taker has no other option but to procrastinate in their final review hours, their best bet for passing would be to focus on IT/Business Continuity and Financial Management. These 2 massive sections alone comprised 75-85% of the content of my exam. The rest of the questions were sporadically sourced from the remaining syllabus topics.

Lio’s Advice for CIA Exam Part 3 Questions

  • I just had 2 questions that involved calculations, so the focus should be on learning the concept more than on the process of how to compute. I didn’t encounter too many formulas either (maybe just a sprinkle).
  • For me, the least tested topics were project management and contracts (thank goodness, as this was my weakest point), taxation, and IT standards and frameworks (i.e. COBIT, COSO, NIST, ISO 9000, 14000, 27001, GTAGs), which was odd because these were the ones mostly tested back in 2018.
  • Finally, there were 1 or 2 questions related to strategic management, org structure and behavior, leadership, capital structure, and transfer pricing.
  • Side-note: As in the case of multiple-choice questions, the choices can be extra tricky, so you really have to read between the lines. Several times I felt like I was stuck with 2 possible answers (by process of elimination), but there can only be 1 BEST answer. So, being able to fully grasp the context of the question and relating that to your strong understanding of the topic concepts really helps a lot.

Lio’s Conclusions for CIA Exam Part 3

If you look at Lynette’s tips on passing CIA Part 3 last year and compare that with the type of questions I had this year, you can see how what seems to be the new norm is a stark departure from what has been frequently tested in the past. Then again, as I said, what holds true for my exam might not hold true for the exams of others.

I hope this information can add value to your readers who are currently preparing to write Part 3 soon.”

If you would like to contribute your own experience regarding the CIA Exam 2019 to this article, please send me a message.

Gleim CIA Review Course Changes

Gleim CIA Review is the most widely used CIA review course, and many of my readers use it. Therefore, I’d like to demonstrate just how much the CIA exam changed on January 1, 2019, by revealing how much the content of the 2019 edition of Gleim CIA Review differs from the 2018 edition. You can compare the detailed table of contents from each part of the 2019 Gleim course to your 2018 Gleim course to get a better sense of the new CIA exam syllabi’s effects. Also, if you’re interested in purchasing Gleim for your CIA 2019 study materials, make sure to check out my Gleim CIA discount page.

Gleim CIA Review Part 1 Detailed Table of Contents

Study Unit 1. Foundations of Internal Auditing

  • 1.1. Applicable Guidance (page 9)
  • 1.2. Codes of Ethical Conduct for Professionals (page 13)
  • 1.3. Internal Audit Ethics — Introduction and Principles (page 14)
  • 1.4. Internal Audit Ethics – Integrity (page 15)
  • 1.5. Internal Audit Ethics — Objectivity (page 16)
  • 1.6. Internal Audit Ethics – Confidentiality (page 17)
  • 1.7. Internal Audit Ethics — Competency (page 17)
  • 1.8. Internal Audit Charter (page 18)

Study Unit 2. Independence, Objectivity, Proficiency, Care, and Quality

  • 2.1. Independence of the Internal Audit Activity (page 30)
  • 2.2. Objectivity of Internal Auditors (page 33)
  • 2.3. Impairment to Independence and Objectivity (page 35)
  • 2.4. Auditor Proficiency (page 38)
  • 2.5. Internal Audit Resources (page 42)
  • 2.6. Due Professional Care and Continuing Professional Development (page 43)
  • 2.7. Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (QAIP) (page 46)
  • 2.8. Internal and External Assessments (page 48)
  • 2.9. Reporting on Quality Assurance (page 51)

Study Unit 3. Governance

  • 3.1. Governance Principles (page 60)
  • 3.2. Roles of Internal Auditors in Governance (page 66)
  • 3.3. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (page 68)

Study Unit 4. Risk Management

  • 4.1. Risk Management Processes (page 79)
  • 4.2. COSO Framework — Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) (page 86)
  • 4.3. ISO 31000 Risk Management Framework (page 98)

Study Unit 5. Controls: Types and Frameworks

  • 5.1. Overview of Control (page 110)
  • 5.2. Types of Controls (page 114)
  • 5.3. Control Frameworks (page 118)

Study Unit 6. Controls: Application

  • 6.1. Flowcharts and Process Mapping (page 138)
  • 6.2. Accounting Cycles and Associated Controls (page 142)
  • 6.3. Management Controls (page 154)

Study Unit 7. Fraud Risks and Controls

  • 7.1. Fraud — Risks and Types (page 167)
  • 7.2. Fraud — Controls (page 171)
  • 7.3. Fraud – Investigation (page 172)

Gleim CIA Review Part 2 Detailed Table of Contents

Study Unit 1. Internal Audit Operations

  • 1.1. Introduction to Internal Auditing (page 10)
  • 1.2. Internal Audit Administrative Activities (page 12)
  • 1.3. Stakeholder Relationships (page 14)
  • 1.4. Internal Audit Resource Requirements (page 16)
  • 1.5. Coordination (page 18)

Study Unit 2. Assurance and Compliance Engagements

  • 2.1. Assurance Engagements (page 28)
  • 2.2. Risk and Control Self-Assessment (page 31)
  • 2.3. Audits of Third Parties and Contract Auditing (page 35)
  • 2.4. Quality Auditing (page 38)
  • 2.5. Security and Privacy Audits (page 40)
  • 2.6. Performance Auditing (page 43)
  • 2.7. Operational Auditing (page 45)
  • 2.8. Compliance Auditing (page 46)

Study Unit 3. Financial, Environmental, and Consulting Engagements

  • 3.1. Financial Engagements (page 56)
  • 3.2. Environmental Engagements (page 65)
  • 3.3. Consulting Engagements – Overview (page 69)
  • 3.4. Consulting Engagements – Internal Auditor (page 72)
  • 3.5. Consulting Engagements – Benchmarking (page 76)
  • 3.6. Consulting Engagements – Other Types (page 78)

Study Unit 4. The Internal Audit Plan

  • 4.1. Risk-Based Audit Plan (page 88)
  • 4.2. Risk Modeling (page 92)
  • 4.3. Communicating and Reporting to Senior Management and the Board (page 95)

Study Unit 5. Engagement Planning

  • 5.1. Engagement Planning and Risk Assessment (page 104)
  • 5.2. Engagement Objectives, Scope, and Criteria (page 108)
  • 5.3. Engagement Staff and Resources (page 110)
  • 5.4. Engagement Procedures (page 111)
  • 5.5. Engagement Work Program (page 116)

Study Unit 6. Information Gathering

  • 6.1. The Four Qualities of Information (page 126)
  • 6.2. Sources and Nature of Information (page 127)
  • 6.3. Questionnaires (page 130)
  • 6.4. Interviewing (page 131)
  • 6.5. Other Information-Gathering Methods (page 135)

Study Unit 7. Sampling and Statistical Quality Control

  • 7.1. Statistical Concepts (page 144)
  • 7.2. Sampling Concepts (page 148)
  • 7.3. Attribute Sampling (page 150)
  • 7.4. Variables Sampling (page 153)
  • 7.5. Statistical Quality Control (page 156)

Study Unit 8. Analysis, Evaluation, Documentation, and Supervision

  • 8.1. Computerized Audit Tools (page 168)
  • 8.2. Analytical Approaches and Process Mapping (page 170)
  • 8.3. Analytical Review Techniques (page 175)
  • 8.4. Workpapers — Purpose and Characteristics (page 178)
  • 8.5. Workpapers — Review, Control, and Retention (page 180)
  • 8.6. Drawing Conclusions (page 182)
  • 8.7. Supervision (page 184)

Study Unit 9. Communicating Results and Monitoring Progress

  • 9.1. Communication with Clients (page 194)
  • 9.2. Observations and Recommendations (page 195)
  • 9.3. Communicating Engagement Results (page 196)
  • 9.4. Communication Qualities and Overall Opinions (page 198)
  • 9.5. Exit Conference and Management’s Response (page 204)
  • 9.6. Approve and Distribute Reports (page 205)
  • 9.7. Monitor Engagement Outcomes (page 208)

Gleim CIA Review Part 3 Detailed Table of Contents

Study Unit 1. Strategic Management and Planning

  • 1.1. Strategic Management and Planning (page 10)
  • 1.2. Globalization (page 19)

Study Unit 2. Organizational Behavior and Performance Measures

  • 2.1. Organizational Theory (page 40)
  • 2.2. Motivation — Need-Based Theories and Rewards (page 43)
  • 2.3. Motivation — Process-Based Theories, Behavior, Job Design, and Other (page 46)
  • 2.4. Organizational Politics and Group Dynamics (page 49)
  • 2.5. Performance Measures (page 54)
  • 2.6. Performance Measures — Costs of Quality (page 57)
  • 2.7. Performance Measures — Balanced Scorecard (page 58)

Study Unit 3. Leadership, Organizational Structure, and Business Processes

  • 3.1. Leadership (page 68)
  • 3.2. Organizational Structure (page 78)
  • 3.3. Business Process — Human Resources and Outsourcing (page 90)
  • 3.4. Business Process — Pricing and the Supply Chain (page 95)
  • 3.5. Business Process – Procurement (page 99)

Study Unit 4. Project Management and Contracts

  • 4.1. Project Management – Concepts (page 110)
  • 4.2. Project Management – Techniques (page 117)
  • 4.3. Change Management (page 121)
  • 4.4. Contracts (page 122)
  • 4.5. Classification of Contracts (page 125)

Study Unit 5. Workstations, Databases, and Applications

  • 5.1. Workstations and Databases (page 134)
  • 5.2. Application Development and Maintenance (page 147)

Study Unit 6. IT Infrastructure

  • 6.1. Functional Areas of IT Operations (page 163)
  • 6.2. Web Infrastructure (page 165)
  • 6.3. IT System Communications and Software Licensing (page 169)
  • 6.4. Systems that Support Routine Processes (page 176)

Study Unit 7. IT Framework and Data Analytics

  • 7.1. IT Control Frameworks and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Framework (page 186)
  • 7.2. Aspects of Automated Information Processing (page 195)
  • 7.3. IT Controls (page 197)
  • 7.4. Data Analytics (page 201)

Study Unit 8. Information Security and Disaster Recovery

  • 8.1. Information Security and Cybersecurity Related Policies and Controls (page 214)
  • 8.2. Authentication, Authorization, and Encryption (page 219)
  • 8.3. Information Protection (page 221)
  • 8.4. Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery (page 229)

Study Unit 9. Concepts and Underlying Principles of Financial Accounting

  • 9.1. Concepts of Financial Accounting (page 242)
  • 9.2. Financial Statements (page 245)
  • 9.3. The Accrual Basis of Accounting (page 251)
  • 9.4. The Accounting Process (page 253)
  • 9.5. Cash, Accounts Receivable, and Inventory (page 255)
  • 9.6. Property, Plant, and Equipment and Intangible Assets (page 259)
  • 9.7. Accounts Payable, Accrued Expenses, and Deposits and Other Advances (page 262)
  • 9.8. The Time Value of Money (page 265)
  • 9.9. Bonds (page 266)
  • 9.10. Pensions (page 268)
  • 9.11. Leases and Contingencies (page 269)

Study Unit 10. Advanced Financial Accounting Concepts and Analysis

  • 10.1. Risk and Return (page 280)
  • 10.2. Derivatives (page 283)
  • 10.3. Foreign Currency Transactions (page 286)
  • 10.4. Business Combinations and Consolidated Financial Statements (page 287)
  • 10.5. Corporate Equity Accounts and Partnerships (page 290)
  • 10.6. Financial Statement Analysis — Liquidity Ratios (page 292)
  • 10.7. Financial Statement Analysis — Activity Ratios (page 294)
  • 10.8. Financial Statement Analysis — Solvency Ratios and Leverage (page 297)
  • 10.9. Financial Statement Analysis — ROI and Profitability (page 298)
  • 10.10. Financial Statement Analysis — Corporate Valuation and Common-Size Financial Statements Ratios (page 300)

Study Unit 11. Current Assets Management

  • 11.1. Working Capital and Cash Management (page 309)
  • 11.2. Receivables Management (page 313)
  • 11.3. Managing Inventory Costs and Quantities (page 315)
  • 11.4. Inventory Management Methods (page 317)
  • 11.5. Inventory Systems (page 320)

Study Unit 12. Capital Structure and Budget, Basic Taxation, and Transfer Pricing

  • 12.1. Corporate Capital Structure — Debt Financing (page 334)
  • 12.2. Corporate Capital Structure — Equity Financing (page 336)
  • 12.3. Corporate Capital Structure — Cost of Capital (page 339)
  • 12.4. Capital Budgeting (page 342)
  • 12.5. Short-Term Financing (page 347)
  • 12.6. Methods of Taxation (page 351) 12.7. Transfer Pricing (page 353)

Study Unit 13. Managerial Accounting: General Concepts

  • 13.1. Cost Management Terminology (page 364)
  • 13.2. Budget Systems (page 365)
  • 13.3. Budget Methods (page 373)
  • 13.4. Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) Analysis and Cost-Benefit Analysis (page 375)
  • 13.5. Responsibility Accounting (page 380)

Study Unit 14. Managerial Accounting: Costing Systems and Decision Making

  • 14.1. Cost Behavior and Relevant Range (page 390)
  • 14.2. Activity-Based Costing (page 394)
  • 14.3. Process Costing (page 400)
  • 14.4. Absorption (Full) vs. Variable (Direct) Costing (page 404)
  • 14.5. Relevant Costs and Decision Making (page 407)

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