Passed CIA Exam Part 1 and Part 2 Together!

Passed CIA Exam Part 1 and Part 2 TogetherLynnel is our new CIA exam blogger from the Philippines. She writes every Friday.

Hello everyone! I am officially done with the exam and feel very exhausted. For those who haven’t read my previous blog, I took the exam last January 18, 2017. I scheduled for Part 2 in the morning and Part 1 in the afternoon.

Weeks and days before the exam, I felt at peace and very relaxed. It may be because I was well-prepared to ace the exam.

My Exam Day

On the exam day, I woke up early in the morning to make sure I arrived at the testing center a little earlier than my schedule exam. I made sure that I had a clear mind with no worries and thoughts running through my mind.

The exam was tricky, and I was surprised that it was a bit long. At first, I thought I wouldn’t finish the exam on time since I was taking too long to answer the questions.

Therefore, it’s a good thing that during my practice exam, I managed to answer questions in 30 seconds to 1 minute and had about 25 to 30 minutes before the exam ended. I usually skip/flag questions that I really don’t understand and answer the short and easy questions. I maximize my extra time to answer those flagged questions and look for keywords in order to choose the correct answer.

Passed CIA Exam Part 1 and Part 2 Back-to-Back

I was brave enough to take parts 1 and 2 on the same day, realizing that I just had two hours to take my lunch and rest before another exam. It was really tempting to check my first exam results, but I stayed put because I told myself that it might affect the performance on my next exam.

In addition, it was a challenge to take the exam after lunch because it made me very sleepy. At some point, I managed to close my eyes for ten seconds during the exam just to feel refreshed. My brother advised me to take an energy drink, eat a small meal, and also drink some tea after lunch.

By the time I finished my last exam, I immediately checked the results for both parts. And I really couldn’t believe my eyes! I was teary-eyed and couldn’t contain my happiness to see “pass” on both exams. I called my mom and dad with the good news, and they felt very happy, too.

I cannot say that passing part 1 and part 2 was easy. In fact, it was moderately difficult. After all, you need good preparation and a good grasp of the concepts. I believe that is the key to ace the exam.

I would like to thank Stephanie for this helpful website and to those who included me in their prayers and took the time to send me good luck. And yes, finally the journey begins for Part 3.

Note from Stephanie

Lynnel, you are most welcome, and I am so happy for you! You passed the CIA exam Part 1 and Part 2 on the same day! Congrats!

It’s amazing to see how my bloggers overperform in their success rate — my CMA bloggers achieve an overall 80%+ vs the global average at 49%. I am expecting the same from my CIA bloggers 🙂

Why the outperformance?

Because bloggers hold themselves accountable in front of the entire community. They have the pressure to try their very best.

We may not meet each other, but our bond is strong. I guess bloggers like Lynnel feel our support.

Also, blogging helps one to reflect on their progress, evaluate their own weakness, and map out a solution. Plus, the solution has to be organized and clear enough to be presented in the post.

If you are too busy to blog, no worries. You can still take part by dropping a note to say hi, offering your congrats to Lynnel, and sharing your own progress in the comment section.

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About the Author Lynnel

Lynnel is a recent graduate, with a BSBA Major in Internal Auditing in the Philippines. Lynnel passed Part 1 and 2 on the same day, and Part 3 on her first attempt.

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