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 felt very exhausted. For those who haven’t read yet 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 am at peace and very relax. It may be because; I am 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, no worries and thoughts running through my mind to be able not to lose focus.

The exam was really tricky and I was surprised that it was a bit long. I thought at first that I wouldn’t finish the exam on time since I was taking too long in answering the questions.

Good thing during my practice exam, I managed to answer 30 seconds to 1 minute per question and left about 25 to 30 mins before the exam ended. I usually skip/ flagged questions which I really don’t understand what’s being asked and answer those short and easy questions. I maximize my extra time to those flagged questions and look for keywords, in order to choose the correct answer.

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 for a while for another exam. It was really tempting to check my first exam results but, 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. Meanwhile at some point, I managed to close my eyes for ten seconds during the exam just to feel refreshed. My brother advises me to take an energy drink , eat a few 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 really teary eyed and I couldn’t contain my happiness to see “pass” on both exams. I called my mom and dad for the good news, they felt very happy too.

I cannot say that my part 1 and part 2 were easy; it was moderately difficult. You need a 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 include me in their prayers and take 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!

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 met each other, but our bonding is strong. I guess bloggers like Lynnel feel our support.

Also, blogging helps one to reflect on their progress, evaluate own weakness and map out a solution — 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.

  • Annette says:

    Congratulations! Wow 2 exams in one day… that requires a lot of preparation. I am trying to stay positive about my upcoming Part 3 exams, however studies are going slow (too long struggling with this exam, 2 years!, and feeling quite demotivated on not knowing where I am going wrong) I hope for the best, but fear the worst on my next attempt. I cant shake this bad feeling anymore.

    • Lynnel says:

      Thank you so much Annette. I am looking forward for your upcoming part 3 exam, I hope you can make a blog post on how your studying is. Just believe in yourself, you can do it! 🙂

  • Eric says:

    @ Lynnel. Congratulations!
    What materials have you used?

  • Zikhona says:

    Woooow well done. Happy for you.

  • Saif says:

    Congratulations , I like the idea of taking both exams In One day . Good luck on part 3.

  • Boaratwa says:

    Congratulation Lynnel

    I’m really inspired to keep pushing, good luck with your part 3.

  • Ninomoi says:

    Well done Lynnel! Kudos to you! You are very brave to do 2 exams in one day. You have inspired me to rethink my exam preparation strategy for part 3!

  • Mick says:

    Congratulations!! As an encouragement on Part 3, I would like to state that I got certified this week. I never failed any exam part and I used solely the Gleim Study materials. Just stay put and always remember that you are the auditor when tackling Part 3. With your positivity, nothing can stop you.

  • Jane says:

    Congratulations Lynnel. You are a great inspiration to me. Now I know that I can also pass both exams in one day if I prepare adequately and with a lot of prayers. I am flowing in your vibration and I am energize to start studying again for my CIA. Thanks.

  • Stephen D. Borbor, Jr. says:

    Congratulations Lynnel. I am very proud of your diligent work. Your success has energized me to study and take both Part 1 and Part 2 of the CIA at once.Thanks.

  • Badryah Al Belooshi says:

    Congratulation Lunnel, I am happy for you my dear your story encouraged me to retake CIA first part again
    I failed twice in part one and now I will retake it again next month

    Good luck for part 3

  • Abbas (Pakistan) says:

    Many congratulations that you aced your exams!!

    Need a piece of advice from you. I am pursuing final exams of chartered accountancy. I won’t be able to attend formal classes for CIA. What are top three dos and don’ts for self studying? Please advice.

    Prayers and best wishes for your future and for everyone seeking knowledge.

    • Lynnel says:

      Hi Abbas, thank you so much.

      Here are my top 3’s do’s and dont’s as requested.

      1. I must say that on self studying you may use the study planner which Stephanie posted on this site to allocate your study time. It is recommended to use it in comprehensive mode.
      2. If you’re using gleim, I recommend you to study Part 1 and 2 and also to read Practice Advisories as supplementary materials. You may consider reading also three lines of defense and ISO 31000.
      3. On your test prep, stick to 30 seconds – 1 min per question. Go for easy and straightforward questions first and skip or flag the longer and harder ones. Make sure to do practice test (100-125 questions) as many as you can to get used to the exam environment.


      1. Never memorize the answer on test prep, you may score “90% above” but might consider it as false assurance.

      2. Do not forget to look for your weak areas. You can base your weak areas on your test prep which you score lower than 80%. I advice you to try to understand and analyze why you chose the incorrect answer.

      3. Do not rush. I know the drive to get the CIA designation is really high, but it takes time. You have to be well prepared mentally and emotionally.

      Always remember, “Plan, Implement and Achieve”.

      I hope it helps, believe in yourself. You can do it ?

  • Rushell says:


    Congrats on doing so well. I was wondering if you could share your studying routine/process.

    Additionally, how long were studying for both sections?

    All the best on part 3.


  • Karla says:

    Congratulions Lynnel!!!!

    Greetings from Ecuador!… Finally, I’m going to take part 2 next month and I’m searching for information for that part in this site and there is very little information about that part in comparison for part 3.

    Please I really appreciate your advices about the topics heavily tested in the exam.

    The best wishes for part 3, I’m really sure you will get it on first attemp.

    • Lynnel says:

      Thank you Karla. ? If you’re using gleim you may consider reading Part 1 and 2 prior taking the exam, since there are few overlaps of those topics. There is not much to worry about part 2 since I’ve never encountered surprise questions on this part comparing to Part 1, as long as you’ve understand the topics and Practice Advisories, then you’re good. ? Good luck on your Part 2, all the best!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Karla, if you mean comparison of Part 2 vs Part 3, that’s right, I don’t think I have covered that because most candidates take Part 2 before Part 3.

      Most candidates comment that Part 3 is a “whole new level” in terms of content, coverage and complexity. And none of the course providers seem to be able to do a good enough job in preparing the candidates. That’s why I gather a lot of suggestions on supplementary materials on my Part 3 page.

      It implies that, when compared to Part 3, that Part 1 and 2 are a lot more limited in scope — they cover strictly internal audit. For most candidates, this is easier and not as overwhelming as Part 3. But then, for someone not working in IA, it could be a different experience. Hope it helps!

  • Bea says:

    Lynnel congrats ! Which package of gliem did u buy?

  • Mahesh says:

    Congrats Dear.

  • Ahmed says:

    congrats..Kindly share the website with me as well..

  • Art Yip says:


    Congratulations on passing Part 1 & 2 on the same day! That is awesome news! All the best on Part 3, stay focused and finish strong!


    • Lynnel says:

      Thank you Art. On the other hand, I would like to thank you for your huge contribution on the comments section on Part 3. I read all your advices and gather all the supplemental guides I need for Part 3. I hope I can do it on first attempt. Wish me luck!

  • Irene says:

    Congratulations Lynnel. I am currently studying to the three exams this year. Thank you for sharing your tips.

  • khalid says:

    Congrats Lynnel.

  • Muhammad Arslan says:

    Hi Lynnel.

    Accept my heartiest congratulations on passing both parts on same day.

  • Dev says:

    Hi Lynnel,

    I’m so happy to know your result. Congratulations! 🙂

    Thank you.

  • Brando, Jr. says:

    Congratulations! Lynnel.

  • Yung Jun says:

    Dear Lynnel,

    Congratulations on your passing and thanks in sharing your motivation.

    Good luck on your Part III as well.

  • Aubrey says:

    Hi all

    I am writing my cia part 2. exam in a month time and I am having challenges with audit procedures.
    I have been doing questions from gleim on audit procedures but I always get them wrong.I can’t seem to understand which procedures work.
    May you please advise me on how I can master this area.

    thank you

    • Lynnel says:

      Hi Aubrey,

      I have the same experience with you when I’m studying for Part 2. What I did was when an audit procedure is being asked, there are three categories I always put in my mind a) authorization , b) recording and c) custody must be always segregated. (based on Gleim)

      In addition, you can anticipate the answer prior to looking at the choices. Eliminate the obvious ones and look for keywords.

      Good luck on your part 2!

  • James says:

    Hi Lynnel,

    I just recently failed on my part 1 exam and it was a devastating experience to see a FAIL in your result paper. I read about your experience on how you also failed part 1 but aced part 1 and 2 on the same day! Congratulations on that and thank you for sharing your experience as reading it motivated me to try again and do better the next time around.

  • Emna says:

    Hello Lynne’s,
    I am new to the process and would like to know what material are you using for CIA EXAM? There are so many providers out there but I just don’t want to wait my money buying wrong review materials.
    I really appreciate if you can give me any feedback.
    Have a lovely day!

  • Aubrey says:

    Hi All

    I just passed my part 2 exam today.
    It was a tough exam but i realized that when studying for the exam one needs to spend lots of time doing the practice questions as the explanations given for both the correct and incorrect answer help you to understand the areas better. I did all th 899 multiple choice questions in gleim and went through the answers one by one this helped me to have an indepth understanding of part 2. This page also helps as i gained good advice from the bloggers and the contributers.

    I am now preparing for my part 3 which i intend to write end of July.

    • Emma says:

      Did you buy all your studies materials from Gleim?
      Best of luck for part 3.

      • Aubrey says:

        I purchased them from our local IIA offices I think most local IIA offices do sell to their members and the prices are lower than on the gleim website I never understood how that is possible

    • Lynnel says:

      Good to hear Aubrey! Congratulations and goodluck on part 3! We can do it. ?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Aubrey, congrats and I am really glad the blog posts have been helpful! Thanks for your sharing as well, great advice. All the best to your Part 3. Remember to download those supplementary materials 🙂

  • Shafaq says:

    Hi Lynnel,

    Congratulations on your great success! It’s really inspiring 🙂

    I have just started to study towards my CIA certification and I have chosen Gliem (book+test prep) as my study material. I do have some experience in external audit and also an accounting/finance background. My plan is to appear for Part 2 first (although initially the plan was to appear for part1, I have mistakenly ordered part2 book first). Based on your experience, do you believe that this would be an appropriate thing to do or should I take Part 1 before part 2 ?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Shafaq,
      Lynnel will give you her thoughts, but in my opinion it’s totally fine to take Part 2 first. Typically one picks based on their relative strengths — if they feel more comfortable in Part 2 syllabus, they should take Part 2 first. Having said that it doesn’t matter much. Hope it helps! Stephanie

    • Lynnel says:

      Hi Shafaq, sorry I’ve been busy lately. Going back to your question, I believe choosing the part you want to take first depends on your capability. Like what you said, you already have experience it would be easy for you to understand part 2. But, remember when you take the exam refer to what you have read and not what you experience since there are differences on what was in theory compare to your experience. Hope that it helps! ?

  • Patreena says:

    Hi Lynne

    Thank you for sharing and providing advice. I started the cia exams some time ago, passed part 1 but because my time expired and I had to re – register I lost it. Work pressures and other challenges had prevented me from finishing. Sadly my time is almost up again however I plan to apply for an extension. I plan to do part 2 first since I had tried it before but failed marginally. I’m working hard at passing on the first attempt then going for part 1. I know part 3 will take some more time. I’m honestly a bit discouraged. Any advice?

  • Patreena says:

    Sorry, I meant Lynnel.

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