Lynnel is our CIA exam blogger from the Philippines. She passed Part 1 and 2 a few months ago, and will be taking Part 3 in May.
Hi everyone! I have been away for a few weeks to focus on my preparation for Part 3 and spend time with my family during the holy week.
For those who are new on reading my blogs, I mentioned on my previous posts about my study techniques and progress for six weeks. You can start reading my story here.
You might ask, how’s my studies? I can say I am almost ready for Part 3 and I just need to focus more on my weaker areas and practice questions. On the other hand, I registered for Part 3 exam on May 18 (Philippine time) and it’s just two weeks away. I appreciate if you’ll include me in your prayers and send “good luck” on the comment box below.
I can really relate to those who are preparing for Part 3 on how hard it is compared to Part 1 and 2, but I believe in Stephanie, it is doable.
I remember how overwhelming it seemed when I gathered all my resources (Gleim and IIA Learning System). But, as soon as I finished everything and answered all practice questions, I realize that it is manageable and nothing is impossible. When I felt discouraged I always remember one of my favorite quotes:
The only limit you have is what you set yourself”.
In my previous post, I mentioned that my next study process is understanding stage (read and answer practice questions) .
At first I am scoring very low on practice questions and there are certain type of questions I am always tricked. What I do is to trace the concepts which make my answer wrong on book or practice guides.
In addition, I mark/highlight the concept as well as the sub-unit which I score low. It is helpful for me to know my weak areas early to be able to improve on these areas.
Meanwhile, there are times when there are new concepts on practice questions which I did not encounter in the book or other practice guide , what I did was to create a separate note for these concepts and the concepts which I always forgot.
My weak areas are IT and some parts of Management/Leadership principles. I know Gleim is insufficient in terms of IT , on book but not on test bank, but once I read the GTAGs, I understand the concepts very well. At the same time, there are a lot of terms in Management/Leadership which makes it difficult.
I also mentioned in my previous blog posts that I will focus on accounting parts but I changed my mind because I talked to a lot of CIA exam passers and on part 3 page just to understand the concepts because questions on real exam for accounting part are basic. So, I dedicated my time on IT, Governance, CSR, ISO 31000 and other practice guides.
I believe, I am on the right track and successful in my study process.
Note from Stephanie
Great to hear from you! Thanks so much for writing when you must be so busy preparing for the exam. You identify the weaker areas that are all too common to many of us — IT and the management principles. It’s encouraging to know that the GTAGs helps filling the gaps in Gleim’s books.
Yes, we’ve heard from so many on how basic the financial part is. I am sure you will be fine. We’ve got to prioritize our time right? They are important concepts to master but let’s go deep after the exam 😉
I understand you will be telling us about the new study technique that you are using. Looking forward to your next post!
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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