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Liked Gleim Better than IIA Learning System But Used Both to Pass

Hi,
I finally passed part 3 last week and I would like to share my experience with the community.

As already mentioned the majority of the questions are on
Governance and CSR
Risk Management (ISO 31000)
IT (COBIT)

I used Gleim for part 1+2 and 3 and as I did not pass part 3 at my first attempt I also purchased the IIA Learning System.

I liked Gleim much better than the Learning System, because Gleim actually focuses on the Content that is asked in the exam while the IIA Learning System provides you with a lot of Information that is not necessary to pass.


Lou

Passed Part 1 with Gleim and IIA Learning System

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for your help! I passed my exam for Part 1 this week (phew). I found the exam to be difficult (nerves and first exam). I used Gleim Test Bank & CIA learning system and I found the Gleim questions were useful in showing how the IIA could ask questions (not that they are familiar, in fact I found only 2% to be recognizable from Gleim test bank). And CIA learning system to be useful in explaining in more detail.

However, I did find that Gleim’s book was more up to date. Gleim’s book seem to be more Sparks Notes version while CIA learning system is more like a textbook. I think I can only pick one for the other two parts of the exam, guess I’ll pick Gleim again.


Linda

Preferred Gleim to IIA Learning System

I finally passed part 3 last week and I would like to share my experience with the community.

I used Gleim for part 1+2 and 3 and as I did not pass part 3 at my first attempt I also purchased the IIA Learning System.

I liked Gleim much better than the Learning System, because Gleim actually focuses on the Content that is asked in the exam while the IIA Learning System provides you with a lot of Information that is not necessary to pass.


Lou

Comparing Gleim, IIA Learning System, and ExamMatrix

I used IIA materials, and Gleim test bank. I little bit overlearned and failled.
For the next attempt I just reviewed with Exam Matrix and pass. I don’t think that EM was crucial, I just think that I needed a brake, better emotional preparance, and of course – luck.

IMO Gleim has about 35% more things that you need and it misses about 15% which you can find in additional guideliness mentioned on this site. In review, skip the large questions (especially in accounting) , and your head will be much clearer and you will save your time.

IIA has also good and bad sides (I like IIA hard copy learning material) , but if you used them both that is lot of time – over 2000 questions in Gleim and 1000 in IIA, and there is a risk of overlearning as well as price factor. Someone who is used to IIA i would suggest to stick with it and try to find some additional test bank, and those who are used to Gleim, to stick with Gleim and mentioned IPPF guideliness.

If that does not help in first 2 attempts, than maybe different strategy shoul be applied.


mmajstor

IIA Learning System Helped Me More than Gleim

Hi everyone,

After almost four years of study, I have finally passed all three parts of my CIA test and I can finally join my fellow CIA members.
I took Part 1 two times, Part 2 one time, and part 3 two times. Part three definitely was the most challenging one. I spent 6 months studying part 3. I purchased Gleim, IIA material and used efficiency learning software. I can say I like the IIA book format. The Gleim material was definitely not good enough since it did not cover a lot of materials.


C.W

IIA Learning System Is Perfectly Designed

IIA learning is designed in a perfect way to focus on the knowledge you need for the exam. I wish I could have bough it before my first try.


Brian

My Thoughts on Using Gleim, IIA Learning System, Wiley, and ExamMatrix to Pass

Hello to all,

I finally passed part 3 in 3rd attempt. It was not easy but the battle is finally over.
I used IIA Learning System material (books and practice questions), Gleim (just practice questions), Exam Matrix, and peaked a little bit to Wiley`s practice questions and books, and read some of IPPF literature. But relax, you don`t need all of this to pass. IMO, the best time/effect relation in order to increase your chances to pass, would be IIA Learning System + one additional material with practice questions.

For learning the theory for the exam, I like the concept written in IIA Learning Material hard copy books. I also like how Gleim has organized video lectures and presentations (try the demo), and If you more prefer this concept of learning, and not old school learning from hard copy books, maybe you should try it with Gleim. But when I was reviewing their questions (more than 2000), and than compared them with exam, I felt that they actually cover more stuff than it is actually need (especially for the financial part – exam questions are more simplified). Wiley`s book I don`t recommend to use, it is not really user friendly.


mmajstor

How I Passed with Gleim and IIA Learning System

Hi everybody!
Today, on my 3rd attempt I finally passed the part 3!!!! My first exam score was 548, then 574, and finally today PASSED!
Thanks to all of you who provided a very useful information and lots of hints.
For those who are still studying or struggling to pass as I did, I am telling how I studied and what helped me to pass.
1) I used Gleim book and test bank to study accounting and finance section. However, there was only 3-5 questions total on the exam related to finance or accounting and those questions were very simple.
2) for the rest of the section I studied using IIA Learning System books, test bank software and Gleim test bank also.
3) for every chapter in IIA Learning System i made notes. For example, IT section took me 39 pages of handwritten notes. Everyday before going to sleep I would read my notes for one of the sections.
4) for very difficult topics as IT and Management for me, I also made flesh cards.
I also read GTAGs 1,4,17 many times highlighting and rereading important paragraphs.

On the actual exam there was lots of IT related questions..maybe 40-50%. The rest of the questions were on Governance, Outsourcing, Risk Management.

Good luck!


Yuliya

Studied with Gleim and IIA Learning System to Pass All 3 Parts

I passed my CIA level 3 exam today. Finally I am a Certified Internal Auditor!!!! For Level 1 and 2, I studied with both Gleim and IIA materials. But for level 3, I used only Gleim. I wanted to do it in 3 months and could barely cover Gleim materials. The width and depth of level 3 syllabus is monstrous compared to level 1 and 2. But this blog helped me find the areas to focus on. As many people have mentioned, you get heavily tested on IT. I felt like every other question was IT based (especially General and Application controls). Definitely study the GTAGs and PAs on IT controls. I had quite a few questions on CSR and ISO 31000. Definitely read PAs on these as well. Other areas of focus were leadership styles and strategic decisions.

I think Gleim along with GTAGs and PAs mentioned here on this blog are more than enough for level 3.


Ruma

IIA Learning System Is Essential for Part 3

I had a bad experience a few weeks ago. I used Glein exclusively and got 594. After failing I decided to buy the IIA learning system. Didn’t want to spend 380 bucks but must confess it offers a much better approach to Part 3.

Glein is useful to train on how to answer, get prepared to exam format ant etc…however IIA learning system uses exactly the language covered in the exam. I totally recommend Glein for parts 1 and 2 but for Part 3 without IIA learning reading we might focus wrongly.

One quick example was about out-sourcing, poorly covered in Glein and when you see IIA Learning system it gives the real picture and concepts to be ready to the exam. I have missed 4 or 5 questions in the real exam because I either didn’t know important concepts or got confused with Gleim writing style.

IIA learning is designed in a way to focus only on the concepts you need to be comfortable to answer real exam questions. That’s my feeling so far.


Brian

How I Used IIA Learning System to Pass Part 3

Hi everyone,

This is TJ. I have luckily passed part 3 (2nd attempt) today, which marked my completion of the exam, so I thought I could make a little contribution here for those who struggle with Part 3… It may not fits for everyone but just some of my sharing along the way of preparation!

Course materials used: IIA’s CIA Learning System (3-parts)

• Use of Index:
I have read through the index at the back of the learning pack during the last 2 weeks prior to examination. It took sometime of course, to read through A-Z, but when reading through it and whenever the word looked unfamiliar, I went back the pages and quickly checked the definition.

• Section I to Section IV – Reading additional materials
> Practice guides: It was essential, particularly those related to ISO31000.
> Internal Auditor Magazine: some of the concepts are explained; more understanding about the viewpoint on certain topics. It served as supplementary materials as well!

• Section VI – Make own notes so that you could use the notes comfortably when revision.
The main reason for making notes on this section was that the materials form learning pack were quite wordy and I could not figure out how I shall properly start with ;( … so I found a way that fit in the content so everything makes sense at least to myself, which was very general, based on:
> General definition/ facts – Details/ detailed description– Examples – Associated risks – Risk response

• Section V (and Section III) – Get a comparison summary for those definitionsss :/. I found this was very useful when revisiting the concepts. In addition, I studied and revised Section III and V together so that again I can make the concepts fits from organization’s point of view.

• Section VII – Since I was graduated with bachelor degree of accounting and finance and worked as external auditors for some years, I did not spend much time on the materials. But I noticed that there were more questions (at least more than I have expected) on this section in my 2nd attempt (very few calculation, but mostly conceptual type of questions).

Sorry for giving such a long comment! Hope this helps a bit~!


TJ

Found Both Gleim and IIA Learning System Helpful for Passing Part 1

Stephanie, thank you so much for this very helpful website. I have been following the stories of other aspirants, success stories and exam tips. I am pleased to inform that I cleared CIA level 1 today in 1st attempt. I used Gleim Premium as well as IIA’s CIA Learning System. I found both of them very useful. While IIA’s CIA learning system is very detailed, Gleim helps you grasp the key points and I especially found their vast question bank very useful. I will be ordering both the courses for 2nd level as well. Thank you again for the guidance and tips!


Ruma

With Gleim and the IIA Learning System, I Passed Part 3

Today, on my 3rd attempt I finally passed the part 3!!!! My first exam score was 548, then 574, and finally today PASSED!
Thanks to all of you who provided a very useful information and lots of hints.
I used Gleim book and test bank to study accounting and finance section. However, there was only 3-5 questions total on the exam related to finance or accounting and those questions were very simple. For the rest of the section I studied using IIA Learning System books, test bank software and Gleim test bank also.


Yuliya

Switched from Gleim to IIA Learning System

Sharing my experience on the struggles of the Part 3 exam. I finally passed the exam today after getting the painful score of 594 previously. I had used Gleim before (including for my Part 1 and 3) but decided to use the IIA for Part 3 this time and I’m glad that I switched. To sum up,
IIA provided more in depth coverage of the material and it covered all topics that you can expect on the exam. I remember the last time I had topics on the exam which were not covered at all in my Gleim material (eg. floating exchange rate risks and ISO 3100)

The IIA material really gives you a deeper understanding of the subjects instead of the outline format that Gleim provides without context at times. For me, this really helped me understand the topics and thus helped me apply them better in the exam.


Bally

Passed with Gleim, IIA Learning System, and ExamMatrix

Hi everyone, I just passed my part 3 exam this week on my third attempt. Just wanted to share more from the last time I tried.
I used Gleim for my 1st attempt and I didn’t read any extra materials. On my 2nd attempt, I wanted to try additional resources so I used Gleim, IIA learning system and read all materials and was close for passing and performed competently on some parts which made it more frustrating not to pass.
I decided to try a third tool which was Exammatrix just cause I felt that I started to memorize Gleim and IIA questions which I was trying to avoid. I have to say Exammatrix had so many new questions which made me glad to test and measure my understanding from the other previous systems.


Layla

Passed Part 1 with Gleim and IIA Learning System (But Only Needed Gleim)

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you. I passed Part 1 today as well. I used Gleim book and IIA’s CIA Learning system + I did extensive reading of IPPF. Additionally, I did about 1000 Gleim questions. I personally think the IIA book is not necessary if you already have Gleim.


Daisy

Not Happy with IIA Learning System for Part 3

I used the IIA Learning System and am not very happy with the results for Part 3—Based on the amount of time and effort I dedicated to studying the material and test questions, and my good results on the practice exams, which I took SEVERAL times, I would say that the IIA Learning System has let me down at least on Part 3.


Gail M.

Preferred IIA Learning System to Gleim But Needed Both

From my point of view, for part 3, IIA learning is better that Gleim) but i really needed to have Gleim for part 1 and 2 specially to gain confidence and understand how it works.


Diane

Thrilled to Have Passed with Gleim and IIA Learning System

I just passed part 3. I am now a CIA! I feel so happy , I want to help others. I used Gleim to study for all 3 parts. For part 3 I also bought the IIA study book.
I read Gtag 1,4, 17
I also read the IIA guides on ISO 3100 and Risk Management in the Private sector.

I spent time actively reading the chapters of Gleim by taking notes. Then I took notes on the IIA study book. I did the questions on Gleim and IIA after reading the chapters. I did not max out on the questions.
My test focused heavily on governance, risk management and business life cycles. Due to timing and the fact I am comfortable with accounting I did not spend much time on Financial Accounting. I just reviewed the basic ratios. I figured based on others, financial management is not tested heavily.
My advice would be to understand the concepts. Read the practice guides, take notes on them and make flash cards. A month of this and you will be successful. I did not recognize any questions that I studied on the test. But I found the test relatively straightforward since I had studied the concepts.

Good Luck!


Kai

Passed with Gleim and IIA Learning

Yesterday I passed CIA part 3 on my second attempt. (Completed all parts)

About exam preparation after failing first attempt:

I used primarily Gleim learning material by comparing with IIA learning material. Each learning system has it’s cons and pros. In some topics Gleim material is very detailed and in another topics IIA does as well in my opinion. Additionally practiced each Gleim test questions except financial calculations.


Zamig

IIA Learning System and Gleim Have Their Pros and Cons

Hello.

Yesterday I passed CIA part 3 on my second attempt. (Completed all parts)

About exam preparation after failing first attempt:

I used primarily Gleim learning material by comparing with IIA learning material. Each learning system has it’s cons and pros. In some topics Gleim material is very detailed and in another topics IIA does as well in my opinion. Additionally practiced each Gleim test questions except financial calculations. GTAG 1, 4,17, ISO 31000, CSR is very crucial to read in detail, please do not overlook appendix in GTAG material.


Zamig

Combined Gleim with Everything Else and Passed on First Attempt

I passed CIA part 3 on 11/23/17, 2 days before my wife and I had our first child. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to this site, especially Stephanie! I used Gleim, IIA, GTAG’s, PA’s, Udemy, Youtube, trade publications, and countless google searches to deep dive on areas I felt weak on. I filled up a 400 page notebook of notes and utilized 4 white boards at home that I would continuously update and erase with info that I thought I should know or was struggling with. In retrospect it may have been overkill but I wanted to make sure I passed first time as I did with the prior 2 exams.


Brian
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