Wiley CIA Focus Notes for Part 1

wiley cia focus notesWaqar is our first blogger for this CIA exam site. He writes for us every Wednesday.

I am glad to say that Wiley CIA focus notes are really something that I didn’t thought it would be — I mean I like them. Today I’m here with Wiley focus notes review, and why I find them helpful.

Why I Like the Wiley CIA Focus Notes

1. Affordable

First thing which is the best about them is that they are really cheap. You can get the electronic copy for just $40 on the Wiley CIA official site. You can also get them on the Amazon 🙂 Do try them it won’t harm you in monetary terms.

2. Detailed and To The Point

I did not know that the notes would be detailed and at the same time they are to the point and focused… that’s why they name them focus notes 🙂

3. Good Explanation

Let’s get to the part where these notes are explained and I would say they are well explained. I did not buy the Wiley CIA text book and can’t compare the two, but I would say that these notes are great and really help enhance your knowledge on the subject matter.

4. Well Organized

They are really well optimized, and they help you go through the notes easily with everything so organized for you. Wiley has done a great job with the CIA focus notes if you ask me.

My conclusion

I would say buy these focus notes and give them a chance. For me, I love them and I think that I have put great use of my money because of the pros I described above. I am really happy that Wiley has improved so much. I used Wiley intensive review for the CMA exam. I did not like their slides (or should I call them notes) that came with the intensive review…  but these CIA notes, I have only one word to describe them — awesome — and I mean it.

Lastly again I want to recommend these notes as these will help you prepare better for the exam and pass on your first try. I hope you find this review useful. A marvelous quote for my readers :

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

Waqar Akmal

Note from Stephanie

Thanks for the evaluation of Wiley focus notes. I haven’t got a copy myself so it is very helpful to hear your first hand experience.

Referring to your comparison of Wiley’s Online Intensive Review for CMA, I have to say that Wiley didn’t create them; it was originally developed by the IMA and Wiley started to help them update and distribute since 2013. This explains why the format and perhaps the quality is quite different.

The retail price of each focus notes is $40 from Wiley’s official site ($120 for all parts). Amazon price is listed below:

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About the Author Waqar Akmal

Howdy guys, I am Waqar Akmal from Pakistan. I am currently enrolled in MBA program (Third Semester) and have completed the CMA exam. I am now working towards the CIA exam.

  • Waqar Akmal says:

    Thanks steph for the information.

  • Ricky says:


    Thank you for your comment about CIA focus notes from Wiley. I used its CPA focus notes before and also looks good to me. Hence I am struggling if I should go wiley CIA focus also. May I know which CIA study package you use? Do you just self study with Wiley CIAexcel? or something else?

    Thank you,

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Ricky, Waqar mentioned in his earlier posts that he uses Gleim CIA, because he had a good experience with their CMA product. He is getting Wiley CIA focus notes as a supplement.

      On whether you’ll like the focus notes, you can go to Amazon and use their sneak peek feature to read a few pages. Since you have the CPA version before, you should be able to tell by reading a few of the CIA pages. In my opinion they are quite similar.


    • Waqar Akmal says:

      Thanks Steph for answering for me and Ricky its as Steph says !

  • Aamir says:

    waqar where are you from? Can i get notes for WILEY CIA PART ONE NOTES IN KARACHI

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