Gainesville, FL (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) has announced that the official start date for the new English language 3-part Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam is July 1, 2013. Registration for this revamped exam opens on May 1, 2013. Registration for the current 4-part exam closes on June 30, 2013, for Parts 1, 2, or 3 and November 30, 2013, for Part 4. December 31, 2013, is the last day on which candidates will be able to sit for any section of the 4-part exam. CIA candidates should either take any remaining sections from the 4-part exam now or begin researching the best transitional plan for themselves.
Multiple aspects of the exam are changing. In addition to the reduction in the total number of parts from 4 to 3, the number of questions and timing of the exam has been modified. Dr. Gleim, CEO of Gleim Publications and expert on the CIA exam, explains, “While the current exam demands that candidates answer 90 questions in 2 hours and 25 minutes, which is roughly 1.6 minutes per question, the new parts have a more rigorous schedule of 1.2 minutes per question (2 hours and 30 minutes for 125 questions on Part 1 and 2 hours for 100 questions on Parts 2 and 3). Also, Exam Content Outlines have been modified to reflect changes in the internal auditing body of knowledge that have occurred since the current outlines were released in 2004.”
The IIA and CIA review providers are encouraging candidates to continue working to gain their certification via the 4-part exam. “Why wait?” asks Dr. Gleim. “Candidates should go ahead and register for and pass any remaining sections in the 4-part exam. With the Gleim CIA Review System, candidates can create a study plan that allots 4 weeks, 5 weeks, or 6 weeks to study for each part, depending on how much time a week they have available. This means they will have no problem completing the 4-part exam before December 2013, even if they still have to take all 4 parts.”
Kristy Rivet, who already has her CPA license and is now a CIA candidate, agrees. “I can see why it would be tempting to wait for the new exam because it has one less part, but all things considered, I've decided to go ahead and take this version. Not only will I have more time to answer each question, but I know that the authors of my Gleim CIA Review materials have been perfecting their coverage of the information on the current Exam Content Outlines since they were released in 2004. Also, since I'm a CPA, I don't have to take Part 4 anyway!”
Candidates who need help deciding which version of the exam they should take should contact the experts at Gleim Publications. They can also click here to create a free account and try the demo of the CIA Online Course.
Contact Gleim for any questions you may have regarding the CIA Exam, in its new or current format.