There are 3 parts in the CIA exam, and we are going to discuss Part 1 here. Part 1 is generally believed to be the easiest of all, because it covers the basic of internal auditing, such as the definition of internal audit and concept of internal controls. Internal audit professionals should have known these subjects by heart and therefore, if you are working in the industry, it should be an easy test for you.
The questions are also straightforward with almost no calculations. While most candidates find it easy, you still need to go through all the topics and work on the practice questions to make sure you get used to answer multiple choice questions online, and also be familiar with the fact patterns and distractors.
In terms of the format, it has 125 questions and you need to complete it within 2.5 hours. If you know your materials, it is enough time for you.
The syllabus can be divided into 3 main topics, and we go over them one by one in the presentation here. If you have any questions on the syllabus, feel free to drop a note in the comment section of this page: http://ipasstheciaexam.com/cia-exam-part-1/
If you haven’t taken Part 2 and Part 3, be sure to check out those presentations as well. Best of luck to your exam!
Part 1 is the longest
test with 125 questions
2.5 hours to complete
100% multiple choice
1.2 minutes for each
Almost all conceptual
Introductory level in
general internal audit
• Definition of Internal Auditing
• Compliance with the IIA code of Ethics
• International standards:
• IIA’s Attribute Standards
• Independence and objectivity
• Exercise due professional care
• Develop knowledge required in the profession
• Types of internal control
• Management control techniques
• IC framework characteristics
• Alternative control frameworks
• Risk vocabulary and concepts
• Fraud risk awareness
• Collect and analyze data for
• Use audit tools and techniques to
• Data reporting and documentation
• Process mapping e.g. flowcharting
• Evaluate relevance, sufficiency and
competence of evidence
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