CIA Exam Medal Winners

More CIA Exam Medal Winners Passed Using Gleim

    William S. Smith - Gold Medal Winners

  • Jepson Fuller (Washington, USA)

    Gleim was a great choice to help with my CIA exam preparation. I really liked having multiple learning methods available including the books which I used to learn the concepts and online practice tests which were helpful in learning how to apply them to different scenarios. It also helped to be able to see explanations for why an answer was right or wrong at the end of a practice test. The flexibility of the system and feedback to pinpoint areas I needed to work on really helped balance the demands of getting up to speed in a new job while also preparing for the exam.

  • Alessandro Segalini (Italy)

    I have worked as an ICT Auditor for almost ten years in a big European bank. I was already holding my CISA certification when a dear friend of mine and fellow auditor introduced me to the local IIA chapter and to the CIA qualification: I have to thank him for having suggested the Gleim books to me (which he already used for getting his CIA) and my company for having supported me.

    I found in Gleim books a valuable support for preparing for the CIA exams: they are written in a very clear way, the method suggested for studying the content is very effective, and the information is organized in a rational way. For a person who is somehow "curious" and eager to learn, as an auditor always is, these books are a source not only for just passing the exam, but also as a "quick reference" manual for your work.

    The tests are also an excellent support for being successful with the exams, and they contain additional "practical" examples. After understanding their content, the actual exams are not a surprise.

    The test software is user friendly and very effective, enabling you to focus on those areas deserving more attention or additional insight.

    To recap, Gleim material is an authoritative source for passing CIA exams at the first attempt and, even more important, is a reference for a "real life" auditor.

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    A.J. Hans Spoel Award - Silver Medal Winner

  • Douglas S. Schmidt (Indiana, USA)

    The Gleim CIA Review played an integral role in my passing of the CIA Exam part on the first try and earning the Silver Medalist Award for 2011. Gleim's study materials thoroughly covered each topic for every part of the exam, and reinforced those concepts with relevant multiple choice questions at the end of every study unit -- many of which were patterned after past exam questions. The answer selection for each question was extremely helpful in that it not only provided the reason for each correct answer, but also the reasons why the other responses were incorrect. The materials were in a very well-organized format which made it easy to study. For example, each study unit included color-coded sections and the bolding of key words and concepts. Gleim's CIA Review also included general information about the exam, administrative requirements, tips for passing the exam, and even specifics about navigating through the computer-based exam! I feel though that the real difference-maker in my preparation for the exam was the availability of the over 2,000 additional questions from Gleim's CIA Test Prep CD-Rom, which solidified all the concepts for me and exposed me to even more of the types of questions that were included on the exam. Ironically, I also utilized Gleim materials 25 years ago when I passed all parts of the CPA Exam on the first try! Gleim materials have an excellent track record and are where I turn to for success in certifications.

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    Kurt Riedener Award - Bronze Medal Winners

  • Brian Lair, CIA (Kansas, USA)

    Gleim was instrumental in my passing the CIA examinations. During four-plus months of hard study, I passed each of the three exams on the first try, largely thanks to Gleim’s printed and online study materials.

    I was impressed by the quality of the materials and the ease-of-use of the Gleim Personal Classroom website. The Calendar feature was very helpful in keeping me on track, and the reporting features provided multiple methods to track my progress and highlight my weak areas. I made particular use of the Performance Graphs, which made it easy to pinpoint where I needed extra work. In Gleim’s timed Practice & Rehearsal Exams, their simulation of the exam environment turned out to be realistic and reduced my stress level when I took the actual exams. Gleim’s online Study Sessions were especially useful because they gave immediate feedback on each question. The ability to customize the content of the Practice Exams & Study Sessions was also a big help. I was very pleased that the actual exam questions were similar in topics, tone, and structure to the Gleim practice questions. As a result, there were very few exam questions that totally surprised me.

    Finally, I appreciated my Gleim personal counselor, who always answered my questions quickly, and gave me lots of good advice and encouragement! She was professional, knowledgeable, and helpful, with a super-positive attitude.

    Overall, I recommend the Gleim Review System to anyone taking the CIA exams. It was well worth the investment and played a key role in my winning The IIA Kurt Riedener Award!

  • Drs. Mark de Jong (Netherlands)

    I passed all CIA Exams on the first attempt within 6 months and I was pleasantly surprised to be notified by the IIA that I was the winner of the Kurt Riedener Bronze Medal Award for my outstanding performance on the 2013 CIA Exam. I used the Gleim CIA Review System for my preparation of the CIA Exam and I was very pleased with my experience. The Gleim CIA Review System enabled me to acquire the essential knowledge in a short time frame in a highly efficient and effective manner. The study books are easy to read and digest. For me, the most beneficial component of the System is the significant amount of questions in the practice exams. The feedback provided by the practice exams helped me to better understand and remember the subjects covered. Also, the test prep software provides useful performance graphs, which I used to identify and to target areas which needed improvement. After taking several practice exams, my scores improved, giving me the confidence I needed before taking the actual CIA exam.

    I certainly recommend the Gleim CIA Review System because it is definitely value added and facilitates an efficient and effective preparation for the CIA exam.

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    Dr. Glenn Sumners Student Award Winners

  • Laust Helmig (Louisiana, USA)

    As the awardee of the 2014 Dr. Glenn Sumners Student Award for the CIA exam, I would highly recommend the Gleim CIA Review program. I used the Gleim CIA Review books to study for all parts of the CIA exams and found the program extremely helpful, particularly the practice exams. The program not only helped me understand necessary concepts, but also tested my understanding through multiple in-class exams on actual CIA exam questions as well as online practice questions.

    When other CIA exam candidates have asked me for advice, I believe the key to success is in the practice questions. While everyone learns in different ways, I have found the most effective approach is mastering as many practice questions as possible. I would also recommend candidates to reach out to fellow certified colleagues to ask for their advice.

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    IIA Certificate of Excellence Winners

  • Alexander Rudyk, CIA (Switzerland)

    Gleim helped me to combine the demands of my work with earning the CIA certification by allowing me to study efficiently and effectively, and I feel honored to have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the IIA for my performance on the exams.

    The study materials focused on the most important topics and I especially liked the audio reviews that allowed me to turn 'down time' into productive study time. Be sure, however, to invest the saved time in local IIA activities, to also get to know your CIA peers!

  • Jeffrey Haniff (Minnesota, USA)

    The Gleim CIA Review System was an integral part of my test preparation. The review material was presented in a logical way that made it easy to create a structured study plan. It also focused on the most critical information necessary to successfully pass the exam. The question bank included with the system was an essential part of my preparation. The questions helped reinforce the concepts discussed in each section of the material and a clear explanation of the correct answer was provided for each question. In addition, the review sessions are timed, which allowed for feedback on question pace and helped simulate a real testing environment. This allowed me to walk into each part of the exam feeling well prepared. The preparation the Gleim CIA Review System provided, not only helped me pass each part on the first attempt, but it was also an important factor in allowing me to win an IIA Certificate of Excellence.

  • Stephen D. Jones (Colorado, USA)

    When I decided to sit for the CIA Examination, I considered a number of review providers because I wanted to invest in a product that would provide me with the best opportunity for success. While there are a number of review programs out there, I previously had great success with Gleim's Exam Questions & Explanations (EQE) products that I used for supplementing my textbooks and learning materials in college. That being the case, I decided on Gleim's CIA Review, and I am thankful that I did. The Gleim Review books were comprehensive and provided me with a thorough understanding of the materials. I also found the practice questions to be very representative of the types of questions that are seen on the actual exam. Furthermore, beyond simply providing me with the information necessary to excel on the CIA Exam, the review materials also delivered knowledge that I could immediately apply on the job, and I continue to use the book series as a reference. Given that Gleim's materials helped me to achieve the William S. Smith Certificate of Excellence, I would recommend anyone interested in sitting for the CIA exam consider Gleim Review, and I will certainly choose Gleim products for my future certification review needs.

  • Ryan Nandwani, CPA, CIA (Singapore)

    Gleim was very instrumental in helping me achieve the Certificate of Excellence Award. The material is presented in a clear, concise manner, and was my sole review tool. The Audiovisual tools and the review questionnaires were also great complementary pieces for a very robust learning experience.

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    William S. Smith Certificate of Honor Winners

  • William Curry, CPA, CIA (Texas, USA)

    I utilized the Gleim CIA study program as suggested in the study guide and was able to pass all three parts within six months. It was very beneficial to have on-line study material and practice questions. With a busy work schedule, I needed to get the most of my study time. Having access to the study material on my iPad when away from home enhanced my study time. Being able to customize test exams and identify areas of follow-up allowed me to concentrate on the needed areas of review. The amount of material required to study can be imposing. But, stick to the Gleim study outline and schedule and you will be very happy when you see your exam grade. There is no doubt in my mind that the Gleim study methods helped me to score exceptionally well on the CIA exam.

  • Sven Richtering, CIA (Germany)

    I took all three parts of the CIA exam in spring 2014 exclusively based on the Gleim CIA Exam prep material. My company granted me 3 weeks off from work in order to prepare for the 3-part exam. Since I did not want to spend too much additional time sacrificing weekends and evenings I was looking for a way to prepare for the exam in a short period of time. The Gleim learning material really helped me to prepare efficiently for the exams. You can tell that Gleim has long experience in preparing candidates to pass the CIA exam. The learning material focuses both on the relevant content and gives advice on the methodology of the exam questions. I found it extremely helpful that the significance of each chapter of the Gleim Books is clearly stated (e.g. This section makes up 10 – 15 % of Part 1 of the CIA exam). Therefore one can focus on the main topics and work on the less important parts when there is time left. The online database of practice questions helps a lot to understand the nature of the multiple choice questions and gives you confidence for the real exams. Thanks to Gleim, I managed to pass all three exams on my first try and even won a William S. Smith Certificate of Honor.

  • Jay Davis, CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFE (Texas, USA)

    Gleim CIA review system is the only material I used to prepare the CIA exam. When I started to prepare for the CIA exam, I desperately needed to find something that is efficient and effective. After comparing different review materials on the market, I decided to use Gleim CIA review for the following reasons. Gleim review system not only can help you pass the exam in the shortest amount of time but also can boost your long-term memories of the knowledge learned. First, Gleim breaks down the knowledge into manageable study units. Second, Gleim provides easy to remember outlines for each knowledge point. Third, the end-of-unit summary section reiterates the critical elements reviewed. Fourth, Gleim also provides excellent indexes and glossaries to help you re-study the materials as quickly as possible. Fifth, the accounting experts are very responsive and explain any questions you may have in an intuitive manner. Lastly, Gleim always provides up-to-date information about the changes of CIA examination.

    Furthermore, the most important thing for taking any test is practice with good questions. Gleim gives concise and clear explanation to each question. The Gleim questions have the same level of difficulty with questions on the real exam. At the same time, the logic behind the Gleim questions closely parallels with the logic behind CIA exam questions. These similarities greatly reduce the surprise element during the CIA exam. In addition, I believe that the simulation did a great job in mimicking the real testing environment. This allows me to perform my best on the test day. To sum up, I would most highly recommend Gleim CIA review course to anyone who is on the path of conquering the CIA exam.

  • Laura Tatem, CPA, CIA, CGAP (Florida, USA)

    The Gleim CIA Review System helped me to succeed quickly in passing all three parts of the Certified Internal Auditor exam.  I even earned the William S. Smith Award for outstanding performance which I was not expecting!  The materials were easy to follow and presented in a logical manner.  The online test prep module provided an easy tracking tool to help target the areas where I needed the most help.  I was able to use the online tool to practice answering multiple choice questions at a pace that worked for me.  I was able to concentrate on questions for each study unit, combine questions for several study units, or even simulate taking the actual exam.  I was also able to easily study when I had time, where I had time.  Since the practice questions are in a web based format, I was able to access the study materials from my laptop, my tablet, and even my phone whenever I had a few extra minutes.  This flexibility definitely helped me to keep on track with my study schedule.  I also never felt like the practice questions were repeating.  The bank of questions was more than enough to ensure I grasped all the concepts within each study unit.  I highly recommend the overall format and ease of use of this Review System.

  • D. Ryan Jeannette, CPA, CIA (Nebraska, USA)

    Gleim’s review course is certainly first tier and word class!  Despite being a number of years from taking a college course and new to the Internal Audit profession, Gleim’s CIA Review course was the only preparation needed to pass the CIA exam.  The topics and practice questions are right on point. Exam questions are clearly aligned to Gleim’s practice questions with some even being verbatim.  The mobile website was very useful in practicing questions on the go.  The software provides results of by area, which guided my study and allowed me to improve in weaker areas leading up to the exam. I was pleasantly surprised to win the William S. Smith Award for my exam performance. My boss was impressed with the award and hopefully my investment in Gleim will help land me a promotion.

  • Muhammad Yasir, ACA, CIA (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

    I passed all CIA exams in first attempt within 4 months and secured the prestigious William S. Smith Award for my outstanding performance in 2014 CIA Exams.

    Gleim CIA Review played an important role in achieving this success. It’s clear and concise material helped me to go through the entire course very quickly despite my busy routine being a Senior Auditor at Big Four (Deloitte Middle East). Also, I found the online study and test sessions extremely useful in gaining the confidence of real time exam settings. I recommend Gleim to everyone who ask me for the best material to pass CIA.

  • Alison Tulak, CIA (Nevada, USA)

    I was very excited to be notified by the IIA that I received the William S. Smith Award Certificate of Honors for my performance on the 2014 CIA exam. Receiving the CIA certification has immensely helped me with my professional career. I sat for the CIA while working full time as an Internal Auditor with less than one year of experience. I was worried I did not have enough practical experience to pass the exam. With the help of Gleim CIA Test Prep, I was able to pass all three parts within five months on the first attempt. The multiple-choice questions are set up exactly as they are in the exam. The material in the Gleim CIA books is broken into easy to read sections, so that no matter the individual’s schedule, they can study effectively and efficiently. I would recommend Gleim to all aspiring professionals seeking certifications.

  • Yaser Abbas Salman, ACCA, CIA, CFSA, CIPA, Partner – Grant Thornton Abdulaal (Kingdom of Bahrain)

    I had a very positive experience using the Gleim CIA Review System, culminating in first time passes in all three parts of the exam and being awarded the 2014 “William S. Smith Certificate of Honor”, among more than 70,000 candidates worldwide. All within the span of just six months!

    With long working hours and a busy family life, I was looking for an efficient review system which would complement my professional experience in internal audit with the theoretical knowledge necessary to pass the exam within the shortest possible timeframe. I could not have found a better fit for my needs than the Gleim CIA Review System.

    The textbooks go into just the right amount of detail to explain any given topic without burdening you with the extraneous specifics non-essential to understanding the core concepts of each topic. The online system was another major plus-point. The fact that it is web-based and does not require installation on a PC means that you could answer practice questions on your smartphone wherever you happen to be. I especially appreciated the summary reports that the system is able to generate to identify topics you still need to work on. This proved invaluable in the final stretch where I focused my time on those topics.

    In summary, the Gleim CIA Review System was instrumental to my exam success and I would highly recommend it to all CIA candidates.

  • Thomas Bishop, CIA, CPA, CMA (Canada)

    I have been around for a long time, so why obtain the CIA designation now?  Having worked for more than 30 years with more than half of that in audit and assurance I didn’t feel I needed to prove anything to anyone.  The designation was my way of demonstrating my commitment to the profession, and given that I was using the Institute of Internal Auditors for standards and guidance, this was a logical next step.

    That’s where Gleim comes in.  With an extremely busy work schedule and life in general I needed to be able to put together an efficient and effective study program to ensure that I was up to date in all practice areas.  Gleim had already done all of that work and had designed a great program that was easy to use whenever my schedule permitted.  The instant feedback gave me confidence and I successfully passed all exams within one year.  But it was even more successful than I knew, when I was notified that I had received the William S. Smith award I was very pleased and glad that I had chosen Gleim to help me achieve my best.

  • Michael Marcucci, CRC, CIA (Connecticut, USA)

    What a surprise it was to have received the William S. Smith award and the certificate of honors. I had worked very hard to pass all three CIA exams and did so in less than 6 months, passing each exam the first time. And while I was happy to earn the CIA certification, I was thrilled that my exam results were good enough to receive this additional recognition. None of this would have been possible without the support of Gleim. The test prep materials were amazing. I work 12 hour days and have a long commute...not to mention a family life as well. So the amount of time I had to study was very limited. The Gleim materials allowed me to be efficient with my time; the on-line tracking showed me how to study more effectively by pointing out areas where I was weak and needed focus. Also, the Audio CDs helped me make best use of my daily commutes. Overall, a very comprehensive package of materials that I would recommend to any busy executive who wants to pass this rigorous examination. THANK YOU GLEIM!!!

  • Abbas Shabbir Barodawalla (Canada)

    I was pleasantly surprised to be notified by the IIA that I was one of the winners of the prestigious William S. Smith Award for my outstanding performance on the 2012 CIA Exam and they were awarding me with a Certificate of Honors. Due to personal and work commitments, I had limited time to study for the CIA Exam. I was glad to have completed all parts on the first attempt within 2 months just being able to study on the weekends.

    I was aware that the overall pass rate for the CIA exam averaged 40% and one had to wait 90 days to re-write a part they didn't pass. Given this, I wanted an effective study tool to pass the exam on the first attempt. I used the Gleim CIA Exam prep material. Gleim CIA Exam test prep software simulated the CIA exam very well. Even the test screens and icons appear very similar to the actual exam which made me feel more comfortable while taking the actual exam. The technical support team at Gleim was also very responsive to my needs. Gleim CIA Exam prep material enabled me to apply my knowledge on CIA exam questions, improve my speed in answering questions correctly and also to identify key concepts that are tested on the exam.

  • Daniel M. Silletti, CPA, CIA, CFE (Florida, USA)

    Prior to attempting the CIA exam, I had sat for the CPA counterpart with a formal education that consisted of a patchwork of courses completed at four institutions in two countries. Moreover, I had completed my full-time education years before, and was holding down a demanding, professional job that required extensive travel and a time commitment of 60 hours per week. I was understandably apprehensive, given the haphazard nature of my academic preparation, but I needn't have worried. Gleim's review system helped me to resolve all the unorganized knowledge I had accumulated with the happy result that I passed the exam on my first try by a surprisingly wide margin.

    When I sat for the CIA exam in 2009, I was in the same, proverbial boat. I had accumulated a great deal of scattered knowledge in my professional career, and was even more distantly removed from my academic roots. Again, I chose Gleim as my preparation partner; and again, I passed the first time. On this occasion, I won a William S. Smith Certificate of Honor Award. I strongly recommend the Gleim system to all aspiring CIA credential holders who must approach the challenge with a shoebox of technical knowledge that requires a professional educator to resolve. Dr. Gleim's outlines are economically constructed with just enough content to kick-start your thought process, encouraging a proactive attitude. The result is an attack on the exam rather than attempt to survive it. Gleim helped me excel, as I am sure it will on an upcoming CMA exam.

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