Brian Lair, CIA

Kurt Riedener Award - Bronze Medal Winner

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!