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.