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If Not You, Then Who? As an internal auditor, you are better positioned than anyone else in your organization to educate your audit committee. It is your responsibility to keep your committee informed about appropriate audit committee activities and processes, what should be included in the audit committee charter, new rules and regulations, the status...
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Question: My friends and family ask me for a definition of internal auditing. Unfortunately, my explanations tend to be too long and technical. Can you give me a brief yet accurate answer to that question? Once they understand the career field I would like to enter, they may lend more support toward my goal of...
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To keep test anxiety to a minimum during exam day, you should arrive to the site at least half an hour prior to taking the test. This will give you time to collect your thoughts and belongings. An early arrival will also allow you to visit the restroom, get a drink and check in without...
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“A friend of mine passed the exam using Gleim’s CIA Review System. She did so well that the IIA presented her with a William S. Smith Award. What do you know about the award? More importantly, what must I do to achieve this accolade?” The IIA presents the William S. Smith Award to the top-scoring...
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Why should I take the CIA exam in the first place? Before opening the first book, software, audio lecture or online course, every candidate must possess a thorough answer to this question. Although each answer remains unique according to the candidate’s personal and professional aspirations, common characteristics provide the foundation for the CIA’s popularity. These...
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The IIA is now endorsing CIA review programs at universities. The benefits of an IIA endorsed program are support of local IIA chapters, publications from the IIA, and increased opportunities for students concerning internships and employment. The students who participate in these programs are also better equipped to deal with the business world than students...
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Eligibility to sit for the exam has several requirements. A bachelor’s degree or its educational equivalent must be earned from an accredited institution. Experience cannot substitute for education requirements. Proof of education, such as a degree or transcripts, must be sent with the application for CIA candidacy. Education beyond that listed above can be reviewed...
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Confidence is crucial. It is directly related to your determination to PASS the CIA exam and to your commitment to preparing for it. The vast majority of CIA candidates who continue to take the exam will pass. The point is that you will become a CIA if you are determined. You have already taken a...
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