Christian Hilgemann

William S. Smith Certificate of Honor Winner

Christian Hilgemann


It was a pleasant surprise to be informed about winning a “William S. Smith Certificate of Honor” on the 2016 CIA exam. I was working full time as an internal auditor while preparing for the CIA exam and passed the third part after two years of professional experience.

I used the Gleim material because it was recommended by my colleagues and during a seminar, especially because of the high number of test questions and the perfect simulation of the real exam environment.

The Gleim textbooks are well-structured, easy to understand and therefore a good starting point for every unit. I spent the majority of my preparation on practice exams to get used to the special format of multiple choice questions. I really benefited from the exam review sessions as the detailed explanations for correct and incorrect answers were very useful in developing a deep understanding. Also beneficial was the possibility to mark difficult questions in order to focus on them again in a separate session. In addition, the statistics were helpful to identify areas of personal strengths and weaknesses as well as to monitor the performance development.

All in all, I would highly recommend the Gleim Review System for CIA candidates because it was a key factor for my exam success.