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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the CIA exam offered?

The CIA exam is offered on demand year-round. Candidates must schedule their exam within 180 days of registering for the exam.

Do I need to take the CIA exam parts in order?

No. You may take them in any order.

Where can I take the CIA exam?

The CIA examination is offered at Pearson VUE testing centers. Most Pearson VUE test centers are open five or six days a week and offer daily time slots for the exam. To schedule the exam online, go to www.pearsonvue.com/iia

When are CIA exam scores released?

Unofficial results are available immediately after the exam is completed. Official results can be found on the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) website within one to two days.

How is the CIA exam scored?

Each CIA exam section is graded on a scaled score of 25–750, with a score of 600 being required to pass. Objective questions are mechanically graded and must be answered correctly to receive credit. Comments and/or calculations pertaining to an answer are not considered.

How much does the CIA exam cost?

Exam costs depend on IIA Membership as well as student status:

  • IIA members pay a membership fee of $250, an application fee of $115 and exam registration fees of $280 (for part 1) and $230 (for parts 2 and 3, individually), totaling $1,105.
  • Non IIA members pay an application fee of $230 and exam registration fees of $395 (for part 1) and $345 (for parts 2 and 3, individually), totaling $1,315.
  • Students pay an IIA membership fee of $40, an application fee of $65 and exam registration fees of $230 (for part 1) and $180 (for parts 2 and 3, individually), totaling $695.

Do CIAs have continuing education (CE) requirements?

The continuing education requirements differ for practicing and non-practicing CIAs. Individuals who are practicing — actively performing internal audit or related activities — are required to complete 40 hours of CE per year. Non-practicing individuals — not actively performing internal audit or related activities — are required to complete 20 hours of CE per year. 

To meet the needs of all CIAs, Surgent offers more than 1,200 CPE webinars each year, a full library of self-study courses, tailored in-firm seminars and training, and accounting exam prep programs for several core credentials and certifications. For a full list of details, refer to the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Administrative Directive No. 4.