Exams

To qualify as a CIA you must pass three computer-based, multiple-choice exams:

  1. Essentials of Internal Auditing: 125 questions, 2 hours 30 minutes
  2. Practice of Internal Auditing: 100 questions, 2 hours
  3. Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing: 100 questions, 2 hours

Multiple choice questions 

Multiple choice doesn't mean the questions are easy. The exams may not test your wrist muscles with three hours of solid writing, but they're just as challenging on your grey matter! You will have to think very carefully about your response as the answer options will often be very similar. 

Read some sample CIA exam questions


Exam venues

The CIA exams are held at over 100 Pearson Vue centres in the UK and Ireland. These exam centres allow you to choose a date and time that's convenient for you – there are no fixed exam dates. 

Pearson Vue centres are open Monday to Friday, during office hours, and most are also open on Saturday morning.


Immediate results

Because the exams are computer-based, you'll get your result the same day. So the agonising wait for your results will at least be short! If you need to resit an exam, you can do so in 90 days.