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​Certified Internal Auditor ® (CIA®) Delayed Score Exam (DSE) Program

The Delayed Score Exam registration period has ended. No new registrations will be taken.
You must sit for your exam part by 30 September 2013.

Contribute to the value of the CIA designation by participating in this limited offering.

To continue to provide world-class certification exams and preserve and enhance the value and quality of The IIA’s flagship CIA designation, IIA Global Certifications has created the DSE.

For a limited time, candidates who register for a part in the new three-part CIA exam format will have the opportunity to choose the DSE option, which can result in saving as much as US $350* off the regular exam price.

CIA DSE Pricing

IIA Member​ ​Non-member
Application Fee ​US $100 ​US $200
Registration Fee (Part 1) ​US $100 ​US $200
​Registration Fee (Parts 2 and 3) ​US $100 ​US $200
Registration Period CLOSED CLOSED
Exam Expiration** ​30 September 2013 ​30 September 2013

*Savings are based on taking all three of the exam parts in the DSE format.
**Standard 180-day testing window WILL NOT apply.

Additional Exam Conditions

The three-part DSE is administered in English via Pearson VUE testing centers around the world. Individuals opting to take a DSE exam part versus a regular exam part will be tested on an additional 25 questions and will have an additional 30 minutes of seat time to complete the exam. These additional questions — which do not impact a candidate’s score in any way — allow for validation and expansion of the CIA exam bank of questions.

During this question validation process, candidates’ exam scores will not be released to the candidate for up to 90 days after completion of the exam.

The table below indicates the number of questions and seat time for each part of the CIA DSE option.

Exam Part​ ​Number of Multiple-Choice Questions, Standard Exam Test Time, Standard Exam​ Number of Multiple-Choice Questions,
Test Time,
Part 1​ ​125 ​2.5 hours ​150 ​3.0 hours
Part 2 ​100 ​2.0 hours ​125 ​2.5 hours
Part 3 ​100 ​2.0 hours ​125 ​2.5 hours

Examinees must register and pay the complete registration fee during the period of 1 July 2013 through 31 August 2013 and must sit for the exam prior to 30 September 2013. 

Please note: All other conditions as indicated in the CIA eligibility requirements still apply.

What is a Delayed Score Exam?

A critical part of the exam development process is the delayed score exam. By taking the exam in its delayed score format, candidates provide us with useful information to evaluate the technical accuracy, relevance, and psychometric characteristics of the questions before we score examinees.

All exam questions go through a rigorous development and evaluation process before being released to the public. Data gathered during delayed score testing are used to select the best questions for the production exam, and to eliminate questions that are ambiguous, too easy or too difficult, or unhelpful in evaluating a participant's knowledge. In recognition of their contribution, testing additional questions, and committing additional time to the examination process, participants in the delayed score exams are rewarded with a reduced exam fee.

Participation in the program is available to a limited number of participants and only candidates who have been approved into the CIA program are eligible to participate.

Delayed Exam Scoring

Exam scores will be available approximately 90 days after you take the exam. This timeframe reflects the comprehensive process used to evaluate the delayed score exam results.

Note: Participation in delayed score exams is voluntary, and The IIA makes no promises or guarantees regarding the delayed score exam process, availability of your scores, or the timing of your results.

Passing the Delayed Score Exam

Passing a delayed score exam part is equivalent to passing a regular exam part and counts toward earning your CIA certification. You will not need to retake the exam part in its final version.

If you do not pass the delayed score exam part, you cannot retake the delayed score exam version of that exam part; you must wait 90 days to retake that particular exam part according to IIA policy and at the regular cost.

Once your score is final, it will be posted to your CCMS record and you will automatically receive an e-mail with the exam score at the e-mail address on file in your CCMS record. You will also be able to see your score in the history section of your CCMS record.

If you have additional questions, an incident should be logged from within your CCMS record for review by a member of our certifications staff.

Candidates from the following countries must refer to their local IIA Institute web-site or contact their local representative for more information about local certification processes:

The information contained on this website pertains to all other countries.

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