So… Which CIA Part Should You Take First?
Since the CIA Exam doesn’t need to be taken in any particular order, CIA candidates have the option of picking which part to take first. But which one is the best to start with? Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer and you will need to figure out which part would be the best for YOU to take first.
”Look at the CIA exam as two parts instead of three: part 3 and a large part consisting of parts 1 and 2.”
As you can see from the outline above, parts 1 and 2 are similar and a number of candidates have said that the two parts reference each other’s content. Because of this, I suggest you look at the CIA exam as two parts instead of three: part 3 and a large part consisting of parts 1 and 2. This is good to have in mind so you don’t take the exams in an order that splits up parts 1 and 2.
Part 3 is generally considered the hardest of all the sections since it is more conceptual and broader. Many choose to take this part first, just to get it over with. Others want to take it last so they can allow for more time to prepare.