Course Rating: ★★★★★
Hock International CIA Review offers several course options for students who are preparing for the CIA exam. Their textbooks cover the basics in straightforward language, making this course good for those who need a thorough review from the ground up.
You can purchase only the textbooks, study questions, or videos, or combine them into a package deal, depending on your needs. This course is not really a budget option because you can get a lot more material for only slightly more money if you decide to go with one of HOCK’s competitors instead.
1. Free Samples of Study Materials and Quizzes
HOCK CIA Review offers free downloadable samples of the textbooks, flash cards, the ExamSuccess multiple-choice questions, and videos so you can check out the course before you purchase it. Explore the course without registering for or creating an account to see if it meets your needs and matches your learning style.
Students can also take the free CIA quizzes and have the opportunity to compete with other students studying for the CIA exam to try and get their name onto one of HOCK’s leaderboards. Note that the quizzes are free, but you do have to register for a free account to participate, and that this new feature is still being tested (beta version).
2. ExamSuccess Software/CIA Question Bank
HOCK’s ExamSuccess Study Software is included in the CIA Questions portion of the course. The software includes thousands of multiple choice questions and explanations for both correct and incorrect answers. Questions are timed during study sessions and can be organized by topic, so you can focus your study on one subject at a time. Detailed performance analysis displays your level of competency based on each section of material.
The question bank can be accessed online or downloaded for use without an internet connection. Note that the included Mock Exam contains new questions that are not used elsewhere in the study materials, so you can gauge your preparedness for the actual exam on a fresh set of questions.
3. International Course Options
Hock offers several live courses and provides its study materials to other groups in a number of locations around the world. International students or expats studying for the CIA exam abroad can sign up for a live HOCK course in Belorussia, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, and many other locations have review courses that incorporate HOCK study materials. Materials are also available in Russian and Arabic. Please see the HOCK website for details.
4. Interactive Electronic Flashcards
The interactive flashcards were developed to help you learn the information as efficiently as possible. New cards are introduced gradually and flashcards appear based on an analysis of your mastery of particular concepts and information. Old and new cards appear at regular intervals to help you learn the information quickly and effectively.
5. Free Updates and Course Does Not Expire
One advantage of HOCK’s review courses is that materials can be used as long as students need them to study for and pass the exams, and there is no additional charge for updates to study materials. HOCK’s courseware is compatible with Windows and Macintosh computers, and can be accessed from computers, tablets or smartphones.
1. Smaller Question Bank
HOCK’s question bank includes more than 2,800 questions, which is a respectable number, but not quite as many questions as its main competitors. Some questions also seem very similar to others or redundant, making the question bank seem even smaller. Students who are looking for more variety and a larger number of practice questions should consider adding questions from other sources to their review.
2. No Money Back Guarantee
If you do not perform well on the CIA exam or decide that the review course is not helping you study, you won’t be able to get a refund for the course. This policy is somewhat offset by the opportunity to preview free samples of HOCK’s study materials before you purchase the course, although you should be aware that this is not a free trial of the actual course, but merely a glimpse at what the materials are like.
HOCK does have a pass guarantee if you buy their Complete Package. If you don’t pass the CIA exam, they will pay your exam fee to re-take the exam if you meet their requirements (but still no refund). Please consult HOCK’s website for details and requirements.
HOCK’s study materials are somewhat cheaper than other CIA prep options, and their international availability and free world-wide shipping will appeal to a large number of students living abroad. Students whose first language is Russian or Arabic will benefit from the course materials that are available in these languages.
Students who want the flexibility of buying only one part of the course (questions, videos, or textbooks) and are committed to studying on their own for however long they need will appreciate HOCK’s free updates and no expiration date.
Although Hock CIA review is an affordable option, there are better programs out there for only slightly more money. The quality of material does not really compare to other courses like Gleim or Fast Forward Academy. Students who need an introductory review of the basics in clear language might benefit from starting with HOCK before moving onto a larger question bank with more practice materials, however I would highly suggest just avoiding this course altogether and purchasing a better one from their competitors.
Summary of Course Features
- Textbooks (downloadable PDF files or hard copy)
- Personalized Study Plan
- ExamSuccess Software (Multiple-Choice Practice Questions)
- Mock Exam
- Videos or Audio mp3 Files
- Free world-wide shipping
- Materials also available in Russian and Arabic
Price for all 3 parts: $649
1 part only: $249 each
Includes: Textbooks, ExamSuccess Multiple-Choice Practice Questions, Electronic Flashcards, 1 Mock Exam, Videos, and free shipping worldwide.
Price for all 3 parts: $399
1 part only: $149 each
Includes: PDF files of books (additional charge for hard copies), Multiple-Choice Practice Questions, Flashcards, and Mock Exam.
Price for all 3 parts: $249
1 part only: $99
Includes: PDF files of books (additional charge for hard copies).
Price for all 3 parts: $199
1 part only: $99
Includes: 13 hours of videos for Part 1 and 11 hours for Part 2 that are similar to a live course; these are also available as audio mp3 files. Videos for Part 3 are due to be released in fall 2015. Videos can be watched on computers, tablets and smartphones.
Price for all 3 parts: $249
1 part only: $99
ExamSuccess Multiple-choice questions, Mock Exam, and Electronic Flashcards. As of July 2015, the number of questions included in Part 1 is 699, Part 2 includes 645 questions, and for Part 3 includes 1,547 questions.