Certified Information Systems Auditor Exam Preparation tips and pointers

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Certified Information Systems Auditor certification exam tips

The CISA certification requires a  great deal of the candidate's expertise and experience. To pass the test, you must plan out a long-term research strategy. 

 The following sections offer some tips and are intended to help lead you to, into, and beyond the day of the test. 

Until the exam Consider the following list of tips on exam preparation tasks and tools. 

They are listed here

Before the Exam

Consider the following list of tips on tasks and resources for exam preparation. They are listed in sequential order.

  • Read the ISACA Exam Candidate Information Guide: For information on the certification exam and requirements for the current year, see isaca.org/Certification/Pages/Candidates-Guide-for-Exams.aspx. Be sure to download the correct (usually the most recent) version of the guide.
  • Register:  to solidify your commitment to moving forward with this professional achievement.
  • Get to know the CISA Job Practice areas:The Work Practice areas serve as the basis for the review and the specifications. Beginning with the June 2019, the fields of job experience have improved. Make sure the research materials comply with the current www.isaca.org/cisajobpractice list. 
  • Become familiar with the CISA job practice areas: The job practice areas serve as the basis for the exam and requirements. Beginning with the June 2019 exam, the job practice areas have changed. Ensure that your study materials align with the current list at isaca.org/cisajobpractice.
  • Self-assess: Practice MCQ from the books you purchase
  • Iterative study: Plan your study program ranging between at least two months to  six months.
  • Find a study group: Many ISACA chapters have formed specific WhatsApp study groups or offer less expensive exam review courses. Contact your local chapter to see if these options are available to you.
  • Admission ticket: Approximately two to three weeks before the exam, you will receive your admission ticket.
  • Logistics check: Check the Candidate Information Guide and your admission ticket for the exact time you are required to report to the test site. Check the site a few days before the exam—become familiar with the location and tricks to getting there.
  • Pack: Place your admissions ticket and a photo ID in a safe place, ready to go. Your ID must be a current, government-issued photo ID that matches the name on the admission ticket and must not be handwritten, see isaca.org/cisabelongings.
  • Notification decision: Decide whether you want your exam results e-mailed to you. You will have the opportunity to consent to e-mail notification of the exam results. If you are fully paid (zero balance on exam fee) and have consented to the e-mail notification, you should receive a single e-mail a few weeks from the date of the exam with your exam results.
  • Sleep: Get a sound night's sleep before the exam. Research suggests that you should avoid caffeine at least four hours before bedtime.  

Day of the Exam

Consider the following list of tips that can help you on the exam day:

  • Arrive early: Check the Candidate Information Guide and your admission ticket for the exact time you are required to report to the test site. The ticket and the Candidate Information Guide explain that you must be at the test site no later than approximately 30 minutes before testing time. If you are late, you may miss your opportunity to take the exam on that day, and you'll have to reschedule your exam.
  • Observe test center rules: There may be rules about taking breaks. This will be discussed by the examiner along with exam instructions. If at any time during the exam you need something and are unsure as to the rules, be sure to ask first. For information on conduct during the exam, see isaca.org/cisabelongings.
  • Answering exam questions: Read questions carefully, but do not try to overanalyze. Remember to select the best There may be several reasonable answers, but one is better than the others.


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