Q. What is the CISA exam?
A. CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) is a professional certification for Information technology audit professionals sponsored by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Candidates for a CISA certification must pass the examination, agree to adhere to ISACA’s Code of Professional Ethics, submit evidence of a minimum of five years of professional IS auditing, control, or security work, and abide by a program of continuing professional education.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the CISA exam?
A. Candidates for a CISA certification must pass the examination, agree to adhere to ISACA’s Code of Professional Ethics, submit evidence of a minimum of five years of professional IS auditing, control, or security work, and abide by a program of continuing professional education.

Substitutions and waivers of such experience may be obtained as follows:

  • A maximum of one year of information systems experience, or one year of financial or operational auditing experience can be substituted for one year of information systems auditing, control, or security experience.
  • 60 to 120 completed college semester credit hours (the equivalent of an Associate or Bachelor degree) can be substituted for one or two years, respectively, of information systems auditing, control or security experience.
  • Two years as a full-time university instructor in a related field (e.g., computer science, accounting, information systems auditing) can be substituted for one year of information systems auditing, control or security experience.

Q. What are the benefits to becoming a CISA?
A.

  • It demonstrates your working knowledge of information security.
  • It offers a career differentiator, with enhanced credibility and marketability.
  • It provides access to valuable resources, such as peer networking and idea exchange.
  • It allows access to a network of global industry and subject matter/domain experts.
  • It also provides a business and technology orientation to risk management.

Q. What certificate does it provide?
A. It provides CISA certification.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. 200 questions

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 4 hours

Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. Linear

Q. What is the passing score?
A. 70%

Q. What to expect in the CISA exam?
A. CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) is a professional certification for Information technology audit professionals sponsored by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). An examinee should practice the following areas to pass the CISA exam:

  • Understanding IS audit process
  • Managing and/or implementing IT Governance
  • Understanding systems and infrastructure lifecycle management
  • Understanding IT service delivery and support
  • Performing security for Information assets
  • Implementing business continuity and disaster recovery

4 thoughts on “Everything you want to know about the CISA exam

  1. It’s good that you are creating awareness on the course. Keep up with the spirit.
    I would like to take the course so kindly let me know where the course (CISA) is offered in Nakuru town, Kenya.

  2. Hey,
    Have a doubt.Can a 1st year undergraduate student write this exam??
    If so,would you please let me know the course duration and the cost of this examination?
    Thanks !

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