Computer-Based Testing FAQs 

 
  1. What is Computer-Based Testing?
  2. What is changing regarding the CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT exam delivery?
  3. When will candidates begin utilizing CBT for ISACA exams?
  4. When can I start registering?
  5. What if there is not a testing location in my area?
  6. Why can’t I test at any time?
  7. What will the cost be for the exams?
  8. Will I need to prepare for CBT in any different way than paper and pencil exams?
  9. How will this impact review courses chapters hold?
  10. What will be the test format of the CBT exam?
  11. How will candidates be able to view the list of CBT testing sites before registering for an exam?
  12. What are some of the main benefits of CBT?
  13. Will the passing standards change with CBT?
  14. Does it take more time to complete a computer-based exam compared to pencil and paper?
  15. Will ISACA eliminate pencil and paper exams?

 

ISACA TRANSITIONS TO COMPUTER-BASED TESTING IN 2017

1. What is Computer-Based Testing?

Computer-Based Testing (CBT) is an efficient way to provide a secure, consistent environment for certification exams while significantly enhancing the candidate experience. For those taking the CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC exams, this means exam-takers will go to a testing center, show identification, be seated at a computer workstation and take the exam in a secure, monitored environment.

2. What is changing regarding the CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT exam delivery?

The delivery method for these certification exams is changing from paper and pencil to CBT. The December 2016 exam administration will be the last exam administered via the traditional paper-based delivery method. Exam candidates will register for an exam via the ISACA website, at which point the candidate will schedule the exam with the testing vendor by selecting the desired date and test center location that is most convenient.

3. When will candidates begin utilizing CBT for ISACA exams?

In 2017, CBT for the CISA, CRISC, CISM, and CGEIT certifications will be offered during three testing windows of eight-week durations. The windows will be 1 May – 30 June 2017, 1 August – 30 September 2017 and 1 November – 31 December 2017.

4. When can I start registering?

Registration for the May/June 2017 testing window is now open at www.isaca.org/examreg. Further details regarding the exam can be found in the Exam Candidate Information Guide at www.isaca.org/examguide.

5. What if there is not a testing location in my area?

The list provided at www.isaca.org/examlocations is not the final list of sites. The list will continue to evolve as we move closer to the first testing window of 2017. Our testing vendor is currently expanding its network of testing sites, and ISACA has helped to identify areas of need based on previous candidate volume. As new sites are added, the list will be updated to show these additional locations. ISACA will continue to work with the testing vendor to meet the demand of exam-takers.

6. Why can’t I test at any time?

While ISACA is excited to be expanding the availability of the CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT exams to three testing windows of eight weeks each, 2017 is a transition year for the certification exams to CBT. The length and timing of the availability of the exams will continue to be evaluated.

7. What will the cost be for the exams?

Registration fees for the May/June 2017 exam window are as follows:

Early registration
ISACA Member: US $525
Non-member: US $710

Final registration
ISACA Member: US $575
Non-member: US $760

Further details regarding the May/June 2017 exam can be found by clicking here.

 

CBT EXAM FORMAT

8. Will I need to prepare for CBT in any different way than paper and pencil exams?

No. ISACA HQ offers exam prep materials, Virtual Instructor-Led Training Sessions, and questions, answers and explanation manuals for the CISA, CISM, CRISC and CGEIT exams. If you are a member of ISACA, contact your local chapter to see if it conducts review courses.

9. How will this impact review courses chapters hold?

The timing of review courses can remain similar to previous years, as the exams will take place during similar times of the year.

10. What will be the test format of the CBT exam?

The multiple-choice format of the exams will not change. Questions will be delivered one at a time, and candidates will have the opportunity to flag items to which they can later return.

11. How will candidates be able to view the list of CBT testing sites before registering for an exam?

Candidates can view a current list of exam sites at www.isaca.org/examlocations. Please note that this list is subject to change as ISACA and its testing vendor continue to identify and develop additional testing sites to further increase the network available to candidates. This list will continue to evolve up to and beyond the May/June 2017 testing window.

12. What are some of the main benefits of CBT?

CBT will add value for certification exam-takers, including:

  • The ability to schedule tests when and where it’s convenient. The opportunity to take the exams will increase dramatically, from two times per year (for CGEIT and CRISC) or three (for CISA and CISM), to three testing windows of eight-week duration during 2017.
  • Decreased turnaround time for exam results. Preliminary pass/fail results will be available immediately after the exam. Official exam results will be sent within 10 business days.
  • Increased flexibility for changing exam times. Individuals will be able to reschedule exams within the same testing windows as late as 48 hours from the originally scheduled exam time.

13. Will the passing standards change with CBT?

No.

14. Does it take more time to complete a computer-based exam compared to pencil and paper?

No. Prior to the exam, a brief tutorial will be available for those who have not previously taken CBT exams. This tutorial will instruct exam-takers on how to navigate through the computer-based exam. Candidates will have four hours to take the exam. As candidate feedback is important to the continued success of our exams, we also will ask exam-takers to answer a few questions related to the testing center and the exam content. There will be extra time allotted for completion of the tutorial and the post-exam survey.

15. Will ISACA eliminate pencil and paper exams?

In regions of the world where there is no CBT center and ISACA has high volumes of exam-takers, paper and pencil exams may still be offered.