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Exam Registration & Administration

  1. When will I receive my September 2014 exam results?
  2. Why does it take 5 weeks for CISA and CISM and 8 weeks for CGEIT and CRISC to process exam results?
  3. How is the exam scored?
  4. How do I provide comments on testing conditions?
  5. What is the date of the next exam administration?
  6. When does registration open for the December exam?
  7. What is the registration deadline of the December exam and what are the fees?
  8. Can I take the CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC exams on the same day?
  9. Can I change my exam site or language?
  10. Can I defer my exam?
  11. Where can I find CISA/CISM/CGEIT/CRISC applications for certification?
  12. What are the requirements for CISA/CISM/CGEIT/CRISC certification?
  13. Why doesn’t ISACA currently offer computer-based testing (CBT)?

1. When will I receive my September 2014 exam results?

The CISA and CISM exam results from the September 2014 exam were released via email on 9 October 2014 to those candidates who elected to received the email results notification during the registration process and do not have a balance due on the exam. CISA and CISM hard copy result letters were sent out the week of 13 October. Additionally, candidates can view exam results in their online profile at MyISACA > MyCertifications > Exam Result History. Please allow for adequate postal delivery time to your mailing location. To ensure the confidentiality of scores, exam results will not be reported by telephone, fax or email other than the one-time notification email.

2. Why does it take 5 weeks for CISA and CISM and 8 weeks for CGEIT and CRISC to process exam results?

ISACA takes the processing of exam results very seriously. Best practice dictates that item performance be carefully reviewed after each exam administration to ensure that items performed in a fair and consistent manner.

Starting in 2013, CISA and CISM exam results are released within 5 weeks of the exam administration (in place of the 8 weeks as currently exists for CGEIT and CRISC). This change was viable due to the maturity of the respective exams and item pool.

ISACA works with its testing agency to administer our exams in over 250 locations worldwide. The first step in the grading process is the review of the preliminary statistical analysis which begins when a majority of answer sheets are returned. This usually occurs a week or two after the exam administration date. This preliminary analysis is conducted on each exam item in every language that the exam item is offered. Currently, ISACA offers 4 different exams, in up to 10 languages. This step is essential because it identifies items that did not perform well based on statistics. Items with poor statistics are reviewed by the members of the respective certification committee. If an error or inconsistency is discovered within an item, the answer key is adjusted to ensure candidates are not penalized for the error.

Items with performance statistics on translated exams are also reviewed to determine if errors in translation occurred, impacting the candidate’s ability to answer an item correctly. This review is performed by multilingual ISACA members who hold the respective certifications.

Once the answer keys are finalized, a passing point is determined and approved by the Certification Committee for each certification. At this point, the testing agency processes each of the exam candidate’s final grades by converting it into a score between 200 and 800.

ISACA and our testing agency are dedicated to the efficient processing of exam results. We are also committed to performing the proper due diligence so that test results are reliable.

3. How is the exam scored?

ISACA uses a 200-800 point scale with 450 as the passing mark for the exams. A scaled score is a conversion of the raw score on an exam to a common scale. It is important to note that the exam score is not based on an arithmetic or percent average. For example, the scaled score of 800 represents a perfect score with all 200 questions answered correctly; a scaled score of 200 is the lowest score possible and signifies that only a small number of questions were answered correctly.

A candidate must receive a scaled score of 450 or higher to pass the exam. A score of 450 represents a minimum consistent standard of knowledge as established for the exam by the respective ISACA Certification Committee. The passing score of 450 represents the minimum number of questions that must be answered correctly by the candidate in order to demonstrate practical application of the job task and knowledge statements. A candidate receiving a passing score may then apply for certification if all other requirements are met.

4. How do I provide comments on testing conditions?

Candidates wishing to comment on the test administration conditions may do so at the conclusion of the testing session by completing the “Test Administration Questionnaire.” The Test Administration Questionnaire is presented at the back of the examination booklet.

Candidates who wish to address any additional comments or concerns about the examination administration or content of the examination should contact ISACA international headquarters by email (exam@isaca.org). These comments or concerns are to be received by ISACA within 2 weeks after the examination date. Only those comments received by ISACA during the first 2 weeks after the exam administration will be considered in the final scoring process of the examination.

5. What is the date of the next exam administration?

The next exam administration for the CISA, CISM, CGEIT or CRISC exam is 13 December 2014 unless otherwise specified at www.isaca.org/examlocations.

6. When does registration open for the December exam?

Registration for the 13 December 2014 CISA, CISM, CGEIT or CRISC exam is now open at www.isaca.org/examreg.

Please note that the CISA German, CISA Hebrew and CISA Italian languages are not available at the December 2014 exam administration. The next available administration for CISA German, CISA Hebrew and CISA Italian is June 2015. 

7. What is the registration deadline of the December exam and what are the fees?

Early registration deadline: 20 August 2014
Final registration deadline: 29 October 2014

Please visit www.isaca.org/examguide for more details, including fees.
Candidates can save US $75 on the exam registration fee by registering online.

8. Can I take the CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC exams on the same day?

The CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC exams are given simultaneously in a 4-hour time frame. It is not possible to take multiple exams on the same day.

9. Can I change my exam site or language?

Yes, changes to the exam site, language, exam type or name changes are permitted until 31 October**.  Exam registration changes are subject to the following charges:

  • On or before 24 October 2014…………………………no charge
  • 25 October  through 31 October 2014….……………………..$50

No exam registration changes will be granted after 31 October 2014.

**Please note that all deadlines are based on Chicago, Illinois, USA 5 p.m. Central Time.

For name, exam site, language or exam type changes, please send an email to exam@isaca.org. These changes do not include deferrals.

10. Can I defer my exam?

Candidates unable to take the exam can request a deferral of their registration fees to the next exam date. To learn more about deferring your exam, including deferral deadlines and costs, please visit www.isaca.org/examdefer.

11. Where can I find CISA/CISM/CGEIT/CRISC applications for certification?

CISA applications are located at www.isaca.org/cisaapp.
CISM applications are located at www.isaca.org/cismapp.
CGEIT applications are located at www.isaca.org/cgeitapp.
CRISC applications are located at www.isaca.org/criscapp.  

12. What are the requirements for CISA/CISM/CGEIT/CRISC certification?

CISA requirements for certification are available at www.isaca.org/cisarequirements.  
CISM requirements for certification are available at www.isaca.org/cismrequirements.  
CGEIT requirements for certification are available at www.isaca.org/cgeitrequirements.
CRISC requirements for certification are available at www.isaca.org/criscrequirements.

13. Why doesn’t ISACA currently offer computer-based testing (CBT)?

ISACA is often asked why our exams are not offered in an online environment. It’s a great question, especially given that ISACA members and certifieds are primarily IT professionals. It is also an issue that ISACA’s Credentialing and Career Management Board and certification committees continue to evaluate each and every year. There are three primary objectives that ISACA considers when offering exams:

  • Can exams be offered more efficiently?
  • Can exams be offered more securely?
  • Can exams be offered more affordably?

In order to determine whether to move from paper-based testing to computer-based testing, ISACA has weighed various factors including, but not limited to, being assured that:

  • Exam candidates are offered a consistent and suitable exam experience regardless of where they sit for the exam
  • Exam items are properly safeguarded
  • Exams are offered at a reasonable and fair fee

It is clear that there are advantages and disadvantages to offering exams in both paper-based and computer-based formats. Research has indicated that suitable CBT sites are not available in many of the more than 250 locations that ISACA currently offers exams, and many other CBT sites are not viable and secure for high-stakes exams. In addition, we have seen others who have shifted from paper-based testing to CBT increase their exam fees significantly (often by 100%) given the higher administrative costs.

At this time, ISACA’s Credentialing and Career Management Board has determined that the cost of transitioning to CBT would outweigh the benefits to test takers and to ISACA as a whole. ISACA is proud of the success and demand for our certifications that has been achieved, and is committed to continuing to look at additional options for offering ISACA exams.

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CRISC Certification

  1. What does the CRISC continuing professional education program require?
  2. How do I renew my certification and/or report my CPE?
  3. Does ISACA provide discount on certification maintenance (renewal) fees if I have multiple certifications?
  4. What type of work experience do I need for CRISC certification?
  5. Where can I view details on the job practice domains?
  6. Where can I learn more about the CRISC certification?
  7. How do I best prepare for the CRISC exam?

1. What does the CRISC continuing professional education program require?

In order to become and remain a CRISC, an individual must agree to comply with the CRISC continuing professional education program. This program requires an individual to earn a minimum of 20 CPE hours annually and 120 CPE hours over their 3-year cycle. In addition, an annual maintenance fee of US $45 ISACA member and US $85 non-member is required.

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2. How do I renew my certification and/or report my CPE?

To renew the certification requires earning and reporting CPE hours annually and over a fixed 3-year cycle period and paying an annual certification maintenance fee.

 Our CPE reporting system has recently been enhanced and certified individuals are now able to report CPE as they are earned.

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How to report your CPE:

To pay the annual maintenance fee:

If you have forgotten your password, click on the "Forgot Password?" link. After remitting your payment by credit card you will receive a purchase receipt online and via email, in addition to a receipt by postal mail. If you are not paying by credit card and want to pay by check or bank transfer, click the "Pay by Check or Bank Transfer" button when you reach the shopping cart.

3. Does ISACA provide a discount on certification maintenance (renewal) fees if I have multiple certifications?

Yes, for those individuals who renew 3 or more ISACA certifications, ISACA offers a discount on the 3rd and 4th renewal fees of $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

4. What type of work experience do I need for CRISC certification?

The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control certification (CRISC, pronounced “see-risk”) is intended to recognize a wide range of professionals for their knowledge of enterprise risk and their ability to design, implement, monitor, and maintain IS controls to mitigate such risk. It is particularly designed for IT professionals who have hands-on experience with risk identification, assessment and evaluation; risk response; risk monitoring; IS control design and implementation; and IS control monitoring and maintenance. Please see the job tasks and knowledge statements that relate to this certification at Job Practice.

5. Where can I view details on the job practice domains?

Please visit Job Practice to view the CRISC task and knowledge statements.

6. Where can I learn more about the CRISC certification?

Please visit the CRISC page.

7. How do I best prepare for the CRISC exam?

Exam candidates should have a solid understanding of CRISC terminology and concepts. The CRISC exam will primarily align with the terminology and concepts described in The Risk IT Framework, The Risk IT Practitioner Guide, and COBIT 4.1. This will include applications in the evaluation and monitoring of Information Systems (IS)-based risk, as well as the design and implementation of IS controls. It is also critical that the CRISC candidate is familiar with the CRISC Job Practice, and is able to apply the concepts associated with each of the 5 domains.

It is important for a CRISC candidate to be able to distinguish functional terms and apply concepts associated with “risk,” “threats,” and “vulnerabilities.”  These terms should not be used interchangeably.

  • “Risk” refers to the likelihood (or frequency) and magnitude of loss that exists from a combination of asset(s), threat(s), and control conditions.  As a derived value, it cannot take a plural form (i.e., “risks”).  Consequently, when referring to conditions that represent some amount of risk, terms such as “risk factors,” “risk scenarios” or “risk concerns” will be used.
  • “Threat” refers to anything (e.g., object, substance, human) that is capable of acting against an asset in a manner that can result in loss or harm.
  • “Vulnerability” refers to control conditions that are deemed to be deficient relative to requirements or the threat levels being faced.  It is a weakness in design, implementation, operation, or internal controls.

As much of the test focuses on practical application of terminology and concepts, simply reading The Risk IT Framework, The Risk IT Practitioner Guide, and COBIT 4.1 will not lend enough knowledge to pass the CRISC exam. Exam candidates will need to draw from their experience implementing the concepts illustrated.

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Certification Requirements

  1. What do I need to do if I have received a revocation notice?
  2. Where can I find the CRISC Application for certification?
  3. Is there a fee to apply for certification?
  4. What are the qualifications to earn the CRISC credential?
  5. What does the CRISC continuing professional education policy require?
  6. Do I need to submit documentation for my CPE hours?
  7. Does ISACA provide a discount on certification maintenance (renewal) fees if I have multiple certifications?

1. What do I need to do if I have received a revocation notice?

If you have received a revocation notice, please contact certification@isaca.org.

2. Where can I find the CRISC Application for Certification?

The CRISC application is available at www.isaca.org/criscapp.

3. Is there a fee to apply for certification?

For certification applications received on 1 June 2012 and forward, an application processing fee of US $50 will be required to apply for certification. The application processing fee will support our dedication to efficient and proper processing of certification applications according to industry standards. The fee will also help support the integrity of the application process, which in turn reinforces the strength and reputation of the overall certification programs.

Payment for the CRISC application processing fee can be made online at www.isaca.org/criscpay.

4. What are the qualifications to earn the CRISC credential?

To become CRISC certified requires passage of the CRISC exam and 3 years work experience requirements in the fields of risk management and IS control. A minimum of at least three (3) years of cumulative work experience performing the tasks of a CRISC professional across at least three (3) CRISC domains is required for certification. There are no substitutions or experience waivers. Individuals must apply for certification by completing and submitting a CRISC Application for Certification.

5. What does the CRISC continuing professional education policy require?

In order to become and remain a CRISC an individual must agree to comply with the CRISC continuing professional education program. This program requires an individual to earn a minimum of 20 CPE hours annually and 120 CPE hours over the 3 year cycle years. In addition, an annual maintenance fee of US $45 ISACA member and US $85 non-member is required. To view the CRISC CPE policy, visit www.isaca.org/crisccpepolicy.

6. Do I need to submit documentation for my CPE hours?

Documentation of CPE hours does not need to be provided to ISACA unless you are selected for an audit of your CPE hours. If you are selected for an audit of your CPE hours, you will be notified via email and hard copy via the postal mail.

7. Does ISACA provide a discount on certification maintenance (renewal) fees if I have multiple certifications?

Yes, for those individuals who renew 3 or more ISACA certifications, ISACA offers a discount on the 3rd and 4th renewal fees of $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers

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Exam Content

  1. How long is the exam?
  2. What does the CRISC exam cover?

1. How long is the exam?

A candidate is given 4 hours to complete a 200-questions multiple-choice exam.

2. What does the CRISC exam cover?

The CRISC exam covers 5 risk and control job practice areas, each of which is further defined and detailed through task and knowledge statements. For more complete details, please go to CRISC Job Practice areas.

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