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Tips for Preparation and Success in the CGEIT Exam

Hao Chen, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, Senior Information Security Officer, GC & APAC
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Hao ChenI recently received my CGEIT exam result, with a final score of 557. It is not an elite score, but surpassed the required number of 450. I was happy with this result, and glad about my CGEIT learning journey.

For me, each autumn is a yearly planning and budget discussion season. It has become harder to balance all stakeholders’ expectations and to keep pace with the fast-changing business landscape. Through CGEIT preparations, I could verify my perceptions, discover theoretical systems to support my ideas, and find more methods to convince others.

Let me share my lessons learned in preparing for the CGEIT. I hope it is helpful for your preparations.

For me, the “journey” took about two months, from getting two books – the CGEIT Review Manual and CGEIT Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual – to passing the exam. Because my daily job is very busy, I estimate I spent about 30 hours in total to read the books and other related materials.

My approach was:

  1. Quickly go through the CGEIT Review Manual, and find the knowledge gaps
  2. Read the related materials to fill knowledge gaps (most of related materials can be found at the end of each chapter under “suggested resource for further study”)
  3. Use the material from the CGEIT Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual; conduct a rehearsal
  4. Based on the rehearsal result, review the CGEIT Review Manual.

Note: As everyone’s knowledge gap is different, the time required for step two will be a big range.

The exam time is four hours for the candidate to answer the questions. I spent about 130 minutes to complete the 150 questions. Everyone should have enough time to complete the exam. The questions are designed very well to match real business situations. If a candidate has the capability to make a proper business decision in his or her daily work, getting the right answer is no problem.

Lastly, I want to recommend three other resources for candidates who want to start the CGEIT journey.

  1. COBIT 5
  2. The Val IT Framework
  3. The Risk IT Framework

Good luck with your CGEIT journey!


Many thanks

Thanks for sharing these very useful tips Hao Chen.
F258 at 11/16/2018 2:22 PM

Re: Tips for Preparation and Success in the CGEIT Exam

Congratulations on your certification and thanks for sharing your experience.

I just started reading CGEIT Review Manual. My experience is in IT Program Management, so I am aware of and have practiced most of the concepts.

I will definitely take your advise on going through COBIT, IT Risk, and Val IT, [and ITIL too], but I am not sure how much vertical knowledge/reading must I do in each area- and in what sequence to pass the exam.

Please advise.
Sohail742 at 6/19/2019 5:07 AM
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