I 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:
- Quickly go through the CGEIT Review Manual, and find the knowledge gaps
- 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”)
- Use the material from the CGEIT Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual; conduct a rehearsal
- 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.
- COBIT 5
- The Val IT Framework
- The Risk IT Framework
Good luck with your CGEIT journey!