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About the CISA Exam

About the CISA Exam

The Certified Information Systems Auditor certification is a globally-recognized credential for Internal Systems audit control, assurance, and security professionals.

Education and Experience

CISA candidates are required to have at least five years of professional experience in information systems auditing, control, or security work. Up to three years may be waived.

Note: Candidates are able to sit for the exam before the professional education requirement has been met, but will not be certified until then.

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About the Exam

The purpose of the CISA exam is to evaluate the candidates’ technical competence in the purpose of information systems audits. The CISA exam is comprised of a single test covering five subject areas, and is administered at PSI testing centers globally.



4 Hours

Exam Question Count

150 Multiple Choice


1. The Process of Auditing Information Systems (21%)
2. Governance and Management of IT (17%)
3. Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation (12%)
4. Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience (23%)
5. Protection of Information Assets (27%)

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