CISA Exam study tips

About the CISA Certification

The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is the standard of achievement for those who audit and assess an organization’s information technology. Preparing for the CISA exam requires work and strategic study. Here, you’ll find answers to your top questions about effective test prep.

What’s inside the CISA exam?

Unlike many other multi-session accounting certification exams, the CISA is just one four-hour-long exam. The CISA contains 150 multiple-choice questions and is divided into five domains:

  1. Information System Auditing Process (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%)

Top tips on how to pass the CISA exam

Make the most of CISA exam practice tests

In addition to awareness of the exam’s makeup, it is important to become comfortable with the test’s formatting. That’s where practice exams come in.

Not only do practice exams give you critical exposure to the tools and features you will see on exam day, they will help to alleviate testing anxiety about the exam interface. CISA practice tests feature accurate practice test questions and are timed to match the actual exam.

You can find the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) abbreviated sample test here. In addition to this resource, it is important that the CISA review course you enroll in also offer accurate practice tests. Practice exams offer you the opportunity to experience real exam-based questions in exam-like conditions, ensuring that you’re prepared come exam day.

Study intelligently

There’s no doubt about it, the CISA exam is tough — it requires a high score to pass. But when you’re properly prepared, you can be certain you’ll pass. Your study methods need to be effective, and your course provider could be the difference between passing and failing.

Surgent’s CISA Review is not a typical review course. In fact, Surgent prides itself on being the only adaptive CISA course on the market. We identify your weak areas and create a personalized study plan based on what you need to know. Your course of study continually adapts based on your progress, minimizing your study time while maximizing your effectiveness. 

That’s how Surgent students are passing the CISA exam after just 78 hours of study.

Make Use of Existing Knowledge

It’s a total misconception that CISA candidates need to start from scratch when studying for the exam — it’s just not true. The CISA exam requires five years of prior work experience in the information systems sector or in audit experience.

Candidates should harness the knowledge they’ve gained through their education and work experience and seek out a review course that helps identify and fill any knowledge gaps. Surgent’s A.S.A.P.® Technology assesses prior knowledge and customizes course content based upon student needs.

Check your ReadySCORE™ ahead of exam day

No matter how many times you get the correct answers on a practice test, it can still feel like you’re not ready to sit for the CISA exam. That’s the very reason that Surgent created ReadySCORE — a one-of-a-kind exam-readiness metric that tells you with 99% accuracy what you would score if you sat for the CISA exam today. No more going in blind! Try Surgent’s Exam Review course for free.

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