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From 2017:CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT exams will be Computer Based

1. What is Computer-Based Testing?

Computer-Based Testing (CBT) is an efficient way to provide a secure, consistent environment for certification exams while significantly enhancing the candidate experience. For those taking the CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC exams, this means exam-takers will go to a testing center, show identification, be seated at a computer workstation and take the exam in a secure, monitored environment.

2. What is changing regarding the CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT exam delivery?

The delivery method for these certification exams is changing from paper and pencil to CBT. The December 2016 exam administration will be the last exam administered via the traditional paper-based delivery method. Exam candidates will register for an exam via the ISACA website, at which point the candidate will schedule the exam with the testing vendor by selecting the desired date and test center location that is most convenient.

3. When will candidates begin utilizing CBT for ISACA exams?

In 2017, Computer-Based Testing for the CISA, CISM, CRISC and CGEIT certification exams will be offered during three testing windows of eight-week durations, with the first window to begin no later than June. Exact testing windows and related details are in the planning stages. Please log on to www.isaca.org/certification for updates on the testing windows.

4. When can I start registering?

The timetable for registration will be announced at a later date. Log on to www.isaca.org/certification for updates.

5. Will I need to prepare for CBT in any different way than paper and pencil exams?

No. If you are a member of ISACA, contact your local chapter to see if it conducts review courses.

6. What will be the test format of the CBT exam?

The multiple-choice format of the exams will not change. Questions will be delivered one at a time, and candidates will have the opportunity to flag items to which they can later return.

7. What are some of the main benefits of CBT?

CBT will add value for certification exam-takers, including:

The ability to schedule tests when and where it’s convenient. The opportunity to take the exams will increase dramatically, from two times per year (for CGEIT and CRISC) or three (for CISA and CISM), to three testing windows of eight-week duration during 2017.
Decreased turnaround time for exam results. Preliminary pass/fail results will be available immediately after the exam. Official exam results will be sent within 10 business days.
Increased flexibility for changing exam times. Individuals will be able to reschedule exams within the same testing windows as late as 48 hours from the originally scheduled exam time.

8. Will the passing standards change with CBT?


9. Does it take more time to complete a computer-based exam compared to pencil and paper?

No. Prior to the exam, a brief tutorial will be available for those who have not previously taken CBT exams. This tutorial will instruct exam-takers on how to navigate through the computer-based exam. Candidates will have four hours to take the exam. As candidate feedback is important to the continued success of our exams, we also will ask exam-takers to answer a few questions related to the testing center and the exam content. There will be extra time allotted for completion of the tutorial and the post-exam survey.

10. Will ISACA eliminate pencil and paper exams?

In regions of the world where there is no CBT center and ISACA has high volumes of exam-takers, pencil and paper exams may still be offered.





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