CISA Exam and FAQ of the Certification Application

  1. What is ISACA?

ISACA ( is recognized as a global leader in IT management, control, security and assurance with more than 100,000 members in more than 140 countries. Founded in 1969, ISACA is mainly responsible for hosting international conferences and publishing the Information Systems Control Journal. Moreover, ISACA also helps develop international standards for inspection and control of Information Systems, and is responsible for CISA, CISM, COBIT and CGEIT certification.

  1. Who is the potential demander of CISA certification?

CISA certification is applicable to information system auditors, information consultants and information system managers. Generally, holders of CISA certification work in the enterprise’s internal audit or information center, management consulting companies, large firms (only the big firms have IT audit projects), information security vendors or service providers. Most of them especially work in the industry with high degree of dependence of informatization, and with high degree of risk, such as: financial securities industry.

  1. What requirements does CISA certification have for the computer or audit ability?

For auditors, the CISA exam simply replaces the audit environment with an information system environment. The concept and method of audit are still the same; the essential part is to understand more content of information technology. The auditors are not required to be proficient in the information technology; by the way, the exam is kind of rudimentary. On the other hand, if you are familiar with the computer science, you could put emphasis on the audit part, especially on the cultivation of internal audit philosophy and the way of thinking.

  1. How many domestic people have passed CISA?

As of July 2013, the official statement of ISACA said: after 35 years of development, there are more than 100,000 CISA members worldwide.

  1. Differences between CISA members and non-members?

There is no limit to be a membership. You only need to pay the initial registration fee, official membership fee, Hong Kong branch membership fee (USD 215), and then pay the annual membership fee every year, now you can maintain your ISACA membership.

The differences between members and non-members are as follows:


  1. Discount of exam fee;
  2. One hour lecture (Introduction to CISA);
  3. Some materials can be downloaded free of charge in the official website (Note: except for the examination books, teaching materials and exercises);
  4. Can participate in official activities to earn CPE (activities, problems solving, etc.); There is a discount for ordering official books.


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  1. What is the main content of CISA exam?

There are five main parts, as follows:

(1) Audit processes of information systems (14%)—Provide audit services in compliance with IT audit standards to help organizations protect and control their information systems.

(2) IT governance and management (14%)—To ensure that the essential leadership, organizational structure and processes are in place to achieve the objectives and support the organizational strategy.

(3) Acquisition, development and implementation of information systems (19%)—To ensure that the acquisition, development, testing and implementation of information systems are in line with the organization’s strategy and objectives.

(4) Operation, maintenance and support of information systems (23%)—To ensure that the operation, maintenance and support processes of the information system are aligned with the organization’s strategy and objectives.

(5) Protection of information assets (30%)—To ensure that the organization’s security policies, standards, procedures, and controls can realize the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information assets.

  1. How many CISA exams are there each year?

Since 2013, CISA has offered three exams each year, in June, September and December, specifically on the Saturday of the second week of the month. The exam time is between 9:00 and 13:00.

  1. Are there any requirements for qualification of CISA certification?

There is no requirement to take the exam. However, when you apply for the CISA certificate after passing the exam, you need to meet the requirement of work experience.

  1. How many subjects are required in the CISA exam and how many questions are there in each subject?

There is only one subject of the CISA exam, consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions. There may be two or more correct answers, and you only have to choose one (only one) answer that you think is best.

  1. What is the total score and the passing score of the CISA exam?

There is a total score of 800 points, and the passing score is 450 points. The 450 points is proportional. For example, a proportional score of 800 means full marks and all questions are answered correctly. A proportional score of 200 is the lowest score, indicating that only a few of the questions were answered correctly. Candidates must score 450 or higher to pass the exam. A score of 450 represents the lowest knowledge standard established by ISACA’s CISA Accreditation Committee.

  1. What languages are available of the CISA exam?

Candidates can choose the language they like or are familiar with when registering. There are 11 languages available: English, Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Hebrew.

  1. How to get the exam attendance docket of CISA?

Two to three weeks before the CISA test, candidates will receive a written admission ticket from ISACA and an electronic admission ticket, or you can print the admission ticket from the official website. The admission ticket indicates the date of the test, the time of registration, the test location, the schedule for the day, and the materials that must be brought with you to take the CISA test. Candidates can enter the examination room with the printed electronic admission ticket or the original admission ticket. Candidates should not write on the admission ticket unless their contact information has been changed.

  1. Can you get a refund or postpone the exam if you may miss the exam?

You can get a refund or defer the test. Candidates who are unable to take the examination may request a refund of the registration fee before the specified date. The handling fee of USD 100 will be deducted for the refund. Candidates can also choose to postpone the test date to a later test date before the specified date. Deferred fees vary according to the time of the application for deferment. Study materials and associated taxes, postage, handling fees or membership fees are not refundable or exchangeable. Registration and membership fees are non-transferable.

  1. How to select learning materials of CISA exam?

In speak of the tutorial book, it is recommended to choose the 2015 CISA Review Manual published by ISACA. The textbooks are yearly updated.

  1. What is the form of the CISA test?

At present, there is no computer-based test, CISA exam is still a written test.

  1. How are the scores of CISA exam published?

About four to eight weeks from the test date, candidates will be notified by mail of their official test results. In addition, if the candidate agrees to receive the email during the registration process, we can also send the candidate an email with the pass/fail status and the test score.

  1. How do the authorities review eligibility after registration?

After passing the exam, ISACA will select 5-10% of the candidates globally for review by sending an email to the certifier who confirmed the work experience of the can did ate to confirm the relevant information.

  1. Do you have to have work experience in CISA (auditing) to get a certificate?

ISACA requires experience in IT auditing, security, and forensics. The highest degree or professional or qualification of university lecturer can offset up to two years of experience. The range is wide.

  1. What is the difficulty level of CISA exam?

CISA exam is an international test. The purpose of the exam is to improve yourself and gain the certification obviously. A certification is not a guarantee of a good job. Difficulty varies from person to person, but the overall feedback is easy. The official pass rate is 45%, therefore, you can pass the exam if you work hard.

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