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CISA Certification : How To Prepare For The Exam?

So you have finally decided to go through CISA certification Exam! It is definitely going to improve your system security management skills and to boost your professional career. But before you sit for the exam, it is important for you to prepare well and understand the format of the exam so that you can get through it in your first attempt.As a professional who is looking for better opportunities in the IT security, we all understand the importance of Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Certification. It is one of the most popular certification as it means an instant validation to your skills and knowledge in the field of auditing, control and information security. CISA Certification holders are considered to have expertise in assessing vulnerabilities, reporting on compliance and validating and enhancing controls in an enterprise.

Since, this certification is truly capable of metamorphosing the career in IT Security, many aspirants are registering to go through CISA certification Exam. Besides, its fame for offering better opportunities, this certification exam is well know for being difficult to pass. If we look into the details about the candidates who get through it successfully, we will be surprised to know that the pass percentage is hardly 50%. This makes it very clear to us that passing a CISA Certification exam needs a lot of hard work and planning. Here are few suggestions which will help you to get successfully through this exam.

Planning In Advance Is Important

It is always good to plan your studies well in advance. If you are keen to get through your CISA exam, it is important for you to effectively manage your study hours. As a working professional, getting through this paper based exam without preparation won’t be easy unless you are blessed with an artificial intelligence in your brain. So,

  • start preparing well 3 to 4 months ahead of the exam.
  • dedicate 2 to 3 hours of study on daily basis
  • these fixed hours must be divided well to cover different parts of preparation like coaching, manuals offered by ISACA and practice tests.
  • Self study and practice plays an important role therefore, assign lesser time to coaching and more to self reading and practising

Reading and Collecting Information Is The Key To Success

CISA Review Manual (CRM) offered by ISACA, has all the relevant course content good enough to help the aspirants get through the exam. Make a habit to read it religiously. The roles and responsibilities of an information systems auditor along with the necessary details for the CISA Exam are given in CRM. Therefore, this Manual is treated as the best guide for self study. In addition to this, you can also keep looking for CISA related blogs and articles. These blogs and articles come up with latest information and keep the candidates updated regarding the information on CISA exam.

Practice Makes A Man Perfect

In the modern era of technology, where most of the exams happen online, it is not easy to take up a paper based long and rigorous CISA exam. The easiest way to get yourself comfortable with the pattern and duration of the exam is to keep solving the practice questions. These practice questions can easily be picked up from ISACA’s Review Questions Database. It is an online source which not only has questions but also answers and explanation of those answers. Twelve month access to the database can be purchased for for $185 if you are a member and for $225 by non-members.

Look Out For The Experienced Guide

To sail through your CISA exam smoothly, it is recommended to join a reputed organisation for guidance and training. At Infosec Train, the objective of the certification program is to train the aspirants with the latest information on IT security. Here, you will get to learn from the experts from the industry who will help you to understand the course content in a simpler way. Thus, you will be better prepared to clear the exam. For more details, please visit the official website of Infosec Train.

Besides these, some change in your subject related thought process and your practical experience will also help you to pass this exam. CISA Certification Exam is definitely a difficult exam but with right guidance and planned preparation you will certainly get your certification soon.

Sweta Choudhary
Writer And Editor
Sweta Choudhary is a writer and editor for last 10 years. After completing her journalism from Delhi, she started her career with ‘The Pioneer’ Newspaper in 2003. She has also worked with other esteemed organisations like and Algerian Embassy. She has written various articles on wide range of topics like mainstream news, lifestyle, fashion, travel blogs, book reviews, Management courses, Information Technology, Workplace Organisation Methodologies (5S) and many more. Her work can be read on the websites of multiple organisation, magazines and Quora.
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