Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)


What is the CISA Certification?

The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is a credential awarded by ISACA to candidates who pass an official exam that validates specific IT skills. The credential is the worldwide standard for IT professionals who have knowledge in auditing, control, and security. To become a CISA, candidates must meet certain industry work experience requirements, affirm ISACA’s Code of Ethics, and take and pass a comprehensive certification exam. CISA certified individuals demonstrate to current and potential employers that they have the knowledge, technical skills, and proficiency in performing tasks and responsibilities associated with the information systems auditing role.

Successfully passing the CISA certification exam takes time, study, and practice. A key part of proper exam preparation is a CISA practice test. Cybrary’s CISA practice test is a useful tool for any candidate who is preparing for the official certification exam.

How Hard is the CISA Certification Practice Exam?

While it’s hard to say how difficult an exam is because it can be different for each individual, the CISA certification exam has a low passing rate, so candidates need to be as prepared as possible before they take the exam.

There are 150 multiple-choice questions on the CISA certification exam, for which test-takers have four hours to complete. To pass the exam, candidates must score 450 or higher (on a scale of 200-800).

Here's a breakdown of the main domains covered in the CISA exam:

Information System Auditing Process:

  • Plan and perform IS audits with a risk-based approach.
  • Implement IS audit standards, guidelines, and best practices.
  • Communicate audit results and make recommendations through reporting.
  • Conduct follow-ups or prepare status reports to ensure appropriate actions have been taken.
  • Governance and Management of IT:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the IT governance structure.
  • Evaluate IT organizational structure and human resources management.
  • Evaluate the IT strategy and direction.
  • Evaluate the organization's IT policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Evaluate the quality management system.
  • Evaluate IT management and monitoring of controls.
  • Evaluate IT resource investment, use, and allocation practices.
  • Evaluate IT contracting strategies and policies.
  • Evaluate risk management practices.
  • Evaluate monitoring and assurance practices.
  • Evaluate the organization’s business continuity plan.
  • Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation:

  • Evaluate the business case for proposed investments in information systems.
  • Evaluate project management practices and controls.
  • Conduct reviews to determine whether a project is progressing in accordance with project plans.
  • Evaluate controls for information systems during the requirements, acquisition, development, and testing phases.
  • Evaluate readiness for the implementation of IS systems.
  • Conduct post-implementation reviews of systems.
  • Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience:

  • Conduct periodic reviews of information systems.
  • Evaluate service level management practices.
  • Evaluate third-party management practices.
  • Evaluate operations and end-user procedures.
  • Evaluate the maintenance of information systems.
  • Evaluate database management practices.
  • Evaluate data quality and life cycle management.
  • Evaluate problem and incident management practices.
  • Evaluate change, configuration, and release management practices.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of backup and restore provisions.
  • Evaluate the organization's disaster recovery plan.
  • Protection of Information Assets:

  • Evaluate the design, implementation, and monitoring of logical access controls.
  • Evaluate the design, implementation, and monitoring of physical access controls.
  • Evaluate the design, implementation, and monitoring of environmental controls.
  • Evaluate the design, implementation, and monitoring of data classification processes.
  • Evaluate the design and implementation of data encryption controls.
  • Evaluate the design, implementation, and monitoring of privacy controls.
  • Knowing the material is essential, but so is becoming familiar with the exam format. Utilizing practice tests helps candidates do that. They will learn what to expect on the exam, the types of questions they might be asked, how to manage the test’s time limit, and where they might need additional study after taking the CISA practice test.

    Take the Practice Test for CISA Certification with Cybrary

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    When you take the CISA certification practice test, you will know if you have a thorough understanding of the required concepts, or if you need additional study to successfully pass the official exam. All of our courses, labs, and practice tests allow you to study and practice when it is convenient for you – anytime you want, anywhere you want, and at your own speed. It’s convenient, simple, and will fit into even the busiest schedules.

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    Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Exam Details

  • Number of Questions: The CISA exam consists of 150 questions, probing the depth of your knowledge in information systems auditing.
  • Duration: 240 minutes.
  • Passing Score: The passing score is determined using a scaled scoring method, with scores ranging from 200 to 800. A score of 450 or higher is required to pass.
  • Languages: The exam is available in multiple languages, catering to a global audience.
  • Exam Format: Questions are multiple-choice, emphasizing real-world scenarios and challenges in information systems auditing.
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Q: How long is the certification valid for?
  • A: The CISA certification remains valid for three years. To maintain the certification, holders must adhere to ISACA's continuing professional education (CPE) policy and earn CPE hours.
  • Q: What are the prerequisites for this certification?
  • A: Candidates should possess a minimum of five years of professional experience in information systems auditing, control, or security. Specific waivers and substitutions might be applicable.
  • Q: How should I optimally prepare for the exam?
  • A: Alongside this practice test, candidates are encouraged to complete the CISA course on Cybrary, review official ISACA documentation, and gain hands-on experience in information systems auditing domains.
  • Q: How does this practice test compare to the actual exam?
  • A: This practice test is designed to closely mirror the format, difficulty, and content of the actual exam, ensuring that you are well-prepared for every aspect of the certification test.
  • Practice Test Specifications

    This Practice Test has a few options available to enhance your learning experience:
  • Customize your testing experience by configuring your practice test to suit your specific study needs. Select items by test objective, set study preferences and control how your answers are accessed.
  • Select preset tests. These tests are made to provide a testing experience similar to a real testing environment. They are timed and filter questions like the certification exam. This option will help you determine your readiness for the certification exam.
  • Flashcard review allows you to review concepts in a self-graded and unlimited environment. With hundreds of questions, these premade flashcards will help you understand concepts covered on the actual certification exam.
  • You'll receive immediate access to your practice test after purchase

    System Requirements


    Hardware and Software Minimum Requirements:

  • Processor: Min. 500MHz Processor, 128 MB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: Min. 1024x768
  • Note: Some courses may be better experienced by using a higher or lower screen resolution.


    Operating Systems:

    Supported System Platforms:
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2003 (SP2 or later)
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Mac OS X v 10.4 or higher
  • Supported Browsers:

  • Microsoft IE 7
  • Microsoft IE 8
  • Microsoft IE 9
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Note: The browser version you're running must support 128-bit encryption or secured pages will not display correctly.



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