Changes to the CISA Exam Structure from 2017 | ApnaCourse

by | Jan 18, 2017 | IT Management

The CISA® (Certified Information Systems Auditor) Examination has seen some noteworthy and welcome changes from 2017. Here’s a quick list of the major changes to the exam structure. Do note that the exam curriculum hasn’t changed from 2016. The latest CISA Review Manual is the 26th Edition released in 2016.

The Changes:

CBT (Computer Based Testing): One of the most significant changes is the shifting of the CISA exam format from a Paper Pencil system to a CBT system. This is a marked changed considering that most other professional certifications are all CBT’s.

Choice of CBT’s: Just like how the candidates had the choice of selecting the exam centre for the paper based testing till 2016, the candidates have the choice of selecting the CBT’s of their preference. A significant number of centres have been added to bring more choices to the candidates.

Exam Windows: Till Dec 2016, the CISA was conducted on 3 days a year, namely the 2nd Saturday of June, September and December every year. From 2017, ISACA has opened 3 testing windows. These are the May 1 – June 30 (Window 1), Aug 1 – Sep 30 (Window 2) and Nov 1 – Dec 31 (Window 3). Each window is of 61 days duration and Candidates can select any day (of course depending on the availability of the CBT centre on those days). This gives a huge flexibility for candidates to plan their exam preparation and choose a day of their choice. They also have the flexibility to change or reschedule the testing day within the same testing window 48 hours prior to their scheduled appointment.

Faster Exam Results: The wait is finally over! The 5 week waiting period for the CISA results was excruciating. This is done away with in the new format from 2017. Candidates will receive a preliminary score on completion of their exam. This means, the moment you hit the Submit button, your score will be displayed and you’ll know if you have made it. So be doubly careful to review your answers and go through the instructions before hitting that Submit button.

All said and done, the CISA will continue to be a tough exam. So prepare well before your attempt it. ISACA wouldn’t go easy on the exam difficulty just because it’s Online. If you are new to CBT format, try the sample paper on ISACA that has around 50 questions. For tips on the CISA exam preparation, visit or go through the article titled 15 Tips to Prepare & Pass the CISA Examination.

Satish Rajagopalan, CISA, ITIL Foundation
CEO & Founder at Spearhead EduOnline Pvt Ltd. (the company that owns and operates He holds a btech in Computer Science, an MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurship and a post graduation in Finance. Read More.

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