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CISA Revision Tips For Passing the Exam

CISA Revision Tips For Passing the Exam

CISA Revision Tips – As one of the toughest exams in the IT Security domain, the CISA exam is notorious for being difficult to pass and as having a low pass-rate. Although ISACA, the body administering the exam, has stopped publishing information about pass-rates in recent years, feedback from both successful and unsuccessful CISA candidates suggests the pass-rate hovers around the 40-50% mark.

CISA Revision Tips For Passing the exam on the first attempt

Here are the most-important points to keep in mind before commencing preparation for the CISA exam!

1.    Study The CRM Religiously

ISACA offers the CISA Review Manual (CRM) that serves as the one-stop guide for the CISA exam. It is a comprehensive reference tome that is designed to guide candidates for the CISA exam, and provides all the details related to the CISA exam, as well as defining the roles and responsibilities of an information systems auditor. Overall, this manual is the best self-study guide for CISA aspirants, and it is recommended that serious aspirants complete a minimum of two readings of the CISA Review Manual to be in best shape for the exam.

2. Put CISA Blogs and Articles On Your To-Read List

Besides the CRM and CISA CDs, candidates should also visit other CISA blogs and articles available online to get better insights into CISA exam prep. Apart from sharing invaluable insights from the world of IT Security that may help aspirants tackle CISA questions from recently-updated knowledge areas, blogs maintained by regular contributors are also platforms where news and updates about the CISA exam are likely to first break.

3. Digest The CISA Review Questions Database

Practicing review questions thoroughly is mandatory for this exam. ISACA’s Review Questions Database is a comprehensive online resource of practice questions, answers, and explanations.

4. Take Advantage Of ISACA’s Free Resources:

  • Read the ISACA CISA Review Manual carefully. Concentrate on Section Two of every domain. Read the manual at least twice.
  • If possible, get coaching. Coaching will lead you toward a true understanding of difficult topics, knowledge sharing, exam tips, developing your weak areas, understanding the technical points, and managing stress and time.
  • Practice the exam simulation. Cover every question and revise until you meet the score of 90%.

I recommend spending 35-45% of your time on the manual, 15-20% on getting coaching and another 35-40% on practicing the exams.

How to approach the exam
It is important to take exam very seriously. Concentrating and thinking like an auditor is your best bet. Learn concepts regarding every technology, tool, and technique and approach discussed in ISACA’s CISA Review Manual.

Reasons for failure
In my experience, most students with a technology background face difficulties in understanding governance and auditing concepts, and they tend to think technically. This can be a reason for failure because you must be sure to think like a manager and/or auditor and see the holistic picture.

On the other hand, students from audit and accounting backgrounds think like an auditor, but may find difficulties in technical topics. These students need to understand the concepts, core objectives and reason of technology being developed.

Most experienced students try to apply their own concepts and techniques, but this is unreliable. I recommend you consider and accept that ISACA’s techniques are internationally accepted, realistic and standardized.

Preparation material
A lot of material exists which may help you to pass the exam, but you should stick to the official ISACA material such as:

  • CISA Review Manual
  • CISA Practice Question Database

Focus on the concepts in the CISA domains and concentrate on the areas you need to improve.

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