It’s been a long time coming, but ISACA has now announced that it is replacing its traditional paper-based examinations with a computer-based testing system for its venerable CISA, CISM, CRISC and CGEIT exams. A worldwide partner agreement with the testing provider, PSI has been set up to offer a greater number of test dates, easier access in more countries, faster exam results and the opportunity to reschedule dates if required.
More exam dates in 2017
From 2017, the ISACA exams will be offered via computer-based testing (CBT) sessions, which are available during fixed periods through the year. The opportunity to take the exams will increase dramatically, from two (for CGEIT and CRISC) or three times per year (for CISA and CISM), to any date within three testing windows, each with an eight-week duration. The windows will be 1 May–30 June 2017, 1 August–30 September 2017 and 1 November–31 December 2017.
Faster exam results
Candidates will now receive a preliminary score at the conclusion of their exam. Official scores will be sent to candidates via email within ten working days of their exam.
More test centres with exams at more convenient times
ISACA certification exams will be conducted at one of the many PSI testing locations around the world. ISACA claims that it has doubled the number of test venues and that many of these facilities will be open six days per week (with the exception of holidays), and candidates can choose from morning or afternoon testing times. There is no doubt that the increased number of Saturday exam sessions will be greatly welcomed in the UK.
More opportunity to reschedule
Those who are unable to take the exam on their scheduled date must reschedule within the same testing window. There is no charge for rescheduling if done at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. After this point, candidates must either take their scheduled exam or forfeit their registration fees.
How to register for your exam
All candidates must first register online direct with ISACA and pay for the examination in advance. They will then receive email instructions on how to schedule an exam appointment at a local PSI exam centre. For the May–June 2017 window only, this schedule notification will be delayed until 15 February 2017. For further information, please review the ISACA Exam Candidate Information Guide for 2017 exams.
For those of you who have already booked a 2017 ISACA exam session, I recommend you consider attending one of our unique exam preparation training courses designed to help you pass the difficult CISA, CISM, CRISC or CGEIT exams at the first attempt.