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    Default CISA 2016 Exam Test Scores

    Am I the only one anxious about the test scores? Is there a possibility that we can get the scores before the 5 weeks?
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    Haha I am also anxious about the test scores.
    How was your test?
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    Does anyone know how does the scaled scoring system works, just wondering if alot of folks do poor on the exam and let's say a few people did answer like 120 plus questions right then what happens....anyone!
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    Hello Arkamu, I found the test at times to be very tricky. And then at times some of the questions were easy or were similar to questions that I have seen in the Q&A database. How about you?

    Hello Hunter, not really sure how the scoring scale works. I went to a boot camp recently and was told that ISACA doesn't use the curving system anymore.
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    Hi All,

    Had a query regarding the scoring system. But before that, let me tell you my experience. I had read through the CRM 2013 and 2016 and covered the material at least 4 times. I had also gone through the Q&A DB quite a few times and was scoring around 80% consistently. Obviously when I went through the questions during my learning stage I was scoring around 60% and after having read through the explanations, on repeating the questions I was able to achieve a much higher score. The answers sort of sunk into my head and I knew So you can tell that I went into the exam centre with confidence. However, now I feel that its going to be quite a miracle to pass it since there were so many questions that were too close to call. There were many questions on follow up audit which is very briefly touched upon in the CRM.

    As for my questions, they are:
    1. Is there only ONE true answer for every question? I am saying this because of the nature of the "BEST" and "FIRST" descriptor questions. Lets say you are able to eliminate 2 options and heave to decide between the last 2, both of which seem relevant. Now, I'll use an arbitrary weighted score here, will the top answer have a weighted score of 10 points whereas the next best answer will have a score of 5 points may be? or there is only ONE answer for every question?
    2. Does the scoring scheme utilize the bell curve scheme ? or does it utilise a flat scale where they take into account weighted scores of 450 till 800 for passing candidates ?
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    they should give credit for 2nd best answer
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    they should give credit for 2nd best answer
    Hi arkamu,

    That would be great but are we sure about it?

    Thx
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    The proctor mentioned during the instructions that there is only one correct answer to each question...
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    Yup, the proctor at my exam site said the same thing. I was trying to rationalize the same thing Kareem, but unfortunately I think only one answer is correct. Did anyone have time to go back and review thier answers to predict the ones you may have gotten right?
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    I also attended a boot camp, and sat for the CRISC exam. My instructor mentioned that they do not use a scaled scoring system. Each question has the same weight.

    He also mentioned that there is only one correct answer. No credit for second-best.
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    I could be wrong, but I think 85 questions need to be correct in order to pass.....So, 800 perfect score /150 questions= 5.33 * 85 questions = minimum score 453. So if this were true, I went back and counted 114 questions that could be correct, assuming that they were correct since that exam was tricky as heck.
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    It's been discussed to death in this forum on how our friends at ISACA grade the exam. The only guarantee is "800" will earn you a pass.
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    I'm super anxious. I went in with confidence, having scored consistently at 85% during practice exams, but the actual December test was QUITE different, and I recognized hardly any of the questions. A ton of questions on Cloud and contractor issues, which I didn't feel good about. I agree with the other person that said it usually boiled down to 2 answers which both sounded GREAT to me. Needless to say, I ended up having to pick one rather than KNOWING the right answer. It will be a miracle but I'm still holding out hope, despite of it all.
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    Yes its quite unnerving to have drilled down the choices and then do a coin toss between two identically relevant answers. Its a pity that there are no q papers and answers available of the real test. It would've helped us assess our position. Every Q&A DB and the CISA self assessment test were of little relevance when compared to the real experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by katrin Osterhaus View Post
    I'm super anxious. I went in with confidence, having scored consistently at 85% during practice exams, but the actual December test was QUITE different, and I recognized hardly any of the questions. A ton of questions on Cloud and contractor issues, which I didn't feel good about. I agree with the other person that said it usually boiled down to 2 answers which both sounded GREAT to me. Needless to say, I ended up having to pick one rather than KNOWING the right answer. It will be a miracle but I'm still holding out hope, despite of it all.
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    ISACA website still mentions about scaled scoring...and i also heard from a few ppl that there are a few test questions on these exams which don't go against you if you answers them incorrectly....not sure about the exact number....may be 10....these are just for testing how many ppl answered them correctly and may be used for future exams......

    i was also scoring around 85 to 88% in the objective 150 question exams in the QAE....but seriously not sure whether i passed or not....
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    I believe that most people walk out of the exam not sure if they passed. It happened to me in September with the CISA exam and the five weeks of waiting was difficult, but I scored a 647. I read the manual and purchased the database questions from ISACA (went over the 1000 questions multiple times within a two month period). The database questions helped me get ready for the exam and worth every penny.
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    Felt the same exact way. Out of the 150 questions, I noted ~30 in which I deliberated over two answers. This is my second run through, after scoring a 439 the first time! Hoping for the best.
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    Wow 439....you were just there....
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    Yeah Whd5015, you were just there. Did you study a lot more this time around? Also, What was different for you for the last test compared to this recent one you just took? I walked out of the exam unsure if I did well. That exam was very tricky and I agree that there were two best answer choices for most of the questions.
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    Just an update for everybody in this forum. I had contacted ISACA to know if there is anyway for us to know the scores beforehand through phone or email or any other medium. Their reply was as expected, CISA and CISM results will released 5 weeks from the exam date whereas its 8 weeks for CGEIT and CRISC. They do not provide one off services for releasing the scores in any other way.

    So I guess we are stuck with the long painful wait till 17 January, 2107.
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    Thanks Kareem for getting that info...and...ISACA's process is very annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munnchar View Post
    Yeah Whd5015, you were just there. Did you study a lot more this time around? Also, What was different for you for the last test compared to this recent one you just took? I walked out of the exam unsure if I did well. That exam was very tricky and I agree that there were two best answer choices for most of the questions.


    I first took the exam back in June 2015, when it consisted of 200 questions rather than the 150 that the test currently comprises of. It seems that the June exam had a lot more clear-cut questions that were objective in nature, rather than the subjective "pick the best" questions that plagued this exam. I am also hoping for the best here, as I walked out somewhat confident, but still a bit wary!
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    In addition to going through all of the questions included within the QAE database (which didn't change AT ALL since June 2015, by the way), I read through the Sybex CISA: Certified Information Systems Auditor Study Guide, 4th Edition book (http://amzn.to/2hyFxRu) for the domains in which I was the weakest. It is a lot easier to read than the official manual, and although it contains more information than is required for the exam, it really puts things in layman's terms as much as possible. I additionally purchased the video series from Sybex, which goes hand in hand with the book (http://amzn.to/2h2Tru4).
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    Just anxious...can't wait...still not certain about the scoring mechanism...
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    Karem...I sure hope we don't have to wait until 2107....!!! LOL!!!
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