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    Default Going for CISA on 20th

    I am going to sit for CISA on 20th, I don't feel much prepared to be honest. I will rely on my technical IT background and experience with auditors. Read the all-in-one book watched videos but didn't have access to Q&A so let's see how I do. I just hope that the questions won't be like the one in the assessment test in ISACA's website. Fingers crossed.
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    Good luck on your exam!

    I would recommend keeping a mindset of not being too technical when interpreting or understanding the questions so you won't get thrown off. Also, in my opinion, the assessment test questions in the ISACA website are easier (or more straightforward) than the actual questions.
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    Thanks for your post Info_Sec_Wannabe. What I understood from various sources is that essence of IT auditing overall revolves around minimization of risk to business to acceptable levels by being compliant with laws and regulations, enforcement of company's IT security policies while keeping in mind that preserving human life no matter what. I will definitely read the questions twice and not jump to conclusions without reading all the choices. I think this is the most important thing for me to keep in mind. There maybe a choice which includes and something more than the choice I previously thought was correct. Let's see, tomorrow is the big day
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    Quote Originally Posted by boringIT View Post
    Thanks for your post Info_Sec_Wannabe. What I understood from various sources is that essence of IT auditing overall revolves around minimization of risk to business to acceptable levels by being compliant with laws and regulations, enforcement of company's IT security policies while keeping in mind that preserving human life no matter what. I will definitely read the questions twice and not jump to conclusions without reading all the choices. I think this is the most important thing for me to keep in mind. There maybe a choice which includes and something more than the choice I previously thought was correct. Let's see, tomorrow is the big day
    Report back-I'm taking it 12/22!!
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    Good luck to both of you! I just took it today. Got an initial unofficial pass. Just relax at this point guys. I’m a bit of a hypocrite as I didn’t relax approaching the exam, but if you can trust your preparation to this point. Go in with a positive and confident mindset. And of course get in that ISACA mindset. Just review a few (10-15) questions about an hour or so before your exam. Not necessarily to study but to get in that frame of mind. Like I said try not to stress and trust your preparation at this point.
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    Passed. I think the exam's approach is really good to filter people with experience from those only with theoretical knowledge based on the books. The testing center didn't give me a print out, is this normal? They usually printout pre-liminary results I found this unusual
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    Completely normal. They don’t do printouts from what I’ve heard. As long as you saw that PASSED you should be good! Congrats! Now we just wait for that official email so we can apply!
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    No printout is standard for ISACA...results email and posting of score takes anywhere from like 1-14 days...mine showed in about 1.5 weeks but other people have had faster or slower.
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    I think, I will go for CCIE and CEH which I was studying in and out for 2 years now . They've been always under my radar but because I am an expat, finding a job is not easy when I don't speak the local language here. Anyway see you in the other threads, thanks for your help!
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    I did not pass the test today.Well I had always scored above 80% in QAE database.I don’t know where I lack.Will wait for the results to come in,however I feel The computer based test is not adequate to test an experience of auditing.Well I would need help from those who have passed to give some tips of preparation.The questions are weird and I did not show any hurry to answer them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gbl123 View Post
    I did not pass the test today.Well I had always scored above 80% in QAE database.I don’t know where I lack.Will wait for the results to come in,however I feel The computer based test is not adequate to test an experience of auditing.Well I would need help from those who have passed to give some tips of preparation.The questions are weird and I did not show any hurry to answer them.
    Sorry to hear that. You’ll nail it next time.
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    I wish someone just could help me to prepare.Someof The questions in the test just abruptly ends and what would you do to analyse to give the answer.I have heard you get previous year questions for practice .Where would I find it?People who have passed requesting you to kindly help me.I am really devastated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boringIT View Post
    I think, I will go for CCIE and CEH which I was studying in and out for 2 years now . They've been always under my radar but because I am an expat, finding a job is not easy when I don't speak the local language here. Anyway see you in the other threads, thanks for your help!
    My advice would be to really focus on the explanations in the Q&A Database. Getting a certain percentage is not indicative of whether you know the material. I averaged about 77%, however, I probably didn't go through the database at the rate I have seen people talk about on here. I think the database is a great tool, but in some ways is fool's gold. My strategy was to proceed through the database and understand more of WHY the incorrect answers were in fact incorrect rather than why the correct answer was correct. In that way I felt like I was absorbing more and not relying on subconsciously memorizing what the answer was. Also, helps with getting into the "ISACA" frame of mind.

    That being said the MOST important study material for me was the Review Manual. It is such a valuable resource for the test. Obviously because the test is straight from there. You will learn from this and as another poster said nail it the next time around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gbl123 View Post
    I did not pass the test today.Well I had always scored above 80% in QAE database.I don’t know where I lack.Will wait for the results to come in,however I feel The computer based test is not adequate to test an experience of auditing.Well I would need help from those who have passed to give some tips of preparation.The questions are weird and I did not show any hurry to answer them.
    Don't worry, you'll pass it the next time around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gbl123 View Post
    I did not pass the test today.Well I had always scored above 80% in QAE database.I don’t know where I lack.Will wait for the results to come in,however I feel The computer based test is not adequate to test an experience of auditing.Well I would need help from those who have passed to give some tips of preparation.The questions are weird and I did not show any hurry to answer them.
    Don't be discouraged. I didn't buy/have access to QAE nor the official review manual. I finished it 3 hours including review. I was in a loud room with other people perhaps your exam conditions were even more uncomfortable so you couldn't concentrate enough.

    I agree that questions are weird and if you really think deep you can level yourself and go into what/if they really mean this or that mode. What I do in such situations is remembering from other exams that you should not look for a deeper meaning in the questions but literally take it for what it is. I would recommend you to read the manual if you have it. Without taking notes just read it and then hit the QAE again. You will do good next time
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    Requesting people who have passed can anyone help me with the preparation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gbl123 View Post
    Well I had always scored above 80% in QAE database.I don’t know where I lack.Will wait for the results to come in
    If I may ask, despite scoring above 80% in the QAE DB, did you spend time to go back and review those items that you got wrong? When I did the QAE DB, I made sure to note down such items so I can review it and understand the rationale behind the correct answer. Further, I did the same for those items that even though I got correctly, was only due to the fact that I know the other answers as being totally wrong.

    Also, when doing the QAE DB, did you check your scores on each domain? It would be helpful to know so you could focus your attention / efforts on those domains which you need to improve on.
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    Each domain I had scored above 80%.Every time when I get answers wrong I do read and when I get correct I do read the reasons as well.The exam is difficult and totally different to what QAE DB questions are.For eg I have always learnt that VPN is a secure way of transmitting the message.If a question comes like how can you ensure to protect your message being read by unauthorised users when the message is in transit?1)vPN 2)encryption 3)digital signature.For me I will always think VPN is correct because ssl being a type of vpn secures your message through encryption.Let me know your thoughts.
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    You wouldn’t use a VPN to send a message because they are used to create secure connections to your network...you would use encryption to make the message only readable by those intended.

    The exam is definitely challenging depending on your experience and knowledge, but the database has a lot of good information to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boringIT View Post
    Passed. I think the exam's approach is really good to filter people with experience from those only with theoretical knowledge based on the books. The testing center didn't give me a print out, is this normal? They usually printout pre-liminary results I found this unusual
    Congratulations.

    I received the results exactly 10 days after the test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boringIT View Post
    Passed. I think the exam's approach is really good to filter people with experience from those only with theoretical knowledge based on the books. The testing center didn't give me a print out, is this normal? They usually printout pre-liminary results I found this unusual
    Congrats!
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    my result is still not emailed... I think it will arrive after new year.
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    my result is still not emailed... I think it will arrive after new year.
    You took it the day after I did and I got mine yesterday, so I would expect you might see the results today!

    Btw, I did much better than I thought although I don’t know exactly where my score would put me among those who take it. I got a 610. All that matters is that it’s official now! Even though you get that preliminary pass it is still a slight uneasiness until you get that official email. Congrats on passing it Boring!
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    This email is being sent to notify you of your 20 December 2017 exam results. A scaled score of 450 or higher is required to pass, which represents the minimum consistent standard of knowledge as established by ISACA's CISA Certification Working Group.
    We are pleased to inform you that you successfully PASSED the exam with a total scaled score of 633. For your information, your exam results by area are provided below.
    SCALED SCORES BY CONTENT AREA:
    The Process of Auditing Information Systems 617
    Governance and Management of IT 655
    Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation 549
    Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Service Management 648
    Protection of Information Assets 678
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    @boringIT congratulations for your score.Hats off to you even without QAE database questions you scored so excellent marks.I just failed and was short of 10 marks.I scored 440.Anyways congratulations would like to ask you how did you prepare?i know you read AIO and watched videos.Is there anything You can suggest to improve to pass the exams.I don’t think I can score like you.Your score is a dream score.
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