Has anyone taken the CISA with little prep / could you share tips to cram and pass?

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They used to offer a questions database with practice questions for each section. A few questions on the exam were identical while the majority of questions were similar but presented differently. A couple of passes through the questions database with some additional studying here and there to understand the other multiple choice answers was plenty. Also, certain sections were weighted more heavily than others, and so I prioritized those sections that had the biggest impact on scoring.

One thing that stood out to me – if you answered the questions based on application of our firm methodology, there were a couple of instances that the answer was incorrect and not by “the (ISACA) book”.

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CISA is much less about knowing IT Audit than it is knowing what ISACA wants as a response on the test. Forget practicality and thought, and just spend a couple of days doing practice tests to get a feel for how they ask questions and how they expect them answered. If you do that, you should pass.

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When did you take the test?

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CISA is a joke. Buy the test bank and just do it for a week then you’ll be good to go

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Wut

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Practice questions practice questions and more practice questions

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Couldn't agree more with sa1, studied the isaca q bank for a week 2-3 hrs a day. Took and passed the exam. Focus on the explanation of the questions you got wrong.

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I second this! Only referenced the book for my weaker sections of the practice questions, took all 900+ practice questions studied for 2 weeks

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I practice questions only passed

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Yea please share. I failed it 😩

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It isn't easy.

Study.

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Nope. But I passed CISA on the first try.

I'm not saying it's ridiculously hard - it's not CPA level. But it will take work.

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Just practice the test bank for like 2 days if you have auditing experience, super easy

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It will be a breeze with 4 YOE and the test bank study

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As others have said - I just crammed by answering the practice questions. When I first started I was getting most of them wrong. I just kept doing them until my practice scores got to where they needed to be.
I also used the program to give me more questions in the areas I was scoring lower in and occasionally referred to the book when I kept getting the same kind of qn wrong and didn’t understand the answer it was looking for.

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I did it so long ago, I was mailed a CD-rom lol. But it was the official ISACA study material.

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Yes , do their practice questions 2-3 times throughly and understand the concepts by reading each incorrect answer. See where you are struggling and read that specific chapter from the book. It will be a breeze to pass

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update: used the ISACA QAE bank for less than a week and got a “Passed” at the testing center aka preliminary pass. I will get my confirmation email in about a week but seems it’d be rare that was wrong. Felt like I guess on half of the questions during the actual exam so would def prep more to feel more confident in hindsight

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For everyone that said practice q - did you end up memorizing the questions, or did you actually understand the material inside out by the end of it?

Thanks everyone! That helps a lot!

Any tips on getting a test bank for free? Or resources I could look at? My original test bank expired and I never took the CISA because Covid hit the month before my exam was scheduled.

Come over to EY… not only will we cover the cost of the test bank, we’ll give you a signing bonus and a raise!

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