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I'm a senior finance major planning to take the CISA instead of the CFA/CPA so I can get to manager. What are the best CISA prep programs/books for a non-IT major?

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Yes, more than enough. I have never seen their manual. Just studied the database and passed it first time. And I don't even do IT Audit.

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Risk advisory is IT audit essentially. You have a finance background so are you sure you will be in the IT audit practice for the long run? If not, CFA provides far more benefit in the long run since CISA is really for IT audit professionals. Not trying to put down IT audits as it is a great practice, but, a lot new hires coming in having no idea what they will be doing and get let down easily when majority of the time you are doing is documenting walkthroughs and control testings.

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ISACA question/answer database is the best. It's ISACA's exam and they know what you should study.

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I would get both the database and the book. Take the database a bunch of times, see where you're weak, and then read those areas of the book. Got a 640 on my first try.

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^^PwC 2 : Why are you looking to leave IT Audit? How long have you been in IT Audit?

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Yeah, graduation counts as 2 if I'm not mistaken, so by the time I theoretically am senior I'd be able to get it. And also EY has a 5k bonus for passing the test in the first year so trying to get advantage of that as well. Does my internship during busy season count for anything?

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D2: I want to be an analyst and have free time to build other businesses. I've been at it for 1.5 years but I'm trying to move to the business side, rather than audit.

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OP - it is 3k for CISA if I believe correctly

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So are you going to be working in audit? I'm confused

I'm working in IT Risk Advisory in Fall 2018, I graduate Fall 2017. Wanted to do CISA this summer, and I was planning to study the database but would that alone suffice?

God I should of gone into this. Instead of audit lol

Yeah I was planning to leave either at manager or senior manager, and since I'm not MPA didn't want to go after CPA. Don't think I'm good enough to pass CFA :/

Didn't you even start working yet? Don't think too far until manager. A lot of people receive better offers from industry before you make it to manager

But yes - take CISA and get the bonus since the firm is paying the material. Just order the prep books from the official website.

CFA is a highly specific cert that most people (1) do not finish, and (2) will not actually apply to the work you do. I'm in IT Audit and looking to leave, but CFA is not in the cards...would be better served with another degree tbh.

I only read through 1 chapter of the book, did probably 50-100 practice questions... and ended up with 510. The difference is that I had 1 year of IT Audit experience. So yeah, the exam itself is not very challenging, but realize that you also need 5 years IT or IT Audit experience or (master's degree counts for 2 years) to even apply for the CISA certification.

EY gives you 5k bonus? I thought only CPA gives you 5k and others are lower. You can count your internship experience towards the 5 year requirement

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