Navigating throughout the ISACA website can prove challenging when trying to retrieve desired information about taking the CGEIT exam, and few other resources provide hopefuls the insight they need to decide if the CGEIT is something worth pursuing, and when. There are several frequently asked questions that come up amongst individuals wishing to learn more about what they will be getting themselves into throughout the process of becoming a CEGIT certificate holder.

How Many Questions is the CGEIT?

The CGEIT exam features 150 multiple choice questions based on a 200-800 point scale, 200 being the lowest possible score and 800 for answering all questions correctly.

How Long Do You Have to Complete the Exam?

Each candidate receives four hours to complete the entirety of the exam. Most well-prepared test-takers find that the allotted time is sufficient to finish all the questions and review answers. Most exam testing sites allow candidates to leave as soon as they’re able to finish the test.

Allotting one minute for each exam question will result in a completion time of two and a half hours, which provides plenty of time to look over concerning questions and take extra time on complicated ones.

Where Do I Take the Exam?

ISACA exams are offered throughout the world and consequently have many different locations that the exams can be taken. They come in the form of testing centers, (describe), and testing kiosks, which remotely monitor candidates using several cameras, an on-screen chat window, and a microphone. CGEIT candidates can expect to have individuals taking other ISACA exams at your preferred test site.

The candidate will arrive at the Kiosk location and check-in to verify their identity through security checks in accordance with the ISACA rules.

By choosing to take the CGEIT exam at a PSI Testing Center, the onsite proctor will assign a specified seat for the test taker, and then will be able to begin their exam while the onsite proctor will keep a watchful eye to ensure no rules are begin broken to maintain the integrity of the test.

If the candidate wishes to use a PSI Testing Kiosk, remote proctors will monitor candidates throughout the test and are able to pause or terminate the exam if an unauthorized person is completed the exam, or forbidden activity is observed from the test taker.

Individuals that have scheduled the test should be sure to arrive at the test location on time for the exam. Those who are over 15 minutes late from the scheduled time will not be able to take the exam on the desired date, and will not be redeemed for any fees required to participate. Individuals should be sure that they take a valid ID, and have a good understanding of how to get to the desired location.

How Often are the Exams Scheduled?

Like other exams offered by the ISACA, the CGEIT exam is offered three times throughout the 2018 year.

Exam Window 1 (February 1st – May 24th)

  • Registration and scheduling open: December 1st, 2017
  • Registration deadline: May 18th, 2018
  • Deferrals deadline: May 26th, 2018

Exam Window 2 (June 1st – September 23rd)

  • Registration and scheduling open: March 1st, 2018
  • Registration deadline: September 18th, 2018
  • Deferrals deadline: September 23rd, 2018

Exam Window 3 (October 1st – January 24th)

  • Registration and scheduling open: July 1st, 2018
  • Registration deadline: January 18th, 2019
  • Deferrals deadline: January 24th, 2019

Registration and payment for the exam as well as acknowledgment of the ISACA’s security agreement is necessary prior to being able to schedule a testing date.

What Score Do I Need to Pass?

Applicants must score 450 points based on the 800-point scale to pass the exam. The exam isn’t based off a percentage of questions asked correctly, but is instead weighted according to a minimum standard of knowledge within the IT governance domain that shows that the candidate will be able to perform well in the field and apply what they’ve learned in job tasks.

How Long Do I Have to Wait if I Don’t Pass on The First Time?

You can expect to have the results of your examination within 10 days of your test date through the email given on your ISACA account. If more than 10 days have passed and you still have not received word of your performance, be sure to check spam folders. The email will come from

Candidates that fail should not be discouraged. The ISASA is convenient in allowing CGEIT test takers to retake the examination at the very next testing window, or whichever future date they prefer. To assist candidates their next time around, they will receive a letter indicating the scores on each of the domains featured on the exam. This allows better preparation for the next attempt, and more time can be applied to the domains with the poorest performance.

What is the Price of the CGEIT Exam?

The price of the CGEIT exam varies based on whether the candidate is an ISACA member and how early they apply for the exam. The cost can range from $420-$725 dollars, so registering as early as possible as well as considering becoming a ISACA member (which carries additional benefits) should be considered.

  • ISACA Members:
    • Early registration online: $420
    • Final registration online: $470
    • Early registration by mailing or faxing: $495
    • Final registration by mailing or faxing: $545
  • Non-ISACA members:
    • Early registration online: $600
    • Final registration online: $650
    • Early registration by mailing or faxing: $675
    • Final registration by mailing or faxing: $725

The CGEIT exam can provide those within an information technology related governance field with great benefits, both with potential employers, and unlock a network of like-minded individuals. However, there are many aspects to be considered and made familiar with before making that decision.

Understanding the structure, time limit, and locations the test can be taken is very advantageous. It is also costly and rather challenging like most other post-secondary exams, so ensuring ample study time can be implemented into your schedule is essential for success and to avoid having to pay the fees more than once. Candidates who are made aware of these elements and put in the hours necessary for stellar performance should find themselves fortunate in completing the exam with a satisfactory score.



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