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What You Can Expect from Your Exam

Get ready for your assessment by ensuring you know what to expect before exam day. Exam outlines help you understand what cybersecurity skill domains you need to master, and make sure you are familiar with how exams are scored and formatted, including the CISSP CAT exam. Be sure to review the (ISC)² Candidate Information Bulletin (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) for additional information on the exam process.

(ISC)² Exam Outlines

Exam outlines are available for all (ISC)² certifications, and they provide details on the domains covered by each exam. Visit our Certification Overview page and select the certification you are preparing for to access the exam outline.

Exam Format and Scoring

For answers to frequently asked questions about exam scoring, click here.

Exam

Time Allotted

Items

Examination Availability

CISSP (English)

3 hours

100 – 150 multiple choice and advanced innovative items

English

CISSP (Non-English)

6 hours

250 multiple choice and advanced innovative items

French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish - Modern, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean

SSCP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese

CCSP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English, Japanese

CAP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

CSSLP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

HCISPP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

CISSP-ISSAP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

CISSP-ISSEP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

CISSP-ISSMP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English


There may be scenario-based items with more than one multiple-choice item.

Each of these exams contains 25 pre-test items. They’re included for research purposes only. The pre-test items aren’t identified, so answer every item to the best of your ability.

You need a scale score of at least 700 out of a possible 1,000 points to pass your cybersecurity exam.

Familiarize Yourself with CISSP Computerized Adaptive Test

(ISC)² uses Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) for all English CISSP exams worldwide. Based on the same exam content outline as the linear, fixed-form exam, CISSP CAT is a more precise and efficient evaluation of your competency. Learn what to expect when taking your CISSP CAT exam here.

Rescheduling or Cancelling an Exam

Once you schedule your exam, you have up to 365 days to reschedule and sit for your exam.

To reschedule or cancel your exam appointment, you must contact Pearson VUE:

  • Online at least 48 hours prior to your exam or
  • By phone at least 24 hours before your exam

Pearson VUE charges a reschedule fee of U.S. $50 and a cancellation fee of U.S. $100. If you do not sit for your exam within 365 days of your initial scheduled exam date, your exam fee will NOT be refunded.

Requesting Special Accommodations

(ISC)² provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for its exams with people who have demonstrated a need for test accommodations. If you wish to request an accommodation, complete the Accommodation Form and return it to (ISC)² prior to registering for your exam with the following information to membersupport@isc2.org:

  • An explanation of the accommodations you need
  • Documentation supporting the accommodation
  • The exam you want to take
  • The exam location

Test accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis. Once an accommodation is approved by (ISC)², we’ll send it to Pearson VUE Accommodations. Please allow two to three business days for Pearson VUE to get this information. Then, call Pearson VUE at +1.800.466.0450 or +1.952.905.7025, so you can schedule your exam. Please contact (ISC)² first. Do not start by scheduling through Pearson VUE’s website or through their main registration phone line.

Please note, that the purpose of test accommodations is to provide examinees with full access to the test. However, they are not a guarantee of improved performance or test completion.

Exam Updates

(ISC)² has an obligation to its membership to maintain the relevancy of its credentials. These enhancements are the result of a rigorous, methodical process that (ISC)² follows to routinely update its credential exams. This process ensures the examinations and subsequent continuing professional education requirements encompass the topic areas relevant to the roles and responsibilities of today's practicing professionals.

Updates have been announced for the following exams:

  • SSCP: Effective November 1, 2021
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