Register for (ISC)² Training & Examination
Are you ready to earn your (ISC)² certification?
Before you register for training and/or the exam, be sure to download the Exam Outline which contains prerequisites and exam topics areas, as well as brief descriptions of the exam structures and materials, suggested educational references, basic registration policies, and much more. Also make sure you meet the organizational standards so that you may become a member of (ISC)² after you pass the examination.
Exam Policies & Procedures
Rescheduling or Cancellation of a Testing Appointment
If you wish to reschedule or cancel your exam appointment, you must contact Pearson VUE at least 48 hours before the exam date by contacting Pearson VUE online, OR at least 24 hours prior to exam appointment time by contacting Pearson VUE over the phone by referring to the Contact Information for your region. Canceling or rescheduling an exam appointment less than 24 hours via phone notification, or less than 48 hours via online notification is subject to a forfeit of exam fees. Exam fees are also forfeited for no-shows. Please note that Pearson VUE charges a 50 USD/35 £/40 € fee for reschedules, and 100 USD/70 £/80 € fee for cancellations.
Late Arrivals or No Shows
If the candidate does not arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled exam starting time, he or she has technically forfeited his or her assigned seat. It will then be up to the discretion of the testing center as to whether or not the candidate may still take the exam without affecting subsequent candidates' appointments.
Any/all attempts are made to accommodate candidates who arrive late. However, if the schedule is such that the test center is not able to accommodate a late arrival, the candidate will be turned away and his/her exam fees will be forfeited.
If a candidate fails to appear for a testing appointment, the test result will appear in the system as a No-Show and the candidate's exam fees will be forfeited.
Procedure for Requesting Special Accommodations
(ISC)² provides special accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. If a disability prevents you from taking the examination under normal conditions, you may request special accommodations. Candidates who require special accommodations should not schedule their exam appointment online or call the main Pearson VUE registration line. Requests for accommodations should be made to (ISC)² in advance of the desired testing appointment by submitting medical documentation, an explanation of accommodations needed, type of exam, and exam location to email@example.com. Once (ISC)² grants the accommodations request, it is then submitted to Pearson VUE Accommodations. Please allow 2-3 business days and then you may call 800-466-0450 to schedule your exam appointment.
Some (ISC)² examinations are offered in English only. If English is not your primary language, (ISC)² recommends (but does not require) that candidates sit for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination prior to sitting for an (ISC)² examination. Your scores on the TOEFL will provide a useful gauge for you to ascertain whether reading and comprehending English will present problems for you on an (ISC)² examination. The TOEFL examination is offered at multiple locations both domestically and internationally throughout the year. More information is available on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Web pages.
Hard copy language translation dictionaries are permitted for the examination should you choose to bring one to assist you with language translation. Electronic dictionaries will not be permitted under any circumstances. The Examination Supervisor will fully inspect your dictionary at check-in. Your dictionary may not contain any writing or extraneous materials of any kind. If the dictionary contains writing or other materials or papers, it will not be permitted in the examination room. Additionally, you are not permitted to write in your dictionary at any time during the examination, and it will be inspected a second time prior to dismissal from the examination. Finally, (ISC)² takes no responsibility for the content of such dictionaries or interpretations of its contents by a candidate.
(ISC)² requires two forms of identification, a primary and a secondary, when checking in for a CBT test appointment at a Pearson VUE Test Center. All candidate identification documentsmust be valid(not expired) and must be an original document (not a photocopy or a fax).
Primary IDs: Must contain a permanently affixed photo of the candidate, along with the candidate's signature.
Secondary IDs: Must have the candidate's signature.
Accepted Primary ID (photograph and signature, not expired)
Accepted Secondary ID (contains signature, not expired)
- Government issued Driver's License or Identification Card
- U.S. Dept of State Drivers License
- U.S. Learner's Permit (card only with photo and signature)
- National/State/Country Identification Card
- Passport Cards
- Military ID
- Military ID for spouses and dependents
- Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Visa)
- Government Issued local language ID (plastic card with photo and signature
- Employee ID
- School ID
- Credit Card*
- U.S. Social Security Card
- Debit/(ATM) Card
- Credit Card*
- Any form of ID on the primary list
*A credit card can be used as a primary form of ID only if it contains both a photo and a signature and is not expired. Any credit card can be used as a secondary form of ID, as long as it contains a signature and is not expired. This includes major credit cards, such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. It also includes department store and gasoline credit cards.
Name Matching Policy
Candidate's first and last name on the presented identification document must exactly match the first and last name on the registration record with Pearson VUE. If the name the candidate has registered with does not match the name on the identification document, proof of legal name change must be brought to the test center on the day of the test. The only acceptable forms of legal documentation are marriage licenses, divorce decrees, or court sanctioned legal name change documents. All documents presented at the test center must be original documents.
If a mistake is made with a name during the application process, candidates should contact (ISC)² to correct the information well in advance of the actual test date. Name changes cannot be made at the test center or on the day of the exam. Candidates who do not meet the requirements presented in the name matching policy on the day of the test will be asked to leave the testing center and will forfeit testing fee.
Prior to starting the exam, all candidates are presented with the (ISC)² non-disclosure agreement (NDA), and are required in the computer to accept the agreement prior to being presented with exam questions. If the NDA is not accepted by the candidate, or refused to accept within the time allotted, the exam will end, and the candidate will be asked to leave the test center. No refund of exam fees will be given. For this reason, all candidates are strongly encouraged to review the non-disclosure agreement prior to scheduling for, or taking the exam.
The agreement is located at www.pearsonvue.com/isc2/isc2_nda.pdf.
Plan to arrive at the Pearson VUE testing center at least 30 minutes before the scheduled testing time. For checking-in:
- You will be required to present two acceptable forms of identification.
- You will be asked to provide your signature, submit to a palm vein scan, and have your photograph taken. Hats, scarves and coats may not be worn in the testing room, or while your photograph is being taken.
- You will be required to leave your personal belongings outside the testing room. Secure storage will be provided. Storage space is small, so candidates should plan appropriately. Pearson Professional Centers assume no responsibility for candidates' personal belongings.
- The Test Administrator (TA) will give you a short orientation, and then will escort you to a computer terminal. You must remain in your seat during the examination, except when authorized to leave by test center staff. You may not change your computer terminal unless a TA directs you to do so.
Raise your hand to notify the TA if you
- Believe you have a problem with your computer.
- Need to change note boards.
- Need to take a break.
- Need the administrator for any reason.
Weapons are not allowed on test center premises. If a candidate brings a weapon into the test center, ask the candidate to store that item in their car. If the candidate did not drive to the test center, allow the candidate (as a last resort) to store it in the locker with their other personal belongings. The only exemption is for law enforcement or security personnel coming on site to perform their duty, such as apprehending a dangerous individual. This exemption does not apply to law enforcement or security personnel scheduled to take a test; such persons must leave weapons outside like everyone else.
You will have up to six hours to complete the CISSP, and up to four hours to complete the CSSLP and CCFP up to three hours to complete the following examinations:
Total examination time includes any unscheduled breaks you may take. All breaks count against your testing time. You must leave the testing room during your break, but you may not leave the building or access any personal belongings unless absolutely necessary (e.g. for retrieving medication). Additionally, when you take a break, you will be required to submit to a palm vein scan before and after your break.
Examination Format and Scoring
- The CISSP® examination consists of 250 multiple choice questions with four (4) choices each.
- The CSSLP® examination consists of 175 multiple choice questions with four (4) choices each.
- The HCISPP examination contains 125 multiple choice questions with four (4) choices each.
- The CCFP examination contains 125 multiple choice questions with four (4) choices each.
- The SSCP® examination contains 125 multiple choice questions with four (4) choices each.
- The ISSAP®, ISSEP®, and ISSMP® concentration examinations contain 125, 150, 125 multiple choice questions respectively with four (4) choices each.
- The CAP® examination contains 125 multiple choice questions with four (4) choices each.
There may be scenario-based items which may have more than one multiple choice question associated with it. These items will be specifically identified in the test booklet.
Each of these exams contains 25 questions which are included for research purposes only. The research questions are not identified; therefore, answer all questions to the best of your ability. The passing grade required is a scale score of 700 out of a possible 1000 points on the grading scale.
Pearson Professional Centers administer many types of examinations including some that require written responses (essay-type). Pearson Professional Centers have no control over typing noises made by candidates sitting next to you while writing their examination. Typing noise is considered a normal part of the computerized testing environment, just as the noise of turning pages is a normal part of the paper-and pencil testing environment. Earplugs are available upon request.
Candidates will receive their unofficial test result at the test center. The results will be handed out by the Test Administrator during the checkout process. (ISC)² will then follow up with an official result via email.
In some instances, real time results may not be available. A comprehensive statistical and psychometric analysis of the score data is conducted during every testing cycle before scores are released. A minimum number of candidates are required to take the exam before this analysis can be completed. Depending upon the volume of test takers for a given cycle, there may be occasions when scores are delayed for approximately 6-8 weeks in order to complete this critical process. Results WILL NOT be released over the phone. They will be sent via email from (ISC)² as soon as the scores are finalized. If you have any questions regarding this policy, you should contact (ISC)² prior to your examination.
CISSP, SSCP, CSSLP, CAP, ISSEP, ISSAP, and ISSMP: Test takers who do not pass the exam the first time will be able to retest after 30 days. Test takers that fail a second time will need to wait 90 days prior to sitting for the exam again. In the unfortunate event that a candidate fails a third time, the next available time to sit for the exam will be 180 days after the most recent exam attempt. Candidates are eligible to sit for (ISC)² exams a maximum of 3 times within a calendar year.
CCFP and HCISPP: Test takers who do not pass the exam the first time will be able to retest after 90 days. Test takers that fail a second time will need to wait an additional 90 days prior to sitting for the exam again. In the unfortunate event that a candidate fails a third time, the next available time to sit for the exam will be 180 days after the most recent exam attempt. Candidates are eligible to sit for (ISC)² exams a maximum of 3 times within a calendar year.
Recertification by Examination
Candidates and members may recertify by examination for the following reasons ONLY;
- The candidate has become inactive due to reaching the expiration of the time limit for endorsement.
- The member has become decertified for not meeting the number of required continuing professional education credits.
- The member wants to retake the exam in lieu of earning continuing professional education credits. The member must sit for the exam within 90 days of their certification expiration date.