(ISC)² Examinations

Are you ready to earn your (ISC)² certification?

Before you register for training and/or the examination, be sure to download the Exam Outline which contains prerequisites and examination topics areas, as well as brief descriptions of the examination 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.

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Examination Policies & Procedures

Registering for the Examination

All (ISC)² examinations are computer-based and administered at Pearson VUE Testing centers worldwide.

  1. Review exam availability by credential.
  2. Visit www.pearsonvue.com/isc2.
  3. Create a Pearson VUE account.
  4. Select the most convenient test center location.
  5. Select an appointment time.
  6. Pay for your examination appointment.
  7. Receive confirmation from Pearson VUE with the appointment details, test center location, and other relevant instructions, if any.

Please note that your registration information will be transferred to (ISC)² and all communication about the testing process from (ISC)² and Pearson VUE will be sent to you via email.

You may also register over the phone through Pearson VUE. Contact information can be found on the Pearson VUE website.

Examination Demonstration

You can experience a demonstration and tutorial of the examination experience on the Pearson VUE website.

Rescheduling or Cancellation of an Examination Appointment 

If you wish to reschedule or cancel your examination appointment, you must contact Pearson VUE either online at least 48 hours prior to your examination OR over the phone at least 24 hours prior to your examination. Please note there is a Pearson VUE fee of 50 USD/35 £/40 € for reschedules and 100 USD/70 £/80 € for cancellations.

Late Arrivals or No Shows

If you do not arrive within 15 minutes of your scheduled examination appointment starting time, you have technically forfeited your assigned seat. It will then be up to the discretion of the test center as to whether or not you may still take the examination without affecting subsequent candidates' appointments.

All attempts will be made to accommodate candidates who arrive late. If the test center is not able to accommodate a late arrival, you will be turned away. The examination result will appear in the system as a no-show and your examination fee will be forfeited.

If you fail to appear for an examination, the examination result will appear in the system as a no-show and your examination fee will be forfeited.

Procedure for Requesting Special Accommodations

Disabilities
(ISC)² provides reasonable accommodations in its examinations procedures in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Candidates who require special accommodations should not schedule their examination 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 documentation, an explanation of accommodations needed, type of examination, and examination location to membersupport@isc2.org. 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 examination appointment.

What You’ll Need to Bring to the Test Center

Proper Identification
(ISC)² requires two forms of identification, a primary and a secondary, when checking in for an examination appointment at a test center. All candidate identification documents must 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)

  • 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
  • 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*
Accepted Secondary ID (contains signature, not expired)
  • 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

The first and last name on the identification document must exactly match the first and last name on your registration record with Pearson VUE. If the name you have registered with does not match the name on the identification document your present, you must bring proof of legal name change 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, you must contact (ISC)² to correct the information in advance of the actual test date. Name changes cannot be made at the test center or on the day of the examination.  If you do not meet the requirements presented in the name matching policy on the day of the test you will be asked to leave the testing center and you will forfeit the testing fee.

The Day of the Examination

Check-In Process
Plan to arrive at the test 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 required 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.  Test 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.

Weapons are not allowed on test center premises. If you bring a weapon, or something considered a weapon by the test administrator, into the test center, you will be asked to store that item in your car. If you did not drive to the test center, you will be allowed to store it in the locker with your other personal belongings. The only exemption is for law enforcement or security personnel on site performing an official 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 the test center.

*Unless prohibited by law.

Examination Assistance and Breaks
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.
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.

When the Examination is Finished
After you have finished the examination, raise your hand to summon the TA. The TA will dismiss you when all requirements are fulfilled.

If you believe there was an irregularity in the administration of your test, or the associated test conditions adversely affected the outcome of your examination, you should notify the TA before you leave the test center.

Technical Issues
On rare occasions, technical problems may require rescheduling of a candidate’s examination. If circumstances arise causing you to wait more than 30 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, or a restart delay lasts longer than 30 minutes, you will be given the choice of continuing to wait, or rescheduling your appointment without an additional fee.
 

  • If you choose to wait, but later change your mind at any time prior to beginning or restarting the examination, you will be allowed to take exam at a later date, at no additional cost.
  • If you choose not to reschedule, but rather test after a delay, you will have no further recourse, and your test results will be considered valid.
  • If you choose to reschedule your appointment, or the problem causing the delay cannot be resolved, you will be allowed to test at a later date at no additional charge. Every attempt will be made to contact candidates if technical problems are identified prior to a scheduled appointment.

Examination Format and Scoring

Exam 

Time Allotted

Questions

Examination Availability 

CAP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

CCFP

4 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English, German, Korean

CCSP

4 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

CISSP

6 hours

250 Multiple choice and advanced innovative questions

English, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Visually impaired

CISSP-ISSAP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

CISSP-ISSEP

3 hours

150 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

CISSP-ISSMP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

CSSLP

4 hours

175 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

HCISPP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English

SSCP

3 hours

125 multiple choice, 4 choices

English, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese

There may be scenario-based items which may have more than one multiple choice item associated with it.  

Each of these examinations contains 25 pretest items which are included for research purposes only.  The pretest items are not identified; therefore, answer all questions to the best of your ability. The passing score required is a scale score of 700 out of a possible 1000 points.

Testing Environment

Pearson VUE Test Centers administer many types of examinations including some that require written responses (essay-type). Test 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.

Results Reporting

You will receive your unofficial examination 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. All test results are subject to (ISC)²’s psychometric and forensic evaluation. Based on the number of tests administered, this evaluation may be conducted after candidates receive the official results email. Any candidate whose score is affected by the psychometric and forensic evaluation will be notified by (ISC)².

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 examination 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.

Examination Irregularities and Results Invalidation

(ISC)² examinations are intended to be delivered under standardized conditions. If any irregularity or fraud is encountered before, during, or after the administration of the examination, (ISC)² will examine the situation and determine whether action is warranted. If (ISC)² determines that any examination irregularity or fraud has happened, it may choose not to score the examination of the affected test taker(s), or it may choose to cancel the results of the affected test taker(s).

(ISC)² may at its sole discretion revoke any and all certifications you may have earned and ban you from earning future (ISC)² certifications, and decline to score or cancel any examination under any of the circumstances listed in the (ISC)² Examination Agreement.  Please refer to the (ISC)² Examination Agreement for further details.

Retake Policy  

CAP, CISSP, CSSLP, ISSAP, ISSEP, ISSMP and SSCP: Test takers who do not pass the examination 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 examination again.  In the unfortunate event that a candidate fails a third time, the next available time to sit for the examination will be 180 days after the most recent exam attempt.  Candidates are eligible to sit for (ISC)² examinations a maximum of 3 times within a calendar year.

CCFP, CCSP and HCISPP: Test takers who do not pass the examination 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 examination again.  In the unfortunate event that a candidate fails a third time, the next available time to sit for the examination will be 180 days after the most recent exam attempt.  Candidates are eligible to sit for (ISC)² examinations a maximum of 3 times within a calendar year.

Recertification by Examination

You may recertify by examination if:

  • You have become decertified due to reaching the expiration of the time limit for endorsement.
  • You have become decertified for not meeting the number of required continuing professional education credits.