Where to Go from Here
If you can feasibly prepare for the exam before the exam date, you should immediately register for the exam. This obligation will help you to commit to a study and training regimen.
- Familiarize yourself with the five domains.
- Familiarize yourself with the Job Practice Areas, available on the ISACA website under the CISM exam section. The Job Practice Areas are the five domains or content sections of the exam. Each area includes several task and knowledge statements.
- As I said earlier, the Job Practice Areas also shows the proportion of each domain to the exam. For example, Domain 4 (“Information Security Program Management”) comprises 24% of the exam, while Domain 5 (“incident Management and Response”) covers only 14%. Study accordingly.
- Also in the Job Practice Areas section or the Candidate’s Guide, use the full list of statements as a structured checklist.
- Study with structure, invest your time smartly and know the BEST answers.
- Once you feel relatively confident, try the CISM Sample Question Challenge (available on ISACA website, CISM section, then “Prepare for CISM”).
- You may opt to take other practice exams or purchase preparation materials to fill in gaps left before taking the actual exam.
- Remember during the exam to pace yourself, relying on the question/minute rate.