I passed my CRISC exam!

It’s been a long 10 weeks since I took the CRISC exam on June 4. I don’t understand it. The exam was a Scantron exam with all the bubbles, so it was certainly a machine-scored exam. ISACA says it takes up to 5 weeks to score the exam using a 200-800 point scale, blah blah. See below:

ISACA uses a 200-800 point scale with 450 as the passing mark for the exams. A scaled score is a conversion of the raw score on an exam to a common scale. It is important to note that the exam score is not based on an arithmetic or percent average. For example, the scaled score of 800 represents a perfect score with all questions answered correctly; a scaled score of 200 is the lowest score possible and signifies that only a small number of questions were answered correctly.

A candidate must receive a scaled score of 450 or higher to pass the exam. A score of 450 represents a minimum consistent standard of knowledge as established for the exam by the respective ISACA Certification Working Group. The passing score of 450 represents the minimum number of questions that must be answered correctly by the candidate in order to demonstrate practical application of the job task and knowledge statements. A candidate receiving a passing score may then apply for certification if all other requirements are met.


Every week since the exam, I’ve been dreading the results. Kicking myself for not studying more, or taking more practice questions. Fool. Hundreds of dollars to register for that exam, you know, and all potentially all wasted.

With all that complicated scoring, it took them 10 weeks to send me my ‘Notice of Exam Results’.  When I  received the letter on August 15, I opened it with dread. Color me shocked when I read the results below.

Not only did I pass, I did really well. Heck, I was in the top 5% of everyone who tested that day. I was speechless.

So it feels good. Some vindication that my mind hasn’t fossilized or atrophied that much yet. The next steps are to complete the application for certification, get verification from old colleagues/managers, and submit the paperwork to ISACA.

Wow, I am still stunned.

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