CISA Exam Dates 2018: Don’t Miss the Deadline (+ Early Discount)


CISA exam datesThe CISA exam is held three times each year: the second Saturdays in June and December, as well as that in September in selected locations.

To ensure you have enough time for studying and preparation, it is important to understand the CISA exam dates and schedule.

CISA Exam Dates 2017

With the new exam in 2016, scheduling has become more flexible but the exam fee has gone up considerably.

Exam WindowsMay 1 – Jun 30Aug 1 – Sep 30Nov 1 – Dec 31
Registration starts onNov 15, 2016May 1Aug 1
Early Registration closes byFeb 28TBDTBD
Regular Registration closes byJun 23Sep 22Dec 20

CISA Exam Dates 2018

Exam WindowsFeb 1 – May 24Jun 1 – Sep 23Oct 1 – Jan 24
Registration starts onDec 1TBDTBD
Early Registration closes byTBDTBDTBD
Regular Registration closes byTBDTBDTBD


Exam date change requests:

  • Rescheduling: must be done within 1-2 weeks after the final registration date at least 48 hours prior to exam time. No fees will be charged.
  • Deferral: deferral deadline is the last day of each exam window. It can be arranged, with processing fees of $50 or $100 $200.
  • Refund: request must be submitted before the final registration date. (update: exam fee is now non-refundable)

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I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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  • Inaash Birdi says:


    I am looking to take the CISA Certification exam in December 2017.

    However, I was wondering what specific dates are available for December?



    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Inaash,
      The CISA exam is now changed to a test window (from Nov 1 to Dec 31) instead of one specific date. It is a lot more flexible now.

  • evan says:

    Will the exam be online?

  • geetanjali says:

    hi, I wish to take cisa exam in June 2017, still haven’t registered for it, am I still eligible for registration?

  • henry sang says:

    Am a new candidate and would wish to register as a member and for exams in December 2017.

    I would wish to have the rates for the above registration and exam centers


  • Laylaah says:

    Hi Goodevening. I am looking at taking the exams this September twenty seventeen.
    1. Can I still register to become a member and then register for the exams?
    2. When exactly in September will the exam hold?
    3. Since its CBT will results be out immediately am done with the exams?
    4. How much to register as a member and then how much to register for exams?

    Thanks in anticipation

    • Stephanie says:

      Should be fine? The registration won’t start until May 1 for the September window. On the fees, please check out the first link under the “for your reference” heading.

  • TIm says:

    When does the early deadline for Aug-Sept window closes?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi TIm, I can’t find the info either, odd isn’t it… I will keep checking the official site these few days.
      But if the Aug-Sep application opens tomorrow (May 1), I would just plan to register before May 13. In the last May-Jun testing window, there were 13 days between first day of registration and the early registration deadline.

      Regards, Stephanie

  • MERCY ESAU says:


  • Richard says:

    I wish to know, is it possible to be considered for the December exams now?
    On average how long does it take a candidates to prepare for this exam?

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  • Saumen says:

    want to appear in Nov-Dec 2017 slot. Still not registered. What is the last date of registration?

  • Sarah says:

    When can I register to take the CISA test in January 2018? A lot of testing sites have the January testing dates already published. Thanks.

    • Stephanie says:

      Finally, some updates from the website…

      It looks to me that Jan 2018 is a black-out date for the CISA exam. First available testing date is Feb 1 and registration starts tomorrow on Dec 1.

  • Sine says:

    Hi all,

    I wanna resgister for CISA exam for this window ( Nov – Dec 2017) but I can’t see early bird last day on the website and this delays my registration as the dates I was targeting to sit for the exam are about to be over. Please assist

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Sine,
      I am also quite confused with the CISA dates lately. I’ll take a further look and hopefully able to clarify things further.
      Did you try calling them directly? Stephanie

      • Sine says:

        Good day Stephanie,

        I haven’t tried them on the phone but I did send them an email four days ago and I am still waiting for their response.

        Thank you in advance.

        • Sine says:

          Hi Stephanie

          I am not winning regarding my previous email and I am running out time, the ISACA SA Charter is not responding either.

          I do not what to do now.


          • Stephanie says:

            Hmmm… let me see what I can do.

          • Stephanie says:

            Hello, I can’t locate the early bird date either, but I suspect that it’s over (because in the earlier testing windows, they did specify the time if it was still valid).

            Registration for the new 2018 testing window will be available tomorrow on Dec 1. This is most likely an early bird date if you are interested in catching the discount. First date of testing in 2018 is Feb 1.

  • Jonathan Ikeolumba says:

    Hello, I am in Nigeria. Can I make the December 2017 exams?

  • onochie natcino says:

    i just paid for my CISA exam for Feb -may session. i will like a date in February .please when can i select the exam center and date.
    thank you

  • Divya says:

    I am .ca final student bt have master degree in commerce will I be eligible for cisa exam?

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