The CISA Review Manual, also known as CRM, was published with its latest version in 2015. This version includes updates on Domain 4 and 5 of the CISA exam syllabus.
It is a full-blown technical manual with all the facts, tables and charts, certainly the definitive guide to the CISA exam.
This is the most up-to-date study guide in the market.
In general candidates find the question database very helpful. Not everyone choose to study with the book (see the limitations below), but most work on questions using the ISACA database.
These books are available at ISACA website, but you can usually get a discount (both new and second-hand) from Amazon:
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1. Lacking Explanation; Not Suitable for Everyone
While it contains lots of information, it lacks explanation and examples.This is possibly because the book is positioned as a manual. It is more suitable for those who have existing knowledge in the area, instead of those who rely on this book to understand the concept and need explanation behind all the listed info.
Because of this, some candidates find it hard to understand.
2. Dry and Too Technical
A related issue is that it is too technical and therefore very dry to read. In other books, in addition to the explanations, the authors give insights to tips on studying for the exam and some exam taking strategies. You will not find this in the CISA Review Manual.
The CISA Review Manual is a great teaching material, but what it lacks is a way tool that helps you identify your weaker areas.
There are state-of-the-art online platforms that provide exactly that. Some have awesome videos that explain the concepts in detail, while others analyse your weaker areas as you work on the practice question, and feed you those until your score improves.
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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