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(ISC)2 pilot testing online exam proctoring, what does it mean for you?

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(ISC)2 is an international, non-profit membership association for information security leaders. With more than 150,000 certified members, (ISC)2 empowers professionals who touch every aspect of information security.

Founded in 1989, (ISC)2 was born out of the need for standardization and certification in the cybersecurity industry. Since then, the founders and members of (ISC)2 have been shaping the information security profession.

(ISC)2 offers the world’s most recognized information security certifications that are held in high steed and recognized as the global standard of excellence in the field. (ISC)2 is also the world’s first information security certifying body to meet the requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024, which is a global benchmark for certifying people. All of the (ISC)2 certifications are accredited against this standard.

Some of their most popular programs include:

  1. CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  2. SSCP: Systems Security Certified Practitioner
  3. CCSP: Certified Cloud Security Professional
  4. CAP: Certified Authorization Professional
  5. CSSLP: Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional
  6. HCISPP: Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner


Benefits of an (ISC)2 Information Security Certification


Pilot Testing Online Exam Proctoring

Earlier this month, (ISC)2 announced that it will offer an online proctoring pilot test for its entire portfolio of cybersecurity certifications, including the CISSP. The program would be administered exclusively through Pearson VUE, and it will assess the viability and future availability of online proctoring for (ISC)2 certification exams.

According to (ISC)2,

“In the wake of COVID-19, (ISC)2 has spent considerable time and effort to ensure the integrity of our exam process while taking into consideration that many candidates are facing extraordinary uncertainty and restrictions due to the pandemic. The pilot test program will enable us to gather the data we need to weigh the integrity and effectiveness of the exams while making them more easily accessible during these unprecedented times.”

Later, (ISC)2 announced the opening of registration for a limited number of online examinations as part of the pilot test for online proctoring. During these select dates in February, (ISC)2 will be running a pilot test for online proctored exams – 2000 exams are being made available for online proctoring on a first-come-first-serve basis. The results of this pilot will decide the possibility of future online proctoring for (ISC)2 certifications. Up until now, (ISC)2 certification exams have been available exclusively at Pearson VUE test centers, but COVID-19 had forced the test centers to close, affecting the certification exams of many. Most of these test centers are now open and have implemented health & safety measures, exploring the online proctoring possibility could be a welcome measure for thousands of (ISC)2 certification aspirants in these extraordinary circumstances.

Why is online proctoring of (ISC)2 exams such a big thing?

Online testing sounds like a pretty easy thing to do, considering how almost our entire lives revolve around the internet these days. However, it is not as easy or simple as it sounds. (ISC)2 has always placed the utmost importance on the integrity of its information security certification exams. Turning to online proctoring does put this integrity into question to some extent, and (ISC)2 is doing everything to protect it. The pandemic has put all of us through unimaginable stress and uncertainty. And (ISC)2 is committed to maintaining the effectiveness and value of all their information security certifications for not only the people who will earn it in the future but also for the professionals who have already earned them.


How does this affect me?

Online examinations for the below certification exams will be administered
from 15 Feb 2021 to 21 Feb 2021.

  • Certified Authorization Professional – English
  • Certified Cloud Security Professional – English
  • Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional – English
  • HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner – English
  • Information Systems Security Architecture Professional – English
  • Information Systems Security Engineering Professional – English
  • Information Systems Security Management Professional – English
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner – English

The online exam for CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional – English) will be administered from 22 Feb 2021 to 28 Feb 2021.

The exam availability for all these exams would be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registrations for the online exams for these certifications have already begun on 11 Jan 2021 and are available in limited numbers for participants in the United States who have no past (ISC)2 discipline actions on record. A maximum of 2000 total examinations would be delivered as part of this pilot testing.


What are the minimum requirements for taking the online proctored exam?

Here are the system requirements for the online proctored exam:


Is the online proctored exam priced differently than the test center delivered exams?

No. The cost of the examinations offered during this pilot test period is the same as the price of test center delivered examinations.


Which language is the online proctored exam available in?

The online proctored (ISC)2 exam is only available in English currently.


What will be the format of the online proctored exam?

The (ISC)2 certification online proctored exam will be available only in a linear format with no item review permitted. The CISSP exam will also not be available as a Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT). Here are the details for each certification exam:


Source: (ISC)2

Each of these exams will have 25 pre-test items that would be a part of the exam but would not affect your exam score. They are included to review the possibility of becoming exam items in the future.


Can I take a break while giving the exam?

For security and integrity reasons, only one break approximately halfway through the CISSP exam would be permitted as it goes on for 6 hours. No other (ISC)2 certification exams would include a break. Any candidates who attempt to take an unscheduled break during the exam will have their exam sessions terminated right away and risk forfeiture of their exam results.


What will be the results I will receive after the exam?

Unlike the physical test center delivered (ISC)2 certification exam, the online proctored exam will only include a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ as part of the results. No detailed diagnostic information regarding relative performance by domain would be presented in the results.


Can I use the exam results to apply for the (ISC)2 certification?

Yes, you can use the successful results of the online proctored exam to apply for an (ISC)2 exam.


What if I encounter a technical glitch during the online proctored exam?

If for any reason, you are unable to take the (ISC)2 online proctored exam successfully, the exam will be rescheduled for a future date at a Pearson VUE test center. Online proctored (ISC)2 certification exams that encountered a technical problem cannot be rescheduled for another online delivery exam.


I already scheduled a test center delivered exam. Can I reschedule it to an online proctored exam?

Yes, you can.

How do I go about scheduling or preparing for my online proctored exam?

Cognixia – the world’s leading digital talent transformation company is an authorized training partner for (ISC)2. We offer the complete portfolio of (ISC)2 certification for participants across a range of training modalities. If you would like to begin preparing for any (ISC)2 certification or would like to know more about the online proctored exam, or would like to schedule an online proctored or test center delivered (ISC)2 certification exam, please reach out to us today!

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