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Certification in Control Self-Assessment® (CCSA®) Exam Syllabus

The CCSA exam includes 115 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are given two hours and fifty-five minutes to complete the exam. Some of the exam questions are included for research purposes only and do not affect the candidate's score. These research questions are not identified, so candidates should answer all questions to the best of their ability. The use of research questions benefits CCSA candidates by allowing The IIA to include only pretested, statistically valid questions in scoring the CCSA exam.

Exam Non-disclosure

The CCSA exam is a non-disclosed examination, which means that current exam questions and answers will not be published or divulged.

CCSA Exam Topic Outline

The topics tested on the CCSA exam are framed in the context of a variety of industry situations. Candidates are not expected to be familiar with industry-specific controls, but should be able to relate to risks and controls that generally apply to business processes in various industries. Exam topics are subject to change.

CCSA Exam Domains

The CCSA exam core content covers six domains:

Domain I: CSA Fundamentals (5-10 percent)
Domain II: CSA Program Integration (15-25 percent)
Domain III: Elements of the CSA Process (15-25 percent)
Domain IV: Business Objectives/Organizational Performance (10-15 percent)
Domain V: Risk Identification and Assessment (15-20 percent)
Domain VI: Control Theory and Application (20-25 percent)

Sample CCSA Exam Questions

The IIA provides a limited number of sample CCSA exam questions (with answers) to give candidates an understanding of the types of questions that typically appear on the exam. 

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