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Certified Government Auditing Professional® (CGAP®) Exam Syllabus

The CGAP exam includes 115 multiple-choice questions, covers four domains, and requires a completion time of two hours and fifty-five minutes. The exam includes questions on International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Government Auditing Standards. Candidates who registered to take the exam in the United States will receive a local version of the exam with questions on U.S. Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS/Yellow Book).

P = Candidates must exhibit proficiency (thorough understanding; ability to apply concepts) in these topic areas.

A = Candidates must exhibit awareness (knowledge of terminology and fundamentals) in these topic areas.

Standards tested on the CGAP exam:

Additional standards tested on the CGAP exam for candidates taking the exam in the United States:

  • Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS/Yellow Book) (P)

Exam Non-disclosure

The CGAP exam is a non-disclosed examination, which means that current exam questions and answers will not be published or divulged.

NOTE: Exam topics and/or format are subject to change as approved by The IIA's Professional Certification Board (PCB).

CGAP Exam Domains

The CGAP exam core content covers four domains:

Domain I: Standards, Governance, and Risk/Control Frameworks (10-20 percent)
Domain II: Government Auditing Practice (35-45 percent)
Domain III: Government Auditing Skills and Techniques (20-25 percent)
Domain IV: Government Auditing Environment (20-25 percent)

Sample CGAP Exam Questions

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

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Candidates from the following countries must refer to their local IIA Institute web-site or contact their local representative for more information about local certification processes:


The information contained on this website pertains to all other countries.