CRISC Resources [updated 2021]

Daniel Brecht
November 17, 2021 by
Daniel Brecht

ISACA's Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification is the only credential focused on enterprise IT risk management. It is a hot topic in today's IT security landscape as businesses are asked to balance growing risks and shrinking budgets. A credential is a good option for mid-career IT/IS audit, risk and security professionals.

Passing and securing good marks on the CRISC exam requires professionals to prepare on the specialized knowledge covered by the four domains of the newly-revised test: governance, IT risk assessment, risk response and reporting, information technology and security. It is important, then, that preparation efforts also focus on choosing the right study materials to pass the exam at the first attempt. This article will cover some of the best books, study guides, online resources, and practice exams that will help you meet the exam challenge with more confidence and the possibility of success.

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What is the best official book to help prepare for the CRISC?

Ample study material is available on ISACA's Official Bookstore for the CRISC. ISACA offers books in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese to prepare for all its certifications. The following book will help pass the CRISC exam.

CRISC Review Manual 7th Edition — This comprehensive reference guide focuses on the 4 domains covered by the CRISC exam and helps both IT and business professionals – tasked with risk identification, assessment and response as well as risk and IS control monitoring and reporting – understand IT-related business risk management roles and responsibilities. The manual (also offered in eBook format) can be used for self-study and review topics in a group setting. The chapters of the book all follow the same structure for ease of use from students. They all have a first section containing definitions, topics covered by the domain, task and knowledge statements, and questions and answers; a second section covers, instead, reference material and additional content for advanced knowledge of the topic.

$105 member pricing/$135 non-member pricing

What are the best online resources to prepare for the CRISC?

A great way to prepare for the CRISC exam is to peruse the many online resources by both ISACA and reputable certification training providers. Below are some of the available options.

CRISC Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Database – Based on the same content of the printed Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual, this web-based learning platform (accessed via ISACA PERFORM) allows CRISC candidates to log in at home or anywhere else they have Internet connectivity, to access interactive questions and answers depository. Exam candidates can build custom study plans that focus on chosen domains and track their progress.

Use of this resource requires a 12-month subscription:

$399 non-member pricing

To access your purchased Questions, Answers and Explanations Database

  1. Log in to your ISACA account at
  2. Beneath your name, find and click the "Learning Access" tab toward the right side of your screen.  
  3. Scroll down to the "QAE Database(s)" section.
  4. Click the red "Access Your Learning" button, and you will be taken into the Database.

CRISC Online Review Course 2021: ISACA offers this preparation course to provide online training to CRISC candidates and risk practitioners. The course, hosted on ISACA's learning platform PERFORM, includes various interactive activities that cover content from all four domains of the exam: case study activities, downloadable job aids, interactive workbooks, downloadable material, interactive e-learning modules, videos and pre- and post-course assessments. Once purchased, professionals will be able to access the course for one year. The "seat time" is approximately 12 hours and, upon completion, learners earn 15 CPE. To begin, click on the Learning Access tab of the MyISACA dashboard.

$795 member pricing/$895 non-member pricing

VILT—CRISC Exam Prep: This intensive virtual instructor-led course is taught by a certified trainer and will cover some of the more challenging topics from the CRISC job practice.

Date: November 30 — December 3, 2021

Time: 3-6 p.m. CST

On-demand subscription length: 60 days 

CPE: 14 (based on live attendance)

What are CRISC online forums and discussion boards?

Several forums and discussion boards are available online where CRISCs could learn new things through videos, expert opinions, and past experiences of certified professionals. Below are some platforms that can be helpful to candidates for self-study.

ISACA created the CRISC Exam Study Community as an additional resource to aid candidates in successfully preparing for their CRISC exam. This community allows them to share experiences, ideas, questions and study resources with like-minded people. Registrants can post questions, and previous exam takers and those already certified can answer them. Discussions focus on successful study methods, learning materials and resources, and expectations on exam day.

TechExams CRISC forum promotes conversations on topics related to taking the CRISC test. Candidates can look for answers to their questions, exchange opinions and get information that will allow them to challenge the exam with more confidence.

What are the best study guides and sources for the CRISC?

CRISC candidates must understand the exam format, such as the number of questions, types, and complexity. Exam tips and practice questions are also essential for the candidates. Below are some guides and sources that can help them better prepare for the CRISC exam.

Available in the ISACA Exam Candidate Information Guide for the latest information about exam registration, dates and deadlines; also refer to the CRISC Exam Planning Guide and view the ISACA Certification Exams Candidate Guide to get certification preparation guidance.

CRISC Exam Study Guide — This book aligns with ISACA's CRISC Review Manual — 7th Edition (2021) and covers all the topics that a tester needs to understand to successfully pass the CRISC exam.

What are the best practice exams for the CRISC?

ISACA's Official Bookstore includes options to practice for the CRISC exam.

CRISC Review Questions, Answers and Explanations Manual, 6th Edition — This resource contains approximately 600 questions that mimic those found in the CRISC exam, allowing candidates to familiarize themselves with the format and content that previously appeared on the test. It includes in-depth explanations for each answer.

$72 member pricing/$96 non-member pricing

CRISC Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control Exam Practice Questions & Dumps with Explanations: 200+ Exam Questions for ISACA CRISC Latest Version - 2nd Edition – This paperback book by James Bolton available on contains 200+ questions and provides good study material to pass the CRISC exam.

Note: to have an idea of the type of questions you might find on the exam, check out ISACA's provided 10-question challenge: CRISC Practice Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Risk.

How do I purchase CRISC official books, study guides and practice exams?

You can buy CRISC Official Books, Study Guides, and Practice Exams from ISACA's Official Bookstore. You can also contact them at:


Fax: +1.847.253.1443

Tel: +1.847.660.5650

To purchase the written study materials, follow the steps below:

  1. Login to your ISACA profile at
  2. Click On the Credentialing Tab.
  3. Select the certification you are looking for the material. Click on the "Learn More" button under "Prepare for Exam." You will see our print and online material available for the certification. 
  4. Select the material that you would like to purchase and add it to your shopping cart.
  5. Check out to complete your purchase.

Earn your CRISC certification, guaranteed!

Earn your CRISC certification, guaranteed!

Enroll in a CRISC Boot Camp and earn one of the highest paying industry certifications — guaranteed.

How to pass the CRISC exam successfully

Candidates can pass the CRISC exam through a well-timed plan and access to material covering the most recent exam content outline containing the new four work-related domains. ISACA provides great resources to match any needs or learning styles. However, many other options are available online. Learners should take particular care in choosing only reputable institutions to have access to effective and verified material.



Daniel Brecht
Daniel Brecht

Daniel Brecht has been writing for the Web since 2007. His interests include computers, mobile devices and cyber security standards. He has enjoyed writing on a variety of topics ranging from cloud computing to application development, web development and e-commerce. Brecht has several years of experience as an Information Technician in the military and as an education counselor. He holds a graduate Certificate in Information Assurance and a Master of Science in Information Technology.