CarlsCloud™ Preparing for the Updated 2024 CISSP Exam Format: Understanding the Changes

4 months ago   •   2 min read

By Carl Ballenger, CISSP
UPDATED: ISC2 - 2024 CISSP Detailed Content Outline With Weights Final 
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A major update is coming on April 15, 2024, for the 2024 ISC2 CISSP Exam so let's dive into the changes and how to adapt your study strategies.

Key Changes You Need to Know

  • Shorter Exam: The CAT exam will have a maximum time limit of 3 hours, with 100-150 questions.
  • Domain Weight Adjustments: While the eight CISSP domains remain the same, some have slight adjustments in their weighting:
  • Security and Risk Management (Domain 1)
  •    Weighting increase from 15% to 16%.
  • Software Development Security (Domain 8)
  •    Weighting decrease from 11% to 10%.

CISSP Detailed Content Outline With Weights

ISC2 - (Public Use Only) - PDF Download Link Below:

ISC2 Frequently Asked Questions on Exam Format Changes

CISSP Exam Refresh FAQ
On April 15, 2024, ISC2 will refresh the CISSP credential exam. These updates are the result of the Job Task Analysis (JTA), which is an analysis of the current content of the credential evaluated by ISC2 members on a triennial cycle.

YouTube as Your Study Companion

YouTube offers excellent resources to breakdown these CISSP 2024 exam format changes.

CISSP exam changes 2024: What is changing and what is staying the same? offers a concise overview of the 2024 exam format adjustments and what they mean for your preparation.

CISSP 2024 Exam - Official Study Guide No Longer Useful?

Technical Institute of America covers the exam updates and discusses how to align your study materials for the new exam structure.

CISSP 2024 exam changes in DETAIL!

Destination Certification provides a detailed explanation of the changes, covering domain weight shifts and implications for study planning.

Adapting Your Study Approach

Understanding the updated CISSP 2024 exam format is the first step. Now, consider these tips:

  • Focus on CAT: Practice with CAT-style questions to get acquainted with the adaptive nature of the test.
  • Emphasize the Updated Domains: Dedicate slightly more study time to Security and Risk Management and slightly less time to Software Development Security, mirroring the weight adjustments.
  • Leverage Variety: Supplement your studies with official (ISC)² materials, practice exams, and online study communities.

Stay Informed

Check the official (ISC)² website ( for the most up-to-date information on the CISSP exam. By understanding the changes and using resources like YouTube, you'll be well-equipped on your journey to become a CISSP!

CISSP Reddit Threads on CISSP Exam 2024 format changes

ISC announced changes to the CISSP exam
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CISSP 2024 exam changes in DETAIL!
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