The Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (“CIPP/US”) examination is one of six exams administered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”). The exam covers U.S. privacy laws and regulations, as well as the requirements for transferring personal information into and out of the United States.
The CIPP/US exam is a 90 item, objective (that is, multiple-choice) test. There are no essay questions, and each correct answer is worth one point. The exam includes 75 scored items and 15 non-scored, trial items. You will not know which questions are scored when taking the exam, and therefore you should treat all questions as if they are scored. You will have 150 minutes (2.5 hours) to complete the exam.
Although the IAPP offers both computer-based and paper-based formats, most students take the computer-based format. With the computer-based test, your results are provided visually on the computer screen immediately after completion. The IAPP will also send you an official notification with your results. Paper and pencil exams can take up to 6 weeks to process. You should arrive at the testing site at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled test time.
Also, you are not penalized for incorrect answers. Therefore, a general exam taking strategy is to answer every question on the exam, even those you are unsure of. Eliminate obviously incorrect answers and then choose the best answer remaining. Do not leave any questions unanswered.
Lastly, on a more personal note, be sure to give yourself adequate time to prepare for the examination. This guide is quite lengthy, and you will need several weeks (at a minimum) to work through all of the material. Take your time and absorb the material. You will not obtain a firm grasp of the information contained in this guide by simply skimming it. Carefully read the sample questions and detailed answers provided at the end of this guide. You will likely see dozens of questions on your exam that test the same subject matter as our sample questions. If you answer these questions correctly, you are well on your way to becoming a certified privacy professional.