1. Q: How many questions are on my exam, and how long do I have to complete it?

A: Below is a chart showing the total number of questions and the allotted time for each of our exams.

Exam Questions Length
CIPP/A 90 2.5 Hours
CIPP/C 85 2.5 Hours
CIPP/E 90 2.5 Hours
CIPP/US 90 2.5 Hours
CIPM 90 2.5 Hours
CIPT 90 2.5 Hours


2. Q: How are the passing scores of the exams determined?

A: Exam scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly. The minimum number of correct answers necessary to pass is determined our Exam Development Boards and Certification Advisory Boards, and varies by exam. Our boards determine this number based on the minimum level of knowledge that candidates should have, in order to be considered qualified in their respective fields.

3. Q: How do I interpret my score?

A: Because there can be slight differences in the difficulty of exam forms, all raw scores (i.e., the number of questions answered correctly) are converted to a common scale ranging from 100 to 500. The passing score for all IAPP exams is 300 (which does not represent 50%). For further information, please refer to our Certification Candidate Handbook Results section beginning on page 12.

4. Q: Can I find out how many questions I answered correctly?

A: The IAPP does not provide test takers with the number of questions they answered correctly. However, you are provided with a section breakdown after the completion of your exam, which indicates the percentage of your correct answers per each blueprint domain. Candidates who fail can use this information to determine which domains they need to focus on when studying for a retake exam. Please note, however, that an overall score cannot be determined by averaging these percentages, as blueprint domains do not count equally on the exams. (For example, a domain that has 25 questions will count more toward your overall score than a domain that has only 5 questions).

5. Q: Will candidates who fail be given the opportunity to review their incorrect answers?

A: No. While the desire to review incorrect answers is understandable, IAPP exam questions are considered secure material, and cannot be distributed outside of the testing environment. This policy is meant to ensure the integrity of our exams by preventing content from being circulated.

6. Q: If I take a computer-based exam, what is the wait time for my results? What is the wait time for my results if I take a paper and pencil test?

A: With computer-based testing, you are given your results immediately after completing the exam. You will also be sent an e-mail with your results. Paper and pencil exams, offered at many of our larger events, can take up to 6 weeks to process.

7. Q: How are training and exams connected?

A: Training is one step you can take to learn material covered on the exams (especially because training and exams are based on the same topic outline—what we call a “body of knowledge”), but be aware that courses are not purely test prep, nor does taking training guarantee you’ll pass your exam. Why not? IAPP’s certifications are ANSI accredited under the ISO standardan international mark of quality and rigor. To maintain accreditation, ISO requires a separation between the IAPP’s certification and training departments. This means that while our training developers and instructors know which topics will be covered on an exam, they cannot see the tests or answer questions about whether a specific item will be on a given exam.

8. Q: What is the difference between group A and B type CPE credits?

A: Group A type activities are any continuing privacy education activity specific to your certification. Group A eligible activities can be events, conferences, reading materials, webinars, audiobooks, coursework, non-IAPP training, teaching, speaking engagements and published material. As long as the activity is related to your certification, you can be assured that it is eligible for group A credit.

Group B type activities are a bit more general, similar to elective credits. These activities focus more on any general privacy continuing education not related specifically to your certification. Group B credits also include professional development activities.

The purpose of having both types is two-fold: first, to make it easier for those not working in a privacy/security field to earn credits; second, to ensure that our privacy professionals are well rounded in their privacy knowledge and skills.

9. Q: What is required to maintain my certification?

A: To maintain the credential(s) in good standing, the holder must meet the minimum CPE requirements and pay their annual maintenance fee or membership dues. If the credential holder fails in either of these obligations, the credential will be considered suspended, and the holder must undergo the process of reinstatement in order to restore their credentials to active status.

10. Q: How do I submit my CPE credits?

A: CPE credits for IAPP Events and Webinars will be automatically added to the Certificant’s account. For all other activities, certificants are required to self-report using the CPE Submission Form, accessible through your IAPP account. From the Certifications tab on your IAPP account, you are able to manage your CPE submissions, read the certification terms, and keep track of your Group A and Group B credits.

For more information on eligible CPE credits, refer to the list in our CPE Policy. This list provides a breakdown of the activities eligible for both Group A and Group B credits, as well as what rate you are able to earn credits.

11. Q: If I am already certified in one designation, is there a discount on the exam price for an additional designation certification?

A: Yes. if you currently hold an IAPP certification, any additional first-time certification exams will receive a discounted price of $375.

12. Q: What are some additional resources available for information regarding IAPP certifications and exams?

A: For general information, download The IAPP Certification Candidate Handbook

For information on our certifications, please find that here.

Refer to our Body of Knowledge or Blueprint for each certification program, here

Look through our list of Authoritative Resources for additional study materials, here.

Need textbooks or training? You can find those here.

For IAPP Continuing Education information, please read through the CPE Policy.

For general IAPP certification questions, feel free to email us at certification@iapp.org

13. Q: I am a non-native English speaker. What options and resources are available to me?

First, please keep in mind our CIPP/E exam is now available in French and German. However, if you choose to take your exam in English, and you are a non-native English speaker, you are allowed to bring one alternate-language-to-English dictionary and/or the German-English or French-English term glossaries developed by the IAPP. The dictionary and/or glossary must be surrendered to the exam proctor at the beginning and end of the exam for inspection. Additional time cannot be added to the exam based on language differences alone. The exam time restrictions take this into consideration.

NOTE: The CIPP/E exam is now available in French and German.

To purchase the French version of our exam, click here.

To purchase the German version of our exam, click here.