When you have prepared for the exam, you must register with ISC2 to take the exam. The CISSP exam is given throughout the year at various locations. You can find the latest schedule at https://www.isc2.org/cgi-bin/exam_schedule.cgi?displaycategory=1182. Many people decide to travel to the exam location; others wait until it is given at a location closer to them. ISC2 has implemented regional pricing: As an example, early registration is $499 in the U.S., compared to standard registration of $599. Check the ISC2 website at https://www.isc2.org/download/regional_pricing.pdf to get specific details.
You can register for an exam done online, by mail, or by fax. The online form is available at https://www.isc2.org/cgi-bin/content.cgi?category=542. After you register, you will receive a confirmation notice.
Arriving at the Exam Location
As with any examination, arrive at the testing center early. Be prepared! You will need to bring the confirmation letter and identification such as a driver's license, green card, or passport. Any photo ID will suffice. Two forms of ID are usually required. The testing center staff requires proof that you are who you say you are and that someone else is not taking the test for you.
You'll be spending a lot of time in the exam room. The total test time is 6 hours, so eat a good breakfast and take a snack and bottle of water with you to the testing area.
In the Exam Room
You will not be allowed to take study materials or anything else into the examination room with you that could raise the suspicion that you're cheating.
After the Exam
Examination results are not available after the exam. You must wait up to 46 weeks to get your results by email or snail mail.
Retaking a Test
You must wait at least 90 days to retake a failed examination. If you fail, you should use that time to brush up on your areas of weakness. Additionally, invest in some practice tests if you have not already done so. There is much to be said for "getting used to" a testing format.