CIPP/E Exam and exam strategy (what to expect and how to pass)

CIPP/E Exam and exam strategy (what to expect and how to pass)

Students often ask us what they can expect from the CIPP/E exam and how they can best approach the exam. We will discuss this further in this article.


First of all, the CIPP/E exam consists of 90 questions and takes 2.5 hours. The exam consists of individual multiple choice questions (about 50) and about 10 scenarios with four questions per scenario (about 40). Many students find the scenario questions particularly difficult.

Scenario questions

The scenario questions consist of a long case (the whole screen is full of text), on which various questions are asked. The text contains many references to all kinds of different topics. Try to read the text in a focused way and then look closely at the question that is asked. Read the piece of text to which the question relates once again quietly. Do not be fooled by the multitude of information. You could also first read the question and then the scenario. Some candidates skip the scenarios and make them at the end to prevent them from being in time trouble. We would not recommend this.

Further advice

  • stay calm. It seems a lot and difficult, but stay calm, shorter and easy questions come quickly;
  • ‘flag’ questions you are not sure about to read again later; you will see that you will most certainly know the most answers in the second instance;
  • Try the IAPP practice exam. This gives a lot of insight into the way in which questions are asked;
  • Read the questions carefully. The nuance in the questions is important. It is often asked what the most appropriate answer is;
  • not all questions can be answered with the material from the textbook. Do not be afraid of this and try to reason logically;
  • Do not doubt too long about exam questions. For exam candidates who are not native speakers, there is not much time to doubt.


You will see immediately afterwards whether you have passed the exam or not. Do you want to increase the chance of a positive outcome? Sign up for our online course, learn the material and practice with our 60 practice questions (including scenarios).

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