How to prepare for the CIPP/E exam?


Most students wonder how they can best prepare for the CIPP/E exam of IAPP. First of all, you should know that passing the IAPP test is not easy. However, with thorough preparation, you will succeed.

Please note: The CIPP/E exam will experience an annual update that goes into effect July 1, 2021. Learn all about this update here: CIPP/E Exam Annual Update (July 1, 2021)

Exam Blueprint

The exam topics are elaborated in the Body of Knowledge. The official blueprint highlights the subjects where you should expect most of the questions. You can download the Examination Blueprint and Body of Knowledge here. There are three components in the Blueprint, and about 40 to 60 questions are extracted from the second component – the GDPR (a legal regulation). The GDPR is central to the CIPP/E test.

Furthermore, you will also be required to answer about 12 to 25 questions on the practical applications of labor relations, surveillance, direct marketing, and technology. Also, the test contains about 4 to 10 questions on the history of privacy legislation, European institutions, and the legislative framework. It is smart to study all these topics. To prepare for the CIPP/E exam, you should pay attention to the most important components in the blueprint.

Book, GDPR and CIPP/E Exam Questions

Almost all the questions are taken directly from the official textbook – European Data Protection: Law and Practice by Eduardo Ustaran (editor), and published by the IAPP. This textbook contains all the information you need. Although it contains several duplications. You will learn smarter by opting for a summary of the book. You can get several versions of the book summary on the internet.

A smart way to pass the test is to download the material in your own language and read the first 50 articles. With this strategy, you will find most of the important basic principles. Also, it is wise to peruse the materials thoroughly, remember the links between the different articles, and identify the most important articles. In addition to the study material, you can read the opinions of article 29 WP or editions of the EDPS, ICO, and CNIL; however, studying these materials isn’t a necessity.

You can also need to download a set of 30 practice questions from the IAPP website to have a good idea of ​​what to expect on the test day. The practice questions are generally much simpler than the IAPP test. Additional study materials are available on the IAPP website, but they are expansive and do not constitute a complete preparation for the exam.


In conclusion, you should note that the test is difficult to pass without adequate preparation. Furthermore, there is very little information about the exam. More so, there are limited opportunities to test your knowledge. has developed an online course to help you prepare for the CIPP exam so you can pass it on your first try. Our course includes videos where we explained the most important topics. You will also be able to test your knowledge with questions that are developed by our certified privacy professionals. What more, our training course contains over 300 exam questions, including various scenarios. We understand the IAPP exam format, so our training course focused more attention on the most important legal articles.

Lastly, we’ll provide a 30-page summary (or textbook outline) of the official textbook. With, preparing for your IAPP exam and succeeding has never been easier. Register for our online training course to become a privacy professional in no time.

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