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SalzburgGirl
Newcomer I

Passed the CC: a few tips on preparing and taking the exam

Hi everyone! I passed my CC exam on my first try and wanted to reiterate what others have said in this forum already: 

 

- Use external study resources and do not rely on the official ISC2 material alone. I used Mike Chapple's LinkedIn Learning course and the CC practice tests on LinkedIn Learning. Without those, I don't think I would have passed so easily. 

- The questions are not straightforward. They were also not as nicely framed in e.g. stories/use cases as in the practice exams on LinkedIn, but rather short and abrupt. I am a near-native English speaker and I struggled with some of the wording/terminology. So, I recommend to reread the questions + answers if necessary. Sometimes it also helps to read the answers first

- Some questions seem to repeat, only worded slightly differently. This threw me off a bit, especially because you cannot go back and check or change a previous answer

- Some questions did not really fit in. This, I read, is due to some "experimental" content that does not count towards your score. 

- Do not spend too much time on each question, as your gut instinct will guide you in the right direction. It will be easy to spot the obvious wrong answers, but deciding on the correct one from the ones remaining can be tricky. 

- Also, do not spend too much time preparing for the exam. I did the practice tests twice each, and I ended up memorizing the questions + answers too much, i.e. got higher and higher scores. Since the actual exam is so different, there is no real benefit in doing practice tests over and over.  

 

I hope this helps whoever is still preparing!

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killmanshank1
Newcomer I

i passed my exam I did the linkedin practice exams 1 and 2.

rimcode
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Congratulation!
Can you share the link over email, your help will be highly appreciated.
rimadatascientist@gmail.com
killmanshank1
Newcomer I

If you have discord add me mystique0422 it safer if you can't search cc isc2 exam practice and you will see a link from LinkedIn when you enter you will be able to do the exam practice and see other exam practice.
angbetaylor
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I just want to cosign what you've said in your post. I found the real exam to be worded very differently than the practice exams I took (even as a native English speaker, I found the exam questions sometimes awkwardly worded or intentionally vague).

 

I also used Mike Chapple's course on LinkedIn Learning and found it helpful. I also purchased full practice exams on Udemy from Andree Miranda and Paulo Carreira. Even though these questions were worded differently than the actual exam, taking these practice exams did help me identify gaps in my knowledge.

jayblack1159
Viewer II

hello there pls are u on whatsapp i will soon write the exam and I need guidance please, the link you posting is it more accurate than the one she said its on LinkedIn??

Zarasho-1
Newcomer I

Congrats! I honestly didn't get if the LinkedIn sample exams were enough to pass or you tried other resources? I have exam next week and I'm afraid of nothing master enough on it :((
killmanshank1
Newcomer I

I was about to go do the exam with only what the course gives you, when I saw that I need to also look at outside sources I only had one day till the exam i did 1&2 practice exams from LinkedIn in and next day I did the exam and I passed.
Zarasho-1
Newcomer I

Hi, 

Did you do your exam successfully? 

If yes, was this samples useful for you? Because they are so difficult especially in "network security" part. 

crowbotham
Newcomer I

This morning I took my exam and passed on the first try and I agree that supplementing the online course with another course is very helpful.

 

My supplemental course was the IBM and ISC2 Cybersecurity Specialist certificate from Coursera. Specifically, I did courses 7-11. 7-11 focuses on the CC content.

 

I was impressed with the instructors and they did a thorough job.

 

Hope this can help someone.