I (provisionally) passed the CCSP exam today. Good luck to the next one!
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I concur with this post. I used all of those resources except CCSP All in one.
I also reviewed the GISSP academy CCSP videos on youtube. The instructor is very good with his training videos. I recommend watching all of them.
Please don't despair, give it a shot again. I passed mine on January 5 , I was surprised though, the exam almost blew me away.
1.You have got to relax during this test, trust me you know it.You simply have to start the process of elimination.
2.Take note of all key words,in each question.
3. Think like a manager,that is confronted with issue and looking for the best solution out of the available options.
4.Read those questions again and again before you make a choice, never be over confident to make a quick choice, a key word in the question my not align with the answer in your mind.
5.Don't believe all those so called dumps( they will make you look dump in the exam), but you can practice with ISC2 official practice tests by Ben Malison, second edition.This will only help give the idea of how the questions are worded and a flavour of what to expect.
6. You need to understand the concept in each domain, that was my saving grace, I was literally translating those concepts and it was helping me to make a better choice.
In terms of what to read, I know there are various books and advice out there... pick one or two books and supplement with other articles to gain more understanding.I'm not sure there is any silver bullet other than to understand the domains and how to apply them.
I'm a CISSP since 2008, but I think this exam is challenging, it's a different animal.Funny, but it looks like test of English to me as well .. lol .You have got to decouple the phrases and check if last sentence is related to the former sentences or phrases.
I wish you the best in the next attempt, Get your 90 days goals ready and kill the beast.
I am sorry to hear that.
Well, I think there are already advices, book and materials mentioned.. etc., so I am not going to repeat.
One feels bad in failing exam, yes it's bad I understand, and it's what it's now.
But 1 important thing we need is to learn from the failure, this will make your failure worth failing and contribute to your next success and pass the exam.
So understanding your weakness, why fail ? are you not knowledgable enough? do you know the material well? or you are just too nervous during the test or it's just bad luck?
By realising the cause will definitely help you to move forward.
All I can say is take good rest 1-2 days before of the exam, have good sleep, relax, clear your mind, read carefully the question during the exam, watch your time, set your good pace.
Good luck to your coming preparation and exam.
Hi, I'm sorry you didn't pass. I've heard that the CCSP doesn't have a high pass rate. I haven't taken mine yet.
I don't think there is any sure-fire way to "ace" the test. To help answer your questions, I'd like to know which resources you used to study. Would you share what you purchased? A person on r/cspp provides a great list of resources. This list is at https://prabhnair.in/2020/12/27/ccspstudyguideprabh/
Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions and references. Do I have create a new thread to find study buddies for this exam ?
@naiduchr That might be a good idea. Create a post and include info like when you're planning to take exam and if you are looking study buddies in a particular location/virtual, etc.
Wonderful article, Masahiro. Detailing your thought process is a great way for others to extract some possible pain points in their (our) own mind. Congratulations on your success!