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Newcomer I

Tips for passing CCSP - Passed 30-06-2023 - 1st Attempt

Glad to share that I have passed CCSP exam yesterday on my first attempt.



Despite holding CISA and CISSP , I felt that CCSP exam was really hard.



Study materials used:


  1. Official CCSP Study Guide- 4th Edition (3 cover to cover thorough reads)
  2. Official CCSP Practice Test- 3rd Edition.
  3. CCSP course on LinkedIn by Mike Chapple.
  4. Prepare for the CCSP exam by Gwen Bettwy on Udemy


 Here are my tips and tricks for passing exam:


  1. Read the study text cover to cover thoroughly and make sure that you understand the concepts before jumping to solve the practice questions.
  2. All the concepts should be crystal clear to you and you must know the difference between related concepts e.g., Portability & Interoperability or BCP & DRP. A few questions in the exam really tested the understanding of related concepts.
  3. Don’t think like a too technical person, rather think like a manager who is going to advise people to implement certain controls.
  4. Use the elimination method to eliminate the wrong answers from MCQZ and then focus on choosing the right answer.
  5. Try to remember the ISO, NIST references mentioned in CCSP CBK but don’t overkill it. I just got 1 question related to that.
  6. The actual exam is one way street you cannot flag or go back to previous question so be mindful of that.
  7. Don’t lose your calm during the exam and remain focused. I only managed to complete 40 question during the first hour and was pretty sure that I wont be able to pass the exam based on the difficulty of question.
  8. I felt like there was ample time to answer 150 question and managed to easily complete in around 3.5 hours.


All the best for your journey!

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Viewer II

Congrats on your achievement pretty impressive and thanks for sharing your exam experience with us.

I will follow your recommendations for studying