That sounds like a good plan. What I noted in my CISSP exam (2011, so a few changes have been made) and CCSP (passed this morning) is that while there are some areas where rote memorization are required, there are many more where synthesis of that information is required.
It sounds like you already have the most important element of success: tenacity. Keep at it and you will be successful.
I agree also, i never did this exam because i fear them, and i was preparing from the begin 2016 i stopped and return i stopped again and return, my real decision was end 2017. i'll do it for my family because they are waiting so much on me in this certification, now 2018 i'm writing small books from every books i recommended i will get this certification on first or second or no matter attempt. don't give up my friend
I took test this Saturday 2/24 and failed second time. I have solid knowledge of all 8 domains. But my English is not that strong. I was lost with all ambiguous questions and confusing answer choices. I felt pretty bad that I wasted my hard earned money. I am not sure why ISC2 has to use such language. In real time we do not come across this kind of ambiguous sentences. I have decided not to try anymore.
Sorry to hear you've had such a negative experience. I would imagine that this is a very tough test to take if one weren't a native speaker. The wording can definitely seem ambiguous at times. May I ask if you took any in person preparation classes prior to taking the exam?I can definitely see how expense would be a deterrent in going further in pursuing this particular credential. You would need to make the determination for yourself if trying again was worth it. In the end, it is about the knowledge gained.