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Newcomer II

CISSP STUDY TIME

Hey Guys, 

I'm studying to take the CISSP. How much time, conservatively, should I budget? I want to go ahead and schedule the exam in advance for a time I anticipate being 'ready' as a motivator. 

 

I passed the CISA exam, which I studied for about 2.5 months at 2 hours a night/5 days a week. I expect that this exam will be more intensive and as such, I'll probably need to dedicate more time to it. 

 

Any help and advice is super appreciated! 

Thanks!

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Newcomer II

Re: CISSP STUDY TIME

Hi there,

 

you did not provide enough Information about your background, so it's hard to estimate how much YOU would need to prepare for the CISSP exam.

 

Therefore I'll just take myself as an example: I had 5 years full time experience in the security field by the time I took the exam (and passed on the first attempt). I invested approximately 150-160 hours in learning and practicing - at the beginning less (maybe somewhere around 5-8 hours a week), in the last 3-4 weeks up to 25 hours a week (and I was still working full time). I registered the exam 3,5 months in advance, which helped me keep the focus.

 

No matter how much you invest in learning: do not underestimate the CISSP exam. Expect at least some tricky questions.

 

Hope this helps.

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Newcomer II

Re: CISSP STUDY TIME

Thanks Darie17. That is helpful!

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Newcomer I

Re: CISSP STUDY TIME

Hi, I took the same route - passed CISA on the December (paper-based) exam and then passed CISSP around May the next year. After the CISA review/pass, I studied for CISSP by reading the 11th Hour by Eric Conrad. As tips go, the amount of study will depend on the years and field of experience. So try to gauge how much study is needed based on how well you did on the CISA exam and how well you understand the CISSP domains. There are a lot of new materials now. I suggest you pick one that is not boring for you. And study daily until the planned exam date. 🙂 Best of luck.
Newcomer II

Re: CISSP STUDY TIME

Thanks Sneakers!! I really appreciate the advice and recommendations! I have 5 years experience in IT Audit, so I anticipate having a harder time with some of the more technical topics. I miss having an online study bank like I did with CISA, but I have purchased the Sybex books as that brand carried me way better than the official guide from ISACA. The Sybex CISSP book is comically large, which makes me nervous, but I'm going to start dedicating as much time to that and the practice question guide as I can.