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!
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.
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.