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Newcomer II

Re: CISSP STUDY TIME

Parthenon,

 

I have a similar background and just know that the CISSP is considerably harder than the CISA. I have 5 years experience in a highly technical IT audit shop and the CISSP still challenged me technically. I scheduled my exam 8 months out so I would have enough time to study. I started studying almost right after I scheduled my exam by reading a chapter a week in the Sybex book and working through the associated practice questions. I built a study plan an stuck to it. Then, one week before my exam I attended a classroom based boot camp with InfoSec Institute (which for me was very helpful). I passed my CISSP exam on my first attempt but it was by no means an easy task. In total, I estimate I studied between 160 - 200 hours before taking my exam. My recommendation: Create a study plan and stick to it. Also, study more than you think you need because when it comes to test time you need to show you have a certain level of mastery over the core material. You got this.....stick to it and its totally worth it in the end!

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Re: CISSP STUDY TIME

I’d favour a looser plan for study but I’d milestone out the 8 domains, and try to hit these.  Try not to worry about assigning a time, but go the rough the books and make sure you can accurately describe everything in each domain. Right size time spent for each domain, for example in the old ten domain CBK I spent no time on encryption as it was forming such a large part of my day to day( only do this if you are very sure on something if you avoid it,  but it it can speed up the process).

 

I do find little and often is the approach I like, 40mins reading, ten minutes resting, ten minutes sumarising after the rest without the text book. Keep doing it until you understand and can describe everything contained in a domain with minimal/ no prompting and I’d say you’d be on the right track.

 

 

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Re: CISSP STUDY TIME

I’d favour a looser plan for study but I’d milestone out the 8 domains, and try to hit these.  Try not to worry about assigning a time, but go the rough the books and make sure you can accurately describe everything in each domain. Right size time spent for each domain, for example in the old ten domain CBK I spent no time on encryption as it was forming such a large part of my day to day( only do this if you are very sure on something if you avoid it,  but it it can speed up the process).

 

I do find little and often is the approach I like, 40mins reading, ten minutes resting, ten minutes sumarising after the rest without the text book. Keep doing it until you understand and can describe everything contained in a domain with minimal to no prompting and I’d say you’d be on the right track.

 

 

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Newcomer II

Re: CISSP STUDY TIME

Thanks Cousy! That's super helpful! I am working with a mentor to strategize a study plan. I'm afraid I do not have a highly technical background. When I studied the CISA I was able to hone in on the IT chapters and kinda skim the more audit practice sections, but I realize I'm more handicapped on this exam. I've been seeing more of my coworkers go after it, so I'm hoping within an attempt or two I can get there. I appreciate the advice on time allotment - I am taking that to heart, and will try to see if I can schedule it out further than I initially planned on to allow myself enough time to grasp the material.

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Newcomer II

Re: CISSP STUDY TIME

Thank you! Yeah - I think I have 'some' background for about half the material, but for the other 4 domains I am definitely already struggling. I'm trying to study in 40 minute increments and split between reading, flashcards, and questions.