I took my CISSP exam today and failed with very bad score 460/1000. I have Started Studying from last December 2016 and took exam today (07-Oct-2017) but failed.
Below are the study materials I have used and all the practices questions I worked out in understanding of each questions however I have failed with very bad score.
1) CISSP CBK 4th Edition Official Book.
2) CISSP Sybex 7th Edition.
3) CISSP Sybes Official Practice Questions book and Application (Both Same Question Bank).
4) Cybrary CISSP Online training Videos.
5) CISSP Sybex Online Practice Questions.
6) CISSP Boson Practice Questions.
7) CISSP 60 Seconds YouTube Practice Questions.
8) Syngress cissp practice tests
I am writing this blog to know where I went wrong and wanted to know which study material I need use.
Even if I take any fresh practice questions likes in GoCertify and Skillset, I would be getting more than 85% score.
Planning to retake probably in Jan / Feb.
I think spending more than 2 or maybe 3 months is just too long to try to retain the knowledge required for passing the exam. Also it does not help that the exam questions are heavily abstracted to the point of borderline incoherency. The questions are more about context than anything else, so really you just need to be in the right frame of mind to share the same context as ISC2. At least that's what I noticed.
Understanding the CISSP exam's approach to testing is just as important as the materials and concepts. In study materials I find questions that are broad or general tend to look for answers that are broad and general, rather than specific ones that focus on technology or processes. The opposite case is also true.
When I studied for the exam I found myself injecting my personal experience every so often when thinking about the questions/concepts. Sometimes it's helpful and other times it's not. A good way to approach a difficult problem is asking yourself, "What is the exam looking for?". Then if all else fails, you can revert to, "In my experience, what would I do?"
Hope this helps.
FYI: the score is NOT given to those that PASS, but it is given to those that fail, accompanied by a list of domains in order of how you scored. This enables you to focus on your weaker areas to prepare for the next attempt.
Practice tests can be a great tool are a big hinderance. If you just study the paractice questions and answers until you can get them all answered correctly you will fail the real test everytime unless the practice test is stolen from the real exam. What I used to tell my students way back when I was teaching was, when doing practice test even if you know the correct answer you should break down all of the answers and not go on to the next question until you can state why the correct answer is correct and why the wrong answers are wrong. The wrong answers are there to distract you so they are valid items. So if you know what they are along with why they are wrong then you learn four things with one question or at least show you know four things from each question. Oh and you are double checking your self not just going by what the prcatice test says is correct. I have seen some of the practice test have the wrong answers.
I am also glad you are keeping at it. A lot of people do not pass the first time. Good luck next time.