I couldn't express the thrill i felt when i passed my CISSP last week after failing 2 attempts. Yes- after failing 2 attempts. The reason i am posting this is because i do not want any potential test takers to give up if they fail.
CISSP is a tough exam , tests you in & out and what makes matters worse is the cost . After failing 2 times, i had given up, felt frustated as you can see about $1400 was already spent. But i decided to give it one last shot thinking that since i have already prepared & gone thru the materials repeatedly twice it shouldn't be as bad this time.
What makes this exam different from any other tech exams i have passed is that this one tests your concepts in n out. I highly recommend to folks to not memorize things but understand the fundamentals behind each topic. Lastly don't be under the impression to expect any of the practice questions from the books, online tests to appear in the exam. Definitely the most challenging exam i have ever experienced.
Keep up the security study and you will be just fine. Persistence is key in security, people do not want to listen the first time when you suggest they improve security. So when it feels tough, just remember you eventually passed your exam!
Fantastic!! Congratulations and well done persevering and not giving up at the first or second hurdle. I am sure you will become a great ambassador for many more following in your foot steps.