I'm excited to share that I passed the CCSP exam on 05/23! I want to thank everyone on this board who posted and shared their experience, study methods and tips. I started last year preparing on and off (mostly off...lol) for about 8 months or so but didn't really get serious about my studies until March 2019. And then I was even more focused in my study and preparation once I decided to register for the exam in May. It's amazing how we can get motivated when money is at stake, especially when the wife says "you better pass" (lol).
My study and preparation are as follow:
CSA - Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v4.0
CSA - The Treacherous 12
CSA - Cloud Control Matrix
Jerico - Cloud Cube Model
OWASP top 10
On the day of the exam, I arrived one hour early and sat in my car to just relax and meditate. Once I arrived in the testing center, there was a back log of testers being processed and I had to wait for about 30 minutes. I used that time to quickly scan through my notes and flash cards. During the exam I felt pretty good with my pace and time since I practiced taking simulated questions in batches of 65 and taking a quick 10 minute break at about the halfway point. Since passing my CISSP in 2017 with 250 questions, 125 shouldn't be a problem (lol). I finished the first pass of the exam in about 2 hours with about 25 questions marked for review. I spent another hour reviewing the marked questions and also reviewing the entire exam once again. At the end I submitted the exam and I felt confident. The test proctor came to my station but apparently I didn't confirm to end the exam. I walked outside to the counter to give my locker key and retrieve my ID card. During that entire time, I kept watching the printer for a document to print but did not see anything printing. I really started to get worried at this point and all kinds of things running through my mind. As the lady proceeded to hand over my ID card, in her hand she had a folded paper and gave it to me. I opened it and immediately looked for the "Congratulations" but somehow to my nervousness, I couldn't find it for a few seconds. Then finally my eyes fixed on the "Congratulations" and I was so excited!
Sorry for this long post but I wanted to share my experience. During the past months, I read all the "passed" threads here on this board, Reddit, and various forums. Each one would give me motivation and belief during the times I wanted to quit. So hopefully I can at least inspire and help at least one person to succeed in their journey to becoming a CCSP!
I passed as well last week.
The exam was harder then i expected as I thought there were many questions that were not in the preparatory material. I also have the ISC2 official student guide.
If it wasn't for my practical knowledge of being in IT and IT security for the last 20+ years to fall back on, I am not sure I would have passed. This is probably how ISC2 intends it though - a bunch of paper CCSPs without years of exposure.
I spent about 2.75 hours going through the exam. Flagged about 20 questions and had them noted as 50/50 for 2 options. Reviewed those 20 in about 20 minutes and changed one.
I can't share anything due to NDA, but I remember one question, that i went back through notes, books, and other resources and it just is not documented anywhere. It is a set of metrics that you would have to know/memorize, so not really a fair question if no one knows to prepare for it. Google found the answer though.
Best advice - be ready to use inference skills.
Congratulations on you passing as well. I agree with you. I used my practical experience on many of the questions and I'm so glad to have achieved this certification.
congratulations to you all on passing!
I agree with the sentiment that there are questions that fall to a broader background and experience, and I am very glad, personally. I have seen many certs over the years become worthless, as they handed them out far too easily. MCSE for one. I remember when that was a serious certification, and having it meant something. Then, over a few years, I met more and people who had one, but didn't know a thing about real solutions. ISC2 and Cisco have done about the best job of maintaining their certs' credibility of any I've been close to. ISACA and others may as well, I just don't know them as well.