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Newcomer I

Re: Share Your Story: When You Passed Your CISSP Exam

I remember that feeling! Seemed like forever until I saw "pass" on the screen!

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Re: Share Your Story: When You Passed Your CISSP Exam

I wound up being sick in bed the two weeks leading up to the scheduled exam so my study time went out the window. However I have been teaching security concepts for the past twelve years which apparently helped me to pass the exam. In fact, some of my past students encouraged me to take the exam based on the information I passed out in class.

 

I had the new CAT exam which is a methodology that has been used and discarded in the past by both Microsoft and CompTIA as an unsuitable testing format so I expect ISC will discover the same in the coming future.

 

The hardest part of the exam for me was trying to figure out the questions. I think my high school English teacher would have shot herself to read the disjointed grammar in use.

 

The questions Yoda I think better could ask.

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Re: Share Your Story: When You Passed Your CISSP Exam

The Army said "Hey you, you look smart, come take this test."  I sat down in the chair and the Army said "Number 1 is C, they are always C.  Remember, when in doubt, C your way out."  So I answered C for all of them and passed.

 

At the time I was in an information security unit with the Army Reserves.  They had slots open for a 2 week boot camp, I asked if I could go since I have a security background, they approved it and I went.   After two weeks of death by PowerPoint, I took the test and passed.  

 

I was happy that I passed this time around since it was my second attempt.  I attended trainingcamp.com CISSP week long boot camp a few months prior.   It was too much information, too fast for me to process in time for the exam. 


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It's not a matter of IF but a matter of WHEN. What are you going to do when it happens?
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Re: Share Your Story: When You Passed Your CISSP Exam

Luckily the new CAT version of the test lets you know immediately if you have provisionally passed or not.  The test can max out at 150 questions for three hours I believe.  I completed mine in 70 minutes with 100 questions.  Very difficult test and the CAT format was really good at addressing my strengths and weaknesses.  I was surprised at question 100 when the test just stopped and told me I was done.  Didn't find out I passed until I was escorted by the proctor back to the front desk where they then gave me the provisional pass paperwork.

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Re: Share Your Story: When You Passed Your CISSP Exam

So I guess I am one of the old fogeys around here. I took and passed mine back in 2009. Paper-based. 6 hours 250 questions. Then you had to wait for the email telling you of a pass or fail. I think that was back when ISC2 really liked torturing people, LOL.

 

I took Security+ and Network+ and passed both in preparation. then I took a whole year of studying and then went to a boot camp. I was scoring around 40% when I first started preparing, made it to about 60% before the bootcamp and the last day of bootcamp I was scoring in the 70-80% range on the practice tests.

 

I took my exam a little differently. I started from the back of the book, at question 250 and went backwards on it. My reasoning was this: I would be able to tell at a quick glance how many questions I had left when they announced how much time was remaining. We got an hourly countdown in our exam session (1 hour has passed, you have 5 hours remaining, etc). I wanted to be able to know exactly how many questions I had left when they made their announcement, without having to do any math. When I got to a multiple question problem (i.e. The following applies to questions 61-65) I wrote those question numbers in my exam book so I could go back and do them later. I was glad I did it this way because when I got to questions 1-7 (or 7 through 1 in my case) I swear that the questions were from outerspace. Something like "If there is dust on the planet Mars, what color would the inner lining of the spaceman's spacesuit be?" (not an actual exam question by the way. But that is how they felt!) I don't know if I was just tired or what, but those first 7 questions were like another language to me. But at that point I only had 7 questions left plus a few scenario based ones so I didn't panic.

 

I finished the test in 3 hours. I am a fast reader. Waiting for the email was like looking for a ship returning in the 1600's. I waited and waited. Constantly refreshing the email client. Then one day it came. At 10:30 in the morning. I had a new dilemma to face. Do I open it now and if I failed have to live with the feeling of failure the rest of the work day? Do I wait until the end of the day and then I would be able to go home either way?

 

Aww, who am I kidding? I went ahead and opened the email. No clues were immediately available. The standard ISC2 stuff. Slowly I scrolled the email down, using the arrow keys instead of doing it quickly with the mouse scroller. Looking for that glorious sign of my fate.....

Line....

by...

excruciating...

line...

And then I saw it.

Congratulations! I leapt out of my chair. I accidentally kicked the trash can over in my jumping for joy. Luckily I was in a very small office all by myself so no one could see my silly dance I did. A couple of fist pumps in the air and then I went back and read the rest of the email. Since they didn't provide the score when you pass, I can only, logically, assume I got a perfect score of 1000. First person to ever ace the test. Who can prove me wrong, right? I fell somewhere in the range of just barely passing to completely acing it so why not just assume I aced it?

 

Ahh the good ole days.....

Well that was almost a decade ago. Now the new people know right away their fate. I don't know who has it better....