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

I guess my first reply didn't get past layer 2! `-)

Anyway, you post some interesting thoughts. Having heard from others on these discussion forums, mostly all agree that it the exam is tough, but not undoable. In fact, it is excellent news that the exam is tough because knowledge is more than facts or figures, if it's OneFish, TwoFish, Blowfish or Catfish -- it's all important to know I guess (makes me think of Dr. Seuss, but I digress.). But what is being tested thankfully is not details, rather the thinking and understanding behind the concepts covered by the CBK.

What makes a competent CISSP (and please correct me if I am wrong, CISSPs out there; I am speaking as an aspiring one!) is not that they remember details about AES or Feistel or whatever. Rather, it is about how they respond to situations effectively, ethically, professionally and deftly.

When I am unsure as how to respond to a question in my practice sessions, I try to see what the likeliest answer is. Often, I am correct, sometimes I am not. If I pass the exam I will be thrilled, and if I flunk I will be disappointed. However, the time I have invested in learning the CBK is never wasted. And if I must retake the test, well then "better luck next time" buttercup. I am responsible for my victory, and I am responsible for my failure. I'll just have to keep at it.

I hope you keep at it, too.

Best regards!
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Re: Share Your Story: When You Passed Your CISSP Exam

5 Stars!  The best advice I’ve read so far...think like a Manager not a Technologist.  Thanks!

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

I do remember my exam day all too well.  I was one of those who took the paper based exam back in 2002.  There were three people per table and each person at each table was given a different paper exam I think to make sure we're not looking over anyone's shoulder.  We were informed by the proctors that we couldn't talk to fellow test takers at all, could only go to the bathroom one at a time and we couldn't speak about the questions in the exam at all with anyone.  

 

It was a difficult exam.  Initially I answered what I could and I found answers to a few questions later on in the exam questions.  When I finished the test I wasn't as much looking forward to whether I passed or not.  I was just greatly relieved that I survived. 🙂

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

I made my exam on 2013, 250 questions and 10 domains, only because company mandate all have some certification.
I had been working on securityland over 15 years at this point, so just taking one week prep class and then do actual exam was way to go.
As my normal luck, I got most of questions from domains I know least, but I still passed. I had been working security, project manager, technical architect, code writer, army and all kind of roles, so I knew something already from all those domains, even I was raised to code assembler code to microchips in first place.

Actual test was just a test, what I got most was that one week course with others and ofcourse our amazing teacher on that course, Oren.

For me, as head of security, certification is one part, BUT one need to understand and know how to work everydays situations. Mere certification doesn't fullfit second part.

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

I was fortunate to attend a CISSP boot camp, which included a voucher for the exam.  I wrapped up training late Friday afternoon and was scheduled to take the exam the following Monday.   I showed up and signed in, then was shown to a workstation.  This was in May of 2014 and the exam system was all on computer.  I made it through all the questions I immediately knew, then went back through the ones I had not answered and either knew the answer this time due to other questions I'd already answered.  Finally, I reviewed the exam once more, then finished the exam.  I'll admit I didn't think I'd passed.  It just didn't "feel right".  So, I'd always been told when the proctor hands you the results, you would either see a score and areas requiring more study, or it would simply say "Congratulations" or something similar followed by instructions to complete registration.  The proctor handed me the paper and I scanned for my score twice before slowing down and see that magical word "Congratulations".  I said, "Holy crap, I passed!"  The proctor said, "You're the third person today who said exactly the same thing."  So, I guess that's most people's first thought when realizing they passed the exam.  That was literally the hardest written test I've ever taken in my life and I have never been so thankful to put it behind me.