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Newcomer III

Re: Then Why Bother?

I enjoyed your post as it was thought provoking. I do not mind being questioned on my position or anything else.

I can only offer my thoughts and thought processes on some subjects, however I do try and do research on topics to which I choose to speak.

Again thank you for your reply and questioning my position.

Hopefully any others that see our posts will come to the understanding that we have.

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Newcomer II

Re: Then Why Bother?

I have enjoyed reading the back and forth here. It gives me great hope that this certification remains solid. I took the test about 6 years ago when it was still on paper, so I have not seen the newer format. I remember we had to take the Network+ exam the year before, and that was on the computer. Speaking to that, maybe this is why so many feel that the CISSP is unattainable/ not worth the bother. The Net+ exam's study course had all of the questions that were on the exam. I know this because I got over 99% on it (I think I missed a multiple choice), and I completed it in half the time allotted. Maybe that's what some of the detractors are complaining about here. For me, though, it was about fully understanding the concepts. I am terrible at memorizing facts.
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Newcomer II

Re: Then Why Bother?

I have enjoyed reading the back and forth here. It gives me great hope that this certification remains solid. I took the test about 6 years ago when it was still on paper, so I have not seen the newer format. I remember we had to take the Network+ exam the year before, and that was on the computer. Speaking to that, maybe this is why so many feel that the CISSP is unattainable/ not worth the bother. The Net+ exam's study course had all of the questions that were on the exam. I know this because I got over 99% on it (I think I missed a multiple choice), and I completed it in half the time allotted. Maybe that's what some of the detractors are complaining about here. For me, though, it was about fully understanding the concepts. I am terrible at memorizing facts.
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Re: Then Why Bother?


@Kolbewrote:
"The Net+ exam's study course had all of the questions that were on the exam. I know this because I got over 99% on it (I think I missed a multiple choice), and I completed it in half the time allotted. Maybe that's what some of the detractors are complaining about here. For me, though, it was about fully understanding the concepts. I am terrible at memorizing facts."

 

I think that people are getting that impression also Kolbe. But I know that (ISC)² is NOT doing that. I thought that the test was very much like the difficult CISM test but even more stringent. On the CISM, a tester can go back and review a question. You can gain clues from other questions to help you answer a question that you might be unsure of. On the CISSP, once you answer the question - it's over... no going back!

 

That's the reason why I am miffed about those who say that the test has been 'watered down' when I think that I would have scored much better on the linear 250-question test, because at least then I could review a question that I was not so sure about. Testers also had 6 hours to pass that test. So I can sum everything up about the test prior to the CAT and current... the linear test had more questions, but had way more time. Test takers on the linear test also had a lot of help. Any avid test taker knows that on almost any exam that there are always going to be later questions that clue you in on something that you were unsure about - ALWAYS!

 

 


 

Lamont Robertson
M.S., M.A., CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CDPSE, MCSE
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Newcomer II

Re: Then Why Bother?

Ah, so you can no longer review your answers? I went back through the test 3 times to make certain that I filled in the correct circle. I can't say that I got an answer from anything else, but then again, I can't say that I didn't. I only remember tests for a few months after.... I can say that I showed up to the test with a 12 pack of sharpened pencils and they gave us 2 cool (ISC)2 pencils to take the test. The exam proctors thought that was amusing. I was able to review my Net+ exam answers, too, so (ISC)2 is a bit harder there, too.