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Re: Tips for Passing CISSP exam in may 2018

> Akaal (Viewer) posted a new reply in Certifications on 07-20-2018 08:29 AM in

> Where do you find practice exams

I've got to say, don't worry too much about practice exams. Having reviewed a
large number of the study guides and practice exam sets
( http://victoria.tc.ca/int-grps/books/techrev/mnbkscci.htm )
I found that all the practice sets I could find had serious limitations. They did not
represent the character and difficulty of the real exam. Most in an attempt to try
to be more "difficult" would focus on arcane trivia, rather than the critical
thinking that is the hllmark of the real exam. ISC2 does have sets they will sell
you (and even some samples free, I believe), but even these aren't quite up to
standard.

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Re: Tips for Passing CISSP exam in may 2018

Excellent points rslade.

 

However, I found practising with as many questions as I could and reviewing terminilology until my eyes and ears bled, greatly relived the FUD factor.

 

Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) are biggies when taking an exam of this sort, so the confidence you gain by answering questions first accurately, then accuratly AND swiftly will help you on exam day. I nearly got beFUDdled myself, but then I took some calming breath and looked for the obviously wrong. Like panning for gold, when you sift out all the cruft you get the golden nugget.

 

So a multifaceted approach is good, flash cards (THAT YOU MAKE YOURSELF!) are good, reading infosec synopses is good. In fact it's ALL good. If you can't find suitable questions put together a study group and challenge each other to have three good questions per session. With six people. you'll have 18 questions per meeting.

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> j_M007 (Contributor I) posted a new reply in Certifications on 07-20-2018 04:17

>   However, I found practising with as many questions
> as I could and reviewing terminilology until my eyes and ears bled, greatly
> relived the FUD factor.   Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) are biggies when
> taking an exam of this sort, so the confidence you gain by answering questions
> first accurately, then accuratly AND swiftly will help you on exam day.

True. I wish I *could* recommend a good set of practice questions. I do have a
set that I built up over the years: I use it when I'm doing seminars. But I've also
learned, over the years, that I have to stop every once in a while and ask how the
group thinks they are doing. Most of the time they only recall the ones they got
wrong, and don't realize that they may be doing quite well, overall.

(The one group that felt very confident was probably the worst crew I ever had.
One candidate was extremely proud of having achieved 53% correct! [I had
pointed out that they needed 70% to pass.] I assume the Krueger-Dunning effect
was strong in that one ...)

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Re: Tips for Passing CISSP exam in may 2018

@Kolbe You are like me, a FROG (Friggin Real Old Guy/Gal) Smiley LOL

 

I took the fill in the bubble test, let my cert lapse and then took and passed the Computer version (Non-CAT) of the test in 2014.

 

Two of my coworkers took and did not pass the new version of the test.  These are smart people.  The CAT version of the test requires that you be totally prepared.  It will find your weakness.

 

In the long version of the test you could skip or review questions.  You could use other questions to give you clues on other questions and change your answers. This is not the case with the CAT version of test.

 

-Gary