No offense, but it's not really helpful to suggest that 12 years of experience helps to pass the test. Those who are studying to get a CCSP job don't take that too seriously. It might be more helpful to suggest that such and such percent of the exam focuses on material outside of the publications and studying scenarios in X domain might help.
Take heart friends, if you study the books you will pass without those 12 or 20 years of experience!
No offense, but it's not really helpful to suggest that 12 years of experience helps to pass the test.
Rather than picking an arbitrary amount of experience, I tend to recommend attaining the experience required by the credential before sitting for the exam.
In addition to allowing you to bypass the Associates program and save a bit of money for which you can not show any benefit, I truly believe it does make (ISC)² exams significantly easier.
My story mirrors @sdonahue013's. I credit a blend of knowledge and experience for my CISSP results. Although I probably could have "passed" with either, it was blending both into wisdom that made it an "easy pass". IMHO, the suggestion is not only helpful, but resonates.
...especially 12 years? ...
Help me understand your disagreement. Is it the underlying thought that experience matters, or are you objecting to the number 12, or perhaps something else I am missing?