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CISSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests

The questions in CISSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests bear little resemblance to those in https://community.isc2.org/t5/Certifications/CISSP-questions/td-p/18626. The "official" practice tests expect you to memorise and regurgitate a vast amount of detail, whereas the community questions are more strategic, expecting you to understand how the concepts are applied in real life, rather than memorising every published guidance and technical specification.

 

The differences are so profound that if I focus on one format, I would probably fail an exam that takes the other. Which is correct?

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@gidyn wrote:

The questions in CISSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests bear little resemblance to those in https://community.isc2.org/t5/Certifications/CISSP-questions/td-p/18626. The "official" practice tests expect you to memorise and regurgitate a vast amount of detail, whereas the community questions are more strategic, expecting you to understand how the concepts are applied in real life, rather than memorising every published guidance and technical specification.

 

The differences are so profound that if I focus on one format, I would probably fail an exam that takes the other. Which is correct?


@amandavanceISC2 would you have someone in the TD area look at this and reply.  I think they are best suited to provide that answer to @gidyn 

 

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Focusing on either would be a mistake.  

 

The memorize-detail questions help build a strong foundational base so you have the background to answer the strategic questions.   And, learning to answer the strategic questions helps you learn to pick the right (best) answer to memorize-detail questions even if you do not happen to know the "detail".  

 

Sadly, there is nobody who can answer your question because everybody who has seen "real" test questions (including test-takers) is under a strict NDA.  Also, (ISC)² has a strict segregation of duties between education and test development, so the fact that the "official questions" are published by (ISC)² education really does not afford them any particular gravitas.

 

In short, study both and give a kudos to @rslade for stretching our minds into a completely different way of thinking.

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@gidyn wrote:

The questions in CISSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests bear little resemblance to those in https://community.isc2.org/t5/Certifications/CISSP-questions/td-p/18626. The "official" practice tests expect you to memorise and regurgitate a vast amount of detail, whereas the community questions are more strategic, expecting you to understand how the concepts are applied in real life, rather than memorising every published guidance and technical specification.

 

The differences are so profound that if I focus on one format, I would probably fail an exam that takes the other. Which is correct?


As I said, the questions I am posting aren't meant to be a brain dump.  I have, in fact, specifically taken out any "plain fact" questions, since those you can pass simply by knowing the answers.  The ones I am posting are to show you the other (and more significant) types of questions: the ones that test your judgment and critical thinking.


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