I’m one of the CISSP candidate and I have just finished the study group organized with ISSA-NOVA and would like any advice on test taking strategies from your experience.
I know some of the domain are more deeper than the other ones, however I have read the book not entirely yet, listen lectures and I still need to do the practice test over and over. Anything you might shade light for me and my fellow candidate would be really greatly appreciated.
I too am currently studying for my CISSP exam and have found the ISC2 online practice tests really useful. It covers all ten domains and is great way to identify areas that you are weakest on.
When you buy the 'ISC2 Official Practise Tests' book it gives you free access to the online test portal. Each test is timed (just like the real exam) and this helps to acclimatise you to the conditions you will experience on the day of your exam.
Hope this is helpful and good luck!
I just got my CISSP on the 2nd of this month. I did the boot camp through Infosec institute (6 days), worked with some of the other class participants in study. Here are some thoughts:
Give yourself some time between the Boot Camp and the test if you need to.
The guidance is that if you are attaining a 90% on the practice tests, you are prepared for the exam. I avg. mid to upper 80s and did fine.
If you do the chapter tests in the Sybex CISSP Study guide, do not take the following chapter tests:
4, 9, 15, 19, 20.
When you take the test, do not think like you are a technician, think like a manager. Take a higher elevation view of the material.
The tests will be multiple choice, T/F and drag-drop formats.
There are 250 questions however, only 225 will be graded. The other 25 are beta questions which are being evaluated for future use.
Beware of distractors. Distractors may be terms or part of the questions themselves.
Cryptography and DR are two subjects that are, apparently, very popular subjects for the test.
Make the OSI model your friend. It will help you get through the networking questions:
Data Link 2
Many phrases can help you remember this like:
Please Do Not Throw Sausage Pizza Away
People Dont Need Those Stinking Packets Anyway
Questions that have a long explaination are called essay questions. There is a strategy to taking those questions. Read the last sentence in the question, then read the options.
If an option makes sense to answer the question, chances are the remaining explaination is a distractor. If you cannot fit the answers to the last sentence, you will need to go back and read the remainder of the question, until the answers make sense.
The last 3 days before the test, I signed up for CCCure.education (fee for questions). I paid a discounted price for a 30 day period and did test after test after test. Try to go through, at least, 100 test questions daily.
Dont think you will feel confident that you are passing. I have never guessed so much on a test, much less guessed and passed!! If you are getting down to two selections on the questions, youre doing great!
My two bits,
These are the things on top of the practice, review and there is no substitute for experience which may not be available to you. If not, see if you can volunteer a couple of hours. I have mentored quite a few in my time and they have all moved on to IT Security careers. Not because of me mind you but more so because of their perseverance.
Good luck brother!