Disclaimer: I will not violate the ISC2 NDA. Do not email or contact me regarding specific questions related to the content of the exam.
I passed the exam (June 2021) and received my endorsement!
The exam definitely follows the ISC2 approach of ensuring you have full understanding of the underlying topics. The questions test your ability to apply your core understanding and I do not believe there is a way to study for the questions. Rather, you must truly understand the material at a core level.
I've recently passed both the CISM and CRISC, so I was feeling well prepared for the ISSMP. This exam was definitely typical of ISC2 and I firmly believed I had failed until I got the printout with "Congratulations!" on the first line.
The following is how I approached studying for the test:
Test Question Preparation
The ISACA CISM QA&E is essential, in my opinion.
The questions are nothing like the test, but the questions ensure your understanding of the overall material.
You need to understand both the reason why an answer is wrong and why an answer is right. This will help hone your understanding of the topics.
Taking the Test
You must be focused and relaxed.
I'm about to start preparing for the ISSMP exam and I'm looking around for study material....
Was "Official (ISC)2 Guide to the ISSMP CBK - 2nd Edition" any helpful? You mention it in the list.... the reviews on Amazon are terrible for this book though which is why I'm wondering if I should purchase this or not.
Unfortunately, the official online study preparation material provided by ISC is way too expensive.
Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it.
Don't worry too much about the lack of a specific list of reference, your pointers are quite helpful.
I did pass the CISSP in 2019, followed up by CISM and CISA in 2020. I have finished the basic preparation for CRISC as well but there is an CRISC exam overhaul coming up soonish so I'll wait until that is out.
Overall I think that means I'm at least half-way there so I'll check the official exam outline and focus on the identified weaknesses.
(By the way, ISACA also insists on saying how much of an experience-based exam CISA is and yet I manged to pass the exam. CKAD/CKA/CKS exams are much harder because these are hands-on exam where time management is absolutely crucial)
This was definitely a roadmap goal, and it's nice to finally have it.