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Newcomer I

Passed CISSP exam today (2018/03/02)

Hi buddies, 


I have just passed the CISSP exam ( provisionally passed ) today. 


I would like to share my experience for someone who are interested to take the exam. 


First, my background, I have worked in IT infrastructure area ( from system support to IT director ) for 18 years. 

Therefore,  I have touched or worked with different types of technology before. 


At the end of last year, I started to look into the way how to prepare for the exam. After getting advises from current CISSPs, they told me that if I can get over 70% of correct from sample questions, I can study it myself. Otherwise, I better take some courses so as to speed up my learning path. 


From the sample test, I only got 50% correct and so I have taken a short course ( 30 hours ) from a local training center ( in Hong Kong ). Apart from the course, I also read some books. They are list as following


1. EXAM CRAM CISSP Fourth Edition ( PEARSON Education,  IT Certification ) 
2. CISSP Guide to Security Essentials ( Course Technology GENAGE Learning ) 

3. CISSP Practice Exams Fourth Edition ( McGraw Hill Education ) 


I actually borrowed the books from public library and so it if free of charge but the edition may be a bit older. 


After readying those 3 books ( actually, i may only remember 40-50% of the content only ) , I start to work on sample questions. It is really painful as the most I work on the sample questions, the less confidence I have for the exam. Questions are really different from books as they mostly need you to have deep understand of the concept and asking you what is the BEST description of a particular technology or ask you what is the BEST way to handle the risk. There are a lot of wordings which I need to look into the dictionary ( as I am not English native ).  Luckily, after I come across about 1000 questions, I start to get used to the  format and the correct answer rate started to increase. 


Until the exam, I just got about 70% correct for all questions. 


Today, I enter the exam center and sit there for 180 minutes and I have finished 150 questions at the last minute. It is really tried  and I really worry about the result until I got the exam result from TA. 

I see "Congratulations! ..... you have provisionally passed the ....... " 

I still don't 100% sure that it is pass or not but after research from internet. People say that it is normal procedures to get such result even I have passed. 


For whom may be interested to take the exam, I would suggest you to do more sample questions. But it is not intended for you to remember the anwsers. It is just a way for you to know what you dont' know and then you can look into the particular technology area in deep. The more area you can look into , the higher chance you can pass. ( I believe so ) . 

Hope this can help. 

^_^ ..

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Newcomer III


Newcomer I


One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.
Newcomer I

I would suggest non-english native guys to use dictionary to check each word and learn them so that you have more chance to under the question well since word meaning is very important.
Newcomer I

Thanks.. I have got a confirmation email in next day telling me that I have 100% passed ..
Newcomer I

I personally wont' suggest to take any medic. I have practice sample questions 6 to 10 hours a day before the exam and so 3 hours of the exam is not too much for me...
Community Champion

That a very good summation of how the study works out. You won’t get many, or in my case ANY verbatim questions on the live exam from the study questions, but the study questions gives you a clue as to what to do.

Lamont Robertson
Newcomer II


Welcome to the community.

Newcomer III



Viewer II

Congratulations and thank you so very much for share your experience.


I'm in need of suggestion I'm also into IT administration and Infrastructure security worked on SonicWall, Fortinet Aruba office 365 etc..  have 10+ Years experience.


Can I have your contact details, please?



Community Champion

Hi Shahruksheikh

What are some of your specific questions? Many people on this discussion board have either passed their exam or are preparing to do so.

You seem to have some impressive experience. How are you preparing to write the exam?

Thanks for your thoughts on this!