I am currently studying for my third CISSP exam and could really use some help with study tips/tricks.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Previously, I have attended a boot camp and it was definitely information overload.
This last go around, I tried everything I could to "learn" the material (i.e. bot camp, videos, writing things out, reading, practice tests and recording notes).
Just not sure the best way to approach this. I am a hands on learner, so anything else doesn't seem to help with retention of the material.
Although I studied the Official Study Guide and did quizzes each chapter (multiple times), then Sybex test bank questions (several times), I think I spent too much time on them; only saw maybe 5 on exam. I spent too much time memorizing so many frameworks, models, tables, etc. General concepts and how they apply probably better time spent. My test was more focused on scenario's & what should you do if... Remember:
the questions will (usually, not always) give you 2 answers that can easily be dismissed. Then the other 2 could both be right, don't get freaked out with that. Expect it. Which is the BETTER answer? Go with your gut, answer it and move on. Don't look back and second guess your knowledge. Move forward. I'm convinced that the 20-25 "unscored questions" are there to mess with your head; increase your stress. About 80 questions in, I took a break, got up, walked to restroom and splashed cold water on my face and took some deep breaths, just to cool down, chill out and get my head back in the game. The question I was stuck on, was crystal clear when I got back. Those 10 minutes were the difference for me. Walk in knowing the test is going to mess w/ you. Expect it, plan for it, do your best. Don't beat yourself up if you're not sure of (a bunch of previous questions/answers), just keep moving. You'll be fine. Good luck!
I appreciate the feedback. If I may ask, did you pass?
This last test, I felt myself spending way too much time on questions because I was afraid to get them wrong.
Yes, I did pass. With all the practice quizzes, tests and questions I practiced (about 2700 of them), I cruised through them averaging about 30-45 seconds on each, expecting to cruise through the actual test in about 90 minutes. Very confident/cocky. No way! Exam questions were VERY different from practice questions! Still not sure how valuable those practice questions really were... I started getting stuck/hung up on questions, (trying to figure out which was the better of 2 answers, and second guessing. I was about 2 hours in and only at about question 80. Way off target. Was getting really frazzled. That's when I decided to take a break. When I sat back down, decided to move faster, not sit and ponder. I was going to finish (good or bad and) NOT run out of time. I finished/passed exam with about 7 minutes left.