Thanks very much for the response and the information.
I'm looking at this two-fold. 1st- as a test to evaluate knowledge learned and 2 - as close to real testing scenarios (which you both mentioned).
The questions in the practice test book is certainly hitting both those points (major points), but with my first experience with the exam,the question type and depth was quite different.
With the CISSP being in higher exposure, there was far more training material to comb through for preparation. For the CCSP, it's still a very new test and resources are not as mature as others.
I'm currently taking the self paced training (fortunately learning new things during every session) and the practice tests. Hopefully, the knowledge and experiences gained will result in a this next attempt.