Failed CCSP exam last week. I felt like the exam was not related to CCSP or the materials I had studied for over 4 months. I am a CyberSec with over 5 years now and 20 years in IT. the exam questions I read IMO was not related to any of the books I have read. I did not even understand most of the questions. Unclear questions. I read :
1) The Official (ISC)2 Guide to CCSP CBK
2) ISC2 CCSP Official Practice Tests-sybex
3) CCSP Official Study Guide
Took a number of online exams scoring 90% and above.
I mean I was ready and aimed to score high in the exam only to find out I FAILED! and $599 in the toilet!
How did you guys who pass studied and what materials you used??
That stinks! I can honestly say the CCSP was the hardest test I've ever taken but the materials listed in this thread are sufficient to passing though.
I only had about 4 years of experience in IT/Security at the time of passing and was an Associate until I had enough experience to get the full cert. IT/Security was my 3rd career lol. I point out the experience part as to not scare anyone away from attempting the test when they see people with 20-100 years of experience in IT not pass and continue to blame the study materials for not being sufficient. I wish you all the best on your 4th attempt or possibly move on to the CISSP next and circle back to the CCSP later.
I had a similar experience with the exam - I passed CISSP years ago, but the CCSP exam was a tough one for me. It felt like all the official (ISC) guides that I read weren't relevant and the over 3000 practice tests. The exam completely threw me off the wheels by like the 10th question. I plan to take the exam again, just to proof I can do it!
Hello there. I have to admit, I feel much better after reading your posts and two attempts. Full disclosure: 25 year vet of IT, 10 years in some form of Cyber Security, 4 years a CISSP. I passed my CISSP exam on the first try with about two weeks of study. I busted my butt the first time for the CCSP and felt the same way as you: Passed the practice exams with %90 or better, understood the material as presented only to get "below proficiency" for most of the domains. I literally JUST failed again and I felt %100 more confident. I spent months reviewing and studying, purchased additional authorized study material, CCSP for dummies and the "All in One" exam guide. Felt awesome. Actually recognized many of the questions and truly thought I had it. Felt good. Same result.
I have seen others pass it on the first try and really need to know what materials that they are using, or what different methods other than the included tests and study material they may be using. I agree that there are many questions that are nothing like what's in the study material. I'm not talking about practice tests. I mean the actual text.
Maybe we can help each other. I'm looking forward to hearing about your third time.