I was wondering with the test changing on Aug 1st, are the changes drastic enough to warrant new study material?
@CraginS I appreciate your concern around the timing issue related to exam updates and education/training updates. What I can share to shed a bit of light on the issue is that (ISC)² is subject to ISO 17024 standard accreditation requirements, which means that the team that produces the certification examinations is only able to provide new certification information to the group that produces training and education at the time it is released to the general public.
Due to these limitations, in general, we strive to release new training and education content for certifications within two months of new certification exam version releases. As should be clear for a professional certification program, development of training materials necessarily follows the establishment of the examination detailed content outline. On rare occasion, due to circumstances beyond our control, new training and education content for certifications may be delayed two months. As all nine of our certification program exam versions are released on a 3-year cycle, there is minimal impact to candidates. This regular and consistent schedule of certification exam and subsequent education and training materials release allows for candidates who have, in some cases spent years of preparation, adequate time and notice to schedule examination delivery prior to an examination outline changes. Candidates who do not feel prepared to take their exam are encouraged to revisit the (ISC)² exam registration information policies and procedures to consider rescheduling their examination appointment.
If you need info on the CCSP exam updates, please see the FAQ located here: https://www.isc2.org/Certifications/CCSP/Domain-Refresh-FAQ
As for your questions regarding the CBK, we recently published “The Official (ISC)2 CISSP CBK Reference” which can be found here on our website. https://www.amazon.com/Official-ISC-Guide-CISSP-CBK/dp/1119423341. Is that the book you’re referring to?
Apologies for a long answer. I hope this helps to explain the reasoning behind the timing.
The CCSP FAQ does not say nothing if the exam objectives are changing or not.
I hope that a deep review of questions has been performed since I tried the exam twice and 2 times I found questions with no sense or not well written. I will try the exam next 2 August with the hope that questions content are more realistic and some of them have been removed.
I did not have any issue with CISSP exam and material but the CCSP questions/answers in my opinion need to be reviewed.
On the CCSP page if you navigate to where the exam outlines are located (2. Register and Prepare for the Exam) it states there the exam is changing and has done for the last six months or so.
In terms of the questions, I have stated a few times on here that of the five ISC2 exams I have sat I found the CCSP the most challenging. This was mostly to do with the wording of the questions being very doublespeak-esque, and the extra concentration required to understand what they were actually asking because of that.
I know some people were claiming they had a few really easy questions. I didn't see anything easy. All of mine seemed to be four paragraphs long, with each of the answers being a long paragraph itself. I was actually having to scroll up and down the page to read through many of the questions and answers. When you can't see the whole question and all the answers in one view then I find that adds to the level of difficulty. Also, I'm not just talking about scenario based questions either which do tend to require more words to set the scene.
However, I don't think you can compare the CCSP exam to the CISSP exam as the CISSP is more of a generalist certification and therefore the questions aren't testing a deep level of knowledge. Whereas the CCSP is a specialist certification and therefore the questions are testing a deeper level of knowledge. As such, I don't think it's fair to say "I passed the CISSP so I should pass the CCSP and if I don't it's down to badly written questions". Plenty of us have managed to pass the exam despite the questions being overly long and written in doublespeak.