GSEC Pass!

j.petrovj.petrov Member Posts: 282
Took the SANS SEC401 class at the end of July, and sat for the exam today. It was defintiely not an easy exam even with it being open book. I completed the exam in 4.5 hours and ended up with a score of 93%! I was aiming to get above a 90 so I am very excited.

Overall the test was very fair. My word of advice for future test takers is to make a good index and tab the main sections of each book.

I will probably look at SEC503 or 504 next.


  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,896 Mod
  • Khaos1911Khaos1911 Member Posts: 366
    Congrats! I passed GSEC back in June and I'm now nearing the end of my 503 GCIA studies and a little personal advice from me...Go straight to 504 GCIH studies, GCIA is a beast man and from scanning Book 1 and 2 of 504, it looked much easier to digest and relatively familiar to me. I personally wish I had tackled 504 before 503, good luck.
  • docricedocrice Member Posts: 1,706 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Congrats on the GSEC pass, no doubt a lengthy exam and brain stretch.

    On going for 503 vs. 504, I think this depends on what your background is. I personally finished the GCIA exam in under two hours while the GCIH took a little longer. The GCIH was easier in some respects for me, but there was some level of existing subject familiarity for me on the GCIA which allowed me to get through it pretty quickly. I scored the same on both exams.
    Hopefully-useful stuff I've written:
  • chanakyajupudichanakyajupudi Member Posts: 712
    Congrats ! Did this a year ago. No doubt a stretch for the fickle brain !
    Work In Progress - RHCA [ ] Certified Cloud Security Professional [ ] GMON/GWAPT if Work Study is accepted [ ]

  • j.petrovj.petrov Member Posts: 282
    Thanks guys. I just applied for another workstudy for next year. I put 503 as first choice as I feel it will help my day to day a little more that 504. Hopefully I get accepted again icon_lol.gif
  • n8236n8236 Member Posts: 20 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Ya man, nice work! GSEC was my first exam and it was a lot of information.
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