SSCP passed, resources and experience

Sheiko37Sheiko37 Posts: 210Member ■■□□□□□□□□
I passed the SSCP today, it was a lot different from what I expected so I'll give my experience below.

- AIO SSCP Exam Guide - Darril Gibson
  • The two practice exams that came with this book, 250 questions total. (These come on a CD, not the end of chapter questions.)
- CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide - Shon Harris (only used as a reference for things I wanted a better understanding of)
- Google

I read a few chapters of the SSCP Exam Guide then went back and wrote my own dot point notes on it, repeat until finishing the book. After finishing the book I went to the practice exams, both I was passing with over 90%, even so I was noting down items that I wanted more knowledge on, e.g. Kerberos, IPsec, etc.

The Exam:
I felt confident going into the exam given my high scores on the practice exams, but after about 10 questions into the real exam I thought failure was almost certain. The questions were much more complex than the practice exams, I can't say much given the NDA but feel like Gibson's book skimmed over many topics that were heavily tested in the exam. The practice exams took about 40 minutes each, the real exam took me over 2 hours, it was gruelling, stressful, and much more complex than expected.

In the end I passed though, but to be honest I don't feel that confident. Next up is ITIL Foundation then the CISSP which is now more daunting than ever.

My advice to would-be test takers is to take any SSCP or CISSP practice exam questions you can find, even if some CISSP questions are out of your depth you just have to get used to complicated wording of questions that take time to read. Practicing quick and easy questions like "what port does SSH use" will not progress you much.


  • impelseimpelse Posts: 1,226Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats of the pass, sometimes we get surprises.

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  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,642Mod Mod
  • tahjzhuantahjzhuan Posts: 270Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass, I'm in the process of studying for the SSCP now using Gibson AIO. I haven't gone through all the practice questions in the book, but they do appear easier than the studISCope questions I've taken.
  • Sheiko37Sheiko37 Posts: 210Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    The practice questions at the end of each chapter are really simple and just to check you understood what you just read. There should also be a CD with the book that has practice exams.
  • Sscp1986Sscp1986 Posts: 27Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Sheiko37 Congratz on the pass!
    I to passed Yesterday the SSCP.
    And i totally agree with your post it is hard and challenging!

    2015: CISSP[Working on it]
  • spark2spark2 Posts: 21Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us
  • psheehan5psheehan5 Posts: 80Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats to both you guys!
  • dustervoicedustervoice Posts: 876Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    congrats on passing. well done!
  • Sheiko37Sheiko37 Posts: 210Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Updating that I've just received acceptance of endorsement, it took 54 calendar days.
  • ccnpninjaccnpninja Senior Member EuropePosts: 1,008Member ■■■□□□□□□□
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