GSEC in two weeks (SANS401)

bkleach1968bkleach1968 Registered Users Posts: 1 ■■□□□□□□□□
I have finished my index? Anyone have thoughts on the best way to sort it for the exam? By book? By Topic? Both?

Any other suggestions to carry in for the exam? Dr. Eric Cole's Network Security Bible?


  • docricedocrice Random Member Member Posts: 1,706 ■■■■■■■■■■
    To keep things as simple as possible, I recommend bringing just your index and your course materials (including any SANS-provided ****-sheets). How you arrange your index should really be up to what's optimum to your exam-taking techniques. I personally sectioned my notes by book. That said, I only index notes for areas which I'm not 100% on.

    The best way to pass the exam with the highest score you can is to simply know the material. It's a long exam and covers a wide range of topics.
    Hopefully-useful stuff I've written:
  • twodogs62twodogs62 Senior Member Member Posts: 393 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I bought nice plastic tabs to mark each section.
    that way it was quick if you had to refer to section you could quickly flip there.
    i did indexes per book. If you know couple books well then you only have reference 4 books.
    i took course materials, Linux book and windows book.
    i also used red pen to underline key words and multiple colors of hi lighters.
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,927 Mod
    As docrice, I index selectively and leave out stuff I know by heart. I've done my two indexes by alphabetical order | book | page | short description. At least in my case this proved to be very successful as I only had to open the book a couple of times. I also took the SANS **** sheets. No 3rd party books.

  • E Double UE Double U Senior Member Member Posts: 2,174 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I am preparing for the GCIH and my index is similar to cyberguypr (alphabetical, book, page, brief description). I have three spreadsheets: topics, tools, and commands.
    Alphabet soup from (ISC)2, ISACA, GIAC, EC-Council, Microsoft, ITIL, Cisco, Scrum, CompTIA, AWS2022 goal(s): CRISC, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner"You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try." - Homer Simpson
  • josh.armentrout1josh.armentrout1 Member Member Posts: 36 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I too indexed like cyberguypr, but had three separate indexes; book material, tools, and commands. You can take a look at what my experiences with the GSEC are here: My Experience with the GIAC GSEC Exam

    My index was pretty concise and included stuff I knew from heart. I just wanted to be sure of GIAC's terminology compared to what I knew that I knew.

    The GSEC has a ton of material to cover, but if you study and know the material, you'll do well.
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