Pass gcia 92%

FillAwfulFillAwful Member Posts: 119 ■■■□□□□□□□
I just completed the 3 hour 50 minute grind that is the GCIA exam. I must admit I am pretty excited. I finally feel like I belong in the security world now.

I took SEC503 in August at SANS Virginia Beach and then got married the next week and went on my honeymoon, so I needed some extra time to prepare.

I began by re-reading all the material, slowly, making sure I really understood what was being conveyed. It's super easy to just glaze over and miss important information. This worked well for me because I am the kind of individual that learns well from reading. Judy Novak does a good job of presenting information so it isn't too dry.

I then began creating my index in Excel with the Topic, Brief Description, Page # format and did each book like that. Reading through the books slowly also helped me remember where information was.

I did find this site https://malwarejake.blogspot.com/2015/05/packet-analysis-practice-part-1.html that really helped me practice decoding hex packets and interpreting the information. I think this is one of the most valuable things I did while studying.

I took one practice test with my index a week before the Exam and then re-studied my weak areas and added to my index. I scored and 83% on this practice test.

The testing experience was very good, I really like the testing center I use they are very professional and always have materials and space for me to work.

After the first 30 questions my score indicator read 100% and I thought is was broken. After 45 questions i finally missed one and it went to 97%. It was very hard not to lose focus knowing I was doing so well.

I took one 4min break half-way through to pee and get some water. I didn't want to loose my roll from too long a break.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the professionals on here for providing their resources and suggestions for this exam. It was most valuable. Please feel free to ask for any suggestions if you are taking this exam. I would be glad to help as others have helped me.

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  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Mod Posts: 6,928 Mod
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Member Posts: 4,165 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Congrats! I see a lot of companies asking for this certification so I think you are setting yourself up well.
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  • quogue66quogue66 Member Posts: 193 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats! That's a great score.
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 Mod Posts: 2,835 Mod
    Congrats and amazing score! Put me to shame hehe. I got by with like 3 points to spare.
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  • jamesleecolemanjamesleecoleman Member Posts: 1,899 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congratulations!!!

    Soo when you took this exam, there was an actual percentage score on there? I just wanted to make sure I understood correctly. If so, I've never heard or seen of that before... kinda cool.
    Booya!!
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  • E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,229 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Congratulations!!!

    Soo when you took this exam, there was an actual percentage score on there? I just wanted to make sure I understood correctly. If so, I've never heard or seen of that before... kinda cool.

    GIAC is very cool. Gives you a score update every 15 questions.
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  • FillAwfulFillAwful Member Posts: 119 ■■■□□□□□□□
    E Double U wrote: »
    GIAC is very cool. Gives you a score update every 15 questions.

    I found this has an interesting effect on my test taking, I felt the need to rush towards the end just to get it over with, or maybe to not look through the books on a question where I have narrowed down the answer.
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Mod Posts: 4,564 Mod
    Congrats!!!

    Can I have that practice exam please? :)
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  • E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,229 ■■■■■■■■■■
    FillAwful wrote: »
    I found this has an interesting effect on my test taking, I felt the need to rush towards the end just to get it over with, or maybe to not look through the books on a question where I have narrowed down the answer.

    Same here!
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  • quogue66quogue66 Member Posts: 193 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I have never looked at my score during a test. I was always worried that it would mess with my head. The only time I ever glanced at the score was at the end of the exam and only the skipped questions remained. I looked at the score to see if I really needed the questions to hit a certain mark.
  • DAVIS NGUYENDAVIS NGUYEN Member Posts: 1,472 ■■■□□□□□□□
  • FillAwfulFillAwful Member Posts: 119 ■■■□□□□□□□
    quogue66 wrote: »
    I have never looked at my score during a test. I was always worried that it would mess with my head. The only time I ever glanced at the score was at the end of the exam and only the skipped questions remained. I looked at the score to see if I really needed the questions to hit a certain mark.
    Wow. That takes a lot of discipline. I was checking the score every 15 questions. I also rarely skip question or flag to come back to them. I like to just charge the test with an "I either know it or I don't" attitude.
  • lostsollostsol Member Posts: 18 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats! I take a similar approach for studying with indexing everything.
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