Passed first attempt, 6/24

s1krdrs1krdr Registered Users Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
I have been lurking on the forum for quite awhile, more so when I was looking to take my CISSP. I provisionally passed on 6/24 and have already submitted all my materials for endorsement, onto more waiting. I had been studying off and on for awhile, I would pick up the book then get distracted by work or something else going on and never had a concrete study plan. It was not until I actually scheduled the test that I started to get more serious about studying since I knew that the test was coming up, and even then it was more sporadic than anything usually just on weekends. Below are the materials that I used:

Cybex CISSP official study book
Some videos from FedVTE on areas that I wanted more clarification
some questions from
about 750 questions from

Most of my studying was actually done the last 8 days leading up to the exam. I still had not finished about half of the Cybex book and was going through that every night as my work schedule had changed from 10 hours to 8. I would basically get home at 5 and study from about 6-6:30-10 that last week and I squeezed in a few practice tests as well. I was actually feeling pretty discouraged due to the fact that my scores on the CCCure tests were actually going down somehow, I had even changed the difficulty from Pro to Hard after reading here that the hard difficulty was more like the test. I even took 2 150 length tests on friday, the day before the test and both ended badly, so needless to say my confidence was low that night. I stopped going through questions around 9 and just relaxed for a couple hours before going to bed and that really helped.

The next morning I was feeling a lot better and just put the practice tests behind me and went in with the mantra of slow down and read the questions as I have a tendency of rushing through questions. Overall the test took me 4 hours and I was really nervous when i hit submit. I took the methodology of going through every question first, marking ones I was uncertain of or would maybe see something in another question that would job my memory later to review later, then review all those questions and finally submit the test. I thought it would be like CompTIA tests where it would tell you the results on the screen, when it didn't I got even more nervous and made the long walk up to the front desk even worse. I was shocked that I had passed and was so relieved to say the least.

All I can say at this point is don't get discouraged by practice tests too much and try and go in with a clear head and just focus on the task at hand. And this forum was also a big help in things as well.


  • Adamkathy23Adamkathy23 Member Posts: 9 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congratulations on your Pass!

    How many times did you go through the official book and other study material? I am asking because i am about to finish my Sybex book and it feels i dont remember the first half, so much material to comprehend its overwhelming icon_cry.gif.

    Good Luck
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  • s1krdrs1krdr Registered Users Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I went through the book once, I did go back and do a little bit of a refresh on the security models as I was particularly weak on that subject, but that was it.
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