the_smirk wrote: »
The questions constantly ask best, more, main words to confuse you. There are two good answers and need to select the best one. The Sybex tests include clear questions like definition of confidentiality and you select that answer. CISSP messes with the terminology to maybe confuse you...
the_smirk wrote: »
So today I took the CISSP exam and failed miserably. I dedicated a lot of time studying by reading the Sybex book and watching videos (Cybrary) only to get asked questions that I didn't necessarily study...
Have only been lurking for a short while but I spent about 3 weeks preparing for the exam. I have about 10 years in IT working as a Sys Admin, Cybersecurity Admin, ISSO, etc. Was a pretty stressful experience but I'm glad it's over with. Here are my thoughts:
Kelly Handerhan was great. While she doesn't go as in depth as some of the things I saw on the test, neither did the books so I can't fault her or her videos. They did what they were supposed to do.
CCCure.org did a good job of reinforcing the basics but the way some of their questions are phrased sucks. I think it's just a matter of going through and doing some QA on them. I'd like to say, that there is no way that these questions compare to the ones on the CISSP however.
Larry Greenblatt did a nice job of keeping me entertained while watching the amount that I did. I can't say that he was any more in depth, but he gave me a different view on the information than Kelly.
I read through Shon Harris' book and the Sybex book. I would recommend the Sybex over Shon Harris. Shon Harris is way too lengthy/wordy to be worth the time. I think that the Sybex equivalent does a great job of going through the things that will be covered on the exam, but again not as in depth as you can expect to see on the exam in some questions.
Used the CISM Pocket Prep app and I'm glad I did. While those questions are definitely more broad, the app slaps you in the face pretty early if you're not strong on governance and in same cases 3-4 answers look correct which is good preparation for the exam.
I didn't have an exam where I was forced to think "Am I a technician or a manager in this case?" Everything was pretty managerial. I feel like I can count the amount of technical questions/easy questions I had on my fingers and toes.
The questions asked on this exam were mind blowing at some points. I had to read, re-read, re-read again, and re-read for a 10th time in some cases to understand what they were trying to ask. It wasn't completely clear on some of them so I had to pick the words out of the sentences to throw something together that I assume they were asking. I think ISC2 can do a better job of rephrasing them.
There is no testing software, question simulator, or the like that will prepare you for the way those questions are asked.
I thought that I 100% failed that test and put my head in my hands numerous times thinking that it was over. Most of that might have been the stress/anxiety of taking the test and not trusting my own judgement. You really have to trust your gut in this test and go with what you know. I think that's where experience comes in and the reinforcement of the basics to try and piece the questions/answers together.
Overall, happy to have it over with. Thanks for all the advice on this forum. Has been helpful."