GSE multiple choice test
I passed the multiple choice portion of the GSE today. The difficulty of this test is not what you would expect it to be. The exam is 150 questions that come from three exams you already passed. How hard could it be, right? You only have three hours to do the test so you can't rely too much on your index. You essentially have to commit to memory the material from 16 different books. Creating your index is also a little different. Do you create one big index or three separate indexes? What about notes, diagrams, **** sheets and images of headers? I ended up creating a separate index for each exam. I also added **** sheets, pictures of packet headers, etc. I created a table of contents and bound the index. It took me hours to get it exactly like I wanted it. I referred to it about 15-20 times. I also used tabs on the books. Each book had 3-5 tabs on it. I only tabbed the most important topics so it wasn't overwhelming. I assume the questions are all pulled from the most recent version of each course because there were about 15 questions that I had no idea what they were talking about. Some I was able to use process of elimination to reduce the answers. Others I took a random guess and moved on because I didn't even know what they were talking about. The real challenge comes when you get to the testing center. Most testing centers can barely accommodate a set of five SANS books. Finding a place to rest 16 books is even more frustrating. The people that worked there thought I was an idiot for bringing so many books in. I finished the test with about 10 minutes left and scored an 87. I didn't get an email from SANS. There wasn't anything in my profile that congratulated me. The only proof that I passed exists in my profile under certification attempts. It looks more like I passed a practice test. Now I have 6 months to fine tune my skills and be ready for the lab portion.