GSE multiple choice test

quogue66quogue66 GREM GPEN GCIA GSEC GCFE GCFA GCIH GASF GSE (multiple choice)Posts: 162Member ■■■□□□□□□□
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.

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  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,830Mod Mod
    Congrats!!! That comment about testing center people thinking you were an idiot made me laugh a lot. 
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,438Admin Admin
    I remember walking into the testing center with six GSEC books and getting some long stares.
  • Cuse0311Cuse0311 Network+, Security+, C|EH, eJPT, GCIH, GCED Posts: 49Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats and best of luck on the lab portion! I look forward to hearing about it.
  • Danielm7Danielm7 ■■■■■■■■□□ Posts: 2,263Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats! I kind of lucked out that a local community college near me has a testing center and they have a few corner cubes that are wide and wrap around. They saw me walk in with a stack of books and pointed me right over. 
  • BlucodexBlucodex OSCP, GCIA, GCIH, GMON, CISSP, CEH, CHFI, CCNA CyberOps, Security+ Posts: 430Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats!!! That comment about testing center people thinking you were an idiot made me laugh a lot. 
    This is how I felt going in for my exams.  Room full of people and I'm flipping through books!
  • quogue66quogue66 GREM GPEN GCIA GSEC GCFE GCFA GCIH GASF GSE (multiple choice) Posts: 162Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    That's funny...in the beginning I did worry that the sound of me constantly flipping through books would annoy other test takers.  After a while I changed my thought process to "Every man for himself!"
  • LWB250LWB250 ■■■□□□□□□□ Posts: 59Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    The last GIAC cert I sat for (GCIH) I took all of my books in with me and the proctor challenged me on it. They had to go and check that it was OK for me to have the materials with me - I later found out it was a new employee...

    I was in a narrow and long room with about six workstations, three each on opposite walls, in what I would call "study carrels". They sat me at the middle station on one side, and as soon as I sat down I dropped my books on the floor and spread them out around me, as there was almost no space on the desk.  About 30 minutes into my test they brought another testing candidate in and seated them at the computer behind me. I was picking up and dropping books, flipping through pages, etc. the whole time. The other person got up and left after about 10 minutes. I'm assuming they didn't care for the noise I was making.... oh, well, too bad.
  • Randy_RandersonRandy_Randerson CFE, GASF, GAWN, GCFA, GCFE, GCIH, GLEG, GMOB, GNFA, GPEN, GSEC, GWAPT, DFCP, ACE, CompTIA A/N/S+ Posts: 114Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    LWB250 said:
    The last GIAC cert I sat for (GCIH) I took all of my books in with me and the proctor challenged me on it. They had to go and check that it was OK for me to have the materials with me - I later found out it was a new employee...

    I was in a narrow and long room with about six workstations, three each on opposite walls, in what I would call "study carrels". They sat me at the middle station on one side, and as soon as I sat down I dropped my books on the floor and spread them out around me, as there was almost no space on the desk.  About 30 minutes into my test they brought another testing candidate in and seated them at the computer behind me. I was picking up and dropping books, flipping through pages, etc. the whole time. The other person got up and left after about 10 minutes. I'm assuming they didn't care for the noise I was making.... oh, well, too bad.
    That is why they are supposed to provide ear plugs, if not the large over-the-ear headphones to block out sound. As you said, I make no apology to whoever is in the room with me. I try to be as cordial as I can. But I'm up against a timer too.  
  • mjs1104mjs1104 Junior Member Posts: 28Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks for sharing this, I have to take the GSE written within a year and not looking forward to bringing almost 20 books into the facility and creating either a monster index or 3 seperate ones... 
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