2 weeks until test! Best prep?

hcaeb2000hcaeb2000 Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hello all,

I've enjoyed lurking around and I finally joined the forum today. I have 2 weeks until my exam on December 19th and I am struggling with where to focus my attention at this point. I've gone through the material. Mostly the Shon Harris CISSP All in one Exam Guide. Been to a boot camp back in September. Scoring pretty well on most practice exams including Transcenders, the ones in the book and some others recommended here.

Any suggestions on what to focus on? Any Domains more important than others? I know to try and concentrate where you are weak is one strategy.



  • emerald_octaneemerald_octane Member Posts: 613
    2 weeks ideally you shouldn't be learning anything good.

    I say most people have trouble with crypto and BCP/DR and compliance because its a foreign concepts for most folks. Do you REALLY know them? Do you know the difference between encipherment methods? Do you know how to calcuate ALE quickly? Do you know the ISO standards like your phone number?
  • wes allenwes allen Member Posts: 540 ■■■■■□□□□□
    You can use google to find some hints on the top 5 domains, and they are here in some thread or other, I think. I have posted it before, but for test taking strategy, I thought this was helpful - https://www.sans.org/webcasts/successful-passing-cissp-95594
  • PaperlanternPaperlantern Member Posts: 352
    I read CISSP for Dummies in my last two to three weeks before exam. I liked it, since it is kind of basic it was a really good review, I knew 90% of what was in there and it helped me feel pretty good about taking the Exam. Of course I still went in nervous, but you can't help that.
  • hcaeb2000hcaeb2000 Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□

    All good suggestions. I think I'm in the stage fright/cold feet stage. I'm confident yet concerned but I have always been a good test taker. Crypto was definitely one of the domains I plain on going back to review. For me unlike a lot of folks on the forum I don't seem to have a lot of trouble with BCP/DR but I think that has to do with me being involved on a team that built a BCP/DR plan for an organization I worked for, at the time I hated it but now I think it has paid off for me as far as this test is concerned.

    Thanks again guys and gals...

  • hcaeb2000hcaeb2000 Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Funny I am watching the video suggested above and what he is saying makes me think I better not dismiss further review of BCP/DR...
  • IristheangelIristheangel CCIEx2 (Sec + DC), CCNP RS, CCNA V/S/R/DC, CISSP, CEH, MCSE 2003, A+/L+/N+/S+, and a lot more from m Pasadena, CAMod Posts: 4,133 Mod
    I went to a bootcamp a week before my test but that might not be financially plausible for most. I would recommend CISSP for Dummies as review and maybe a video series to reinforce everything. Be careful about the wording of the questions: Some of the questions are VERY straightforward and some of them are a little tricky if you don't notice that ONE word or if you read too much into the irrelevant details. Some of the longer questions are littered with irrelevant details that are meant to trick you or confuse you: For these, focus on what the question is and pinpoint the relevant details in the description or scenario.

    Good luck!

    Edit: Oh and focus on these: Security Architecture, Crypto, Governance, BCP/DR <---- You will see these domains more than others
    The things you shouldn't stress AS hard about: Physical and Legal <--- yes, you'll get asked some questions on these but the ratio to other domains is much much smaller.

    Everything else is the gray in between
    BS, MS, and CCIE #50931
    Blog: www.network-node.com
  • datschmodatschmo Member Posts: 59 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Good luck on the 19th!!! I'm scheduled to take it on the 21st...
  • ThistlebackThistleback Member Posts: 151
    Good luck on your exam! Sounds like you are prepared . . . but few ever feel fully confident going into this exam. The ones that do, for some reason, tend to fail. icon_sad.gif So "Confident but Concerned" is a good place to be - it doesn't get much better . . .
    Feel the fear, and do it anyway!
  • hcaeb2000hcaeb2000 Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the good luck.

    It's funny everyday my confidence level changes. I'll sit down and take a practice exam and do really well and I feel real good and then I take another one and I don't do so well and bam I feel unprepared and I hit the books and videos. One thing I am really trying to focus on is reading through the whole question and every answer. I notice on practice exams I miss questions on silly oversights. If I can eliminate those mistakes I think I am good.

    One Week! At this this time next week I'll be taking the exam.
  • f0rgiv3nf0rgiv3n Connection Overlord Member Posts: 598 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Good luck tomorrow!
  • hcaeb2000hcaeb2000 Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□

    Its crunch time now. Test is at 10:45am tomorrow. I've been going through various practice exams from different sources and I've done pretty well but questions still pop on me that make me think I need to go back and cover those areas again. Grrrrrr!
  • CISPhDCISPhD Member Posts: 114
    Best of luck tomorrow. Please let me know how you do! I'm interested in talking with you in more detail about your study habits versus mine. My test is scheduled for 03/30/13. Please PM me when you have a few. :)
  • hcaeb2000hcaeb2000 Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I passed! Just got back from the Exam center.

    Not easy is all I can say. I can say the comments about understanding the concepts over remembering are right on.

    If anyone is interested these were my study materials:

    Shon Harris AIO
    IP3 boot camp
    IP3 Videos that were included in the boot camp.
    11th Hour CISSP Study Guide

    Transcenders Practice Exams
    Practice Exams in the AIO Guide
    Other various Practice exams that escape me at this point.

    I pretty much rotated between materials, when I got sick of looking at one I went to something else.
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSOM GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ Linux+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,715 Admin
    Congratulations on passing the CISSP exam! icon_cheers.gif
  • wes allenwes allen Member Posts: 540 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congrats! Feels good to see that that printout for sure.
  • hcaeb2000hcaeb2000 Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
    wes allen wrote: »
    Congrats! Feels good to see that that printout for sure.

    Yes it does. I was really nervous at the end and most of the test I thought I was walking the line. However after I went back through the questions I marked for review I felt better. It's nice to see that Congratulations!
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