Took Exam twice!!!!!!! What am I not studying?
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First score was a 571 and just recently 605. So close and within reach, but I'm just not getting it. It takes me the whole 6 hours and the last time, I finished the last question with only 15 minutes to go over the ones that I marked. I thought I was pacing myself, but it seems like I'm almost running out of time. Anyone have any suggestions?
Two things at this point I can suggest:
One, get your head right. Two failures is tough but not the end of the world. Review your weak domains and study them closely obviously. And then study the domains you are strong in, and then study some more. The worst advice ever right, but thats the secret to success. You only fail if you give up.
Two, have you tried using the cccure.org test bank for their practice questions? This is an excellent resource and the paid version of the test bank is EXTREMELY useful. I used Shon Harris and Eric Conrads books for study as well, and about 400 flashcards I wrote and memorized the crap out of.
Don't give up!
2. Closely compare the answers. When I took it, some answers were different by only one or two key words.
I thought that the exam tested my understanding of English more than it tested my understanding of security. Of course, I had 10+ years of combined military and private sector experience when I took it, so your mileage may vary.
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Second... Which material are you using to take the exam?
Third... How much knowledge or background do you have in Info Sec?
Fourth... Have you considered SSCP or CAP?
I would say that if you've sprung for the cccure.org stuff, invest a few weeks in to the questions there until you can reliably score 90+ on each domain. If you're able to do that consistently and gone through your weak areas (don't forget to go through your strong areas too!) then that's probably a better investment of your time and $ than the bootcamp. That's my opinion though, and there may be people here that have taken the bootcamps that speak highly of it. I was able to clear the exam with all the stuff you mentioned above and a ton of flashcards. (Have you made flashcards? They're terrible but hand writing each one and studying it over and over can be useful!)
Just my thoughts! Good luck to you!
Hope that helps!!!
Best of luck to you OP, I'm sure you'll get it soon!
One advantage to taking a paper based test is the ability to cross-out meaningless wordage in these tests. I can see where this is only a bit more complicated on a screen only. Yes, its a personal dig but its my dig at CBTs.
This is going to drive some folks, particularly instructors nuts, as this is considered to be somewhat taboo but I have a tendency to read the answers first then look at the question anticipating the most correct answer. Now, this technique doesn't work for everyone but in my weird reverse logic it often does work. Try practicing this on a few scenario questions and see if that doesn't help as well. If it does great if not - don't ever use it as it can slant your thinking to the wrong answer by over anticipating. Teacher's in particular hate this technique but I've been doing just that for years quite successfully.
Last item is to physically write out complex concepts that you "think" you know but have trouble applying. Nothing like drawing diagrams or fill in the blank scenarios out on Visio or paper to make you apply concepts that in general feel like they are there but maybe not quite. For example on a 8x11 sheet of paper write out the OSI layers from top to bottom. Now add in an example of a physical or logical device for each. How fast can you apply these to one another? Perhaps not as fast as you might think. Just look at the Presentation layer and you should come up with at least three different concepts that apply. Physical? At the very least 2-5, etc. This will help you apply nebulous concepts to real world concepts very quickly rather than having to "really think" about the material - it should come quite fast almost like "muscle memory". It all happens in your head but the material just gets replayed that much faster. Time is the ultimate killer here. You will tire yourself out mentally with an exam of this type if you force yourself to struggle with the material.
- B Eads
Great exam taking technique. I tend to do that once in a while as well and it works for me in finding the key point in the question. Just to reenforce my retaining process, I always do the end of chapter questions before reading the chapter and revisit the wrong answers again.
Don't be nice to beads. It sets a bad precedent. He's going to expect me to be nice all day at work now. Sigh...
Whether or not you want to read the entire paragraph, read the question first. That should be absolutely the first thing you do on every single scenario. Read the question alone, dissect what that question is asking, and then find any additional information you need in the scenario (or just answer it if you don't need additional information).
It will do three things for you:
1. Focus your efforts on answering the correct question.
2. Keep you from reading and focusing on so many scenarios and prematurely exhausting yourself
3. Save you time to review your marked questions.
Classic passive aggressive posture for this place. I see you going far here in the maze of the ivory tower that is our workplace.
- B Eads