FAILED CISSP 3-22-2014 - ISC2 changed the test!!!
Took the CISSP yeterday and failed.I used Transcender, CCCure.org, Shon Harris book (6th edition) and the total tester questions that came with Shon's prep.I felt like I was in another galaxy as 90% of the questions had no feel whatsoever to all the prep and study I did. I am so pissed that I worked so hard preparing and studying to take a completely different exam then what I prepared for.I am going to contact ISC2 Monday and also am going to try to stop payment with VISA.TESTERS BEWARE!!
The (ISC)2 has no control over the study material that you choose to use. The (ISC)2 recommends study references in the CISSP Candidate Information Bulletin. I don't believe that any of the study references you mentioned are in it.
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Trying to stop payment on a test you legitimately failed...seems a bit extreme however....
It sounds like you learned answers to specific preparation questions, possibly based on memorisation of the answers, rather than the actual content of the CBK. You maybe relied too much on test questions. It's been repeated over and over on these forums and others, that the CCCure etc questions should be used to highlight areas where knowledge is lacking and as a learning tool, rather than as an exact copy of the time of questions you expect to receive on the real exam.
The person with the best study habits I've read on this forum was Jonnyg, he discusses his study methods here:
Fact is I have no reference point for what the test ever is/was because it was my first attempt - I had no right to make the comment. It was just so much different than any of the test prep material I was working with. It is clear to me now I underestimated it and I need to work even harder.
Back to the studying I go...
Be sure to come back and make another thread or bump this one when you pass next time around!
Don't beat yourself up, it really is one of the most difficult exams I've ever taken and mentally and emotionally frustrating.
Personally, I think they design it to be that way on purpose....
Get your frustrations out, review your exam sheet to identify your weak areas, and pick yourself up and make a plan for success this time around.
(I would say...don't just study your weak areas though...study your strong ones too to keep those sharp as well)
Good luck with your studies and on your next attempt!
1. Study harder
2. Study harder
3. Test and Pass exam
4. If fail step 3 take some lessons learned and start at step 1 again...If you find it too hard maybe go for comptia sec+ exam first.