Passed CISSP first try

dhay13dhay13 Posts: 580Member ■■■□□□□□□□
Passed the CISSP today. Now to pay it forward.

Studied a few months using:
FedVTE CISSP course
Skillsoft CISSP course videos
Sybex 7th Edition (read most of it and took all quizzes)
McGraw Hill practice tests

Altogether I probably took about 2000 practice questions.

If I would have failed I really don't know what I would do to prepare any better. Even if I had memorized every bit of my study materials I don't know that I would have done any better. It really does come down to knowing the concepts. I have about 10 years of IT experience and about 4 years of general Systems Admin work (managing firewalls, ACL's, patch management, and other general IT stuff), and the last 2 years directly in security.

P.S.-Took me about 4.5 hours with a 5 minute break at 100 questions and another 5 minute break at 225 question. I marked about 20 for review but only changed 2 or 3 of those.

Also, I was averaging about 75% on Skillsoft and about 80-82% or so on all other practice tests


  • TankerTTankerT Posts: 132Member
    Congrats on the pass!
  • sameojsameoj Posts: 366Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats and thanks for the feedback.
  • E Double UE Double U Posts: 1,558Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Alphabet soup: CISSP, CCSP, CISM, CISA, GPEN, GCIA, GCIH, GCCC, CEH, etc

    "You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try." - Homer Simpson
  • dhay13dhay13 Posts: 580Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks all. And thanks to TE for all the advice and tips that helped get me through this!
  • kanedogkanedog Posts: 16Member ■□□□□□□□□□
  • СтрелокСтрелок Posts: 6Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    FedVTE CISSP courseicon_jokercolor.gif (gov or military icon_wink.gif)
    "I love working for Uncle Sam. Lets me know just who I am"
    Well done!
  • lucky0977lucky0977 Senior Member Posts: 217Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Bachelor of Science: Computer Science | Hawaii Pacific University
    CISSP | CISM | CISA | CASP | SSCP | Sec+ | Net+ | A+
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