Passed GCIH!

jg372jg372 Posts: 22Member ■■□□□□□□□□
Just passed the GCIH yesterday. I am a senior analyst but don't work hands on with any types of tools and don't do any pen testing whatsoever, so the course was a lot more difficult for me than others. I work more in audit/risk management. I do deal a lot with incidents so that was my biggest draw for this cert.

I scored a 64 and 70 on the practice tests, both fails. Needless to say, I was very nervous going in. I scored a 75 on the test, so barely a pass, but a pass is a pass! icon_cool.gif

Took the OnDemand course with John Strand. Thought he was a great instructor. I met him at a IANS conference once so was looking forward to taking his course. Read the books once (probably a mistake, should have read it twice). Was able to do the OnDemand slides once and did the audio MP3s probably twice altogether on my commutes to work. Index I thought was key and I even put tabs in the books.

Was surprised there wasn't any (maybe 1) Metasploit questions on the test. Practice tests were very comparable to the real exam. Overall, thought it was a great course in general.

Next up will be CISA as I don't believe my company will be paying for anymore GIAC certs icon_sad.gif

If you have any questions, let me know. Still on a bit of a high from the pass yesterday!!

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  • JasminLandryJasminLandry Posts: 601Member
    Congrats on the pass and good luck on the CISA icon_cheers.gif

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    Congrats!
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  • TacoRocketTacoRocket Posts: 497Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats! It was a great course I enjoyed. Good luck on the CISA!
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    Congrats on the pass!!
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  • TechGromitTechGromit A+, N+, GSEC, GCIH, GREM, Ontario, NY Posts: 1,887Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    jg372 wrote: »
    Next up will be CISA as I don't believe my company will be paying for anymore GIAC certs icon_sad.gif

    Congratulations on the pass. Do you mean your company not paying for any more GIAC Certs? Or SANS training? Were I work, they are limiting SANS training to one every two years now.
    jg372 wrote: »
    Index I thought was key and I even put tabs in the books.

    I did the same, anything to minimize the lookup time searching for answers. How much time did you have remaining? I think I was down to my last 10 minutes. Did you feel more pressure taking the exam no knowing how well you were doing now that they removed your current score every 15 questions?
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  • jg372jg372 Posts: 22Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    TechGromit wrote: »
    Congratulations on the pass. Do you mean your company not paying for any more GIAC Certs? Or SANS training? Were I work, they are limiting SANS training to one every two years now.

    No more SANS training unfortunately. When we were able to purchase SANS training, the voucher the company had allowed for a test attempt as well. No longer the case. They will pay for all my ISACA training / test though, so that's why I'll be going after the CISA later this year.


    TechGromit wrote: »
    I did the same, anything to minimize the lookup time searching for answers. How much time did you have remaining? I think I was down to my last 10 minutes. Did you feel more pressure taking the exam no knowing how well you were doing now that they removed your current score every 15 questions?

    Took about 3 hours and 56 minutes! On each of the practice exams, I only took 3 hours. Obviously wanted to try and confirm each of the answers on the real test, even the ones I thought I was sure of so it took more time.

    And yeah, great point. This was my first GIAC test not knowing my score after every 15 questions. At some points throughout the test, I thought I was doing great. Other parts, I felt like I guessed a few in a row so I thought I was bombing it. I think I like knowing my grade every 15 questions. How about you?
  • DAVIS NGUYENDAVIS NGUYEN Posts: 1,472Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats!
  • grouchy_Smurfgrouchy_Smurf Posts: 15Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    jg372 wrote: »
    Just passed the GCIH yesterday. I am a senior analyst but don't work hands on with any types of tools and don't do any pen testing whatsoever, so the course was a lot more difficult for me than others. I work more in audit/risk management. I do deal a lot with incidents so that was my biggest draw for this cert.

    I scored a 64 and 70 on the practice tests, both fails. Needless to say, I was very nervous going in. I scored a 75 on the test, so barely a pass, but a pass is a pass! icon_cool.gif

    Took the OnDemand course with John Strand. Thought he was a great instructor. I met him at a IANS conference once so was looking forward to taking his course. Read the books once (probably a mistake, should have read it twice). Was able to do the OnDemand slides once and did the audio MP3s probably twice altogether on my commutes to work. Index I thought was key and I even put tabs in the books.

    Was surprised there wasn't any (maybe 1) Metasploit questions on the test. Practice tests were very comparable to the real exam. Overall, thought it was a great course in general.

    Next up will be CISA as I don't believe my company will be paying for anymore GIAC certs icon_sad.gif

    If you have any questions, let me know. Still on a bit of a high from the pass yesterday!!

    Down to the last 30 days before I need to test. I am in the same boat as you IA/RMF stuff with little hands on so any other feedback you might have other then the index would be helpful- not my first GIAC so I know how much you need the index.

    Thanks for your post!
  • jbebjbeb Posts: 8Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hey, I thought I read that they do provide your score after every 15 questions on the GCIH exam. They don't do that anymore?
  • kMastaFlashkMastaFlash Posts: 1,012Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats!!
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  • jg372jg372 Posts: 22Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    jbeb wrote: »
    Hey, I thought I read that they do provide your score after every 15 questions on the GCIH exam. They don't do that anymore?

    Nope not anymore
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