GSEC Passed today!

phobicphobic Registered Users Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
So I passed my GSEC today with an 82% in 4 hours 12 minutes. Not great, but better than I expected if I'm honest. It was better than I did on either practice exam though, so I was happy. My study habits weren't great, but I'd generally listened to the audio files on my way to and from work, an hour+ each way, and then indexed at night. I did this starting about a month before the exam. I had already re-read through the box, and studied a sec+ book in addition, before doing the indexing.

I printed my index and put it in a 3 ring binder and I wish I had it bound, like some of the other examples I've seen. It was a bit hard to flip through in the small testing space I was give. The space was enough, though as I could have books 1-3 on one side of the monitor and 4-6 on the other. It was less than my home, but not much. The space was very quiet and I also used ear plugs which were nice when random noised occurred.

I didn't find the clock or score jarring. I actually kind of like each of them. The score was encouraging and the clock reminded me to take my time, I had plenty of it.

If I found myself stuck on a questions for longer than I felt necessary I'd skip it. I ended up skipping 3 before my break and 2 after it. It was a bit annoying that I couldn't just skip all 5 to the end, but it wasn't too bad.

Overall I'm glad I did this. I took the class and didn't have to take the cert. I paid for the test, but my work paid for the class so I figured I might as well show them it wasn't a waste. Now that I passed maybe I'll try to expense it...


  • SegoviaSegovia Member Posts: 119
    Awesome, congratulations!!

    Hopefully someday I will be able to get this cert.
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  • TechGromitTechGromit GSEC, GCIH, GREM, Ontario, NY Member Posts: 1,995 ■■■■■■■■□□
    phobic wrote: »
    If I found myself stuck on a questions for longer than I felt necessary I'd skip it. I ended up skipping 3 before my break and 2 after it.

    My SANS instructor recommended not to skip any questions on the exam, so I didn't. I ran across a question I didn't know the answer to and it wasn't in my index so i guessed. Just so happened while looking up the answer a few questions later, I saw ran across the answer to the question I guess on, and saw I got it wrong. Kinda kick myself now for not skipping it.

    Congratulations on the pass.
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  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,823 Mod
    Congrats on the pass!
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  • RobicusRobicus CISSP, GSE #202, GSEC, GCIA, GCIH, GPEN, GMON, GCFE, GCCC, eJPT Member Posts: 140 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congratulations on the hard work, and for taking the initiative to get certified even when you didn't have to!
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  • Infosec LadyInfosec Lady Member Posts: 6 ■□□□□□□□□□

    Can you please advise me on how to look up for answers very quickly?
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  • ccnpninjaccnpninja Senior Member EuropeMember Posts: 1,010 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Nice job!
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  • quogue66quogue66 Senior Member Member Posts: 181 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats...I just passed the GCIH and plan on taking the GSEC next.
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  • gncsmithgncsmith Senior Member Member Posts: 459 ■■■□□□□□□□

    Infosec Lady There are guides online for how to setup your GIAC materials for quick reference. Hacks4Pancakes has one such guide on her site found here.

    Good luck!
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