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20 Tips For Passing the CISSP

More than helping folks pass their CISSP, I like reading about their study experiences after passing the exam even more!

Here is a collection of some great quotes from those who already cracked their CISSP and shared their experience!

  • The key to pass this exam are 2 things: 1) how bad you want it, and 2) the force behind you (your wife/husband, your family, your sons/daughters, your friends, love, a better position, a rise in salary, a better world….the list ca go on and on…you have to find yours) – How Eduardo Cracked His CISSP Exam!

  • Well there’s one thing in this world that has the ability to change our whole life in an instant. It’s action. The secret to getting ahead in this world is first getting started. This is my first tip for you: MAKE A REAL DECISION! It’s not a half decision, a more or less decision. You need to have a different mindset for this test. My second ip: Schedule right now your exam. Believe me , you will begin to take your studies seriously when you schedule your exam – How Matheus Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • Inter-domain knowledge is must. In the scenario based questions they may include more than one domain. – How Amit K. Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • As others mentioned, the first 15-30 minutes or so was the most stressful as you will begin to get acquainted to what you are expected to do. Then if you are well prepared you will begin to see the pattern. Its an exam that will make you discover things that you would not have been able to tackle without the intense reading, note-taking and practicing. Its really an exam that test your limits in terms of knowledge, management of time and common-sense as a manager. –How Irshaad Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • You will be able to eliminate 2 options easily, selecting the correct answer of the last 2 would depend on your comprehensive skills of understanding the question and how fast yourecollect the asked topic – How Viral Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • CISSP is the COMMON LANGUAGE which security folks speak throughout the world! And the easiest method to learn any language easily, is to surround yourself with it. – How Mohammad R. Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • I referenced many question banks and almost did 6000+ questions and it was not only clicking the question and seeing the answer right or wrong but I used to read explanation even if I choose the right answer because onceyou read explanation then your concept becomes concrete and if it’s wrong then it will become beacon on information for that concept. – How Rahat Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • I read CBK full, sybex about half.. cybrary videos, 1 boot camp then some online searches and few units from here and there, around 2500 q from cccure and another 3000 probably from other sources.. review questions from books + eric’s book – How Mudit Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • I would recommend that you schedule your exam on a Monday or Tuesday. Take Friday and Monday off to tie up loose ends that you are still shaky on, watch Kelly’s video, and maybe take one more practice exam. But be careful – a solid practice exam will take a lot out of you, so do it at least 48 hours before your real exam to rest appropriately – How Claudia Cracked Her CISSP Exam!

  • Advice: Don’t fear the exam. If you have learned the basic concept you can pass. Don’t spend time in memorizing the numbers – How Jey Cracked Her CISSP Exam!

  • The week before the exam I took the week off from work. I reviewed the chapter summaries and did the end of chapter exams in Shon’s book. Of course this helped me to see what my weak areas were so I’d then reread those sections of the chapter. I also used this time to take one or two 250-question practice exams each day. This was useful for me to know that I can sit for hours for a full exam. Typically I was completing these full practice exams in 2 to 3 hours. Of course any questions I got wrong meant it was an area I needed to study more – How Thomas Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • All tests are different, so I do not think there is any magic idea of what to make sure you know. Study all of the domains, understand them, and remember you will need to apply the knowledge when answering questions. I recommend doing the practice tests and try to be proficient in each domain. I was scoring about 80% average on most of the domains except my weakest (Security Engineering) which I was scoring about 70-75% – How Lisa Cracked Her CISSP Exam!

  • I would recommend covering all 8 domains. There are no top 4 domains. You need to make sure you must have practice at least 3 test of 6 hours before facing real exam; otherwise exam will be very exhaustive to you – How Parvez Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • I started my preparation around mid of December and took almost four months to clear the exam. The exam is all about 50% preparation and rest your day to day experience in security domains, some logical thinking, strategies during exam and your temperament. Practiced almost 6000+ questions but the real exam was completely different. Practice helped me in understanding and retaining the concepts and so important – How Ajeet Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • Pick a book. Be loyal. Read it end-to-end. Do NOT skip any pages: Like most people, I’d always think it’d be nice if there was just one book that I could study end-to-end to clear the exam. The answer is “Yes, there is one book – ANY BOOK.” All the authors out there are very knowledgeable people who have put in years of research and study into their “copyrighted” works. The answer you must seek is which author’s style suits you best. To get an idea about that, just pick a random topic – Kerberos, for example – and read it from all the options available. Whichever option suits you best, read it. But be advised, the universe judges your loyalty – How Rishi Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • Kelly does an excellent job by the way. After completing the reading I would keep logs in a book of my quiz results so I could go back and KNOW where I stood with a given domain. I then read Eric’s 11’th hour (10 domain format) and listened to his podcasts. While reading the 11’th hour I joined a Facebook group called “CISSP Study and Theory” and would answer questions others posted as well as post my own. This gave me confidence to schedule the test and a general idea of where I stood (knowledge wise) compared to those who have passed, and others who plan on testing soon – How Robert Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • After you will complete your readingsvideos download quick notes of any kind. Sunflower, CCCure notes whatever. Read it. Try to mark all unknown definitions for you. Drill into these words (techs, practices, laws, processes, etc). For success, you should not have unknown definitions. You should want to know what the meaning of this thing and this thing is. What is the cons and pros of this thing? What is better thing1 or thing2? Why? – How Oleg Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • As many have already said, don’t waste time learning lists. You probably won’t see any, Learn the concept. Think of the answer that fixes the problem permanently, and not temporarily. Pay attention to the MOST, FIRST, verbiage on the questions, and keep a managerial perspective. Every decision must be based on RISK MANAGEMENT. Read the question, read the question and then re-read it. Try and learn what is the best and worst of something and why. EG what is the best Symmetric encryption, what is worse. Why?- How Andy W. Cracked His CISSP Exam

  • Last but not the least, I am very thankful to StudyNotes AndTheory for this platform and for all the posts he puts up summarizing the hard to understand topics and Ahmed for the wonderful whatsapp group he manages. You guys played a major role in helping me making right choices through out this Journey – How Mohammed Cracked His CISSP Exam


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