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Passed CISSP exam on 2nd October 2015

Passed the CISSP exam yesterday 2nd October 2015(Friday), finally accomplished this target by spending more than 4 months study, it is time consuming and a little painful experience, sometimes I don’t like the high level/theory thing, suitable for Manager level(only talking, not doing), I think CISSP is one of them, and I would like more hands on skill like RedHat certification,  it is kind of relieve after got the exam pass result yesterday.

I took the CISSP course at NTUC learning hub, from 30 May to 27 June, it was every Saturday, whole day lecturing by a teacher, spanning a month, totally 5 days, the course taught the whole CISSP exam thing, and did the summarization and outline of the CISSP knowledge area and exam points, it is helpful, but I would say, if you want save money, you still can go to the exam directly, this NTUC CISSP course cost me more than 2000 SD.

I book the exam on 20th August initially, but found I had no time to study and postponed my exam to 2nd Oct., this cost me 123 SD to make the change, sometimes the work comes, it’s out of your control, the study was on and off lasting more than four months, I would say it will be your resolution, commitment, perseverance to make your effort on the road of preparing this exam, I have spent my weekend, Monday to Friday after work time to study, this need your focus during your study for the time constraint, it won’t be so easy if you have poor time management, as I said it is a little painful for me.

On 2nd Oct. Friday, I arrived the exam centre at around 8 o’clock, from the bus, MRT train to test centre, spent all the time in the morning before the exam to review “CISSP Sunflower PDF”, trying to refresh all the key points, registered and entered the exam room at around 8:45 AM, and started the exam, it took me around 5 hours to complete all the 250 questions, during which I took 10 minutes break to have some food and water, I am quite a slow exam taker, most of the questions are not wordy, only one or two lines, a few questions are more than three lines, a few drag and drop questions,  all the questions are not similar to any questions I have practiced before, so those who rely on the question bank will be disappointed, this exam really test your knowledge about all the CISSP knowledge domain in high level/concept, and you need to think as a Security Management level, after I completed all the questions, I did the review on the marked questions, during the review, I changed three answers, two of them I think I have changed wrongly after I checked the book, those are some technical detail I couldn’t pop up to my head, there are so many technical detail to remember, I just tried to mnemonic as many as possible, but can’t manage to remember all, luckily it didn’t test much on technical detail, and I had flagged too many questions to review, most questions are with “Most, Best” in the questions, and a lots are really hard to choose, sometimes you need to take the best guess, I just feel not comfortable to sit in the exam room anymore after 5 hours of my brain continuously working, after 20 minutes of “review”, actually  it’s just a skimming reading, changed 3 answers, submitted and approached the reception, the service lady just print out the result, I saw “Congratulations!…”

Study material as following,

CISSP ALL IN ONE(Sixth Edition) by Shon Harris, someone says this book is too verbose(more than 1400 pages), but it really explain all the CISSP knowledge in detail and in a very easy to understand way, I read the whole book once, gave me the concept of all the domain, the remaining time just review the summary and questions. Shon Harris passed away on 8th October 2014, my respect to her.

CISSP_Summary_V1.1 (CISSP Sunflower PDF), this is the note I downloaded from internet, it summarized all the key points in 24 pages, I just read it all the time on the bus, MRT train in the last few weeks.

ExamCollection more than 2000 questions and some other exam practice questions, to practice did help for the exam in the way to find out your weak points, and strengthen your knowledge on each domain by repeatedly refer you to the key points, train you to adapt to the question answering skill, and practice your CISSP thinking way/mind in exam logic.

EXAM CRAM CISSP Practice Questions (Third Edition), I downloaded this PDF, but totally forgot to study it during preparation, not sure how good it is.
CISSP_NTUC

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61 Comments

  1. Hi,
    Congratulations on passing the exam. Can you provide me the link to download thr sunflower pdf. My Gmail id is mohdshahnawab.

  2. Hi Buddy,

    Hearty congratulation!!. CISSP is my dream certification and i respect all CISSPs.
    could you please help me with the question bank you have. I am planning to give exam in Dec 2015.

    regards
    Kundan
    +91 9821477488

    • Hey Kunda, have sent to you by email, please be reminded questions are for your study for the knowledge only, you will not encounter any similar questions during exam.

      • Can I have the question bank please?
        monavy at gmail.com

        • Hi Mohammed, have shared with you the material, as you know there is no such called question bank, only for your study purpose, good luck to you!

          • Hi Buddy,
            Can I question bank please…
            Email me at sudhakararaju at gmail.com

  3. Hi,

    i came across to your page today. congrats for the achievement. can you share your question bank to my mail.

    • sent, please note the questions are for your study for the knowledge only, you will not encounter any similar questions in the exam, good luck!

  4. Congratulations on passing CISSP the big exam. I am also preparing for the cissp certification but confused which book to refer. There has been a 7th edition released in september 2015. Would you please share the question bank on my mail id srini.gd@gmail.com, Thanks and have a great carrier ahead.

    • Hi Srini, have sent, please note the questions are for your study for the knowledge only, you will not encounter any similar questions in the exam, good luck!

  5. Hi Scruffybear- congrats on passing. I as well am interested in the notes/question bank. In your opinion, is the new exam any different from the old one?

    • Hi Nik, sent, please note the questions are for your study for the knowledge only, you will not encounter any similar questions in the exam, good luck!
      And for the change from old to new, I think it is only restructuring the content and renaming some of the terminologies, a few new contents, I was still using the book All In One 6th edition written by Shon Harris and passed the exam..

  6. Congrats on passing the exam. I just finished reading the CISSP all in one book and it has certainly identified weaknesses that I need to concentrate on. This book took me 4 months to get through reading for 1hr each day mon-fri, Also got the Sunflower PDF as a quick ref guide.
    Can you send me your bank of questions to help me with my studying?
    Again well done on you certification 🙂

    • Hi Gordiep13, have sent, please note the questions are for your study for the knowledge only, you will not encounter any similar questions in the exam, good luck to you!

      • Congrats Scruffybear on your success. Please share the question bank.

        • Hi Premita, sent, please note the questions are for your study for the knowledge only, you will not encounter any similar questions in the exam, good luck to you!

  7. Congratulations!!!! I am taking mine soon.. Any help with question bank will be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Abs, sent, please note the questions are for your study for the knowledge only, you will not encounter any similar questions in the exam, good luck to you!

  8. many congrats .. please send me question bank and let me know which book did you study?

  9. Congratulations!

    Can you provide me the link to download thr sunflower pdf and the question bank

    Thanks!

    • Hi Swazi, sent to you, it’s only for study purpose, as I mentioned in the blog, there is no such question bank. Good luck.

  10. Hi,

    Congrats on passing the CISSP. I request you to send me the question bank for my reference. it would be a great help.

  11. Hi, congrats for the achievement. kindly send me the question bank you used too

  12. Hi please also forward me the study material you have. I failed the CISSP back in October 2015 and am planning on retaking it in the near future. jareddjulian@yahoo.com

    THANKS!

  13. Congrts !!!!

    I bought CISSP Study Guide, Third Edition & hon Harris All in One Exam Guide (7e)
    Can you please help me to share Question bank and study material if any
    for my mail id
    antolibinjose@gmail.com
    Anto

    • Hi, Anto, have sent the material, however there is no so called question bank, just for your study CISSP knowledge, good luck to you!

  14. Though my wishes are bit late.. Still CONGRATULATIONS Scruffy!!!
    By Any chance do you have the CISSP Exam Cram; ; Author – Michael Gregg?
    Either way, would you be kind enough to share the reading material you have with you?

    I am planning for the CISSP in the Nov 2016 and has just started the Prep with 1-2 hours per day.
    Hopefully I will be able to complete and get through it..

    Congratulations once again!!!!
    Email address: cron.venkat@gmail.com

  15. Congrats Scruffy!!

    Hi ,Could you share CISSP training experience in NTUC .I’m looking for attend the class in NTUC .Also please share course material which you used for your preparation .Thanks .Email – balagece@hotmail.com

    • Hi Balaji,

      Have sent, NTUC learning hub is a fast way to prepare your CISSP exam, however you still need to spend tremendous time to get into the detail, and understand the topic.
      Good luck to your study and exam…

  16. Hi, Congratulations on passing the exam. Hope you have got a very good job after passing this exam. Can you share with me the questions bank pls?

  17. Hello mate,

    Congratulations on becoming CISSP. I’m currently prepping for the exam. If you could also share your resources with me that would be really helpful.

    Many thanks,

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