CISSP is undeniably one of the best generalised certs to get as someone in the information security industry. However, if you are thinking of taking the exam soon, stories of how difficult and terrifying the exam is may deter you. Don’t worry – with BridgingMind’s courses and these tips, you can be on your way to pass the CISSP exam without a hitch.
1. Understand the prerequisites
Before you even think about taking the CISSP exam, you need to make sure that you are eligible for it. Some of the prerequisites take time to fulfil, which is why planning ahead is crucial. Firstly, you need a minimum of five years of full-time work experience in at least two out of the eight domains from the International Systems Security Certification (ISC)2 Consortium Common Body of Knowledge.
You also have another alternative of meeting the requirements with four years of experience if you have either an approved certification or credential or a four-year college degree. Secondly, ensure you abide by the (ISC)2 Code of Ethics and that you can explain any criminal records or associations with hackers on your application.
2. Consult multiple study sources
Apart from the offical guide, there are also numerous available study guides you can seek reference from. These study guides have the advantageous of presenting the information to you in various ways, which may be easier to digest. However, you shouldn’t forget to go through the official guide as well.
Ideally, it’s best to go through two to three study guides and remember to start off with the official CISSP one. These handy guides will cover all the materials needed in all domains.
3. Practise on mock papers
Practice makes perfect. There is a wide array of CISSP practice papers either published in books or as online tests. Taking those sample tests repeatedly will help you familiarise yourself with how the questions are worded. After a while, you will be able to get a better gauge of what type of questions to expect, as well as the level of difficulty.
Doing the questions in one sitting also helps you get into the right exam mindset, training up your concentration and speed for the actual day.
4. Working on time management
It’s crucial to manage your time well both during the study phase and of course, during the exam itself. While you want to be spending enough time studying for the test, you also need to portion out your time carefully between learning the material and taking practice tests. Don’t forget to also set aside time for rest, leisure, and meal times to recharge!
Planning your time while taking the exam is also important. You can try out different ways of approaching the test during your practice papers. Some people choose to complete all the easy questions first before tackling the harder ones. Noting the average time to complete each question can also be helpful.
5. Study with peers
Attending a boot camp or course and studying with peers who are also taking the exam can significantly help your exam preparation. This helps all of you to reinforce concepts, and work out misunderstandings which make learning much more manageable. Studying with peers is useful as you can also seek advice and help from other people, learning together as a whole.
To further enhance your preparation process, sign up for our CISSP classes starting February 2021, where you’ll be equipped with the right knowledge to excel in this exam. On top of that, we also offer Agile courses and cybersecurity training in Singapore if you wish to learn more in this industry.