Sunflower doc can be found at Its a great last minute resource to brush up with close to the test. He also preaches that you must take the exam within 2 weeks of any type of training seminar or program or you will lose about 90% of the information you retained from it. I can not stress this enough. These questions helped me work through the question to identify the domain and principle they were looking for. I stayed in the mid 60% - 76% range. Other than that I did practice quizzes of about 50-125 questions on Total Tester. The practice questions are good for reinforcement but will not mirror most of the questions on the tests.
Highest score I got was an 84% on a 50 question test and a 72% on the 250 question test. Do not try to read this book cover to cover it will just hurt you. My old boss also took a year to study. I was going to take it after 2 months of studying but was in a major car accident so had to stretch it out. I used the following resources to prepare they are listed from most used to least used. I went through my weaker domains and did 50-100 questions on them. It aint easy, but it is doable.
Schedule your test and let that be your motivating factor. . It took me around 2 hours 45 min to complete. Recommended skills: At least 5 years experience in two of the following areas: Access control, telecommunications and network security, information security governance and risk management, software development security, cryptography, security architecture and design, operations security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, legal, regulations, investigations and compliance, physical environmental security. He runs a website called , I highly recommend checking out his training if you get a chance. These things helped especially with word recognition. I hope you can get something useful from my first reddit post! Completely saved me a bunch of times on the actual exam.
I passed my exam today after 290 minutes with around 40 minutes of break time. I spent the whole day before the exam reviewing this document alone. I have been a long time lurker on this subreddit. There aren't too many so you could go through them all pretty quick. My best tip would be to not spend months and months of studying, I do not know a single person that took this route and passed. Decided to finally create an account and post my journey so that hopefully it can help some fellow candidates out there. Instead read the quick tips and questions at the end of each chapter.
Never broke 80% on this one. I only watched my weak areas but not the entire series. Just throwing that out there for those without the ability to commit full time to studying. Did quizzed of 50-100 at a time and one 250 question a day before the exam. I think this was the major reason I passed.
It was a very stressful test and I considered myself quite prepared. I have been following the users on this subreddit who have shared their tips on passing and want to say thanks for sharing because it helped and it motivated me to go crush the test! Eric Conrad 11th hour book- read one chapter on Security Architecture and Design. The questions are worded differently and are very long winded so it will help you with the reasoning part of working through problems. He ties it all together in a way that anyone can understand. It will help you prioritize your time better.
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