The following are my responses to the questionnaire from CertificationStation@Discord.
Exam Preparation Tips
- Set and declare your goals: engage and communicate with stakeholders to support your goals.
- Have your weapons ready: exam outline, study guides, question banks, exam registration, CISSP groups and communities check-in, etc.
- Stick to the exam outline: consider the test-driven approach (do questions before, during, and after your study)
- Maintain a persistent and stable study pace: consider agile caves and commons. Study in your cave to concentrate on reading.
- Verify your learning: take quality questions, explain to others, and write questions.
Tips for the Exam and Mindset
- Business mindset: it covers governance, management, and operations to create and deliver value, so think like a senior manager.
- Technical Savvy: solid understanding at the conceptual level. CISSP is not CISM. You gotta know the technical things well.
- Top-down Approach: build a blueprint/mindmap first before diving into details.
- Comprehensive Learning: CBK, study guides, NIST, and ISO standards are crucial sources.
- Quality Questions: use questions that provide an explanation, justification, and references to learn in-depth.
Strategy for Answering Questions
- Use reverse reading: read the options first, then the question sentence, and then the question description/context.
- Kill the alien: rule out the apparently wrong options first.
- Make informed decisions: trust what you have learned and the decision made after the process of reasoning and justification.
- Accept a traded-off answer: don’t expect a perfect or so-called “correct” answer. CISSP is a management- and experience-based test that adequately reflects the dynamic nature of the business.
- Trust your instinct: when in doubt, don’t change your answer to your first impression.
- Invest in yourself and your profession, e.g., time, books, training, donations, etc.
- Use speed and comprehensive reading first.
- Take quality questions.
- Engage in groups and communities, e.g., CertificationStation.
- Recharge yourself every day.
- Don’t infringe copyright and other laws.
- Don’t do rote memorization.
- Don’t rely on dumps.
- Don’t fight with the beast (CISSP) alone.
- Don’t stop your hobbies.