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    Default CRISC Passed. CISM, CISA, CRISC all cleared in 43 days.

    Took the CRISC this morning and passed. I must say, this one was the toughest of the three. The questions were nothing like the QAE DB, and I could NOT just eliminate two or three answers immediately. So many questions the answers were all similar and you're trying to determine the best. Unlike the other exams, there wasn't a clear best that stood out to me. This one was also the exact opposite of the CISA QAE DB vs exam. With CISA, I did bad in the DB but aced the exam. With the CRISC I aced the DB but the exam felt super hard.

    I was stoked when ISACA moved to CBT with instant pass/fail notification and I knew I was going to knock these out this year. Never thought I would do all three in ONE testing window! After the CISM felt really easy, I decided to go for the CISA and when taking it and feeling like it was so easy decided to attempt to squeeze in the CRISC. Whew! I am DONE with ISACA! (I don't have any reason or desire to push through the CGEIT). So I passed CISM May 8, CISA June 8 and CRISC June 21.

    Part of the reason I pushed to knock these out is that I am about tired of pursuing certs that I need to read and memorize information/concepts and take multi-choice exams. I'm honestly about tired of certs period, but I want to pursue more hands on pentesting stuff and also learn to code. I plan to do the CCSK next week, then the PMP in July, and the TOGAF right after and then I think I am unofficially done with certs.
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    Impressive! Congratulations again. How did you manage to tackle all three while working full-time?
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    Congrats! You must be a genius.
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    Well done, those 3 are on my list as well, but I'm taking my break now after passing the CISSP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tphan3 View Post
    Impressive! Congratulations again. How did you manage to tackle all three while working full-time?
    Thanks tphan. What I did was wake up at 5am every weekday, and occasional weekend day to practice the QAE DB. I also got in at least 1 hour mid-day. I work from home so I am able to save the time getting ready and commuting to work.


    Quote Originally Posted by JaBaRo View Post
    Congrats! You must be a genius.
    Thanks JaBaRo. No no, far from genius. I think the key is that I have experience across the domains being tested, as well as I have a good GRC mindset, so that really helped.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kyrak View Post
    Well done, those 3 are on my list as well, but I'm taking my break now after passing the CISSP.
    The good thing is with the new CBT and test windows, you can schedule and take them when convenient for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJoCal19 View Post
    Took the CRISC this morning and passed. I must say, this one was the toughest of the three. The questions were nothing like the QAE DB, and I could NOT just eliminate two or three answers immediately. So many questions the answers were all similar and you're trying to determine the best. Unlike the other exams, there wasn't a clear best that stood out to me. This one was also the exact opposite of the CISA QAE DB vs exam. With CISA, I did bad in the DB but aced the exam. With the CRISC I aced the DB but the exam felt super hard.

    I was stoked when ISACA moved to CBT with instant pass/fail notification and I knew I was going to knock these out this year. Never thought I would do all three in ONE testing window! After the CISM felt really easy, I decided to go for the CISA and when taking it and feeling like it was so easy decided to attempt to squeeze in the CRISC. Whew! I am DONE with ISACA! (I don't have any reason or desire to push through the CGEIT). So I passed CISM May 8, CISA June 8 and CRISC June 21.

    Part of the reason I pushed to knock these out is that I am about tired of pursuing certs that I need to read and memorize information/concepts and take multi-choice exams. I'm honestly about tired of certs period, but I want to pursue more hands on pentesting stuff and also learn to code. I plan to do the CCSK next week, then the PMP in July, and the TOGAF right after and then I think I am unofficially done with certs.

    Congrats! BTW - I suggest you consider tackling the "CCSP" from ISC2 instead of wasting your time on the "CCSK" from CSA. I have the CCSK and felt like it wasn't much value added, it's open book, and ISC2 is a more reputable company than CSA.

    When I took on the CCSK, the CCSP wasn't out yet so that's the only reason why. Just a thought - Good luck either way.

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    Wow! Amazing... congrats on the passed. What is your advise to those who will be taking the CRISC exam? Not to rely too much on the QAE DB? In your case, your experience across domains were a big help. This is the exact opposite from what I am hearing about the CISM exam, if you aced the CISM QAE DB then your chances is pretty good. Maybe, passing the CISSP, CISA, CISM & others also of great help to you. In my case, I'm watching the CRISC Cybrary videos to expand my knowledge.
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    Congrats! I agree with SecurityGuru23, you should go for CCSP instead of CCSK. Fwiw, i get some hits for CCSP and none for CCSK when I do LinkedIn job search for my country.
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    Very nice! Congrats. The CCSK is pretty easy though if he wants to add a cloud security cert. Agree it is not as popular though.
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    This is awesome. I couldn't agree more with trying to schedule quickly while you're in the ISACA mindset. Congrats!

    Good luck with the PMP. Not sure what your PM'ing experience is but this is the only cert I took a sitdown class for, did a whole bunch of testing questions and still only managed a 'moderately proficient' rating. It was harder than the CISSP for me at least.

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    Congratulation on Passing all these cert exams. Extremely impressed.

    i passed CISM 4 months ago - last of the non CBT I thought CISM was hard as you metioned questions were nothing like the DB.

    I am preparing to take CRISC this Saturday. Currently getting high 90s on the DB questions but still don't feel confident.

    Any last minute advice?
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    Congratulations pretty impressive. All the very best for the next ones.
    Looks like while aiming at ISACA certs it is better to knock down all three with good planning like you.
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    Thanks everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by anthonx View Post
    Wow! Amazing... congrats on the passed. What is your advise to those who will be taking the CRISC exam? Not to rely too much on the QAE DB? In your case, your experience across domains were a big help. This is the exact opposite from what I am hearing about the CISM exam, if you aced the CISM QAE DB then your chances is pretty good. Maybe, passing the CISSP, CISA, CISM & others also of great help to you. In my case, I'm watching the CRISC Cybrary videos to expand my knowledge.
    I do recommend the QAE DB. For each exam I only used the QAE DB and not the book. For the CISA and CRISC I didn't crack open the books once. Work paid for them so they will make nice references for my bookshelf.


    Quote Originally Posted by designated1969 View Post
    Congratulation on Passing all these cert exams. Extremely impressed.

    i passed CISM 4 months ago - last of the non CBT I thought CISM was hard as you metioned questions were nothing like the DB.

    I am preparing to take CRISC this Saturday. Currently getting high 90s on the DB questions but still don't feel confident.

    Any last minute advice?
    If you're scoring high 90s then you're doing a little better than I was on the DB. I recommend knowing the WHY behind your answers. Most all of my questions were BEST, MOST, etc and it was a tough choice between some of the answers.


    Quote Originally Posted by SecurityGuru23 View Post
    Congrats! BTW - I suggest you consider tackling the "CCSP" from ISC2 instead of wasting your time on the "CCSK" from CSA. I have the CCSK and felt like it wasn't much value added, it's open book, and ISC2 is a more reputable company than CSA.

    When I took on the CCSK, the CCSP wasn't out yet so that's the only reason why. Just a thought - Good luck either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike7 View Post
    Congrats! I agree with SecurityGuru23, you should go for CCSP instead of CCSK. Fwiw, i get some hits for CCSP and none for CCSK when I do LinkedIn job search for my country.
    The reason for the CCSK is because it's a 'quick win', and as NetworkNewb mentioned, it's an easy cloud cert to add to my resume as I have none. As for the CCSP, I have wanted it since it has come out but due to a couple of reasons I don't know that I'll pursue it. For one, seeing people fail it left and right in the cloud section of the forum. People that I would have thought would pass it for sure. And two, like I mentioned, my time studying for certs like that are coming to an end. I only think I have enough drive left for one more deep study cert and I want the PMP. These certs where you have to read, read, read and take mult-choice are really grueling for me. While I look at the CCSP exam outline and it seems fairly easy, if I put in the effort to study for it and didn't pass then that would probably kill any desire to do another cert for sure. Who knows, if I see more people pass it then I may see if I can do a 1-2 week cram after the PMP. But honestly, I think PMP and TOGAF will be the last of those types of certs I go for.
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    Ah screw it, challenge accepted! Read through the outline again and looked at the ToC for the Sybex CCSP Study Guide. I think I can do this without too much trouble.
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    You should go for CCSP for sure. I am half way through the CCSP study guide, and it seems very easy to read. All the stuffs I have read so far are pretty basic as they are also included during my time studying for the CISSP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by designated1969 View Post
    Congratulation on Passing all these cert exams. Extremely impressed.

    i passed CISM 4 months ago - last of the non CBT I thought CISM was hard as you metioned questions were nothing like the DB.

    I am preparing to take CRISC this Saturday. Currently getting high 90s on the DB questions but still don't feel confident.

    Any last minute advice?


    Today I passed CRISC - final result in 10 days!

    CBT experience was horrible, lots of technical issues, where the software just stopped responding with about 94 minutes left by the time it was resolved the proctor had to leave so was forced to submit the exam with 30 minutes still on the clock.

    I continued with DB review - logged about 60 hours scored 100% on three of the 4 modules but the DB questions were nothing like the real exam and a week off work to read the book - not the most exciting read but totally paid off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJoCal19 View Post

    Part of the reason I pushed to knock these out is that I am about tired of pursuing certs that I need to read and memorize information/concepts and take multi-choice exams. I'm honestly about tired of certs period, but I want to pursue more hands on pentesting stuff and also learn to code. I plan to do the CCSK next week, then the PMP in July, and the TOGAF right after and then I think I am unofficially done with certs.
    I took and passed the CRISC exam on 6/27 and I found some of the questions to be exactly like the online Q&A. Was fairly easy. PMP and COBIT 5 were more difficult IMO. You can pass the PMP using the PM Exam Simulator only, so don't waste time or money on books or classes. Just use a on-line source to get your 35 hours of required PM education.
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    Congrats , what is your exp for level of difficulty for these 3 exams ?
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    Congrats! Nice work, very impressive. Good luck on your next adventure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by datacomboss View Post
    I took and passed the CRISC exam on 6/27 and I found some of the questions to be exactly like the online Q&A. Was fairly easy. PMP and COBIT 5 were more difficult IMO. You can pass the PMP using the PM Exam Simulator only, so don't waste time or money on books or classes. Just use a on-line source to get your 35 hours of required PM education.
    Thanks for that! I'll take a look. I got my approval over the weekend so I've paid and have started studying.


    Quote Originally Posted by asiru77 View Post
    Congrats , what is your exp for level of difficulty for these 3 exams ?
    Thanks! I have about a decade of experience across multiple InfoSec domains. For the ISACA exams I'd say overall 6+ years across the various exams' domains.


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    Congrats! Nice work, very impressive. Good luck on your next adventure!
    Thanks!
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    thanks for your reply but i was asking that between CISM CISA and CRISC exams which one is most difficult and which on is the easiest and why ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by asiru77 View Post
    thanks for your reply but i was asking that between CISM CISA and CRISC exams which one is most difficult and which on is the easiest and why ?
    Can only speak for myself, but the CRISC was my lowest score (504) and it felt the hardest while I was taking it (it felt the easiest while preparing for it thought). The CISM was in the middle, felt easy prepping and pretty easy during the exam (604). The CISA felt the hardest preparing for it, but the exam experience felt the easiest (654).
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