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    So today I took the CISSP exam and failed miserably. I dedicated a lot of time studying by reading the Sybex book and watching videos (Cybrary) only to get asked questions that I didn't necessarily study...
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    Sorry dude. What was different about the questions to what you practiced?
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    Very sorry to hear that. If you do not mind, could you explain the differences? Since this is a CAT test, there is really no clear idea of what is more testable that what. I hope your next go is a win for you.
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    The questions constantly ask best, more, main words to confuse you. There are two good answers and need to select the best one. The Sybex tests include clear questions like definition of confidentiality and you select that answer. CISSP messes with the terminology to maybe confuse you...
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    OK - I'm going to throw this out at you - CISM. If you want to have questions that rely on that type of questioning, that is exactly how ISACA does their question bank. Everything is based on Best/Most/Primary/Main/First/etc. Understanding what those are asking is the key. Like FIRST indicates steps to perform something. BEST means there are more than one right answer, but one is better than the other--not more right, just better (this is where experience kicks in). The best training I had was the Krag Brotby 2-day CISM Prep class. They (Megamind) have one for the CISSP too I might do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_smirk View Post
    The questions constantly ask best, more, main words to confuse you. There are two good answers and need to select the best one. The Sybex tests include clear questions like definition of confidentiality and you select that answer. CISSP messes with the terminology to maybe confuse you...
    Yup, I experienced the same thing. What helped me is remembering to read the question 3 or 4 times to clear up the wording.
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    I can feel your pain. ISC2 makes money this way by designing their CISSP exam in such a way that most people will fail at their first try. You read the recommended books for CISSP but they twist the exams words for people to fail so they can make more money. They know when you fail, people will encourage you to try it again. It's really not fair the way the exam questions are asked just to fail a whole bunch of people.
    I know some people who have failed the exam by studying the ISC2 CBK guide and the Sybex guide a couple of times, did a whole bunch of practice tests, watch different videos and still failed the test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_smirk View Post
    So today I took the CISSP exam and failed miserably. I dedicated a lot of time studying by reading the Sybex book and watching videos (Cybrary) only to get asked questions that I didn't necessarily study...
    One of the problems I faced when I was writing the CISSP exam was the wording of the questions. I could have sworn who ever wrote the questions, wasn't good at writing English, let alone CISSP questions. Stupid mistakes the could easily lead you to the wrong answer. Out of the 400 questions I answered, I commented on almost 350, expressing my concerns about the poorly written questions. It was supposed to be a SECURITY exam, and I was supposed to be tested on security concepts. Instead, I spent most of my time figuring out what the hell is the question trying to ask.

    Furthermore, I suppose the CAT system did change the way they want the candidate to answer the questions. If it helps, you can go through my "Passed CISSP" thread here, and try to figure out how you could have done better. I myself studied for 3 years and postponed the exam twice, until someone literally pushed me to take the exam. It was a DO OR DIE for me and it came out pretty good.

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