How Anamika Cracked Her CISSP Exam!

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I provisionally passed the CISSP on my first attempt!!!


Prepared for 2.5 months with 6 years of experience in Information Security and Audits. Hence, it’s time for me to give back to the community.  Started end of April 2019 - Registered for the exam because I needed to have the motivation to study. Book your exam and then start working towards it.


Forums used:


CISSP community - very motivating

SPOTO CISSP group- motivating and useful discussions on questions


SPOTO's Study & Notes Website- great explanations and videos. The group is active 24x7. I took a 3 months membership


Resources used:


SPOTO study guide 


YouTube CISSP videos


SPOTO Exams - 8/10 The practice questions are amazing but it is way too technical for the test. The wording is very close to the real exam - First, Most, Best, Least. Use these to learn the art of elimination.


SPOTO’s practice questions

Do not spend too much time memorizing port numbers, protocols or going too deep into technical concepts. It's a managerial exam. Learn the OSI model and process steps very well. Use mnemonics to remember. Whatever works for you!


Took me 2.5 months to study. Balancing a busy work schedule and keeping up with studies was challenging. Be consistent. Even a day’s break can cause a disconnect. The sacrifice of your personal and social life is tough but uses the groups to stay motivated. You’re not alone!

Day of the exam (Aug 16/2019) - I went all the way to 150 questions with 40 minutes left. So if you see yourself crossing 100, do not PANIC!


Do some deep breathing when you feel your brain is unable to process the question. And lastly, keep telling yourself that you got this after your mark each question. A positive mindset is key.


Thank you all! Couldn't do it without this group :) Feel free to reach out for any help.


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