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5 Good Tips on Passing your CISSP Questions

Tip #1: Know the 10 Domains
These domains are:

  • Access Control Systems & Methodology
  • Telecommunications & Network Security
  • Security Management Practices
  • Applications & Systems Development Security
  • Cryptography
  • Security Architecture & Models
  • Operations Security
  • Business Continuity Planning & Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Law, Investigations & Ethics
  • Physical Security

You'll need to know several dozen specific items, topics, keywords and concepts from each domain. These are clearly outlined in the objective list provided by (ISC)2 on the document they call a study guide (get it at https://www.isc2.org/cgi-bin/request_studyguide.cgi).

Tip #2: Remember the 10 Domains
When you are taking the exam, think about which of the 10 domains each question falls into. Often, if you can determine the domain the question is focusing on, you can quickly eliminate one or two answers as being incorrect. Or it may highlight the correct answer between two or more possible answers. A topic in one domain will have a different twist than the same topic in another domain, so being familiar with the domains and being able to recognize the domain focus of question will benefit you on the exam.

You'll also see a lot of discussion about the CIA triad. If there is any one topic that is common throughout the CISSP CBK, it is the CIA triad. The CIA triad is the three primary security principles: confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility. In some way, every security mechanism, control or issue must address one or more of these three principles. d.

Tip #3: Know How To Take a Test
All of the questions on this exam are single-answer, multiple-choice questions with four answer selections. Because wrong answers don't subtract from your score, it's in your best interest to answer every question

Keep in mind that the goal is to select the most correct answer. There are many questions with two or three correct answer selections, but only one is the most correct. Being most correct may mean most complete or most specific or most direct to the question asked. If you can't figure out the best answer, eliminate all answers that are definitely wrong, then make a guess. If you can eliminate one selection, then you have a 33 percent chance of guessing the correct answer. If you can eliminate two selections, then you have 50 percent chance of guessing the correct answer.

Tip #4: Take Your Time, but Don't Waste Time
Time management is a crucial part of completing at the CISSP exam. With 250 questions to be answered in six hours, you have just under 90 seconds per question. Some questions will take you 10 seconds to read and answer, while other will take you 5 minutes or more to realize that you really don't have a clue what it is asking.

Tip #5: Take Practice Exams

The only way to know if you are ready for the real CISSP exam is to practice. There are lots of practice exams available for the CISSP exam -- online, in books, etc. Find and take every practice exam you can get your hands on.A good place to start is with the 50 free questions from CISSPTutor.

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