Got an email from a recent former student...the kind of email I really enjoy:
"Hi Ben,I wanted to let you know that I took my test yesterday and passed at 100 questions :D
- After our class, I studied using mostly the Boson practice exams (reading the explanation for EVERY question, failed or passed).
- After that I bounced back and forth between Boson random exams, the updated Sunflower guide, and the 11th Hour book (which was great for last-minute cramming, the last 2 days leading up to the exam). I also watched Kelly Handerhan's CISSP prep videos at Cybrary prior to our class, and various other YouTube videos (Larry Gleenblatt's CISSP exam tips were helpful) here and there.
- I studied for about 2-3 hours a day, every day, for 4 weeks total (taking 1.5 weeks off for vacation).
- I was 100% certain that I was going to fail while taking the exam. I was so sure of it that I considered just picking the same letter answer over and over to end the test and GTFO at around 80 questions. Glad I didn't.
- I took my time reading and re-reading each question and answer so many times that I thought I was going to shoot myself in the foot with the time of the exam. I had about 30min left at 100 questions.
Thank you for all of your wisdom and guidance during our class. I feel that it helped a lot and set a good expectation for the exam and framework of where to study. It helped me realize my weak areas so I knew where to focus. Although, the test has a funny way of making you feel that you're completely unprepared while you're actually taking it. :)"