By Lawrence C. Miller, Peter H. Gregory

Part of CISSP For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The CISSP exam is demanding, but if you’ve worked your way through the Common Body of Knowledge and know your stuff when it comes to areas such as network security and disaster recovery, you should do fine — as long as you’ve also read CISSP For Dummies and take the following CISSP exam test day tips to heart:

  • Get a Good Night’s Rest. The night before the exam isn’t the time to do any last-minute cramming. Getting a good night’s rest is essential.

  • Dress Comfortably. You should dress in attire that’s comfortable — remember, this is a six-hour exam.

  • Eat a Good Meal. No matter how anxious you may be feeling, try to get something down before the exam. You have up to 6 hours to complete the CISSP exam — that’s a long time to go on an empty stomach.

  • Bring Your Photo ID. You need to bring your driver’s license, government-issued ID, or passport — these are the only forms of ID that are accepted.

  • Bring Snacks and Drinks. Bring a small bag that holds enough food and drink to get you through the entire exam and be sure you know the testing center’s rules and procedures for taking breaks and eating/drinking during the exam.

  • Bring Prescription or Over-the-Counter Medications. If you’re taking any prescription medication, bring it with you. Also, consider bringing some basic over-the-counter meds, such as acetaminophen or antacids, to eliminate any annoying inconveniences such as a headache or heartburn.

  • Leave Your Mobile Phone Behind. Turn off your mobile phones and anything else that goes beep or buzz.

  • Take Frequent Breaks. Six hours is a long time. Be sure to get up and walk around during the exam. Take a short, five-minute break every hour during the exam. Eat a snack, go to the restroom, walk around, stretch, or whatever . . . then get back to the task at hand.