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The Best Ways to Prepare for Your Upcoming CISSP Exam

By Lawrence C. Miller, Peter H. Gregory

Part of CISSP For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Not only does “chance favor the prepared mind” — the CISSP exam does too! So make sure that you’ve prepared yourself well for your upcoming CISSP exam. Your task may seem a bit overwhelming, but take things one step at a time and be sure to heed the following tips for CISSP exam success:

  • Register NOW! Go online and register for the CISSP exam NOW! Committing yourself to a test date is the best cure for procrastination and setting your date can help you plan and focus your study efforts. If, after scheduling your exam, you realize there’s absolutely no way you’ll be ready by your test date — or you’re otherwise unable to make your test date, you can simply re-schedule your date with destiny. Just be sure to reschedule — no-shows forfeit their exam fee!

  • Make a 60-Day Study Plan. After you register for the CISSP exam, commit yourself to a 60-day study plan. Of course, your work experience and professional reading should span a much greater period, but for your final preparations leading up to the CISSP exam, plan on a 60-day period of intense study.

  • Get Organized and READ! A wealth of security information is available for the CISSP candidate. However, studying everything is impractical. Instead, get organized, determine your strengths and weaknesses, and then READ! Begin by downloading the free, official CISSP Exam Outline from the (ISC)2 website.

  • Join a Study Group. Joining a study group or creating your own can help you stay focused and provide a wealth of information from the broad perspectives and experiences of other security professionals. You can find a study group, discussion forums, and many other helpful resources at Also, your local chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) may be sponsoring CISSP study groups. You can find their contact information at the ISSA website.