How Jey Cracked Her CISSP Exam!

I am extremely pleased to present how Jey cracked her CISSP exam!  I think it was about 6 or 7 months back that she started answering questions in the Facebook group.  

It started out with answers like “C”, or “A”.  Those single letter answers soon turned into detailed explanations.  Then those detailed explanations turned into questions of her own, with increased participation in the group.  Observing her progression, it was clear that she would pass the CISSP with ease.

One of the braver things Jey did that I admire her for is announcing her exam date.  Not only did she announce her exam date, she even re-scheduled it a month early!

Not me, no way.  I can’t take the pressure of letting everyone know my exam date, and then having to tell everyone I failed.  I just can’t do that.  It takes a special person to work under that kind of pressure.

Congratulations again Jey, and an additional congratulations for scoring one for the women in information security!


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I am really glad to share my CISSP journey and study plan with you all. I planned my study reading most of the Passed post here. I hope my post will help someone. This is going to be really a long post.

I planned to spend 6 months to study and started my journey in Jan and booked my exam for June 30th. But end of May I felt so prepared that I rescheduled my exam to June 2nd . I am happy that I made that decision.

Books :

1) Sybex 7th Edition –…/productCd-1119042712,miniSiteCd-SYBE…
2) CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 6th Edition – Shon Harris –
(Read 5 chapter – SDLC, BCP, Secuirty Operations, Cryptography, Access Control)
3) Exam Cram – 3rd edition –…/…/0789749572
4) Eric Conrad 11th hour – Not a big fan of this book
5) Cybrary (old and new videos) – Watched 3 times. –
6) Shon Videos

Note: I had access to Safari and so had access to Shon videos and Exam Cram books

Practice Exam:
1) Sybex chapter test and 4 full test – Free with the book –
2) Shon Harris – Chapter test from CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide 6th edition. – –
3) Mcgraw Hill –… (free)
4) CCCure – ( Got 3 months Subscription)
5) Exam Cram
6) Eric Conrad – Full Length test (free)

Study Plan:I read the posts in the FB – CISSP – Study group, and techexams daily. I spent 2 to 3 hours daily for first 4 months and 4 to 6 hrs during the month of May. I take off on Sundays from Studies.

As I was doing test, instead of taking notes on weakest domain, I took a list of my weak areas from each domain. This list was of great help for me during the last week of revision.

June 2 – Exam Day

Honestly, it was not as tough as everyone think so. Exam was pretty easy. I can say, I should have score above 80%.
I had some similar questions from Sybex, ccure and Eric conrad test. It’s not like the exam had questions that we have not seen anywhere. Atleast my exam had very similar questions to the test banks.

And though my expereince in IT field is 13+ years, most of experience is only Identity Access Management and SDLC. I would rate myself only 5% in other domains. It is that my dedication to CISSP for past 5 months helped. I was living CISSP

I took 4hrs to complete to the exam. 3.5 hrs for 250 question and 30 mins to review. Break at 125 and 250 questions. Review 30 marked questions. Changed at least 10.

Advice: Don’t fear the exam. If you have learned the basic concept you can pass. Don’t spend time in memorizing the numbers.

My special thanks to my family who had been with me during this journey. Thanks to everyone in this group and to my dear friend Anusha Siva.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.



  • Ani Patil

    do you have copy of Cybrary (old and new videos
    if yes mail me @

  • Ani Patil

    congrts can you share the Cybrary (old and new videos

    • studynotesandtheory

      The videos are actually all free on the Cybrary website. Just sign up and you’ll have access to them all!