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GIAC practice exams

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Post Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:43 am

GIAC practice exams

Hi,

When you register for any of the GIAC certificate exams, are there any practice exams bundled in with the main exam?

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Post Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:35 am

Re: GIAC practice exams

Yes. Whether you are challenging the exam or not, you will get 2 practice exams bundled with your certification attempt. The practice exams are very much true to the actual exam from my experience.
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Post Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:35 am

Re: GIAC practice exams

If you need more than two, you can buy more practice exams. I do not remember the pricing right now.
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Post Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:40 pm

Re: GIAC practice exams

It's $99 USD per practice exam (in addition to the two you will get).
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Post Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:01 pm

Re: GIAC practice exams

Thanks Guys...I bought one earlier just to get a feel of what its like. I registered for the exam and got the 2 practice exam. I was about to purchase just another practice exam...good I asked.

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Post Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:22 am

Re: GIAC practice exams

People...I passed my GPEN exam.  :)

Things that came handy for me are

1) various cheatsheets on the SANS website
2) Counter Hack Reloaded

Other resources that I referred to and had got my notes from
1) Penetration Tester's Open source toolkit
2) Metasploit toolkit & Offensive-security
3) Webcasts from Ed - CoreSecurity and Pauldotcom website.
4) Cmd Kung FU Blog

My lab
1) Used pfsense VM image as a firewall to separate my internal and external network teams
2) Target machines - Ubuntu, Windows XP and OWASPBWA VM
3) Attacker machines - backtrack and win xp with as many tools supported

Pentesting Methodologies
- SANS reading room
- OSSTMM 2.2 free download
- NIST 800-115 free download
- vulnerabilityassessment.co.uk

I purchased 1 practice exam and the 2 free practice exams helped me gauge my weak areas and where I needed to focus.

Last but not the least - this forum and its members. I wish i had discovered this site earlier in my career.

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Post Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:46 am

Re: GIAC practice exams

Hey, congrats!
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Post Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:56 am

Re: GIAC practice exams

Congratulations sachitre!

Did you also take the 6-day course or you just studied on your own?
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Post Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:16 am

Re: GIAC practice exams

Congratulations on the pass!

I've never used the practice exams I've had (time constraints). Did you find them all to be fairly unique, or were there overlap in the questions between them? i.e. did you feel the additional purchase was worth it?

What were your thoughts on the difficulty of the exam? It ended up being easier than I expected, but I've heard others really struggle with it. It obviously depends on your background.

Did you have any trouble with the lab at the end? I know myself and others have just skipped that section because the performance was so bad.
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Post Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:33 am

Re: GIAC practice exams

Congratulations!!!
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Post Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:46 am

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Congrats sachitre!  ;)
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Post Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:10 pm

Re: GIAC practice exams

Congratulations and thank you for the info.
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Post Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:08 am

Re: GIAC practice exams

@dynamik - There was some overlap in the test questions. However I found hardly any overlap between the test and the actual exam questions. I wont say that I found the exam very easy but it was not as hard as I expected. Which lab are you talking about? I did not have any lab at the end of the exam.

@H1t M0nk3y - I did not take the 6 day course. It was all self study. I found the report writing and the legal part very challenging since I could not find good resources for it. For the technical stuff there is plenty to refer to on the net.
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Post Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:07 am

Re: GIAC practice exams

The last 10 questions (I believe) in my exam involved me connecting to a virtual lab via a Java app to use tools/perform attacks to get the information necessary to answer the questions. It took about 5-10 seconds for the screen to refresh with the smallest amount of information, so I just skipped them and guessed at those remaining ones. You didn't have that?

I didn't expect there to be overlap between the practice exams and the actual exam. I guess what I was asking was, did you feel it was worthwhile to buy the additional exam, or was it a lot of what you already covered in the other two?
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