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August 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm #48493
Telling people “you need to figure this out on your own” is 100% cool.
Giving incorrect information causing some people to lose an entire day is far from cool. Even a very vague errata would be a nice place to check for future students.
August 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm #48965
Keep up the good work bud. I’m planning on trying this at some point in 2013 so these threads are invaluable.
August 27, 2012 at 2:36 am #49285
I’ve been applying as well and finally got selected. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts as well.
August 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm #47885
I really enjoyed the article, great overview. Can’t wait for part 2 ::)
July 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm #44592
I’ve been playing with computers my whole life but never did much with networking. I’m grabbing those three not to try to get a job but to make sure I have the baseline material for the “real” certs I plan on taking. Those 3 are 100% for me and my general knowledge level so I’m trying to knock them out asap.
July 30, 2012 at 2:28 am #44590
Ok, I’m late to this part but here goes.
Until three months ago I had no college experience and zero certs. The college will likely never come but I’ve been going all out on certs and have acquired my GCFA, CCFE, CHFI, CUCE (a mobile device forensics cert) and ACE. My plan for the rest of the year is to take my A+ test at the end of August, spend September and October prepping for and taking my Network +, spending November prepping for my sec +, taking the InfoSec Ethical Hacking course where I’ll grab my CEH and CPT and then taking my Sec+ test right after that.
It will be a crazy few months and very costly but I’m having a blast learning. I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished so far and looking forward to the next few months.
July 30, 2012 at 2:19 am #47760
My GSEC instructor gave some good advice, I think. He said to first, read all the books again. Then take the first practice exam without using any books or prepared notes. Take note of the questions you have problems with, then create an index of the topics (topic, book #, page). While creating the index, study what you had problems with. Then take the 2nd practice exam using the index/books when needed, taking note of questions you have issues with on this exam. Go back, update your index while studying the topic. Then you can go into the actual exam with your books and an index of problems areas, just in case you need them (nerves get the best of you, etc).
I just took my 2nd practice exam for GSEC, improved my score by 9% and barely used the books. Studying the topics while creating the index really helps 🙂
This is really close to what I did for my GCFA. The first practice test was great for showing what what material to prepare for the test. I improved about the same % on practice test 2.
I read through and tabbed every book I took in with me and had a folder of cheat sheets that I printed out. The four hours flew by and I was rushing on the last part so if I hadn’t prepared the way I did I would have been in some serious trouble.
July 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm #38587
I took it early this month and passed with a score in the mid 80s. By far the hardest test I’ve ever taken in my life.
Think very carefully about what books to bring with you and index the heck out of them with tabs so you can find the info as quick as possible. That four hours is painful, but goes by quick 🙂