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CISSP For Dummies, 4th Edition by Peter Gregory, Lawrence Miller

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About the CISSP Examination

The CISSP examination itself is a grueling six-hour, 250-question marathon. To put that into perspective, in six hours, you could walk about 20 miles, watch a Kevin Costner movie 11⁄2 times, or sing “My Way” 540 times on a karaoke machine. Each of these feats, respectively, closely approximates the physical, mental (not intellectual), and emotional toll of the CISSP examination.

As described by the (ISC)2, you need a scaled score of 700 or better to pass the examination. Not all the questions are weighted equally, so we can’t absolutely state the number of correct questions required for a passing score.

You won’t find any multiple-answer, fill-in-the-blank, scenario-based, or simulation questions on the CISSP exam. However, all 250 multiple-choice questions require you to select the best answer from four possible choices. So the correct answer isn’t always a straightforward, clear choice. In fact, you can count on many questions to appear initially as if they have more than one correct answer. (ISC)2 goes to great pains to ensure that you really, really know the material. For instance, a sample question might resemble the following:

Which of the following is the FTP control channel?

A TCP port 21

B UDP port 21

C TCP port 25

D IP port 21

Many readers almost instinctively know that FTP’s control channel is port 21, but is it TCP, UDP, or IP?

Increasingly, CISSP exam questions are based more on situations than on simple knowledge of facts. For instance, ...

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