Chapter 12

Ten Test-Day Tips

Well, your big day has finally arrived. After months of study and mind-numbing stress, you cram all night before the exam, skip breakfast because you’re running late, and then forget everything you know because you have a splitting headache for the next three hours (six hours if you’re taking the non-English, form-based exam) while sitting for your exam! That isn’t exactly a recipe for success — but the following ten test day tips can definitely get you on the right track.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

The night before the exam isn’t the time to do any last-minute cramming. Studies have proven that a good night’s rest is essential to doing well on an exam. Have a nice dinner (we recommend going for some carbohydrates and avoiding anything spicy), and then get to bed early. Save the all-night party for the day after the exam.

Dress Comfortably

You should dress in attire that’s comfortable — remember, this is a three-hour exam. It’s also a good idea to dress in layers — the exam room could be warmer or cooler than you’re used to.

Consider wearing loafers or other shoes that you can easily slip off (but please be considerate of others and wear clean socks!)

Eat a Good Meal

Try to get something down before sitting for the CISSP exam. Three hours can feel like an eternity on an empty stomach.

Arrive Early

Absolutely, under no circumstances, do you want to arrive late for this exam. Make sure that you know where the testing center is located, what the ...

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