Posts Tagged ‘exam’


Tuesday, February 14th, 2023

Last week (first week of February 2023), I took and passed the ISC2 CCSP exam (Certified Cloud Security Professional)

As usual, I watched all relevant videos I could find on and used to the included practice exam until I consistently got a (very) high score. Additionally, I read thumbed through the All-In-One series book on the CCSP exam.

The actual exam was quite hard and I was surprised to learn I passed. Pleasantly surprised, obviously. The provisional result was printed out at the test center as is usual with ISC2 exams.

There is a reddit sub-thread where a lot of test-takers complain about this exam. Usually I don’t pay those people too much attention since I passed all these exams at first try so far (10-ish exams so far) but I have to admit, some questions left me troubled and confused. The bewildering questions did not seem relevant to the exam topic at all.

If somebody came here hoping for some useful advice on this exam, I’m sorry, I can’t give you any. I can’t give you any meaningful advice on what else to study apart from the above. Obviously, learn the basics by heart (shared responsibility model, threat models, data life cycle, SLDC, risk mitigations etc.) but beyond that, I am not sure what to recommend.

If you are taking the exam soon: don’t panic, stay concentrated, give it your best shot and best of luck!


Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

I got the digital certificate this week and now I can file for the reimbursement of the exam cost. This is the last step, the rest is just keeping on acquiring those CPEs

PCI Professional

Sunday, April 25th, 2021

Another one I was able to bag…. not the most difficult exam I’ve ever taken but there were some tricky questions. This is valid for 3 years and allows me to call myself (surprise, surprise) “PCI Professional). Nice addition.

I took some guts from my side to sign up for this… I felt under-prepared most of the time but John Elliott’s PCI courses on pluralsight were an invaluable help.

And I passed on the first try. Yay me.

The series continues…. CompTIA CASP+

Friday, October 11th, 2019

I started work extra early, left early and gave it all.

It was worth it: I passed the CompTIA CASP+ (003) exam today. First try, like all the other IT exams so far.

Again, CompTIA exam. Vague on purpose so I felt terrible during the exam. Out of 80 questions I had almost half marked for review but after two out of three hours and two review rounds I handed the exam in… et foilĂ .

This particular exam does not give you a score, just a pass / fail result.

The beloved (dreaded) Red Hat 5 server simulation was there as well as the download simulation.

The range of difficulty of the questions is so wide…. some questions are really simple (or at least seem to be as I don’t know if I got them right or not), other questions… no clue at all about the correct answer.

Tonight it’s time to celebrate… next week Thursday I’ll take on the CKAD exam, the last one for this year. Keep your fingers crossed for me.