I'm so psyched and pumped today I'm telling everyone! I passed the CISSP which is an IT security test that's got a reputation of being ridiculously hard. I took a course for it from July - September last year, but during which my mother became hospitalized 2 days after my class started. That became a major event as she had cancer (all is well now) but I tried to juggle that plus my family, job and this class. I decided to take the exam in October. I'm a wrestling mark so I went in with my Yes shirt on:
I took that test and looked at so many questions like I thought I was prepared but I was not, I walked out with a 672 out of 1000. I needed a 700 which equals about 6-7 questions is what I failed by. I forgot to mention CISSP asks 250 questions but only 225 count and you don't know which are the beta questions. I went home and rescheduled the class since I got a free retake if I failed. I went back to the lab again and worked for another 4 months, this time I knew what the exam was all about. I thought I could walk right through it but it humbled me. I only focused on the CISSP for these months. When I found out in February the test was changing and all my time hard work and money could be wasted I scheduled the test immediately. I had until April 15th so I picked today. This time I went in well prepared and decided to go with a different shirt today, this of my favorite of all time and to feel like a true force because I KNEW I was ready:
I woke up at 5 got there early my test was at 8. This time as I was taking the test I felt more confident but still had to be VERY careful as most questions will have 2-3 answers that can be right. I had to pick the answer the was all encompassing. When I finished there weren't many questions I marked for review so I just went ahead and looked the 30 or so over in about 5 minutes and hit submit. All total I had spent a 3 hours including a couple breaks I took. When I got the letter I passed at the front desk I couldn't believe it. I had a hell of a 2014 with more downs than ups including failing this damn test. To FINALLY overcome all of that and to pass this test is an incredible feeling and I just wanted to share my story of hard work and perseverance with whomever cares to read it.
I'm not feeling like a boss, I'm feeling like Big Boss!