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From: Scott C. Sanchez, CISSP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jan 10 2002 - 13:33:13 CST
I should add that in this particular instance that you are referring to it
was the NY Athletic Club that turned people away, not the exam supervisor
or ISC(2). Actually one of the exam proctors had to 'sneak in the back'
just to get in and administer the test because he didn't meet their dress
code! I think the 'Athletic Club' in the name fooled some people.
I've been to some great meetings and events at NYAC and it's a really nice
place (if you can take getting somewhat dressed up). Actually the NY Metro
ISSA chapter hosts many of their member meetings there.
In the future ISC(2) is making an effort to find test locations without
such a strict dress code.
At 01:42 PM 1/10/2002 -0500, Richard Jankowski wrote:
>Even as important--when I got my letter it said that "dress code is
>typically casual, but check with the hosting agency for official attire" or
>something to that effect.
>On the last page it outlined where to take the exam and it mentioned that
>"jackets are required" since it was at an upscale NYC organization (NY
>Athletic Club). People were turned away at the door that didn't meet the
>dress code. No kidding.
>Really, make sure you check for this kind of thing. It'd really stink to get
>turned away after all the preparation and paying the fee.
>Richard Jankowski, CISSP
>MCS - Information Security
>From: Tony Howlett [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 11:21 AM
>Subject: Fwd: [READ THIS] CISSP STUDY GUIDE LIST
>I have one more really important thing to add to this list. Dont forget to
>bring your letter with your confirmation number. Make sure you bring the
>original letter. I couldnt find my original letter and brought the email
>thinking it would be OK and almost got send home. There were several other
>people in my exam that had the same problem.
>PS I was allowed to take the exam and i passed (woohoo!)
> >CISSP Exam Tips - What to expect, & how to survive
> >Sorry, no tips on questions, I'm not allowed to share. However,
> >I can provide some tips that can tell you how to be most
> >successful at lasting for 6 hours and staying alert during the
> >CISSP exam:
> > > Don't cram the night before. Get a good night's rest.
> > > Don't forget your photo ID!!!
> > > Bring a couple bottles of juice and water, plus some snacks (
> >cheese crackers, apple, etc.) in a cloth bag that isn't
> >'noisy'. You don't want to make a lot of rustling noises
> >during the exam.
> > > You might want to bring along 2 doses of Excedrin, Tylenol,
> >Cold & Sinus non-drowsy, Imodium AD, Rolaids, and any
> >prescription medicine your are on. Getting a killer
> >headache or heartburn during the CISSP would be rough.
> > > Don't take anything else to the exam except your photo ID (
> >no books, etc.) DO NOT wear a calculator or digital watch.
> > > In case you ignore the above point, bring along a zippered
> >backpack to store your phone and Palm Pilot, and stash them
> >in the back of the room where the proctors can secure it and
> >know your aren't compromising the exam. OOPS - don't do
> >what I did, and forget to turn your Palm Pilot alarms off.
> > > Get to the exam 45 minutes before it starts to chat with the
> >proctors about how they handle the exam, drinks, nature
> >breaks, etc. Ask about the proper procedures for you to get
> >up and stretch or use the bathroom.
> > > Show the proctors your bag of goodies and that it doesn't
> >contain anything except juice, water, snacks, and medicine,
> >and determine from them how you could have access to your
> >snacks during the exam.
> > > Pace yourself through the exam. You should complete 50
> >questions every 40-50 minutes.
> > > After 100 questions, get up quietly and go to the back of
> >the room and stretch, down a juice, eat a snack and refresh
> >your mind for 5 minutes. Focus your eyes on the farthest
> >point you can see.
> > > Repeat the break when hitting the 200 and 250 question level.
> >This break will do wonders to keep you fresh and alert.
> > > As you take the exam, if you have a question that you want
> >to contest or otherwise comment about, you can't talk to the
> >proctor about it. However, bend the corner of the page and
> >jot the question number on a piece of paper so you remember
> >the "questionable" question. After the test, you are
> >permitted to comment on questions through a special process
> >the proctor will explain. Please take 20-30 minutes to do
> >this at the end of the test to help yourself, and others.
> >I've heard that graders DO read them. Your well-written
> >statement might just be the issue that tosses out a question
> >you got wrong, and be the margin for getting certified. Be
> >calm, concise, and factual. This is not the place FOR
> >YELLING!!! or other emphasis. Deep cleansing breath between
> >each comment.
> > > REMEMBER, 25 of the questions are being asked to test the
> >validity of the question, so they don't count. If you see a
> >question that really zings you, just think, "Oh, that must be
> >a test question, so it doesn't count." Don't let the tough
> >ones rattle you.
> > > After the test, please don't drive a long distance before
> >refreshing yourself, and don't plan on doing anything
> >strenuous... you will be dog tired and your brain will hurt.
> >I recommend getting a starchy meal or other complex
> >carbohydrates and taking plenty of electrolytes in a relaxing
> >setting. For me, that formula was plenty of nachos, crabdip
> >and a beer by the Bay. There is a point to this- while you'
> >re enjoying yourself and resting...
> > > Though it's the last thing you'll want to do, within that 1st
> >hour after the test, take 1-2 pages of notes about all the
> >concepts that you were weakest on, in case you didn't pass.
> >Store this in a secure location, and pull it out if you need
> >to study again.
> > > But MOST IMPORTANT, don't forget your PHOTO ID!!
> >I wish you the best of luck!
> >- -ddh
> >The CISSP Study Guide List ver 3.2 - copyright 2001, 2002 by:
> >Dan Houser, CISSP, SSCP, CCP, GSEC
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