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PJ's Hard Core Prep Tips

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PJ's Hard Core Prep Tips

  1. 1. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP HOW TO PREP AND PASS YOUR ASIS EXAM; AND SOME DO’S AND DON’TS BY 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 1
  2. 2. Overview of the Exam: CPP Q&As from 8 Subject Matter Areas (Domains): 1. Physical Security 25% 2. Security Principles and Practices 19% 3. Personnel Security 12% 4. Business Principles and Practices 11% 5. Investigations 10% 6. Crisis Management 8% 7. Information Security 8% 8. ***Legal Aspects 7%*** (Eliminated Feb 2016) ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 2
  3. 3. Overview of the Exam: Credentials 1. Certified Protection Professional – CPP (The CPP exam consists of 200 scored multiple-choice questions and may contain 25 “pre- test” questions. Exam time limit is 4 hours. 2. Physical Security Professional - PSP The PSP exam consists of 125 multiple-choice questions and may contain 25 “pre-test” questions. Exam time limit is 2.5 hours. 3. Professional Certified Investigator - PCI The PCI exam consists of 125 multiple-choice questions and may contain 15 “pre-test” questions. Exam time limit is 2.5 hours. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 3
  4. 4. Overview of the Exam: Eligibility Requirements 1. CPP: 9 years security experience, 3 years in responsible charge of a security function* -or- B.A. degree or higher and 7 years of security experience, with 3 years in responsible charge of a security function. 2. PCI: A high school diploma or GED equivalent and 5 years of investigations experience, including 2 years in case management 3. PSP: A high school diploma, GED equivalent, or associate degree and 6 years of progressive physical security experience*** -or- B.A. degree or higher and 4 years of progressive physical security experience*** ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 4
  5. 5. Overview of the Exam: Source Materials 1. CPP: The Possession of Assets Manual 2. PSP: 8 sources: • ASIS Business Continuity Guideline: A Practical Approach • ASIS Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline • Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems, 2nd Edition • Effective Physical Security, 4th Edition • Implementing Physical Protection Systems: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition** • Introduction to Security, 9th Edition • PSP Reference (Excerpts from POA), 2nd Ed • Risk Analysis and the Security Survey, 4th Ed 3. PCI: Professional Investigator's Manual (Hardcover) ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 5
  6. 6. Overview of the Exam: How I did it. 1. Attended a SG. 2. Registered to take both tests. PCI then CPP. 3. Scheduled my tests at 8am after a long weekend. 4. Borrowed study prep ideas used by folks who passed. 5. Began hard core prep two months before the tests 7/5 and 7/6. 6. Linked my prep to a daily activity (running & commute). 7. Main study methods: reading and recording book sections, POA, and Q&As. 8. Created 100+ flash cards of weak area materials. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 6
  7. 7. Overview of the Exam: How I did it (Con’t.): 9. Created audio flash cards 10. As time passed, I focused more on my weak areas. 11.Everyday I did something. Plus, I was working a FT job. 12.I averaged 3 hours a day. Some days I studied 4+ hours. 13.I created my own Q&As. 14.I read, listened, wrote and talked: which helped my retention of the materials. 15.My total time expended: 3 x 60 = 180 hours in 2 months 16.ASIS recommends 250 hrs in 6-8 months. Per ASIS, those studying more than 360 have lower pass rates. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 7
  8. 8. Overview of the Exam: How Should You Prepare? 1. Begin with the most important materials: a. Physical Security: 25% b. + Security Principles and Practices: 19% c. + Personnel Security: 12% = 55% of the test Thus, 55% of your exam questions (124 Q&As) will come from these 3 domains. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 8
  9. 9. Overview of the Exam: How Should You Prepare? • Decide which method is better for you: • Paid In-house Prep Class: 1. All materials included 2. Structured system, instructor-led, handouts, scheduled activities, 3. Feedback available from fellow attendees 4. Cost: Can you afford it? 5. No guarantee instructor is good. Maybe he/she just reads from the outline ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 9
  10. 10. Overview of the Exam: How Should You Prepare? • Paid Online Class: 1. All materials included 2. Structured system, instructor-led, handouts, scheduled activities, 3. Some feedback available 4. More flexible schedule 5. Can you afford it? 6. No guarantee instructor is good. Maybe he/she just reads from the outline 7. Requires some computer/internet/technical skills ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 10
  11. 11. Overview of the Exam: How Should You Prepare? • Self-Study Class: 1. Lots of free materials available; some current, some obsolete 2. Self-discipline required 3. Must know where to start 4. Most flexible schedule 5. Affordable 6. No instant feedback or assistance from instructors 7. Allows for greater retention when you create your own study materials ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 11
  12. 12. Overview of the Exam: Tips: 1. Link your study to another, regular or daily activity 2. Schedule your test 3. Give yourself 3-6 months to get ready 4. Attend a study group 5. Begin your prep with the most important materials 6. You will retain the most material when you write, read, speak and hear it. 7. Create your own flash cards. It doesn’t work as well when using another’s flash cards. 8. Create real-world practice situations. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 12
  13. 13. Overview of the Exam: Tips: 9. Use a timer when taking practice tests (15, 20, 30 minutes, etc). 10.Take lots of practice tests. 11.Identify your strong and weak areas. 12.Remove distractions from your study environment. 13.Re-compose the questions into your own words. 14.Commit to adding daily practice to your schedule. You will not pass if you wait until the last two weeks to study. 15.Test day will be filled with stress, anxiety, and self doubt. 16.Minimize test day stress by practicing 1, 2, 3, and 4 hrs. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 13
  14. 14. Overview of the Exam: Tips: 16.Spend extra time on your weak areas. It’s like shaving. 17.Practice your testing at the same time you’ll be taking your exam; especially as you get closer to Test Day. 18.Where possible, focus on understanding concepts, ideas, and principles. 19.Move outside of your comfort zone. 20.Monitor and measure your progress. What gets measured gets improved. 21.Recommended approach: How do you eat an elephant? ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 14
  15. 15. Overview of the Exam: Hard Core Prep Don’ts: 1. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare. 2. Don’t rely entirely on work others have done. i.e., audio flash cards. 3. Don’t rely on just one prep method. 4. Don’t ignore the messages your body is sending you. If tired or overly stressed don’t study. 5. Don’t just study the stuff you know already. 6. Don’t assume what works for others will work for you. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 15
  16. 16. Overview of the Exam: Final Tips: • Stress and anxiety will overwhelm reduce the effectiveness of your prep. • Reduce your stress and anxiety by: • Practice, Practice, Practice. • Do real-world exam practice. • Visualize yourself being successful. • Focus on the positive. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 16
  17. 17. Overview of the Exam: Questions??? Thanks! Call me anytime. ASIS, INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CHAPTER 2015 STUDY GROUP 8/20/2015 Pj Jordan ASIS, International Chicago Chapter 2015 Hard Core Prep Tips 17

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