This is a personal pro-bono contributiontowards a successful preparation for the CISM examination. It is strictly my tips, and tricks on how to prepare and hopefully pass exam.It is therefore provided and advised to be used for informational purpose only as Ibelieve there is no substitute to spending time studying for exam success. Disclaimer!
Ask yourself: Why CISM and not others Exams? For Knowledge, Prestige or Money? Do I know the Passing Score? Do I have a Goal am aiming for?What are my going to give up temporarily to gain CISM?For the Married/Hooked: Have I discussed with my Spouse and secured his/her support?
I did Self-Study, I prefer it! Still! However, Study Centres are good alternatives also.Spent sleepless nights because I work all day & could hardly read at work. I crawled the net for every useful information available and helpful. Stayed clear of Pessimists and Discouragers. I had a Goal to PASS Convincingly!
This is a 3-month plan to pass the CISM exam. Month Feb March April May Total Day 2 31 30 31 92 Week 4 4 5 13 wk-1 wk-2 Getting This is your Study SPACE! – Exam: wk-3 Set we’ll discuss weekly on each June 8, 2013 wk-4 Domain! wk-5
CISM Study Aids CISM® Review Manual 2013 CISM® Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual 2012 CISM® Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual 2012 Supplement CISM® Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual 2013 Supplement CISM® Practice Question Database v13 To order, visit www.isaca.org/cismbooks.Additional Materials:NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology 800 series publications
CISM has 4 Domains: Information Security Governance (24%) Information Risk Management and Compliance (33%) Information Security Program Development and Management (25%) Information Security Incident Management (18%) This means Domain 2 requires more attention!
Each CISM Domain is divided into: Task statements and Knowledge StatementsTask Statements: Knowledge Statements:These are tasks These are areas a CISMwithin this job candidate must have goodpractice area that a understanding of, they areCISM candidate the basis for themust know how to examination.perform
Task and Knowledge Statements 24% 33% 25% 18% Domain - 1 Domain - 2 Domain - 3 Domain - 4Task Statements 9 9 9 10Knowledge Statements 15 19 12 14Exam Questions 48 66 50 36 In the CISM Review Manual, a Task Statement to Knowledge Statement mapping has been done for ease of reference. Please refer to it. Remember: The Knowledge Statements are the basis for the exam!
Task and Knowledge Statements 24% 33% 25% 18% Domain - 1 Domain - 2 Domain - 3 Domain - 4Task Statements 9 9 9 10Knowledge Statements 15 19 12 14 March April May Week-1 1 – 5KS 21 – 25KS 41 – 45KS Week-2 6 – 9KS 26 – 29KS 46 – 51KS Week-3 10 – 14KS 30 – 34KS 52 – 57KS Week-4 15 – 20KS 35 – 40KS 58 – 60KS Week-5 Past Questions – CISM Questions Total Weeks = 13 Total Days (Mar, Apr, May) = 92 Total Knowledge Statements = 60 In one Week, about 5 KS are expected to be covered
Study Recommendations: (1)- You may start with the Domain you are most familiar with, but I prefer to start from Domain 1 as they build on one another.- Read the Task Statements (TS) and Knowledge Statements (KS) before reading the rest of the Chapter. You may also wish to print it out from the CISM-Exam-Candidate-Guide-English-2013 document.- The TS, KS is your CISM Syllabus! TS and KS are the measurement of your understanding of each Domain. Be sure you understand what you are required to know in each KS.
Study Recommendations: (2)- Next, read the Questions corresponding with each Domain with special attention to understanding the Questions and logic behind it. For now, do not bother about getting the answers correctly.- Take note of words like MOST, LEAST, BEST, FIRST, PRIMARILY, MAIN, MUST, HIGHEST, GREATEST, PRIMARY, LOWEST, PRIORITY, MAJOR, EXCLUSIVELY, and NEXT. They are very, very, very vital!- Refer to other materials of choice, if you need to seek more clarification- You should be able to connect the Review Manual with the TS and KS before proceeding to the next section/chapter.
Study Recommendations: (3)- Try to lay your hands on CISM-Item-Development- Guide. It will help you know how Professionals think before setting CISM exam questions.- Stick to what works for you. You know when you understand better – Morning, Afternoon, Night, with Music, Low Noise, Library, Room, Public places, etc.- CISM CBT is also helpful – it is video – I don’t know if the latest one is out but the old also helps.- You can convert the video to audio so you can also listen while in traffic, strolling, exercising, etc….multiple sources of information makes it stick!
Do YOU have a goal for this CISM exam? What is it?A goal keeps you Focus on a Mark!Let’s see how we can set a GOAL!
CISM pass mark is 450 of 800. 450 is 56.25% of 800CISM has 4 Domains; in order to pass you need to score at least 56.25% in each Domain.If you desire to really PASS (like me), your goal must be well above the PASS MARK. Let’s assume Mr. Mist wants to Pass with a score of 550 of 800 550 is 68.75% of 800. Hence, Mr. Mist must target in his Practice of CISM questions to achieve about 70% at every trial!
Mr. Mist Targets is 70%. CISM Domain Score Target (70%) Domain-1 48 34 Domain-2 66 46 Domain-3 50 35 Domain-4 36 25 200 140Whenever Mr. Mist attempts 10 CISM questions, his target is to answer correctly 7 of 10! Congratulations!
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