SSCP Study Methods and Timeline

On July 26th, 2019 I passed the SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) exam. I extended to spend a month studying an well work got in the way and my month turned into two weeks. Here is how I studied for two weeks and passed the SSCP exam.

I started relatively close to the weekend. I think it was a Saturday. I took a hard look at the book and thought about what chapters I would need to read and what chapters I could pick up after I finished the book. Most of them I had to read but I realized that I could skip two of the chapters because they had to do with something I’m already proficient in, networking. So I had about twelve chapters to read in roughly fourteen days. I work during the week. It was going to be hard, I knew that. Here is what I did:

  • July 13 2019 – Chapter 1 and 2
  • July 14 2019 – Chapter 5 and 6
  • July 15 – 16 – Chapter 7
  • July 18 – 19 – Chapter 8
  • July 20 2019 – Chapter 8, 9, 10
  • July 21 2019 – Chapter 11, 12, 13
  • July 22 – 24 – Chapter 13 and 14
  • July 25 2019 – Rest

While I was reading at night I was also listening to in the car on the way to work. This helped cement the terminology and some of the more abstract concepts in my head. It also helped because during the week I was definitely burnt out with reading. On Friday July 26th I went into the testing Center at 7:30 AM and around two hours later came out with a passing score. I totally thought I blew it, but hey I didn’t so that counts for something right?

If you are looking to get your SSCP and are looking for some tips let me throw mine at you:

  • If you’ve studied for and past the Security+ and the ITIL it’s very similar to those and there’s a lot of overlap
  • When you are reading the chapters take notes…on paper. It helps you retain information longer. If you want them on the computer type them after you get through writing them
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Start reading before two weeks before your deadline. So, you don’t rush through the material
  • Take. The. End. Of. Chapter. Quizzes. They help… a lot
  • If you are a visual or auditory learner invest in It’s ~$20 per month and it’s a lifesaver when you can’t read but can listen.
  • Sleep before the exam. Don’t Cram

If you follow these steps and either have field experience or can have a understanding of what organizations want you should do well. If you need help Let me know. I’m here to help you learn. 🙂


Later Peeps

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