CISSP Computerized Adaptive Testing

My notes: I think this can be a good thing, here are a few reasons why:

  • Maximum 3 hour exam, same questions and difficulty, but you won’t hit the 4 and 5 hour wall. <Definite win>
  • The same questions, same weight as before just less of them <win>
  • Minimum 100 questions, maximum 150 questions vs. 250 questions in the current version (still 25 beta questions). Less scenarios less brain-melt <Definite win>
  • No ability to review, a little conflicted on this, but probably a good thing not rethinking answers you already did <meh>
  • No changes to the curriculum: “As the CISSP exam content outline and passing standard for the linear and CAT versions of the examination are exactly the same, candidate preparation should not change based on the format of the examination.” Nothing to restudy, keep doing what you are doing <Definite win>

The (ISC)² announcement:
Effective Dec. 18, 2017: (ISC)² will introduce Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) for all English CISSP exams worldwide. CISSP CAT enables you to prove your knowledge by answering fewer items and completing the exam in half the time.

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  1. With CAT testing, you may get 80% of the questions wrong and fail. But, you could also get only 40% right and pass. Essentially, every question is given a difficulty level from 1-10. You start with a 5 first, if you get it right, you get harder and harder questions. If you get it wrong, you get easier and easier questions until you start answering right. So, the most important thing with CAT exams is to get the first few questions correct to get yourself the harder questions first. If you never took one like this, just think of the GRE exam. It works the same way and has for years.

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