My (rubbish) CISM fast-track revision - 1 Week before my CISM Exam

After passing my CISSP exam and filling my brain with tech-savy information, security essentials, technical jargon, I decided that my next exam would be the CISM exam.
June 16, 2014
CISM

Knowing the exam is a whopping wallet-breaking $600 for sit for the 4-hour exam, you want to ensure that I was fully prepared for the exam. Well that idea was thrown out of the window when I realized that it was literally days and last minute revision sessions before the day.

With such limited time, I was trying to grasp what type of exam the CISM exam would be. Needless to say I was left inconclusive on what the real questions there would be. It was obvious that it would be very management centric and information security management orientated though it was difficult to understand what type of questions it would be.

I decided to measure up what could even be on the exam. I did review the CISM manual guide for each of the topics because they do provide bullet points on what could be incorporated in the exam.

Next, I decided to up the ISACA website for exam tips. The next thing I decided that I'll do it review the ISACA CISM glossary guide. This was definitely a little unorthodox though given that the CISSP terminology would be very much the same, I would be able to cross-off the areas that I was proficient in and would require minimal time to review.

I have reviewed the linkedin group in the hope it could provide me a mindset on what individuals (who actually studied) were thinking 1 week prior to sitting the exam.

6 months ago I did buy the CISM manual guide, which as I pointed out 6 months ago, was was a difficult book to comprehend though it's probably considered the most concise and accurate CISM book available for the exam and would inevitably recommend it (to anyone what had the time, of course).

There is a published ISACA CISM self assessment web page, which may become helpful.

With all that said, I have decided to stop procrastinating and continue to review (good idea right?). Anyway, good luck in your exam.

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