Preparing for the CISM exam

After passing that monster that is the CISSP exam, I wanted slap a few more acronyms and challenge myself by signing myself up for the CISM exam.
August 8, 2013
CISM

What is a good revision book for CISM exam?

It's a strong requirement for the CISSP exam to buy yourself a trolley-load of books to provide you a comprehensive knowledge in preparation of the exam. This is due to the fact that 1 book doesn't cover every aspect of the exam.

For the CISM exam, I decided to buy the ISACA CISM Review Manual 2013 book as a start off point.

This was around $110 +pp from Amazon and I have to say from the start that every page makes me want to scratch my eyeballs out! I found this book to contain a heavy about of rhetorical statements. I have completed 4 revision sessions I've found myself scrapping my notes completely. I decided to use this book only as a secondary reference. I do however need to determine a focal book to use to build up my knowledge for the CISM exam.

As a result, I have decided to start revising for my OCJP 7 professional exam until I decide to resolve this concern about the CISM exam.

I hope this helps someone out there (even though it's next to absent information) .. like I said, its more for my own personal reference than anything. As with any exam you should always try and get the official study material (its not always possible, I had such a hard time when I was studying for my CISSP exam... and as soon as I did the exam I saw the official study guide in every bookstore I went to), and if you really struggle with getting your head around things hit a bootcamp or knowledge session or something. Hopefully ill be able to update this post in a few weeks with news that ive passed (or maybe failed booo). When I pass ill try and do another post with some helpful study tips. Keep in mind that ISACA only do the exams every 6 months plenty of time to get ready for the next exam

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