CISSP Certification and Exam Frequently Asked Questions | CyberVista

The CISSP from (ISC)²

The CISSP cybersecurity certification is an elite way to demonstrate your knowledge, advance your career and become a member of a community of cybersecurity leaders. It shows you have all it takes to design, engineer, implement and run an information security program.

Exam Details

Certification  CISSP
Performance-based Questions Yes
Exam Length 3 Hours
Experience Level Manager
Pre-requisites 5 years experience, endorsement
Exam Price  $699
Passing Score  700 (0-1000 Scale)

CISSP Exam Format Update

(ISC)² performed an exam format change to a CAT (computerized adaptive testing) that became effective December 18, 2017.  So what does this mean for you?

CISSP Exam Content Update

(ISC)² performed an exam content change that became effective in April, 2018.  What do these content changes mean as you prepare and study certain exam material?

1. General CISSP Exam FAQs

How can I earn the CISSP certification?

Here is what you need to become a CISSP
  1. 5 Years Experience

You need a minimum of 5 years cumulative paid full-time work experience in two or more of the 8 domains of the (ISC)² CISSP CBK®Candidates may receive a one year experience waiver with a 4-year college degree, or regional equivalent or additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list.

Don't have 5 years experience? No problem. You can become an Associate of (ISC)² just by passing the CISSP exam. You will have 6 years to earn your needed experience.

  1. Schedule the Exam and Complete the Examination Agreement

You’ll need to schedule your exam with Pearson VUE, submit the exam fee (or provide your pre-purchase voucher information, if applicable), and complete the Examination Agreement.

  1. Pass the Exam

A passing score of the CISSP examination is a scaled score of 700 points or greater.

  1. Get Your Endorsement

After you have been notified that you have successfully passed the exam, you will need to subscribe to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics and have your application endorsed. The endorsement must be from a (ISC)² active member who is a certified professional. This member will verify your professional experience. You will need to become certified within nine months of the date of your exam or become an Associate of (ISC)². If you do not become certified or an Associate of (ISC)² within 9 months of the date of your exam, you will not be certified without retaking the exam. If you cannot find someone to endorse you, then (ISC)² can act as an endorser for you.

  1. Maintain the CISSP Certification

To maintain your CISSP certification, you need to re-certify every 3 years. Requirements are:

  • Earn and submit a minimum of 40 continuing professional education (CPE) credits each year for a total of 120 CPE credits.
  • Pay the $85 annual maintenance fee
  • Follow the (ISC)² Code of Ethics

How long is the test?

This information is no longer accurate as of December 2017 - the CISSP is now a CAT (Computer Adaptive Testing) format. Learn more about the change here: https://www.cybervista.net/cissp-new-cat-computerized-adaptive-test/

The CISSP exam is a rigorous exam that includes 250 multiple-choice questions that must be completed within 6 hours. Within CyberVista's course, you will be able to work up to this daunting task through a diagnostic exam (100 questions), a practice question bank of over 2,000 questions, midterm exam (100 questions), and final exam (250 questions).

How is the CISSP exam scored?

According to (ISC)², a scaled score is a different way of expressing a candidate’s achieved score in the examination without distorting the meaning of scores. In scaled score reporting, a candidate’s raw score (number of items answered correctly) is converted to a number within a predefined score range. In the case of (ISC)², all raw scores are converted to scaled scores of 0-1000. One needs roughly 700 (70%) or higher to pass the CISSP certification exam.

2. Live Online CISSP Course FAQs

The course length depends largely upon the delivery format you select and your personal preference. If you use our recommended schedule following the Live Online sessions, the course lasts a total of nine (9) weeks. If you choose to accelerate or deviate beyond the nine-week schedule, some students approach the course full-time over the course of a few weeks while other students even prefer to utilize the six months of access we provide to the course.  In short, this course is designed to fit around your busy schedule.

Our instructors are (ISC)² authorized , CISSP certified, and themelsves working cybersecurity practitioners. You can learn more about CyberVista's instructors here.

Light board technology uses an illuminated glass pane between the instructor and the camera that allows the instructor to illustrate concepts while remaining face-to-face with students. We use a light board during our instruction so you can follow along in real time while your instructor demonstrates important topics in cybersecurity. Though we do use PowerPoint in our lessons, there is no "death by PowerPoint" in our course.

Live Online CISSP courses start twice per month. Please visit shop.cybervista.net to review currently scheduled start dates.

There are more than 2,000 practice questions available to those who enroll in the live online CISSP training course. Students can use both the supplied question banks as part of the course pack as well as the digital question bank in the learning management system to prepare for the exam.  At over 2,000 questions, this represents the largest practice question library in the industry.

You will receive login credentials for the LMS and your diagnostic exam the week prior to the start of the course.

You will have unlimited access to content-specific videos addressing all 8 domains during your course. There are no time limits on daily use and you are able to review previously reviewed content at any time.

Absolutely. All enrolled students receive the course study pack which includes two textbooks (Official CISSP Core Body of Knowledge book and the CISSP Certification Guide), a customized lesson book from CyberVista, as well as flash cards. You will receive your study pack prior to the start of the first class.  The study pack in combination with the full-featured learning management system comprises the most comprehensive program available!

While enrolling in the course on shop.cybervista.net you will provide a shipping address. The CyberVista team will use this address to send a package containing your textbooks, your lesson book, and flash cards prior to the first live class session. Electronic materials will also be available through the learning management system (LMS) the week prior to the course start date.

The diagnostic exam is a 100 question online, multiple-choice practice test that will help you to uncover what you already know and where you should focus your efforts in order to perform well on the 8 domains of the CISSP exam.  We use the results of your diagnostic exam to deliver you a personalized and efficient study plan for the duration of the course. In addition to the questions of the exam, we also include a short survey to learn more about you and how you study.

You will take this diagnostic in the week prior to your first live online class. You can self-administer the diagnostic exam as soon as your instructor has delivered your credentials to access the learning management system (LMS).

Yes. It takes roughly 300 hours to fully prepare for the CISSP exam depending on your experience level. We help make the learning manageable by spreading the course over 12 weeks and using learning science techniques (including the diagnostic exam) to focus on targeted areas of improvement.

Yes, full payment is required upon registration. If you unable to make a full payment, we do also offer financing through our partner, Skills Fund. Learn more about our monthly financing option here.

Yes! We now offer a monthly payment option through our financing partner, Skills Fund. Learn more about monthly financing here.

Please note sessions are defined as the occurrence of a live online classroom session, usage of online resources including the diagnostic, or proctored exams.

  • Cancellation before any session, 100% fees are refunded (less shipping & handling fee).
  • Cancellation before two sessions, 75% fees are refunded (less shipping & handling fee).
  • Cancellation before three sessions, 50% fees are refunded (less shipping & handling fee).
  • Cancellation after third session, there will be no refund.

A refund will be processed after all student materials are returned to CyberVista.

The Readiness Guarantee allows for a free course re-take if life gets in the way. If you don’t feel ready to take the exam or if you do not pass your exam, then you may re-take the course.

  1.  After completing your course, email us at registration@cybervista.net if you are not ready to take the exam or if you have taken the exam and have not passed. We’ll register you for the next available course (one-time) at no charge to you.
  2.  In order to qualify, you must contact us within 3 months of the end of your original course and you must select a start date within 12 months of your original purchase date.

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