The GIAC’s GSLC Certification exam validates your proficiency with GIAC Security Leadership Certification. The skills measured by GSLC includes working with security management and administration. So much to learn in so little time? Of course you have to study hard, as there is no short cut to success, but if you prepare systematically, you can pass this exam easily. Here are 10 tips that will help you to pass the GSLC exam with flying colors:

  1. Set a deadline: Set a schedule for yourself before starting your preparations. Plan and decide how much time will you devote on your studies, practical and practice tests. Also plan when will you review your preparations and when will you take the exam beforehand. This will help you concentrate more and organize your time better. Although the preparation time depends on how fast you can study and what experience you have, but generally, it takes about 8-10 weeks to prepare for a particular exam.
  2. Review the exam objectives: Clearly understand what are the skills required and on what specific topics you should concentrate for a particular exam. Know what to expect in the exam and start your preparations accordingly.
  3. Read technical articles and study notes: Read plenty of good articles on the technologies covered and get as much knowledge as you can. Study notes are helpful to learn the technical terms, definitions and the key concepts required to understand the complex technology that the exams cover.
  4. Have practical experience: You should have practical experience on security awareness, security management, securing network, security threats and countermeasures, disaster recovery, etc.
  5. Take practice exams: Take practice exams and get the experience on the pattern and format of the actual certification exams.
  6. Schedule the exam for your peak time: Always schedule your exam for your peak time. Taking the exams in the morning is generally considered better, but it depends on what is the most suitable time for you. Likewise, it is advisable to schedule your exam in weekdays, so that there are less people to take the exam at the exam center.
  7. Sleep well in the night before exam: Have a good night’s sleep before the exam. Staying up late and studying the whole night before the exam will not help, as you will feel tired and sleepy while taking the exam.
  8. Reach the exam center before time: Always try to reach the exam center at least 15 minutes before the exam. Use the extra time for completing the formalities and getting familiar with the environment at the testing center. You can also review the important topics so that you remember them during the exam.
  9. Be relaxed during the exam: Be comfortable while taking the exam. Read all the answer options even if you feel that you know the correct answer. If you’re unsure about the answer, try to eliminate the obviously wrong answers first. You can also bookmark the questions on which you have doubt and answer them afterwards.
  10. Review the answers: Thoroughly review your answers before ending the exam. Answer the questions you have book marked by guessing the correct answer options and don’t leave any question unanswered.

Most importantly, keep faith in yourself and you will see that nothing is impossible. You can always find what works for you and what does not and plan your preparations accordingly. This may not be an exhaustive list of what to do and what not to do, but we do hope that these tips will pave your way towards your ultimate goal, i.e., to be certified as an GIAC Certified.

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Q. What is the CISA exam?
A. CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) is a professional certification for Information technology audit professionals sponsored by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Candidates for a CISA certification must pass the examination, agree to adhere to ISACA’s Code of Professional Ethics, submit evidence of a minimum of five years of professional IS auditing, control, or security work, and abide by a program of continuing professional education.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the CISA exam?
A. Candidates for a CISA certification must pass the examination, agree to adhere to ISACA’s Code of Professional Ethics, submit evidence of a minimum of five years of professional IS auditing, control, or security work, and abide by a program of continuing professional education.

Substitutions and waivers of such experience may be obtained as follows:

  • A maximum of one year of information systems experience, or one year of financial or operational auditing experience can be substituted for one year of information systems auditing, control, or security experience.
  • 60 to 120 completed college semester credit hours (the equivalent of an Associate or Bachelor degree) can be substituted for one or two years, respectively, of information systems auditing, control or security experience.
  • Two years as a full-time university instructor in a related field (e.g., computer science, accounting, information systems auditing) can be substituted for one year of information systems auditing, control or security experience.

Q. What are the benefits to becoming a CISA?
A.

  • It demonstrates your working knowledge of information security.
  • It offers a career differentiator, with enhanced credibility and marketability.
  • It provides access to valuable resources, such as peer networking and idea exchange.
  • It allows access to a network of global industry and subject matter/domain experts.
  • It also provides a business and technology orientation to risk management.

Q. What certificate does it provide?
A. It provides CISA certification.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. 200 questions

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 4 hours

Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. Linear

Q. What is the passing score?
A. 70%

Q. What to expect in the CISA exam?
A. CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) is a professional certification for Information technology audit professionals sponsored by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). An examinee should practice the following areas to pass the CISA exam:

  • Understanding IS audit process
  • Managing and/or implementing IT Governance
  • Understanding systems and infrastructure lifecycle management
  • Understanding IT service delivery and support
  • Performing security for Information assets
  • Implementing business continuity and disaster recovery

Q. What is the 70-563-C# exam?

A. This certification exam measures your ability to design and develop Windows Applications or client applications as well as desktop applications that uses Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008 by using .NET Framework 3.5. The exam measures your working knowledge of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. After passing this exam, you earn credit toward the following certification:

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Q. What are the prerequisites for the 70-563-C# exam?

A. There are no specific prerequisites for this test, although it is recommended that planning to take 70-563-C#, exam, one should have a minimum of two to three years of experience developing Windows-based applications by using Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.

Q. What are the benefits to becoming a MCPD: 70-563-C#?

A. The benefits to becoming a MCPD: 70-563-C# are as follows:

  • Microsoft products are most widely used today and the MCPD: .NET 3.5 certification proves expertise on the Microsoft products and technologies.
  • Professionals holding the MCPD: .NET 3.5 certification enhances employment opportunities for programmers.
  • MCPD: .NET 3.5 certification is helpful for professionals who have entry-level certifications in related technologies to upgrade their credentials and get recognition from the industry.
  • MCPD: .NET 3.5 Certified professionals get special offers and discount on Microsoft products and other selected products from Microsoft.

Q. What certificate and credit does the 70-563-C# exam provide?

A. After passing the exam 70-563-C#: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, you will get Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certificate, and this will provide credit toward the following certification(s):

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?

A. You will be required to attempt approximately 45 to 55 questions.

Q. What is the exam fee?

A. The exam fee is US $125.

  • Note: The net price for taking test 70-563-CSHARP is US $125. Net price does not include applicable taxes, vouchers, promotions or membership discounts you may have. The exam is subsidized in India and China. The net price for taking test 70-563-CSHARP in India and China is US $50.

Q. What is the duration of the test?

A. Users are required to attempt all questions in 120 minutes.

Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)

A. This test consists of Multiple Choice, Hot Area, Drag and Drop, Build list and reorder, and Build a Tree questions. The test can be adaptive and simulation questions might be asked. There are no Case study type questions.

Q. What is the passing score?

A. The passing score of the exam is 700 out of 1000 score marks.

Q. What is the test retake policy?

A. If you do not pass test 70-563-CSHARP the first time, you may retake it any time. If you do not achieve a passing score the second time, you must wait at least 14 days to retake the test for the third time. A 14-day waiting period will be imposed for all subsequent exam retakes. If you have passed an exam, you cannot take it again.

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Q. Why should I become certified?

A. Studies have shown that certified individuals realize many benefits. Among them are the following:

  • Increased opportunities on the job: These opportunities range from increased salary and bonus to project involvement and promotion.
  • Increased breadth of knowledge: Certification is a catalyst for learning new technologies in a structured and comprehensive way.
  • Increased value to the organization: Organizations with 25 percent or more of their staff certified have shown to deploy projects on time and within budget more often, rely less on external support, have less downtime, and have higher user satisfaction with their IT staff.

Q. Is the 70-563-C# exam right for you?

A. The test is appropriate for you if you are working or want to work in a typically complex computing environment of medium-to-large organizations that use Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. Candidates for this exam work on a team in a development environment that uses Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 to create Windows-based applications. Candidates should have at least one year of experience developing Windows-based applications by using the .NET Framework 2.0 and should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A solid understanding of Windows Forms applications in the context of the.NET Framework 3.5 solution stack
  • Experience programming against the Windows applications event model
  • Experience creating graphical user interface applications
  • Experience creating data-driven user interfaces (UI)
  • Experience deploying Windows applications

Candidates should be very familiar with Visual Studio 2005 or later and the .NET Framework classes that are related to Windows application. In addition, candidates should have a good grasp of .NET fundamentals.

Q. What are the code languages available for the 70-563 exam?

A. There are two code languages available for the 70-563 exam:

  • Microsoft Visual CSHARP
  • Microsoft Visual Basic

Q. What are the skills being measured for the 70-563-C# exam?

A. Microsoft has specified forty objectives for the 70-563-CSHARP exam, which are grouped under seven topics. Following are some important areas in which an individual should possess good knowledge before taking the 70-563-CSHARP exam Continue Reading �Skills required for 70-563-CSHARP� »

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Q. Where to take the test?

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Q. How can I register for the 70-563-C# exam?

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Q. What can I expect from Microsoft if I pass the 70-563-C# exam?

A. After passing the exam, you will achieve the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) status. You will also be eligible for the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD): Windows Developer 3.5 certification.

Q. How long does it take to receive my Welcome Kit?

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