Tips for Passing SANS GIAC Exams (aka GIAC Exam Review)

  1. Read coursebook at least 3 times. Undoubtedly understand each and every concept.
  2. Practically test and be skilful in executing recommended tools and techniques in various scenarios and switches.  Undoubtedly understand the purpose, practical usage and output of each tool and techniques.  There's no need to memorize switches. Practical understanding is different from memorization. 
  3. Being open-book doesn't mean it's extremely theoretical. You won't literally have a lot of time to open book to seek answers.  Thorough understanding of coursebook is required.   Roughly only round 30% from coursebook might be encountered.  The rest were from case studies that make you derive answers based on given situations/screenshots. 
  4. Subscribe NetWars access that save you time from troubleshooting with never-tried-before tools and making things work as per course book; hence it lets you absorb materials faster.  From there, you can set up tools in your wide array of VMs/test laptops.  There could be configuration changes/running procedures changes/ with those latest new tools - That will delay your time in completion of each learning section. 
  5. For extremely busy individuals, it's best to purchase on-demand training than physical training.  On-demand training allows you to better absorb materials at your own pace, let you research, try your own testing.  The only drawback is being slow if you get distracted among daily tasks/your own schedules/being lazy/doing other areas of security stuffs.
  6. Practice exams offered by SANS are only for look-and-feel of exam simulator. They are incredibly and incomparably easier than the actual exam. Don't let it fool you.


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