ECSA exam prep

How to prepare for the ECSA exam?

The EC-Council’s Certified Security Analyst certification is a must for those who are looking to advance in the penetration tester field. It is among the top penetration testing programs of the industry and is the perfect next step to add more value to your cybersecurity career.

Who should get the ECSA certification?

The ECSA is for those cybersecurity professionals that are passionate about securing an organization by infiltrating one’s security walls to detect vulnerabilities.

Who can get the ECSA certification?

To be able to earn the ECSA certification, you must have at least 2-years of work experience in the information security domain or attend an official EC-Council training (either through EC-Council or through an accredited training partner).

EC-Council believes that everyone should be able to access course material regardless of one’s location and availability. For this reason, should you chose to attend an official training, you can opt from any of the following modes of training:

  • iLearn (self-paced learning)
  • iWeek (live-online instructor-led training)
  • Masterclass (in-person training by EC-Council Master instructors)
  • Accredited Training Partner (classroom training)

Tips for the day of the exam

  1. Ensure that you are carrying all the right documentation with you.
  2. Wake up and be ready for the exam well in advance. If you’re late, you will have to schedule the exam once again.
  3. Stay hydrated. The exam is 4-hours long. Ensure that you are sufficiently hydrated.

Tips while attempting the ECSA exam

It is always recommended to keep an eye on the time when attending any exam. However, here are a couple of ways you can divide your time to ensure maximum results:

Step 1:

There are 150 questions in the exam. Quickly scan through the paper and answer the ones whose answer you are positive of, setting aside the rest for later. Make sure that you do not spend more than one minute when answering a question, regardless of how tough it may seem. Remember, you can always come back to it later.

Step 2:

By spending a minute on each question (150 minutes), you have used less than three hours for your first run-through of the paper. With 90 minutes left on the clock, you can now attempt those questions you ranked “tough,” giving them an additional minute, two minutes each.

Step 3:

Assuming that you had 30 under the “tough” category, you now have 30 minutes left to do a quick scan through of the whole paper, to ensure that you have answered all the questions.

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