Certified Ethical Hacker is an advanced certification offered by EC-Council and it teaches candidates how to think like a hacker. The CEH exam covers several different hacking techniques such as pen testing methodologies, current security threats, and countermeasures. The average salary of someone with a CEH certification is $90,000 according to PayScale, and jobs such as penetration testers, cybersecurity engineers, and information security analysts use CEH topics in the workforce.
1. Know the Exam
The CEH v10 exam has a total of 125 questions and can last up to 4 hours. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions and uses different question banks for each exam. Each exam is carefully analyzed by subject matter experts and the subject matter experts also determine the difficulty rating of each question. After the exam has been reviewed the rating contributes to a “cut score”. To ensure each form has equal assessment standards, cut scores are set on a “per exam form” basis. Depending on which exam form is challenged, cut scores can range from 60% to 85%.
2. Study the Domains
The CEH V10 exam covers 7 different domains and each domain is weighted differently. The seven domains are as followed:
- Domain 1 – Background 79%
- Domain 2 – Analysis/Assessment 73%
- Domain 3 – Security 73%
- Domain 4 – Tools, Systems, and Programs 91%
- Domain 5 – Procedures/ Methodology 77%
- Domain 6 – Regulation/ Policy 90%
- Domain 7 – Ethics 17%
The best way to cover all of these domains is to study and find out which ones you are strong in confident in and work on those which you may need some more help. Some of the domains will overlap so it will speed up the study process but be sure to be confident and master a domain before moving to the next one. The CEH Exam Blueprint made by EC-Council outlines all of the domains and what they entail.
3. Take a Practice Test
The best way to see if you are ready to take the exam is by taking a practice test or quiz, and EC- Council will give you a free set of practice questions if you visit their website and fill out a quick form. These questions will give you a good example of what to expect on the real exam and gauge your body of knowledge.
4. Rest Well and Stay Focused
This is probably really simple advice that everyone has heard before a big exam, but it works. Being well rested and eating a light breakfast will help greatly while testing. Studies have shown that stretching, taking deep breaths, and drinking water help with focus while test taking and generates better results.
I hope you found this blog post helpful. I tried to give you the information that you would find useful if you are going to use self-study as your primary method to prepare for the CEH v10 exam, but not everyone learns the same and some prefer a classroom-based session. SecureNinja is here to help and with our famous CEH Certification boot camp, you can be certified in less than 5 days.
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