Over the next few weeks, we will chronicle the process taken by Mario Perez, Fuel Board Member, Data Communications Specialist, as he prepares to take his Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) certification exam at Ignite ’17 in June. Mario will share his approach to prepping for this test, complete with study tips and lessons learned along the way.
Part Three: Study Tips
June 15 is just around the corner: The day I take my Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) certification exam at Ignite ’17.
I have been chronicling my path to this exam — from the prep work involved to my experience using resources, such as The Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab and the Palo Alto Networks EDU-201 course.
Now it’s crunch time! There is little time for much else but studying. I’d like to take a moment to share three study tips I have picked up along the way. I hope that these tips will help others who plan to take the exam in the future.
Utilize the Material
In my first blog, I cited the importance of the following resources (available via the Palo Alto Networks website):
Looking back, I would reiterate the importance of these resources in the fact they helped me navigate through the test and pinpoint what areas in which to concentrate.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Review the practice questions — multiple times! I cannot emphasize this enough; this exercise helped instill confidence that I know what to expect on the day of the exam. With this study tip, I would make one caveat: Keep it simple. Do not over think the questions.
Make the Investment
I highly recommend investing the money to purchase the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab. The monetary investment ($100) is small, and the payback is immediate. This is an important resource providing the hands-on experience needed to help you understand the lab from the operational perspective of a real company.
Time to return to my studies — until the next entry when I will, hopefully, be sharing great news! Words of encouragement are welcome!