CISSP Practice Exams, Third Edition (2015)
About the Hotspot and Drag-and-Drop Questions
In 2014, (ISC)2 added interactive hotspot and drag-and-drop questions to the exam. These question types attempt to test an examinee’s knowledge from a different perspective as compared to a more traditional text-based, multiple-choice question format.
Hotspot questions are graphical in nature and require the test taker to understand the concepts of the question from a practical and graphical aspect. You will have to point to the correct component within the graphic to properly answer the exam question. For example, you might be required to point to a specific point in a network diagram, point to a location in a network stack graphic, or choose the right location of a component within a graphic illustrating e-commerce–based authentication. It is not as easy to memorize answers for these types of questions, and they in turn make passing the exam more difficult. An example of a hotspot question is shown in the following illustration.
The drag-and-drop questions are not as drastically different in format as compared to the hotspot questions. These questions just require the test taker to choose the correct answer and drag it to the right location. This question type is similar to the traditional multiple-choice (A, B, C, D) questions on the exam. You will be asked to choose one right answer out of a set of provided answers. An example of a drag-and-drop question is shown in the following illustration.
The interactive quality of these question types will require you to be more actively involved in taking the exam. These question types could also be disturbing and scary to test takers who did not practice with them before sitting for the exam. Attempting to pass the CISSP exam is stressful enough, so make sure that you are prepared for the types of questions you will encounter, along with the necessary knowledge to answer the questions correctly. To ensure you are prepared, hotspot and drag-and-drop questions are included with this book’s downloadable digital resources for your practice. Please see Appendix B for more information.