Well, that's finally done!
Some notes on the process ...
I arrived 1 hour early. I did a last minute review of some notes.
You need to show two pieces of I.D.
You have to basically empty your pockets before entry. No wallet, keys, pencils, etc. They put all my personal stuff in a basket and locked it up in a cabinet.
Use the restroom before going in.
For the exam, I received a mylar sheet and a marker to use. I did a "brain dump" of a couple last minute memorizations
Overall, the testing program is pretty intuitive, how to flag questions, how to go back, etc.
The clock starts ticking when you click on the [begin] button.
You have 90 minutes for 60 questions.
In the upper right side of the screen is the question number and the remaining time.
All questions are multiple choice.
You can "flag" questions to come back to later, so your answers aren't final until you hit the final submit.
I went through my flagged questions (about 20) a second time.
There were 3-4 that I was pretty uncertain of, but was able to eliminate a couple completely wrong answers to increase my odds.
I went through the entire exam a second time to review my answers.
I finished in 59 minutes. I was not at all rushed.
When I hit the final [complete] button the results were near instantaneous.
I received a "Congratulations - pass" display with some other text and a printout.
No score was shown
Observations / Advice.
The bulk of my time, perhaps 90% + was spent on PCI DSS. This worked, but next time I'll invest some energy in P2PE and PA-DSS
I hadn't expected questions that referenced the requirement numbers only, so next time I would memorize those. For example (there is no Requirement 13.2) a question may ask:
According to Requirement 13.2, which of the following is true: A B C or D
Expect more than one correct answer. You'll need to pick the "best right" answer. Be sure that your best answer directly answers the question.
An electronic certificate was mailed in approximately 24 hours - No hardcopy is provided.