Frequently Asked Questions

Chances are you have questions about the SSAP and what is needed to complete the exam. We have taken some of the most frequently asked questions and compiled them together here for your convenience.

What are the prerequisites for the SSAP exam?

Taking the SANS MGT433 two-day course is a prerequisite for the SSAP credential exam. You must take MGT433 to be eligible for the SSAP. 

Should I bundle my course and exam?

We highly recommend you bundle the exam when you register for the MGT433 course. The bundled rate is $599. The price will increase to $1,149 if you register for the exam at a later time.

How long is the SSAP exam?

The SSAP exam consists of 50 questions with a 2-hour time limit and a passing score of 78%. SSAP credential exam content is supported by the SANS MGT433 course material and requires you to apply your understanding of the material to analyze the concepts being tested on.

Is the SSAP exam open book?

GIAC’s Open Book Policy applies to the SSAP exam. We suggest creating an index of key course material, which you may print and bring into the exam with you.

How long do I have to take the SSAP after I activate my account?

SSAP credential attempts are valid for 4 months (120 days) from the date of activation in your account.

How many practice exams will I have?

You will receive access to one practice test to help prepare for the credential exam.

Where will I take my exam?

All GIAC Certification exams are web-based and required to be taken in a proctored environment. There are two proctoring options: remote proctoring through ProctorU, and onsite proctoring through PearsonVUE.  Click here for more information.

What if I need additional time to take my exam?

If you need additional time to complete your SSAP attempt, 45-day extensions are available for $399.

Can I re-take my exam?

If you fail your SSAP attempt, you will have the option to purchase a retake for $599.

How will I receive my Digital Badge?

Upon earning the SSAP credential, you will receive an invitation to claim a Digital Badge, which is your only representation of your achievement. There are no printed certificates.

How long is my SSAP credential valid?

Your SSAP credential is valid for 4 years. In order to maintain your credential, you will need to pay a renewal fee and retake the current version of the credential exam.

I still have questions.

No problem. Contact info@sans.org with any question on earning the SSAP credential.

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