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Transcender (Powered by Kaplan IT Training) Has 8570 Covered

Dude studies for examHere’s the slate of covered exams, in which an asterisk at the end means a practice test is available for that starred item.


Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH; Pen Testing)*

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA; SysAudit)*

CompTIA Security+ (SecPrac)*

SANS GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC; SecPrac)*

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+, SecPrac)*

(ISC)² Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP; SecPrac)

(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP; SecPrac)*

Logical Operations Cybersecurity First Responder (CFR; SecPrac)*

Cisco Implementing Cisco Network Security (IINS; SecPrac; part of CCNA Security)*

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP; SecMgmt)*

ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM; SegMgmt)

(ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP; SecMgmt)*

(ISC)² Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP; SecMgmt)


This raises an interesting question. Namely, “For which of the 8579 Baseline Certifications, does Kaplan NOT offer a practice exam?” The answer is a bit convoluted. First, among the 8 SANS exams on that list, Kaplan only covers the entry-level fundamentals GSEC exam.


It covers all of the CompTIA items (A+, Security+, Network+, CSA+ and CASP). It covers the (ISC)2 SSCP and CISSP. It covers the Cisco IINS exam for the CCNA Security, but not the Cisco SCYBER exam (which qualifies holders for the Cisco Cybersecurity Specialist cert).


Kaplan does not yet cover the CSSLP or the CISM, though they already have other products for those exams (and presumably might have practice tests in the near future). They do not cover the CISSP “merit badge” certs on the list either — namely the (ISC)2 CISSP-ISSAP or CISSP-ISSEP.


Mr. Hester informs me that they’ve got practice tests in the works for 2018 for the items lacking asterisks above, plus the CCSP, the EC-Council’s CHFI, the missing Cisco item, and updates planned for the 2018 versions of the CISSP and CASP.


Thus, of all the major practice test vendors out there (in which category I also include Boson, SelfTest Software, and MeasureUp) Kaplan IT Training offers the most comprehensive collection of 8570-listed practice tests available today (and in 2018). Good stuff!



ed-tittel120Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran who's worked as a software developer, technical marketer, consultant, author, and researcher. Author of many books and articles, Ed blogs on certification topics for Tom’s IT Pro, and on Windows desktop OS topics for TechTarget. Check out his website at