Day 74: OSCP Exam Tips

I have just finished my OSCP Exam, literally. I wish I could talk more about it but I respect offensive security’s policy.

I was a little apprehensive before the exam, but the following really helped me, I hope it can help others:

  • Use ‘script’ to record activity
  • Use terminator instead for multi-tabs and split terminals
  • Start around 2/3pm so you can sleep for 4–5 hours around midnight if needed. Starting too late or early is not good.
  • Don’t overthink it
  • Don’t overlook the basics, ever
  • Do not copy exploits, you may leave in wrong values like port numbers
  • Make a new copy of each exploit script so you have all old versions, you may need to go back a few and won’t remember how or why you got there
  • Rotate machines ~3 hours for each one
  • Organize notes and exploits before the exam
  • Remember the context of the exam
  • Relax
  • Have Fun!