What to Expect From the New OSCP Exam

Introduction

Preparing for your OSCP exam can be stressful, requires time management, and the “Try Harder” mindset. With the new OSCP exam structure including Active Directory (AD), students have asked what and how to prepare for the new exam.

We (m4ud, ravel, and korush) are Students Mentors (SMs), previously known as Student Administrators, who had the chance to test the new exam sets in a black-box environment setting where we had no information about the exam target machines.

We would like to take this opportunity to share our experiences to help you familiarize yourself with the new exam environment. We are going to cover the exam changes, findings, and recommendations to help you better prepare for your exam.

Exam Changes

To start, we will summarize the changes that have been made to the exam. We highly recommend reading OSCP Exam Change and OSCP Exam FAQ as both articles contain all the detailed information you need to know about the new exam format.

Point System

The new exam structure will still be 100 points. However, the point distribution has gone through significant changes:

Up to 60 points can be gained from 3 stand-alone machines. Each stand-alone machine provides

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