This is how you become a Certified Ethical Hacker Master

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Our trainer Michiel Broekhuijsen is amongst the first ones to get the Ethical Hacker Master certification. He describes his experiences with the exam in this blog.

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On August 30th of this year, I was amongst the first to pass the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)-Practical exam of EC-Council.

The Practical Exam is a great way to measure your Ethical Hacking skills. The exam mainly consists out of challenges. If you complete this exam after having completed the theoretical exam, you can call yourself Certified Ethical Hacker Master.

The exam

You can take the exam at home by logging into a GoToMeeting-session. The session is monitored remotely by an exam-proctor.

The exam consists of 20 multiple-choice challenges and you’ve got six hours to complete these challenges. You can answer these questions if you know how to use hacking tools. Knowledge of Nmap, John the Ripper, Wireshark and SQLmap is essential to pass the exam.

It’s important to remember what you’ve learned in the Certified Ethical Hacker training course, because you’ll get questions about this material too. Keep scanning, enumeration, sniffing, password hacking, steqoanalysis, SQL injection and web application hacking in mind!

Simulated environment

The challenges you take on take place in a simulated environment, much like the labs included in a Certified Ethical Hacker training course.

Once you start the exam, you immediately get to see all the questions. There is a big advantage to this: you can solve the easy challenges first and then move on to the harder ones. The ultimate goal of this exam is not that you can hack into a system, but that you know which tools to use when confronted with a certain issue.


A CEH-practical exam is a great starting point for anyone wanting to become an excellent penetration tester. If you pass the practical and the theoretical exam, you can call yourself CEH-Master. This title is a great stepping stone to get to your Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT)-title. You can get this title if you pass the EC-Council Security Analist-training course and exam.

The last tip I’ll give you is to be mindful of the time difference – EC-Council is on Eastern Standard Time for her CEH-Practical Exams. Just make sure you are ready at the right time ;-).

Good luck,

Michiel Broekhuijsen

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