The test was much harder than I had imagined. It was more hands-on experience than simply reading a book and remembering what was on it. Overall it was a great learning experience and I was enthused to learn that I knew more than I thought. My NMAP skills were great as well but my knowledge of Python and Ruby were non-existent. My small interaction with PCI compliance was an immense help in coordinating client reports and scopes.
This test has motivated me again to learn and while I may not be able to retest anytime soon. I will put this new found energy and motivation into the CSA+.