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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzy_kitty View Post
    Interesting. Thanks for the feedback. Out of curiousity, does anyone know if you're allowed to purchase more than one beta exam if you don't feel like you did as well as you thought you did? Haven't taken mine yet but may ease the nerves.
    They have a limit of one attempt per person.
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    EnderWiggin,

    Any chance you could share what you used to study or possible materials that would be beneficial to go over? Can't seem to find anything other than that pdf of the overview
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    ANY TE folks that are certified PenTesters already, how did you prepare for Pen Tester type of exams?

    Did you create a lab network at home, install several different OSes (XP/Vista/Server2003/2008 on old systems or VMs, managed switches, 2nd router, web server (IIS & Apache), secondary WAP? I guess you would want to do this so you can test some of the tools that are on the exam, right??




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    Quote Originally Posted by shochan View Post
    ANY TE folks that are certified PenTesters already, how did you prepare for Pen Tester type of exams?
    Did you create a lab network at home, install several different OSes (XP/Vista/Server2003/2008 on old systems or VMs, managed switches, 2nd router, web server (IIS & Apache), secondary WAP? I guess you would want to do this so you can test some of the tools that are on the exam, right??

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    Unlicensed pentester here.
    Judging from the two feedbacks so far (thanks EnderWiggin and Atippet), I'm personally going to take this exam more seriously now.

    I've been involved in a few pentests at work. For the exam, whatever I'm not familiar with, I'll lab. I don't get much value out of memorizing tool names and what they're for flash card style.

    For example, I see the tool Responder is on the objectives. For me, I recall one engagement where a person on my team snuck into the target's building and plugged a device into their network successfully. Because of that, when I see the term Responder, I associate it with responder.py, which we used to grab ntlmv2 hashes for offline cracking using Hashcat and different masks, which also was a success.

    It would be a real challenge to recreate and lab out every single tool in the objectives I think.

    So I'm labbing, but only to fill in the 40% missing experience on tools I have never happened to use yet. I've used Medusa, Hydra, John the Ripper, but never Cewl so I'll lab that one. By labbing I mean virtualbox and whatever VMs appropriate to the scenario.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shochan View Post
    ANY TE folks that are certified PenTesters already, how did you prepare for Pen Tester type of exams?

    Did you create a lab network at home, install several different OSes (XP/Vista/Server2003/2008 on old systems or VMs, managed switches, 2nd router, web server (IIS & Apache), secondary WAP? I guess you would want to do this so you can test some of the tools that are on the exam, right??




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    Hey Shochan,

    A combination of EC-Council bootcamp and undergrad/graduate lab assignments and lectures helped me prep for CEH. If that's not an option for you I would consider purchasing a Udemy course (purchased one to brush up on a few topics). Much more affordable than the boot camp (company paid for it) and there are quite a few that provide quality review material/practice exams. I'd also play around with a few commands/network scanner. Consider looking at Nmap tutorials. There are a few Youtube videos that should help you to grasp commands and the types of scans/how and why they're used. Review:

    -Cryptography/Asymmetric & Symmetric Keys and Algorithms, Hashing,
    -Recognize Attack Methods
    -Recognize Famous Attacks
    -Regulations
    -Tools
    -Ports
    -Testing Methods

    I'm sure there's more to add to that list but I don't recall at the moment. May sound overwhelming but it really isn't. Like I said there are Udemy courses you can take to supplement your studies.
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    EnderWiggin,

    Any chance you could share what you used to study
    Of course! I signed up for it last week, and spent no time studying for it whatsoever. I relied entirely on my existing knowledge base of work experience and at-home lab exercises I've done for fun.
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    Haha glad that worked for you, any points of emphasis that helped or just too broad to specify? I work as a pen tester but just trying to gain a grasp of what I should be going over so I don't go flop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzy_kitty View Post
    Interesting. Thanks for the feedback. Out of curiousity, does anyone know if you're allowed to purchase more than one beta exam if you don't feel like you did as well as you thought you did? Haven't taken mine yet but may ease the nerves.
    The print out that you get after the exam says you can only take it 1 time. I will say, if I don’t pass, this will be one certification that I will DEFINITELY go after once it is out of Beta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shochan View Post
    ANY TE folks that are certified PenTesters already, how did you prepare for Pen Tester type of exams?

    Did you create a lab network at home, install several different OSes (XP/Vista/Server2003/2008 on old systems or VMs, managed switches, 2nd router, web server (IIS & Apache), secondary WAP? I guess you would want to do this so you can test some of the tools that are on the exam, right??




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    hackthebox, vulnhub, overthewire, metasploitable etc etc
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    2018 goals -> Currently reading C|EH (Matt Walker), PenTest+ Beta (Apr), CCNA CyberOps (July Cohort 7), C|EH (Dec)
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    Quote Originally Posted by teezus View Post
    Haha glad that worked for you, any points of emphasis that helped or just too broad to specify? I work as a pen tester but just trying to gain a grasp of what I should be going over so I don't go flop.
    Points of emphasis would be penetration testing and vulnerability analysis.
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    Sat for this a couple days ago on Tuesday, definitely one of the funner CompTIA tests. Know your tools folks, study the materials listed in the objectives PDF!
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    I found this book & started reading, Professional Penetration Testing: Creating and Learning in a Hacking Lab, Second Edition, by Thomas Wilhelm, ISBN: 9781597499934.

    I have almost completely read the Matt Walker C|EH book - so hopefully this will tie everything together to hopefully do well on this test.

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    The early reviews of this test are encouraging.

    Looking forward to it now
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    Just finish the beta exam. I have to say that it was surprisingly difficult for being a CompTIA exam. Seems they really listened to their SMEs at thier workshop for this cert. I love how much scripting they incorperated in and how well it compliments the other questions.

    This definitley is better (and SHOULD replace) the CEH exam. Honestly I would put it more on the level with GPEN, but not quite as difficult. That being said it's not a open book exam like the GPEN is so I feel that ups the difficulty.

    No idea if I passed or not as I'll admit some answers I flat out did not know. Mainly the web application questions as I have the least experience in that arena.Highly recommend anyone with some penetration testing experience or interest in the field try the beta and wait and try the exam when it comes out.
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    Just signed up for it (25 April) that should give me time to get my CEH out of the way and create a few labs to practice in. Sounds like this exam is more along the lines of practical application than CEH.
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    I'm surprised nobody has posted SANS' pentesting materials: https://pen-testing.sans.org/resources/downloads

    UPDATE: SANS people had a hand in this pentest info too: http://www.pentest-standard.org/index.php/Main_Page
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    Good Morning Are they only limiting this to 400 people? What happens if 400 people take the test prior to my scheduled test date?
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    Good Morning Are they only limiting this to 400 people? What happens if 400 people take the test prior to my scheduled test date?
    I believe that when the limit is reached those who have paid for, but not taken the exam, will be refunded.
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    I'm assuming they will not allow more than 400 people to sign up for the beta. If you successfully signed up then you have a spot.
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