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    I took Sec+ and failed. I got 697. I am studying for retake. I took A+ and wanted to give Sec+ a shot.
    The questions were hard. Any advice from those who passed.
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    What resources did you use? And do you have any networking experience?
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    Don't the Comptia tests give you a print out of how well you did on different subjects on the test?
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    Darrill Gibson's book and online resources helped me on the second try.
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    I used Darrill Gibson's book and Professor messer videos. I have about 5 years network experience.
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    just out of interest how long had you been studying for this? I'm going for security+ next, so if you got any pointers do tell.
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    I studied for Sec+ for 9 mos (I wanted to make sure I passed the 1st time)...I used CompTIA's CertMaster online software questions (over 800 of them), watched Professor Messer's monthly live feed & bought his $10 comprehensive notes & watched majority of his YouTube videos. I also read through Mike Meyers book, ISBN: 9780071836449, and then went through all practice questions on CompTIA"s Security+ practice exams, ISBN: 9780071833448. Also, on your next attempt, I would go through the entire exam & answer all questions you "FOR SURE KNOW" and then go back & answer the tougher questions...I even skipped the performance based questions till the end too...Best of luck on your next exam! Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shochan View Post
    I studied for Sec+ for 9 mos (I wanted to make sure I passed the 1st time)...I used CompTIA's CertMaster online software questions (over 800 of them), watched Professor Messer's monthly live feed & bought his $10 comprehensive notes & watched majority of his YouTube videos. I also read through Mike Meyers book, ISBN: 9780071836449, and then went through all practice questions on CompTIA"s Security+ practice exams, ISBN: 9780071833448. Also, on your next attempt, I would go through the entire exam & answer all questions you "FOR SURE KNOW" and then go back & answer the tougher questions...I even skipped the performance based questions till the end too...Best of luck on your next exam! Cheers!
    Thank you.
    Yes I skipped and flagged all performance based questions then went back and answered them once i was done. I will check some of the books you recommended.

    I used Messer videos, Darrell Gibson book, sybex study guide

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    Darril Gibson's website also offers premium content that contains practice tests/quizzes that are very helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEODREAM View Post
    Darril Gibson's website also offers premium content that contains practice tests/quizzes that are very helpful.
    Thank you. I will take a look at his website. Sec+ is hard but i am not giving up.
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    How close are the Darril Gibson's website premium questions to the exam?
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    This is how I passed my Sec+:

    - Watch all of Professor Messers videos and make notes where I can - Professor Messer's CompTIA SY0-401 Security+ Training Course | Professor Messer IT Certification Training Courses
    - Thoroughly study the notes and go over each one.
    - Use the CompTIA Sec+ objectives and mark each section as a checklist so I knew every point that could come up in the exam (this really helped): https://certification.comptia.org/do...ty-sy0-401.pdf
    - Go over Darril Gibsons book if you can.
    - Use practice tests to test your knowledge (I recommend MeasureUp over ExamCompass but paid for):
    IT Certification Practice Tests and Exams | Online Courses | MeasureUp (Paid for but excellent)
    CompTIA Security+ Practice Test Questions (Free but not as detailed or structured)

    Advice for the exam:
    - SKIP the simulation questions until last. They may pop up at the very start and catch you offguard. They take the most time to complete so leave them until later (there's usually only 2 or 3).
    - Go through all multiple choice questions and answer the ones you are 100% or near confident in. Don't spend too long on a single question. If you don't know one, flag it and come back later.
    - Stick with your first answer. Usually your gut instinct choice is right first time, and when I changed my mind I got it wrong.

    You are timed so you need to progress quickly, but don't rush. Take your time and follow what I did and you are bound to pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyliinez92 View Post
    This is how I passed my Sec+:


    - Go over Darril Gibsons book if you can.
    - Use practice tests to test your knowledge (I recommend MeasureUp over ExamCompass but paid for):
    IT Certification Practice Tests and Exams | Online Courses | MeasureUp (Paid for but excellent)
    CompTIA Security+ Practice Test Questions (Free but not as detailed or structured)

    Advice for the exam:
    - SKIP the simulation questions until last. They may pop up at the very start and catch you offguard. They take the most time to complete so leave them until later (there's usually only 2 or 3).
    +1 on the practice tests. I used measureup also for mine and I feel like it really helped me to hone my test answering skills beyond just if I had read the material or watched videos. What I did was practice until I could take the practice tests and pass 4 times in a row with a score of 90% or better. I feel that was integral to my success. Definitely Darrill's book was a valuable resource as well.

    As for simulations, I remember having about 6 or 7 and they were all at the very beginning of the test, one after the other. I remember feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the increasing complexity of each simulation, but somehow I made it through and the rest was all multiple choice. Make sure you budget your time and don't rush, but also don't waste too much time on one question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kandinsky View Post
    As for simulations, I remember having about 6 or 7 and they were all at the very beginning of the test, one after the other. I remember feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the increasing complexity of each simulation, but somehow I made it through and the rest was all multiple choice. Make sure you budget your time and don't rush, but also don't waste too much time on one question.
    Wow that many? I feel like I dodged a bullet in mine then! I thought it was the same amount for each test?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEODREAM View Post
    Darril Gibson's website also offers premium content that contains practice tests/quizzes that are very helpful.
    This.

    His questions are very close to the exam questions.
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    Know how to apply technical controls inside a basic network (WAF, Firewall, Spam Filter, UTM).

    Know how to identify certain attacks. (Smurf attack specifically).

    Know how to identify SQL Injection, XSS, XSRF.

    Know how to prevent broadcast loops.

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    Used Darill's book.
    great book.
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    Study harder!
    See in the report in what you failed and review it.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyliinez92 View Post
    Wow that many? I feel like I dodged a bullet in mine then! I thought it was the same amount for each test?
    No joke. I was expecting you know, 3 or 4, but I literally got at least 6 maybe 7. Just my luck, I must have pulled all the available sims from the question pool. Oh well, it all worked out in the end heh.
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