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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    Remember that most certs revolve around a Common Body of Knowledge. Test material is not circumscribed to a specific study guide and as result there should be ZERO expectation for a book/training to cover 100% of the material on the test.
    I do agree to the fullest. You make a good point but my biggest concern was that for the few questions that I can remember, I looked back at all sections where I was incorrect and mostly came from 5 objectives. I then looked at both books, lynda and cbt nuggets, plus messer and I couldn't find anything on those 5 questions. So I googled what I could remember and found the answers.
    All I am saying is how would person X know to study for something if they have no idea about it? Some people say to study everything but what is everything? Where does the line end?
    Another thing, 3 questions needed TWO answers yet the questions never mentioned it? I wouldn't have known had it not been for the reviews button. I sent an email to comptia about that.

    An unrelated note:
    I asked what is the criteria for a facility to become a testing center as the one I selected was not really equipped for a test environment. I had two people on either side of me whom just kept looking on my monitor? I was about to blow a fuse. Then people were coming in the front door and yelling hellllllllo helllllllo. The proctor was in the storage room...lol

    The net+, ccent, ccna, were all spot on around the objectives and those that were obscure were very few, maybe 2 per test but eight to ten is a bit much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linguistics View Post
    All I am saying is how would person X know to study for something if they have no idea about it?
    CompTIA tests aren't written for someone who needs to study for something. According to their exam objectives PDF, the ideal candidate will have two years of security experience. That means the questions are written so they are answerable by someone who has been working with security in some form for the past two years. Sure you've gotta study to fill in the gaps, but the test is created so it's passable by someone with 2 years of experience. They don't need to tell you specifically what to study since you should already know topic x, topic y, etc from your 2 years of experience. They provide categories, but they call out those are just examples and don't map 100% to what you're going to see on the exam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 636-555-3226 View Post
    CompTIA tests aren't written for someone who needs to study for something. According to their exam objectives PDF, the ideal candidate will have two years of security experience. That means the questions are written so they are answerable by someone who has been working with security in some form for the past two years. Sure you've gotta study to fill in the gaps, but the test is created so it's passable by someone with 2 years of experience. They don't need to tell you specifically what to study since you should already know topic x, topic y, etc from your 2 years of experience. They provide categories, but they call out those are just examples and don't map 100% to what you're going to see on the exam.
    The problem I have with this is that jobs aren’t really hiring without these certs, so where would you get that experience in the first place? Also, colleges are offering these courses and providing free voucher to the students, most of which haven’t started working yet. So what is the point of setting up these students to fail, is this some type of sham to make money?
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    You'll knock it out of the park!
    Thank you NavyMooseCCNA! I'm hoping so. If i fail, it's not because I didn't study. Congrats to you Linguistics!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 636-555-3226 View Post
    CompTIA tests aren't written for someone who needs to study for something. According to their exam objectives PDF, the ideal candidate will have two years of security experience. That means the questions are written so they are answerable by someone who has been working with security in some form for the past two years. Sure you've gotta study to fill in the gaps, but the test is created so it's passable by someone with 2 years of experience. They don't need to tell you specifically what to study since you should already know topic x, topic y, etc from your 2 years of experience. They provide categories, but they call out those are just examples and don't map 100% to what you're going to see on the exam.
    The problem with that is that most of the companies are asking for those certs in order to hire you, so where do those 2 years experience come from? Colleges are offering those comptia courses and providing free vouchers, these student either never worked in their lives or never work in the technology field, so why set these students up to fail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeekyChick View Post
    Thank you NavyMooseCCNA! I'm hoping so. If i fail, it's not because I didn't study. Congrats to you Linguistics!!!
    I'm 100% certain you got this! Good luck!
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    tell us how it goes
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    I'm 100% certain you got this! Good luck!
    Thanks Deus Ex Machina! You're sure boosting my confidence. I'm scheduled to take it on May 8. Hoping I'm on here May 9 posting good news.
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    Default My husband and I both are IT professionals

    My husband mostly works in Govt sections. I work in a higher education setting. In order to get the new job, he had to take Sec+. He passed it 3 years ago and even with my urge, he let it expired. He went into without Darril's book. Only depended on MeasureUP because it helped him the last time. He studied for only a week and half at the most. He came out with a 685. He was bummed, but I told him it's a good score for someone who doesn't study that much. So his experience working in IT helped him. So now we ordered the Darril book. I also have an access to lynda.com. So I decided to go for the test myself since I work in an IT setting and I work a lot with systems.

    I told him, he should pass this time because he now has access to all three study materials - Lynda.com, MeasureUp and Darril and his materials online. I would be surprised if he fails again. I told him it is a lesson for him to LEARN to listen to me to keep up with his certs instead of letting it expired. It expired on March 8. He got an offer in MArch 24, pending on his damn certs. He ould have got it renewed very easily based on his previous training at his old jobs.

    We were qualified to get extended time - because I'm deaf and I take some more time to read questions and re-read them to make sure I understand what it is saying. My husband is qualified because of his disease (MS) - his cognitive skills are not sharp as before. He did not use the extended time on his last test. I encourage him to apply for the extension.

    I plan to take the test myself after my husband finishes his and is working. Tip for you - get CompTIA bundle, it's life saving for us. Technically, it's like you are getting the 2nd test for free. Two vouchers for exams and study guide. I hope this bundle will be still there when it is time for me to take it.

    Fortunately, his job will pay half of his exam fee if he failed, and full when he passes. Since he purchased the bundle - we saved his company some money

    Study materials we use:
    Darril Gibson's book
    Lynda.com Sec+ Learn Path
    MeasureUp

    I saw it somewhere here - MeasureUp is more difficult than it actually is on a real CompTIA Sec+. So I hope it prepares us.

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    You passed, be happy. Move on.
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    Be pleased because you passed, plenty have come out of that testing room with their heads down and were not pleased because they didn't.
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    I remember some time ago i used measureup.com as a practice test engine. Its a paid for resource but well worth it.
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    One of the problem with these test is that you can use different resources and believe you know everything only to have a question thrown at you that was never covered, or just didn't seem important. You might study everything you need to know about authentication only to have a question such as: which authentication method is the most popular. All that studying and the only question you got about that particular subject is one you just never thought would be important.

    They may also ask you a questions that are really confusing and all the choices may seem applicable.
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    I just passed on yesterday and I had no Linux questions. I did have quite a few obscure ones that weren't in the comptia book or the Darril Gibson book
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    I wasn't too impressed with the test either but mostly for my own reasons

    I didn't study very hard, paid for the exam and tried to study as much as I could but got tired of the material and focused on my job instead. I worked at a SOC at the time, and spent most days investigating security incidents, managing devices and being a lead engineer for certain clients. Stopped reading the sec + books, decided even if I fail its ok and I'll study harder next time

    Closed my eyes, pressed finish exam and passed the exam with a good score. Surprised myself but in a way I wasn't impressed with the exam since whats in the books/study material is barely on the exam sometimes..

    Don't do what I did btw, the one time this happened to me and it won't happen again, if you are dedicated to your career make sure you study and read/watch videos from multiple sources..
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    You should be happy if you passed the test without practical experience. The techs with experience normally take the prep test so they can study the testing format.

    If a tech has good foundation, he/she will be able to deal with questions that were not covered by prep tests or study material.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpetsRepair View Post
    I wasn't impressed with the exam since whats in the books/study material is barely on the exam sometimes..
    The exam is not written to match the books/study material. The study material is supposed to be written to match the exam. So if the two don't match, it is generally a failing of the study material. This applies to all tests that I'm aware of, with the possible exception of the PMI tests that ARE supposed to be written to test the tester's knowledge of the PMBOK
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