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    Default How long did you study for security +?

    Also, how long did it take for you to study a+ and Netwrok+?

    Coming from basic knowledge of computers and Windows OS.


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    Probably about 2 1/2 months per exam.
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    hey Ver,

    I believe youre the one who introduced me to this site, I was reading one of your post from ethical hacker. I'm from Michigan too go wings
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    I studied for about the same amount of time as veritas for each. Get Darrils book for this test: Amazon.com: CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-201 Study Guide (9781439236369): Darril Gibson: Books
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    1 week. Had years of experience and I think I had already passed my NP by then, forgot thou
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    1 month for the Security+. I had years of experience by the time I took it.

    The A+ has been so long ago I really don't remember. 2-3 months maybe?
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    I studied for the A+ and Network+ about a month each exam at most.
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    Way too long.... studied both of them on and off for months before scheduling A+ one test at a time. Took 2 months with school and work to pass all 3 tests once I got the first one scheduled. Your mileage may vary.
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    I got the call back from the Job on Friday evening. I told the guy, OK, it requires Security+? OK, cool, then I'll just go get that then.

    I went to the bookstore Friday evening. After I got back home, I glanced over the book and questions, just to get a feel for it.

    Got up on Saturday, read the book all day, doing practice tests each chapter. I believe I ordered the test on Saturday evening, for Monday morning.
    Did the same thing on Sunday, finally completing the book sometime around 4 pm, then broke into the practice exams and loaded the CD

    I had actually bought an additional book by Mike from Tennessee (I forget his name now ... but I was so worn out by this time, I could barely look at his book also, and put it down ... I think he is the same guy who was Transcender Mike/Boson Mike from certcities.com forums, but I cannot swear by that.)

    Monday morning, I took the break from work at lunchtime (when I had scheduled the test, it turned out to be a holiday, so traffic was very light) went in, took the test, and passed it. I must have finished in 15 minutes or less.

    I used the book by David L. Prowse to prepare for it. I forget Mike's name, because I actually gave away my Prose and Mike books to a coworker at my last job (which, in retrospect, was a bad decision, as if he didn't go to Security+ exam after he'd had a class for it at his last job, what makes me think he'd go through the trouble now? .... some people don't have initiative ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by YuckTheFankees View Post
    hey Ver,

    I believe youre the one who introduced me to this site, I was reading one of your post from ethical hacker. I'm from Michigan too go wings
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    I remember that I had a week and a half to get my security + so that I can become a System Admin. Then of course when I got it they told me I had 3 months and it was not needed day 1 =/

    I used gibson's book.
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    Embrassing ....

    I did study for the Sec+ Exam on and off for 6 months
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    I read Darril's book last year in a 2 week time frame. That was it. I did his practice test the night before the exam and then passed it the next day. I'd say there was about 9 months between reading the book and taking the test.
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    I read Darril's book last year in a 2 week time frame. That was it. I did his practice test the night before the exam and then passed it the next day. I'd say there was about 9 months between reading the book and taking the test.
    Are the questions on the practice exam similar to what you see on the actual test? I scheduled my test for May 14th, and I got the book today. That gives me almost a month to study. I don't have N+ but I have an AAS in Networking so I am familiar with the terminology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YuckTheFankees View Post
    Also, how long did it take for you to study a+ and Netwrok+?

    Coming from basic knowledge of computers and Windows OS.

    I studied 5 days for Net+ and 4 days for Sec+, only using preplogic megaguides and proprofs.com study notes.
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    About 6-8 weeks, passed this week. I'm glad to have it done!
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    I just passed the Security + Exam about 10minutes ago and I studied for 52 days. Now on to CCENT and CCNA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YuckTheFankees View Post
    Also, how long did it take for you to study a+ and Netwrok+?

    Coming from basic knowledge of computers and Windows OS.


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    Why does it matter how long someone else studied for a test? The only thing that should concern you is do you know the material inside and out. It is not only important to understand the material to pass a test, but you should also be able to use what you have learned in the real world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soooowutnow View Post
    Are the questions on the practice exam similar to what you see on the actual test? I scheduled my test for May 14th, and I got the book today. That gives me almost a month to study. I don't have N+ but I have an AAS in Networking so I am familiar with the terminology.
    I felt the questions were similar enough. By that I mean that I could draw some direct comparisons between the question styles and subject matter. Obviously the book covers all the material for the exam so it should be familiar to you by the time you read the book.
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    Took me about a month and a half. I knocked it down after a break from my Net+. As long as you have a somewhat relative background in computers, you can do the same. Use Darril's book and one external practice test.. you'll be fine .
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    CompTIAs are about a month a piece for me.

    Im banging out Darrells book right now and it should be no time before I am ready to sit the exam..
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    Quote Originally Posted by white96gt View Post
    Why does it matter how long someone else studied for a test? The only thing that should concern you is do you know the material inside and out. It is not only important to understand the material to pass a test, but you should also be able to use what you have learned in the real world.


    Do questions bother you? I didn't ask how to pass the test or how to apply my knowledge, I just wanted to know about other people and their experiences.
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    A+ - Can't give a definitive time for that one... I went through some A+ books and video courses while in high school. Didn't take the cert till I was in college.

    Network+ - 3 months it was the elective for my MCSA

    (Those 2 were quite a few years ago at this point...)

    Security+ - 2 months tops.. At this point I was already familiar with a lot of topics covered. (and also a lot more indepth then what the Security+ covered, I only took it to have it for life )
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