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    Default Why is the pass score so low?

    615 out of 900?

    Thats a big drop from the network+. I am looking into either the Linux+ or Server+ to keep me going while I look for a job, but if even if the server+ was a bit more difficult, the pass score is low enough to make up for it.

    Anyone shed light on this?

    Kai.
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    I don't believe Comptia divulges their scoring methodology. My understand is that questions are weighted with different scores in such a way that if you get the score they consider passing, you know "enough". Certification scoring systems (at least Comptia and MS) do not translate well into traditional percentages or ABCDF grades.

    A similar concept we have in the U.S. is A.P. testing, which is something high school students can do to get college credit for what they learned in an A.P. class. The score is 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst, but the scores don't remotely translate into letter grades or percentages. They have specific meanings attributed to them, and the vast majority of institutions will accept a 3 or higher. Almost no institutions won't accept a 4, and a few might even accept 2s.

    Certification scoring systems are every bit as strange. I wouldn't overthink it.

    On the topic of Server+ -- I'd skip it if I were you. It has very little market value, especially outside of the U.S. There's only a very specific career point a person could be at where it would make any sense, and entry level searching isn't it. Focus on getting either the Comptia triad (A+, Net+, Security+) along with a track-specific cert (Win7, Linux+, CCENT/CCNA, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptilsen View Post
    On the topic of Server+ -- I'd skip it if I were you. It has very little market value, especially outside of the U.S. There's only a very specific career point a person could be at where it would make any sense, and entry level searching isn't it. Focus on getting either the Comptia triad (A+, Net+, Security+) along with a track-specific cert (Win7, Linux+, CCENT/CCNA, etc).
    I agree completely. A+ Network+ and Security +, then focus on a specific vendor cert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptilsen View Post
    I don't believe Comptia divulges their scoring methodology. My understand is that questions are weighted with different scores in such a way that if you get the score they consider passing, you know "enough". Certification scoring systems (at least Comptia and MS) do not translate well into traditional percentages or ABCDF grades.

    A similar concept we have in the U.S. is A.P. testing, which is something high school students can do to get college credit for what they learned in an A.P. class. The score is 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst, but the scores don't remotely translate into letter grades or percentages. They have specific meanings attributed to them, and the vast majority of institutions will accept a 3 or higher. Almost no institutions won't accept a 4, and a few might even accept 2s.

    Certification scoring systems are every bit as strange. I wouldn't overthink it.

    On the topic of Server+ -- I'd skip it if I were you. It has very little market value, especially outside of the U.S. There's only a very specific career point a person could be at where it would make any sense, and entry level searching isn't it. Focus on getting either the Comptia triad (A+, Net+, Security+) along with a track-specific cert (Win7, Linux+, CCENT/CCNA, etc).
    Thanks ptilsen,

    I was going to do the server+, might have a closer look at CCENT/CCNA instead, they obviously carry some weight, seemingly more than vendor neutral certs from CompTIA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai123 View Post
    615 out of 900?

    Thats a big drop from the network+. I am looking into either the Linux+ or Server+ to keep me going while I look for a job, but if even if the server+ was a bit more difficult, the pass score is low enough to make up for it.

    Anyone shed light on this?

    Kai.
    Not sure where you got your information, but the pass score for Server+ is 750, not 615, per CompTIA's web site.
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    Per the CompTIA official website:

    CompTIA Server+ Certification

    The pass score is 700 on a scale of 100-900; however, it's really 750. Their website is incorrect. I know this because I scored 718 and failed, despite what their 'official' website indicates.
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    Just checked the above website again; they finally changed it to reflect the accurate pass score of 750
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