I took my Security+ test today and passed with an 871 out of 900, took me just under an hour. I got 70 question total with about 5 of them being scenario based. While I was taking the test I marked every question I wasn’t 100% sure I was right on and ended up making 16 marks so I was a little worried while doing the survey that I could have failed. The areas that I got questions wrong were:
1.4 Given a scenario, implement common protocols and services
3.6 Analyze a scenario and select the appropriate types of mitigation and deterrent techniques.
My Background: I have worked professionally in IT since 2000 in various positions but never in a role where security was a huge concern. As far as CompTIA goes I have an A+ LE and just passed Network+ a couple months ago, I also have an MCSE in NT 4.0 and certified in Novell Netware 4.11 and Office 2000.
My preparation: I used the ITPRO.tv videos and before going into each section I would use the Transcenders optimized exam and do all the question from that section and then do them again after. On every video I watched I took noted by hand in a notebook which I feel helps me remember the information more and keeps me focused. Once I made it through all the ITPRO.tv videos I went through all the questions on Transcenders a couple more times but after that I would use the optimized tests to only do questions I had missed in the past.
I decided to read the Get certified get ahead Secutiry+ book by Darrell Gibson but I skimmed a couple parts I knew I was solid on but I did all the practice questions for each chapter. This really helped to flesh out some subjects I didn’t feel strong on.
I bought the Professor Messer test notes and since I drive for work a lot I would listen to his videos while I drove and I think I listened to about 80% of them.
Other than that I went through the examcompass and crucial exams tests to give myself a different look at questions to see if there were any areas I was weak in. I also went through the exam objectives a few times and anything I felt sketcky on I would read the wiki about, this went for the Acronyms list too since there are some things in there that aren’t on the objectives.
Test review: I didn’t get a single question that I would have had to know a port number for but a couple on weather a protocol was reliable or unreliable. I spent a lot of time really memorizing the different encryption standards and barely got any questions on those at all. Other than that the questions seemed to be a good mix of the test. There were a couple questions that were intentionally misleading so make sure to pay attention to key words and don’t get confused by the overall situation. Also I am not strong in Linux and there was a question that you had to know how to read Linux permissions and nothing I went through specifically covered that so I had to take my best guess. So if anyone is reading this take 2 minutes and google that so you don’t have to guess like I did.