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Anyone take Security+ recently?

post #1 of 10
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I have my exam tomorrow and I'm really nervous cause I understand most of the general concepts but CompTIA words their questions so horribly I'm afraid my anxiety will get the best of me! frown.gif

Any specific topics to focus my last days study on?
post #2 of 10
Are you anxious because you feel you'll fail or you think you won't have enough time?

I've found 2 things, it's ok if you fail, and usually your gut decision on an answer is most likely the correct one. The more you debate in your head it could be A or it could be B, the more likely you are to select the wrong answer. I only have A+ for computers, but I used to be a professional EMT, which has higher standards for passing than CompTIA. I failed the paramedic exam once, you study and do it again. You can always conjure up another $100 for the test.
post #3 of 10
I took it in like September

You'll be fine if you know which encryption mechanisms are preferred over others and when to use them, as well as crap like asymmetric encryption PKI with certificates and crap. It's not hugely a burden of a test.

Also, a lot of the material overlaps with the CCNA Security test if you were also considering that.
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I took it a month ago.

Each test is different and not all questions are scored. You'll understand what I mean when you start taking it.

My test had a lot on PKI and Cryptography while my friend took his last week and had only "best solution" scenarios mostly.

It's not difficult if you read the material.
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I took mine last summer it, was much easier than I thought, what are you studying from?
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I read the Security+ All-in-One Certification book by Arthur Conklin and I honestly didn't like it much. The first time through I read it to understand general concepts and I dozed off at certain points I didn't understand (namely chapters 4-6 about encryption). The second time through I focused more and tried to learn but his writing was so dry in my opinion. I got on the Google for the chapters that I hated and forced myself to somewhat understand encryption.

The questions that really get me are the multiple answer questions such as Select 3 and then they give you choices like "MD5 is better than SHA". I know they're both hashing algorithms; I know they have different key sizes; but I don't know exactly which keys they use. Off the top MD5 uses 128 and SHA is 160, 224, etc. If you asked me which was better, I'd say I haven't a clue, but go with SHA for the higher key bits. Then there's questions about ciphers and I don't remember all the symmetric algorithms block sizes, key sizes, etc.

I also used the Boson exams and I scored an 80% my first time through. I tried to understand the material but it's not as clear cut as Network+. There are more underlying concepts and stuff, at least I think. I also thought I failed that exam while I was taking it but I passed with flying colors.

AGH. I get anxious because I'm a nervous test taker. I don't usually run out of time. Do the questions go into a lot of detail?

frown.gif Few more hours and I'll report in but any advice would be awesome!
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How'd it go?
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Absolutely brutal. Miserable exam. The entire time I was sure that I failed. After I completed, I went through the 40 questions that I flagged as being unsure. Some of those questions though, I can't imagine who writes them...

Lucky for me I got lucky I suppose and scored an 867. I'm so thrilled... I was honestly angry at the end of the exam until I saw that. Phew!
post #9 of 10
Those exams are just great fun. Taking paramedic exam was just as ridiculous. There are questions where every answer is wrong, you must choose which answer is the closest to the correct answer ( or most right).
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Absolutely brutal. Miserable exam. The entire time I was sure that I failed. After I completed, I went through the 40 questions that I flagged as being unsure. Some of those questions though, I can't imagine who writes them...
Lucky for me I got lucky I suppose and scored an 867. I'm so thrilled... I was honestly angry at the end of the exam until I saw that. Phew!

haha job man! glad you passed, i didn't find that test to be hard, although i studied my ass off.

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