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CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that demonstrates the baseline skills you have to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career. CompTIA’s Security+ certification is often considered as the first certification to the information security field that IT professionals should get. Sec+ objectives cover securing network components, disaster recovery planning, and even server room layout and physical security. 

The SY0-601 version was launched in November 2020. The current SY0-501 will expire in July 2021.Make sure you are using the proper preparation materials for the test you are taking.


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How many questions are on the CompTIA Security+ exam?

The Security+ exam has a maximum of 90 questions and you have 90 minutes to finish the test. Besides, you will be required to fill out some optional exit survey information about your study practices and why you made the decision to get certified. This concludes about 12 multiple-choice questions.


What are the CompTIA Security+ exam domains?

This is the list of domains covered by this examination and the percentage to which they are represented:

Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities 21% 

Technologies and Tools 22% 

Architecture and Design 15% 

Identity and Access Management 16% 

Risk Management 14% 

Cryptography and PKI 12%


What does the CompTIA Security+ exam cost?

You must purchase a Security+ voucher for $349. The purchases can be made online via the CompTIA Marketplace or directly from a Pearson VUE exam center. Vouchers are valid in 12 months after purchase. Your registration and your test date should be within that time frame. There is no way to enhance the voucher’s life. 


What Types of Questions Are on the CompTIA Security+ Exam?

The CompTIA Security+ exam includes a combination of 3 question types: multiple-choice questions, drag and drop activities, and performance-based items. The multiple-choice questions can be single- or multiple- response. Performance-based items (in which you control parts of a screen diagram to answer) test your ability to solve problems in a simulated environment. 


You can try some performance-based questions on the CompTIA website here.


How is it scored?

The Security+ score range varies from 100 to 900. You must score at least 750 to pass the exam. This means the required passing score is approximately 83%, though it is not easy to determine the exact score of each question. Your score will appear on the computer screen after the exam is completed.


 What kind of job can I get with A+ certification?

There are many careers that require or implement Security+ certification such as Systems administrator, Security administrator, Security specialist, Security engineer, Network administrator, Junior IT auditor/penetration tester, Security consultant .Currently, there are more than 100,000 available job listings for Security+ certified professionals. 


Who is eligible?

There are no age requirements and educational conditions for those who take the CompTIA Security plus certification test. However, it is recommended that candidates should be certificated with CompTIA Network+ and at least two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.


What salary can I expect with an A+ certification?

According to the CompTIA test center, the median pay for professionals with Sec+ certification in 2017 was $81,100. Remember that you may see different salary levels for one particular job because it depends on various factors such as companies, geographies, as well as your working experiences. A higher salary may also have more requirements – in terms of experience or responsibilities. 


How to Register and Pay for a CompTIA Certification Exam?

Visit the Pearson VUE website to create your account. You have to wait at least 24 hours before registration if you are a first-time user or sign in if you already have an account. Then select your exam, convenient test center, and appointment time. Complete all other required steps and finalize your payment. You can pay with your credit card on the website or by an exam voucher from the CompTIA Marketplace.


The CompTIA Sec+ exam is available in English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

We’ve made this CompTIA Security plus practice test to help you start learning in the right way. Start by reading the exam objectives, learn everything you need to know about the Security+ certification and take the Sec+ practice test to familiarize yourself with the exam format. There’s plenty of useful information to let you make a proper decision if CompTIA Security+ is right for you all the way to taking your exam. We’re with you every step of your way!


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