Feb 2020 by MARIA FORSBERG
For those who work for or plan to work for the U.S. Department of Defense – including military and defense agencies – providing cybersecurity functional services for DoD information, the DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certification, and DoD 8140/8570 training requirements make Security+ an excellent choice.
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Exams for certifications aren't a slam dunk. It'd be pointless if everyone had certifications hanging on their walls if they were so easy to obtain. They are meant to be a sign that you've gone above and beyond your responsibilities.
Having a certification sets you apart from the crowd. It's impossible to teach everyone the same thing simultaneously or in the same way. Most people who prepare for the Security+ exam do so for 30 to 45 days (or they spend a few days in an instructor-led class 😉). For the Security+ certification exam, let's discuss how long to study.
Sec+ Training Classes
Enrolling in a Security+ training course is the most comprehensive and efficient way to get ready for certification. Choose self paced training if you have a lot of time to train or study in an instructor-led class if you want to get exam ready in a few days.
The Sec+ practice exams will expose you to the material that will be covered on the test, and the questions will be set up in the same manner as they will be on the real thing. The training is always up to date because the exams are updated frequently to reflect changes in technology.
Some of the study resources available online may be outdated though, so be careful when you choose. The saying, "You get what you pay for," usually holds true.
Free Study Materials
Free online study materials and practice exams are available, as previously mentioned. Keep an eye on them by finding out when they were last updated.
Early and frequent testing is the most effective method for identifying knowledge gaps. There is no reason why you cannot use the free materials in conjunction with other content. Take a few minutes to go over the material, and then go ahead and take any available practice tests. As a result, researchers will be able to see which areas need further research.
Make Use Of Online Study Materials
Study materials can be easily found online. They are usually well-written and contain more than just test-related information. They teach students how to interpret test questions and often provide practice exams.
After the book has been published, some even provide access to special online libraries that are constantly updated and expand the amount of material you can access.
Devise A Plan
Set a deadline for yourself to take the exam. If you're already familiar with the exam's content, you should be able to study for 30 to 45 days. Sixty days might be a better option for someone with no prior IT knowledge.
The Sec+ exam is broken down into a series of separate tests. Divide the content into sections that can be studied within the timeframe and learn each domain according to the percentage of the content that it comprises. If you have project management experience, you might even want to put your study plan in a timeline. The absorption of the material should be tested frequently and early in the process.
Taking a deep breath, remind yourself to read each question thoroughly as you begin the exam. The last thing you need is to answer a question incorrectly because of a misreading.
Taking The CompTia Security+ Exam
The Security+ certification exam has a time limit. A 90-minute window is allotted, but you can skip and return to any of the questions you want.
Exam takers can go through the questions in any order they prefer; some start with a few and work backward. It's okay to start with the most straightforward questions for you and work your way up to the more difficult ones. You can also begin with the most difficult questions first and work your way up. Another option is to answer the questions in chronological order. You get to make the call.
If you still have time at the end, go back and double-check your answers to make sure they are accurate. Submitting your answers and receiving your results is done when your time is up or you are confident that you have completed the task.
Your answers will be tallied right away. To pass, a score of 750 or higher is required (on a scale of 100-900). It is possible to receive a physical copy of your certification after passing the exam, and you will be able to show off your accomplishments on your LinkedIn profile and in your list of certificates earned.
You've demonstrated to your colleagues and bosses that you're well-versed in IT security by earning the Security+ certification. You have the hands-on practical skills to prepare, protect, and defend your systems, as well as a strong foundation for additional certifications.
The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+) certification is a good next step. You are in a good position to advance in your career as a cybersecurity expert because security is a growing concern for virtually every organization.
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