CompTIA Testing Changes

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There are a few changes coming up with CompTIA testing you may be interested in. They are going to Pearson Vue exclusively as a testing center and the older version of Network+ will be retiring in August, 2012. Many resources including quality practice test questions for the new CompTIA Network+ exam are currently available.

CompTIA to Use Pearson VUE Exclusively

CompTIA has decided to use a single vendor for testing and has opted to go with Pearson Vue. They have been using both Pearson Vue and Prometric but effective, July 9, 2012, you will no longer be able to take a test at a Prometric testing center.

If you have a Prometric voucher to take a test, you must use it prior to July 8, 2012. After that date, it will be worthless.

Compare to Microsoft

Microsoft took a similar step a few years back, but in a different direction. You could previously take Microsoft exams at either a Pearson Vue or a Prometric testing center. They switched over to a single vendor at end of 2007 but chose to use only Prometric.

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FOR THE NEW PERFORMANCE BASED QUESTIONS 

Bonus - Performance Based Questions

Additional Security+ questions to help you prepare for the new performance based questions. These are included with the full bank of Security+ practice test questions and are divided into different sections. For example, you'll have access to the following links:

- Performance Based Question - Set 1

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of security to mobile devices and servers in a data center. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 2

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 3

You'll see a graphic showing a network with computers and servers separated by a firewall. The firewall is used to control traffic between the computers and users using rules within an access control list (ACL).  You'll have three questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly identify the relevant components of the rule. The incorrect answers and explanation provide you with insight into how to correctly answer this type of question on the actual exam.

- Performance Based Question - Set 4

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam related to what a forensic analyst would do during an investigation. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 5

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match protocols and ports. You'll then have seven questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 6

You'll see a list of security controls along with a graphic showing devices and locations within an organization, along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the controls with the devices and locations. You'll then have four questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 7

You'll see a list of authentication methods and authentication factors along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the authentication methods with the authentication factors. You'll then have six questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This set also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 8

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This is similar to Set 2 but expands on the possibilities. The set also includes a link to a page showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 9

New questions recently added using a different testing engine. See a demo here. This set includes drag and drop and matching questions on ports.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 10

A random set of 20 performance-based questions using drag and drop, matching, sorting, and fill in-the blank. This set includes performance-based questions on RAID.

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Simulated Performance-based Questions

Bonus - Performance Based Questions

Simulated performance-based questions included with all

packages that include practice test questions.

Additional Security+ questions to help you prepare for the new performance based questions. These are included with the full bank of Security+ practice test questions and are divided into different sections. For example, you'll have access to the following links:

- Performance Based Question - Set 1

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of security to mobile devices and servers in a data center. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 2

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 3

You'll see a graphic showing a network with computers and servers separated by a firewall. The firewall is used to control traffic between the computers and users using rules within an access control list (ACL).  You'll have three questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly identify the relevant components of the rule. The incorrect answers and explanation provide you with insight into how to correctly answer this type of question on the actual exam.

- Performance Based Question - Set 4

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam related to what a forensic analyst would do during an investigation. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 5

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match protocols and ports. You'll then have seven questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 6

You'll see a list of security controls along with a graphic showing devices and locations within an organization, along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the controls with the devices and locations. You'll then have four questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 7

You'll see a list of authentication methods and authentication factors along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the authentication methods with the authentication factors. You'll then have six questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This set also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 8

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This is similar to Set 2 but expands on the possibilities. The set also includes a link to a page showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 9

New questions recently added using a different testing engine. See a demo here. This set includes drag and drop and matching questions on ports.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 10

A random set of 20 performance-based questions using drag and drop, matching, sorting, and fill in-the blank. This set includes performance-based questions on RAID.

Get the full bank of Security+ Practice Test Questions Here

Simulated performance-based questions included with

all packages that include practice test questions.

Compare to SSCP/CISSP Testing

SSCP and CISSP exams have been available as paper-and-pencil exams but are switching over to computer based testing. Effective June 1, 2012, you’ll be able to register to take these exams (and other ISC2 exams) at Pearson Vue testing centers. ISC2 has been using Pearson Vue for several other exams including CSSLP and CAP.

Network+ Exams N10-004 and N10-005

The N10-005 exam was released by CompTIA in December 2011 and many people are taking it now. The N10-004 exam which was released in 2009 retires August 31, 2012. After that date, you can only take the N10-005 exam. This update is in line with CompTIAs practice of updating their exams every three years.

A common question people ask is “What are the differences between N10-004 and N10-005?” This blog gives some information on these differences.

Realistic practice test questions for the Network+ N10-005 exam
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Another common question people ask is “Which exam should I take?” The most important consideration is that you should take the exam that you’ve been studying for. In other words, if you’ve been using N10-004 study materials, take the N10-004 exam. If you’re just starting to study and don’t have any materials yet, your best bet is to study the newer exam. It covers topics that are more relevant today.

Also, if life events prevent you from taking the exam before August 31, 2012, you won’t have to start over if you’re studying N10-005 materials. In contrast, if you were studying for N10-004 and missed the August deadline, you’ll need to pick up new study materials.

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All questions include explanations so you'll know why the correct answers are correct, and why the incorrect answers are incorrect. This way no matter how CompTIA words the questions, you'll be able to answer them correctly.Multiple quiz formats to let you use these questions based on the way you learn.
  • Learn mode. Learn mode allows you to keep selecting answers until you select the correct answer. Once you select the correct answer, you'll see the explanation.
  • Test mode. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test.
This package allows you to go through the practice test questions in multiple ways based on how you learn best.
  • Domain 1 through 5** using Learn Mode
  • Domain 1 through 5 using Test Mode (Randomized)
  • The full bank of test questions using Learn Mode
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Performance-based QuestionsSeveral sets of performance-based questions. Question types include drag and drop, matching, and sorting type questions. See a demo here.checksmchecksm

Bonus #1

Flashcard Set
  • 200 Network+ Flashcards to reinforce key testable concepts
  • View in random and non-random modes.
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Subnetting mini-tutorial that will help you answer two key question types
  • Identify how many hosts a subnet supports
  • Identify valid IP addresses within a subnet
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Package includes several sets of performance-based questions.Two sets are simulated performance-based questions.Another set includes multiple performance-based questions using drag and drop capabilities. I love the way these new questions work. Check out a demo here.

You don't need to spend a fortune to get quality practice test questions

If you're like most people, you've already spent money on one or more Network+ books or courses. Now you need to ensure you understand the concepts and how they are tested. You can pay $100 or more for practice test questions, but you don't need to.

The set of practice test questions will give you a view of typical multiple choice questions you can expect to see on the live exam.

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Full bank of more than 293* N10-006 Network+ practice test questions.All questions include explanations so you'll know why the correct answers are correct, and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.CheckCheck
Performance-based QuestionsSeveral sets of performance-based questions. Question types include drag and drop, matching, and sorting type questions. See a demo here.checksmchecksm

Bonus #1

Flashcard Set
  • 200 Network+ Flashcards to reinforce key testable concepts
  • View in random and non-random modes.
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Bonus #2

Subnetting mini-tutorial that will help you answer two key question types
  • Identify how many hosts a subnet supports
  • Identify valid IP addresses within a subnet
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Get the Network+ Study Materials Here

Beware of questions that do not include explanations - many people have identified errors in these and even when there aren't errors, these types of questions encourage you to memorize answers instead of understanding the underlying concepts.* Don't you hate those little asterisks. Normally they mean "forget what you just read, it's not really true." Not so here though. The bank starts with 293 multiple choice practice test questions, but I'm still adding to them. There will be more.** CompTIA identified five domains of objectives for the CompTIA Network+ exam. They are:
  • 1.0 Networking Architecture
  • 2.0 Network Operations
  • 3.0 Network Security
  • 4.0 Troubleshooting
  • 5.0 Industry Standards, Practices, and Network Theory

New A+ Exams on the Horizon

The current version of A+ exams are the 220-701 (Essentials) and 220-702 (Practical Application) exams. These were released in 2009 and an update is due in 2012, three years later. CompTIA has published the objectives for the 220-801 and 220-802 exams but they haven’t provided any information on when these exams will be live. However, it is possible to make educated guesses.

  • CompTIA does three workshops for most of their exams.
  • The third workshop for the N10-005 Network+ exam was July 18-22, 2011 and that exam went live a little over four months later on December 1, 2011.
  • The third workshop for the A+ exams was April 23-27, 2012. It’s very possible these new exams will go live a little over four months later on September 1, 2012.

Similarly, we can predict when the 220-701 and 220-702 exams will be retired.

  • The N10-004 exam retires Aug 31, 2012, nine months after N10-004 was released
  • The 220-701 and 220-702 exams will likely retire six to nine months after the 220-801 and 220-802 exams are released, perhaps at the end of March or June, 2013.

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Includes all of the content from the 220-901 Bonus Package.
  • Domain 1 Hardware.
  • Domain 2 Networking.
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  • Domain 4 Hardware & Network Troubleshooting.
  • Random Test Your Readiness Quiz. Random 90 questions from the full bank of test questions to test your readiness for the live exam.
  • Flashcards to remind you of important topics.

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Includes all of the content from the 220-902 Bonus Package.
  • Domain 1 Windows Operating Systems.
  • Domain 2 Other Operating Systems and Technologies.
  • Domain 3 Security.
  • Domain 4 Software Troubleshooting.
  • Domain 5 Operational Procedures. 
  • Test Your Readiness Quiz. Random 90 questions from the full bank of test questions to test your readiness for the live exam.
  • Flashcards to remind you of important topics.

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Comparing Security+ Exams

As a comparison, the SY0-201 Security+ exam was released in 2008. New objectives were released in 2011 as SY0-301 and there was an overlap where you could take both exams. The SY0-201 exam retired December 31, 2011 and currently only the SY0-301 exam is available. An update isn’t due until 2014.


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Our online Security+ study materials are the perfect complement to the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide. They can also be used to help ensure you're ready no matter what study guide you're using.

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  • All of the multiple-choice questions from the best-selling CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide. See a demo here. All questions have full explanations so you'll know why the correct answers are correct and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.
  • Over 35 new multiple-choice questions we've added after publishing the study guide.
  • Over 70 performance-based questions. See a demo here.
  • All of the flashcards from the study guide. View them in any Web browser.
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Summary

CompTIA is switching to Pearson Vue testing centers exclusively. If you bought vouchers ahead of time make sure you either purchase Pearson Vue vouchers or use Prometric vouchers before July 9, 2012. The Network+ exam has two active exams N10-004 and N10-005 and the N10-004 exam retires August 31, 2012. The A+ exams are being updated with new 220-801 and 220-802 exams coming out but won’t be live before September, 2012.

4 Comments

  1. I got my A+ about a year and a half ago. I was just wondering about this new 801 or 802 exam. It seems like there will be some new information about windows 8, touch screens and other things. Is there a way to get tested on the new material with out having to do the whole intire test again. I have seen something called a bridge test. Would this be what a bridge test does? If so, is a bridge test usuall cheaper than to take the whole test again.

  2. You’re welcome Sophia,

    I recently gained some more info and posted this blog: New CompTIA A+ Exams 220-801 and 220-802
    http://blogs.getcertifiedgetahead.com/comptia-a-certification/

    Good luck.
    Darril Gibson
    darrilgibson.com

  3. Thank you very much for this blog.

    It cleared up a lot of questions I had with the new release of the 220-801 and 220-802 CompTIA A+ tests. I saw pre-orders available for study materials for these tests on amazon, and since I’m only just beginning to study for the A+ tests, I was worried I’d have to wait a couple months until september or august, when the new test and books were released. CompTIA doesn’t exactly include this information on their website, and it’s not that easy to get ahold of them if you’re not currently a paying customer. I wasn’t aware that they kept the older tests around for a few months to phase them out. So, thank you. 🙂

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