401 Performance Based Questions

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You can expect to see as many as 10 performance based questions, when you take the Security+ SY0-401 exam. Instead of picking from a multiple-choice answer, you’re often required to perform a task. CompTIA’s goal is to provide more accurate testing to verify people have a full understanding of a topic.

These are different than traditional multiple choice questions, but you don’t need to worry too much about them. If you understand the content, they aren’t too difficult.

A question people often ask about these questions is if they get partial credit. People at CompTIA know, but I haven’t seen anywhere they’ve clarified this. It’s entirely possible that you get partial credit on some of these types of questions while others require you to answer them completely. It’s best to do the best you can with each question.

 

The following sections cover the different types of questions you can expect.

Matching – Performance Based Questions

In a matching performance-based question, you will see two lists and need to match them. As a simple example, one list might include several protocols and the other list might include several protocol numbers. You would need to match the correct protocol numbers with each protocol. If you know the protocols and ports listed in Table 3.1 of the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide, this becomes trivial. Then again, if you don’t know which ports go with which protocols, this can be quite difficult.

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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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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.

Drag and Drop – Performance Based Questions

In some questions, you might need to drag items from one location on the screen to another location to answer a question. You can think of these as multiple-choice questions with multiple answers that are correct. However, instead of selecting the check boxes to indicate a correct answer, you drag it to somewhere else on the screen.

Chapter 2 of the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide, has an example of a potential drag-and drop question in the practice test questions section. It provides a scenario with several locations and devices, and lists several security controls used to secure the locations. You’re asked to drag and drop the appropriate controls to the appropriate location or device.

Another example is in Chapter 11 of the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide. The question presents a scenario related to forensics, andthen asks you to arrange an out-of-order list of data based on volatility.

Data Entry – Performance Based Questions

Some performance-based questions might ask you to analyze a scenario and then enter appropriate data. For example, Chapter 4 of the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide discusses the configuration of wireless access points and wireless routers. A related question might ask you to configure an access point to work with WPA2 Enterprise mode. The Configuring a Wireless Router Lab mentioned in Chapter 4 of the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide and available online shows you the steps to do this. Similarly, I wrote a series of blog articles on creating rules for routers and firewalls. The second post showed an example of a performance-based question and the last post provided the solution.

You can read the posts here:

Performance-Based Questions Strategy

You’ll see the performance-based questions first and they take much longer than typical multiple-choice questions. If the answer is clear to you, then by all means, take the time to answer it.

However, if the question isn’t clear, mark the question and skip it. You can come back to it later. It’s entirely possible that the question is a poorly worded beta question that doesn’t even count. If you spend 45 minutes on it, you might run out of time before you finish the multiple choice questions.

Performance-based questions have occasionally caused problems for the test systems. A common problem is that instead of displaying the question, the screen is mostly blank. If this happens, you can often just use the reset button for the question. This allows you to move past the problem and continue with the test. However, resetting the question erases any answer you’ve entered.

It’s common for people to be nervous when thinking about these performance-based test questions. However, the majority of people who take the test say that these questions really aren’t that difficult. As long as you understand the concepts from the exam objectives, you won’t have any problem. I do recommend you check out the posts on performance-based questions that I’ve posted here. It’s worth your time to read comments from other readers too.

Good luck.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Darril,

    I recently took and failed the Comptia Security+ Sy0-401 exam. The questions that got me were the 2 practical labs and 2 regular questions, all asking to either identify or decipher scripted line code. I have not been able to find any printed or on-line material to study for these questions. Does your SY0-401 guide cover these types of questions? Any suggestions?

    • Sorry to hear you dropped the exam. I don’t know what you mean by “decipher scripted line code” but I don’t want you to violate the CompTIA NDA by talking about actual questions.

      However, I hear from people almost every day telling me that they’ve passed the exam using the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide and/or study packages on the premium site. Yesterday, I heard from three people telling me that they passed.
      – One person told me he passed by studying the study guide for six months along with attending his company’s internal training class.
      – A second person told me he passed by after studying the study guide and using the online practice test questions for a week and a half.
      – The third person just said he passed along with a thanks.

      You might like to check out this post.

      The Less FAQ page might help too:
      http://gcgapremium.com/less-frequently-asked-questions/#fail
      “I Failed – Any Advice?”

  2. HI, Darril,
    I have seen Comptia Security+ Sy0-401 exam apps for Iphone and IPAD. I am currently preparing for my exam and have not found a reliable and an effective way to prepare for myslef to take an exam.
    Looks like your apps may be able to do a magic. But, I have not seen that many review for this app. Would you advise this app can be helpful to take an exam and how often the questiions get updated once purchased.
    Your assistance would be much appreciated.
    Many thanks,

    regards,
    Shankar

    • Hi Shankar,

      The most effective way to study for an exam is with a study guide. The CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide has helped a lot of people pass the first time. You can read reviews on Amazon.

      I hear from many people that tell me that the app is useful for them as a supplement to the study guide. Also resources on gcgapremium.com include audio, flashcards, multiple choice practice test questions, and simulated performance-based questions. I update questions on the gcgapremium.com site regularly, but it isn’t easy for me to update the apps.

      Hope this helps.

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