CompTIA Recertification Exam (RC0-501)

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Have you heard about CompTIAs recertification exams* (such as the RC0-501 for the Security+ certification). Not many people have.

It is similar to the older “bridge” exam that CompTIA implemented for some certifications. The objectives PDF* includes this paragraph:

“The CompTIA Security+ Recertification Exam RC0-501 bridges the competencies measured by the Security+ SY0-401 exam and the SY0-501 exam. The Recertification Exam (RC0-501) blueprint includes the objectives new to the SY0-501 exam and also assesses the highest weighted competencies that may have appeared on previous exams (i.e., the knowledge and skills rated by SMEs as most relevant for on-the-job performance).”

However, CompTIA has been quietly making them available for eligible people.

CompTIA Security+ Study Guide

The 501 Version of the Study Guide

The CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide is an update to the top-selling SY0-201, SY0-301, and SY0-401 study guides, which have helped thousands of readers pass the exam the first time they took it.  It includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous three versions.

Each of the eleven chapters presents topics in an easy to understand manner and includes real-world examples of security principles in action.

You’ll understand the important and relevant security topics for the Security+ exam, without being overloaded with unnecessary details. Additionally, each chapter includes a comprehensive review section to help you focus on what’s important.



Over 300 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes:

  • A 75 question pre-test
  • A 75 question post-test
  • Practice test questions at the end of every chapter.

Each practice test question includes a detailed explanation to help you understand the content and the reasoning behind the question. You’ll be ready to take and pass the exam the first time you take it.

If you plan to pursue any of the advanced security certifications, this guide will also help you lay a solid foundation of security knowledge. Learn this material, and you’ll be a step ahead for other exams. This SY0-501 study guide is for any IT or security professional interested in advancing in their field, and a must-read for anyone striving to master the basics of IT security.

Kindle edition also available.

RC0-501 Recertification Details

CompTIA launched the RC0-501 exam on December 5, 2017. Here are some key details:

Number of questions: 35 (compare this to a maximum of 90 questions on the SY0-501 exam)

Type of questions: Multiple choice questions (compare this to both multiple choice and performance-based questions on the SY0-501 exam)

Length of test: 75 minutes (compare this to 90 minutes on the SY0-501 exam)

Price: $175 (compare this to $320 USD for the SY0-501 exam)

Delivery: Download to your computer as long as your computer meets minimum requirements* (compare to the requirement to take the SY0-501 exam in a testing center)

How To Register for RC0-501

If you have the SY0-401 certification (and it hasn’t expired) CompTIA indicates that they will automatically notify you via email and provide you with a Private Access Code (PAC). You can then follow the directions in the email to register.

Mini-FAQ:

Q. When does CompTIA send this email?

A. They don’t give any timelines, but appear to send out the emails to people with the last certification around the time that the new certification goes live.

Q. I never received an email from CompTIA with the PAC. What should I do?

A. Contact CompTIA. They have a Contact Us link at the bottom of almost all of their pages.

Full Security+ Course

SY0-501 Full Security+ Course

Helping you Pass the First Time

Online access includes all of the content from the

CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide

  • Introduction
  • About the exam (including information on the number of questions, test duration, passing score, types of questions and more. Also includes a listing of the exam objectives)
  • 75 question pre-assessment exam
  • Mastering Security Basics (full content from Chapter 1 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Understanding Identity and Access Management (full content from Chapter 2 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Exploring Network Technologies and Tools (full content from Chapter 3 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Securing Your Network (full content from Chapter 4 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Securing Hosts and Data (full content from Chapter 5 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Comparing Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Common Attacks (full content from Chapter 6 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Protecting Against Advanced Attacks (full content from Chapter 7 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Using Risk Management Tools (full content from Chapter 8 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Implementing Controls to Protect Assets (full content from Chapter 9 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Understanding Cryptography and PKI (full content from Chapter 10 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Implementing Policies to Mitigate Risks (full content from Chapter 11 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • 75 question post-assessment exam
  • Glossary

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Random practice tests from the all of the practice test questions in the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide. All questions include explanations so you'll know why the correct answers are correct, and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.

3 sets Performance-based Questions

Three new sets of performance-based questions with a total of 30 questions. These new questions use a new testing engine that includes realistic drag and drop, matching, sorting, and fill in the blank questions.

Flashcard Set

  • 494 Online Security+ Glossary Flashcards
  • 222 Online Security+ Acronyms Flashcards
  • 223 Online Security+ Remember This Slide from the popular CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide

Audio - SY0-501 Security+ Remember This Audio Files

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Audio from the end of chapter reviews from each of the chapters in the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide. Over one hour and 40 minutes of additional audio.

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Access to all of the online content that is available for free to anyone that purchases the CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide. This includes labs, extra practice test questions, and supplementary materials

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How to Study for RC0-501

CompTIA has published the objectives for the RC0-501 exam here*. The first step would be to download those objectives and review them.

You can then use a study guide such as the CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide to study the relevant topics that aren’t clear to you.

If you look at the objectives closely, you’ll notice that many are identical in both the RC0-501 objectives and in the SY0-501 objectives.

As an example, objective 1.1 (“Given a scenario, analyze indicators of compromise and determine the type of malware”) lists all the same types of malware in both the RC0-501 objectives and in the SY0-501 objectives. The reason is that CompTIA considers these objectives highly relevant today.

Some objectives are completely omitted. For example, Domain 3 in the RC0-501 exam only includes two objectives (with multiple sub-objectives).

  • 3.1 Given a scenario, implement secure network architecture concepts.
  • 3.2 Explain the importance of secure staging deployment concepts.

Domain 3 in the SY0-501 objectives includes nine objectives with multiple sub-objectives in each category indicating that they cut these out of the RC0-501 exam. It’s worth noting that the RC0-501 objectives are identical in words to the SY0-501 objectives, but not necessarily in numbering. For example, the SY0-501 has this listed as objective 3.4.

  • 3.4 Explain the importance of secure staging deployment concepts.

Note that it is identical to 3.2 in the RCo-501 objectives.

If you use the paperback copy of the CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide to cover the unknown objectives you can use three resources to help you find relevant content.

  • Index. The index includes close to 100% of the objective topics and phrases. For example, if you’re looking for sandboxing (one of the subobjectives under objective 3.2). While my intention was to include 100% of the objective topics and phrases in the index, I may have missed something.
  • Objective Map. The introduction includes an objective map listing all the SY0-501 objectives and identifies the chapter (or chapters) where the objectives are covered. You can use this to identify where the RC0-501 objectives are covered.
  • Table of Contents. You’ll find that many of the headings match the objective topics. By scanning the Table of Contents, you can often find the area where the topic is covered.

If you use the Kindle version of the CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide, you’ll find that it has a great search feature that can help you get to any page quickly and easily.

You can also use the online resources available on gcgapremium.com.

*CompTIA has a history of changing their links. If the links are broke, you can probably find the new page by using the Search feature available at the top of most pages. Click on the magnifying glass icon to open the Search text box.

Security+ Practice Test Questions

SY0-501 Practice Test Questions 

Over 300 realistic Security+ practice test questions

All questions include explanations so you'll know why the correct answers are correct,

and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.

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Multiple quiz formats to let you use these questions based on the way you learn.
  • Learn mode - randomized. View each of the questions in random order. 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. Click here to see how learn mode works.
  • Learn mode - not randomized. View each of the questions in the same order. Use this if you want to make sure that you see all of the questions. 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. Click here to see how learn mode works.
  • Test mode - randomized. View each of the questions in random order. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test. Click here to see how test mode works.
  • Test mode - not randomized. View each of the questions in the same order. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test. Click here to see how test mode works.
  • Test mode - 75 random questions. View 75 random questions from the full test bank similar to how the Security+ exam has a potential maximum of 75 multiple choice questions. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test. Click here to see how test mode works.

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