Help! I Failed Security+ 5 Times. How Can I Pass?

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I recently received a message from someone that failed the Security+ exam. He was desperate to pass the Security+ exam after failing it five times. While it’s rare to hear from someone that has failed the exam so many times, I do occasionally hear from people that have failed.

The reasons are often the same.

Failed Security+ 5 Times Please Help

Here’s some of his message:


“Hello Mr. Gibson. … in my career field we need to be Security+ certified to move on. However I am on my fifth time re-testing and I feel like your study material isn’t helping as much as I want it and if I fail it a sixth time my dad will beat me savagely with a pair of jumper cables pls help

“jk lol”


Failed Security+ Reply

Here’s a slightly edited version of my reply:

Hi xxx,

Did you look at this FAQ?
“Am I Ready?”

When people tell me that they’ve failed after using the materials on the site, I typically see one (or more) of the following issues:

  • They didn’t use all the materials
  • They didn’t get recommended scores of 90% on all the materials
  • They memorized the questions and answers

Look at your scores. What do you see?

  • Did you use all the materials?
  • Did you ultimately score higher than 90% on the quizzes?
  • Did you remind yourself why the correct answers were correct and why the incorrect answers were incorrect, or did you zip through the quizzes because you had memorized the questions and answers?

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

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I peeked at your scores. Here’s what I see.

  • I don’t see any record of you taking the Extras quiz.
  • I see one record of you taking the Test Your Readiness quiz with a score rounded up to 18%.
  • I see six records of you taking one set of the performance-based questions with the highest score rounded up to 12%.
  • While I see some high scores for some of the quizzes you took repeatedly, I don’t see consistent scores over 90% for the quizzes.

Only you know the answer to this question. Did you remind yourself why the correct answers were correct and why the incorrect answers were 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.
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Knowing the correct answer to a practice test question isn’t enough. You also need to know why the correct answers are correct and why the incorrect answers are incorrect. This way you have the best chance of accurately interpreting the questions on the live exam and answering them correctly.

Last, successful people commonly develop the following three habits:

  • Figure out what doesn’t work and stop
  • Figure out what works and keep doing it
  • Try new things

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  • 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
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Five fails indicates that what you’ve been doing isn’t working. It’s time to try new things.

Try this. It is a formula that many people have used to successfully pass this test.

  • Use all the materials on the site.
  • Ensure you get passing scores for all the quizzes.
  • Take the time to remind yourself why the correct answers are correct and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.

I’ve shared this same advice with others. Many told me that they took it, studied diligently, and passed the exam.

A couple of people later told me that they failed the exam again and lost their job (because their job was dependent on getting this certification). When I looked at their scores, I saw the same mistakes repeated.

I’m sure your Dad loves you and won’t really beat you “savagely with a pair of jumper cables.” However, you may find that your employer may not be so forgiving.

 

Fail Security+ or Pass Security+

I have no doubt that this person can pass the Security+ exam. However, I also know that it’s a tough exam. It will take time to go through all the materials, get scores over 90%, and gain an understanding of why the correct answers are correct and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.

Will he do it?

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