SY0-301 and SY0-401 Differences

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I’ve received several queries related to the SY0-301 Security+ exam and it’s relationship with the SY0-401 exam.  Some questions include:

  • Is there much difference between the SY0-301 exam and the SY0-401 exam?
  • Can I use the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide to study for the SY0-401 exam?
  • Will the information I learned from studying the SY0-301 book be enough to pass the SY0-401 exam?

Here are my answers:

SY0-301 and SY0-401 Differences on Exam

Is there much difference between the SY0-301 exam and the SY0-401 exam?

Yes. There are a lot of differences between the 301 and the SY0-401 exam.

While there is a lot of overlap between the two exams, there is a lot of new material and some of the topics have a different focus.

Here are links to a series of posts I wrote comparing the two exams and listing the differences:

SY0-301 and SY0-401 Differences and Study Guides

Can I use the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide to study for the SY0-401 exam?

When taking any exam, it’s best to use the book that was created for that  exam. While there is a lot of overlap between the two exams, there is a lot of new material and some of the topics have a different focus.

The CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide has helped thousands of people pass the SY0-301 Security+ exam the first time they took it. However, it doesn’t cover the objectives on the SY0-401 exam.

In contrast, the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide covers all the objectives for the SY0-401 exam.

SY0-301 and SY0-401 Differences and Passing

Will the information I learned from studying the SY0-301 book be enough to pass the SY0-401 exam?

Probably not. However, it does build a solid foundation of knowledge.

Depending on when you’re reading this, you might still have time.

The SY0-301 expiration date is December 31, 2014.SY0-301 and SY0-401 Differences

 

 

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