How long does it take to prepare for SY0-301?

spark2spark2 Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi

I am pretty sure this question has been answered many times however I cant find it. I'll have to do the exam before it retires on December, I have kind of good experience.

How many hours of study do you recommend a day? are two months enough?
Is Darril Gibson's book enough?

Regards

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  • Rocket ImpossibleRocket Impossible Member Posts: 104
    I think 2 months are enough if you have some experience. I took 3 months and aced it, but I don't have any formal security experience.
  • redterrorzredterrorz Member Posts: 19 ■□□□□□□□□□
    too broad a question as everyone has different lifestyles, commitments and study habits. but when you can score 90% or better on every (different) practice/simulation exam you touch, minimum 3, you are probably ready.
  • spark2spark2 Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the answers guys, I have booked the exam on the first of December , wish me luck
  • stryder144stryder144 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,647 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Good luck. Study hard, know the fundamentals, and you will do fine. As redterrorz wrote, take at least three different practice/simulation test with pass scores in the 90+ range and you will do well.
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  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I used nothing but Darril Gibson's book and passed with a very high score. It took me ~ 4 weeks of preparation. However, I was working part time then and was able to devote a large percentage of my time to the test.
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  • Justin-Justin- Member Posts: 300
    I am also studying for the Sec+ although I am taking the SY0-401. I also plan on taking it in December. Will be using Sec+ book by Sybex + CBT Nuggets + a few practice exams.


    Goodluck!
  • spark2spark2 Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
    stryder144 wrote: »
    Good luck. Study hard, know the fundamentals, and you will do fine. As redterrorz wrote, take at least three different practice/simulation test with pass scores in the 90+ range and you will do well.

    Which practice tests do you recommend?
    DoubleNNs wrote: »
    I used nothing but Darril Gibson's book and passed with a very high score. It took me ~ 4 weeks of preparation. However, I was working part time then and was able to devote a large percentage of my time to the test.

    I am using the same book, I find the questions by the end of each chapter to be easy, I am afraid the exam is way harder
  • KillerkingsKillerkings Member Posts: 8 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I would say around 1 month - I was revising 2 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the evening - my background is 14 years working in IT support and just over 1 year in Security

    All I used was the Darril Gibson book and the paid services on his website Get Certified Get Ahead | Helping people Get Certified so that they can Get Ahead in their careers - highly recommended. didn't need another book.

    Good luck with the exam.
  • newjacknewjack Member Posts: 100 ■■■□□□□□□□
    spark2 wrote: »
    I am using the same book, I find the questions by the end of each chapter to be easy, I am afraid the exam is way harder


    This is what I am scared about, I am getting 2-4 questions wrong at the end of the chapter, if I get more I go back and read. But the questions seem a bit to easy and not at all challenging which may not be preparing me for the test. It's been about 4 weeks of preparation for me.
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I had the same fear.
    However, just make sure you know why all the correct answers are correct and the wrong answers are wrong. If you can do that for every question, then you'll be fine.
    Goals for 2018:
    Certs: RHCSA, LFCS: Ubuntu, CNCF CKA, CNCF CKAD | AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect Pro, AWS Certified Security Specialist, GCP Professional Cloud Architect
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  • spark2spark2 Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thank you for your answers guys

    @Killerkings: thank you very much indeed! stupid me, never checked his blog, I'll go for the paid questions.

    @newjack: well, it's good to know that it's not just you or me

    @DoubleNNs: I can't thank you enough for your help. Thanks
  • markulousmarkulous Member Posts: 2,394 ■■■■■■■■□□
    It took me about 4 weeks with no networking (other than my home) and no security experience. I used WGU resources and looked at Pro Messer's videos.
  • c0mptiac0mptia Member Posts: 147 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Hi

    It all depend..it took me bout 2 months..
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