I passed sec+ today!!!! 822/900

morkethmorketh Member Posts: 26 ■■■□□□□□□□
I PASSSEDDDDDD!!!!! 822/900

Well I have studied for about 3 months REALLY hardcore. I study every day from 5pm-7pm on weekdays and then on weekends for about 10 hours a day starting out.
For the last month though I had studied from 5pm-12am on weekdays and then all day and night on weekends with a few breaks.

I used the below to study:

David L. Prowse book along with his 867 practice questions and simulation questions.
CertMaster questions
ProfessorMesser videos and study sessions
Googling random videos
A few random practice tests

I feel like the test was EXTREMELY HARD!!! I actually ran out of time right on the last question and the last 10 questions i skimmed over and just chose really fast what I thought the answer was without thinking.
I had taken countless 100 questions practice exams in 40-50 minutes so I was not worried about time at all on the exam but I was WRONG!!!
I had 72 questions and I barely was able to select the answer on my last question.
I felt as if I had barely studied the entire time and I thought I had failed the entire time I was taking it I was so sad I felt like I was going to cry lol.

But I passed!!! So that is awesome!!!
I am quite upset with how the questions are so tricky though. No amount of practice questions could prepare me for that or reading books. I had planned to just retake the test the next day if I failed mid-test because I knew studying more would not help me answer those questions better.
I will not say anything else about the test though so I don't break the NDA.


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    greg9891greg9891 Member Posts: 1,189 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Congrats will need to put in the same type of hours when I start studying for that again.
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    When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep, So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler And your need like an armed man.
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    ns_frankns_frank Member Posts: 19 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats....I'm actually getting my book this weekend so I'll start studying as well. I hope I pass the first time..This will be my first cert ever!!!!
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    morkethmorketh Member Posts: 26 ■■■□□□□□□□
    ns_frank wrote: »
    Congrats....I'm actually getting my book this weekend so I'll start studying as well. I hope I pass the first time..This will be my first cert ever!!!!

    It is my first cert as well! I plan on going for MCSA next!
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    danny069danny069 Member Posts: 1,025 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats! Great first certification to have. Good luck on your MCSA.
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    Attempted MustacheAttempted Mustache Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Good job, the CompTIA certs have definitely gotten harder with all the simulation questions they have now. I redid my Security+ last November and it was kind of surprising compared to the previous version.
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    AndersonSmithAndersonSmith Member Posts: 471 ■■■□□□□□□□
    All the best,

    "Everything that has a beginning has an end"
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    KyrakKyrak Member Posts: 143 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Up next: On Break, but then maybe CCNA DC, CCNP DC, CISM, AWS SysOps Administrator
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    cmitchell_00cmitchell_00 Member Posts: 251 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass!
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    computerblue14computerblue14 Registered Users Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats! I passed today. 774/750. I think this exam cannot be underestimated. I only have a 1 year background in network security from the military (2012) so a few things instantly clicked but most of the material was relatively new. I also have a MBA in Computer Information Systems which only really helped for asymmetric encryption and Linux.

    I got offered a job and had to take SEC+ without much prep time. I studied for 7 days (12 hours a day) and this is what I did:

    1. Professor Messer's videos (I even bought the $10 notes. Don't just study this... there are things he doesn't cover but it is a great start)
    2. CompTIA Security+ Study Guide SY0-401 (not incredibly helpful besides to look things up. Some things on the test weren't in here)
    Get Certified and Get Ahead! - Get Certified Get Ahead study guide (great practice questions but still the test was not very similar. I think the book would have been better)
    3. Online practice tests (still not perfect but I good jumping off point)
    4. Quizlet flash cards I made (for everything I didn't know 100%. I would delete a card when I finally knew the acronym and it's relationship to security)
    5. I lurked on this forum

    My test was 72 questions with 5-6 performance based questions. Some were very easy, some were very hard with totally unfamiliar material.

    I start work tomorrow with my new job.
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