Passed SY0-401 Security+ Exam- Trifecta Achievement Unlocked

sensitivestoicsensitivestoic Illinois, USAMember Posts: 77 ■■■□□□□□□□
Hello everyone, happy to report that I successfully passed my Security+ exam with a score of 787/900 today!

Not as good as wanted to achieve performance-wise. But to be honest with everything I'm juggling right now (single-handedly managing a 24/7 IT helpdesk support service) I'll take a pass. icon_cool.gif

General outline of how I approached exam:
  • Studied off and on for 6 months (due to work obligations).
  • Read through the entirety of Darril Gibson's Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead textbook (primary source).
  • Professor Messer's Security+ Videos and Study Groups for cursory review (secondary backup source).
  • Purchased Professor Messer's study guide.
  • Purchased Darril Gibsons online test bank for practice quizzes and exams
  • Briefly used CompTIA Security+ CertMaster online program (came with deluxe bundle for retake voucher).

Thoughts on sources:
Darril Gibson is by and large the best source I used. At first I thought his questions were unnecessarily punishing. But, as I reviewed the materials over and over again I was amazed at how I missed small differences between protocols or subject materials.

For the first time since starting certifications I am actually surprised to say that Professor Messer was not all that helpful. With all due respect to what he's provided to the community, his Security+ materials seem notably more disjointed in comparison with his A+ and Network+ materials. His study groups were the best help. But, overall Darril Gibson's attention to detail and explanation about why answers are wrong is what enabled me to pass the exam.

The CompTIA Security+ CertMaster is mediocre at best. I found it helpful as an online review. If anything it helped me to dissect the language of the exam makers or understand how to approach exam terminology. I would not recommend it as a primary learning source. Instead it should supplement as a review to challenge your mind as you approach exam day. I wouldn't buy it if it didn't come with a retake voucher.

Exam Advice:
  • Take practice exams from multiple sources to get used to the exam format. Doing so will challenge your mind to understand different approaches to both questions and answers.
  • Understand why you get questions wrong. Understanding not only why an answer is right, but why alternative answers are not the "BEST" solution.
  • Don't be dissuaded by complicated questions, drives me insane that CompTIA puts unrelated questions on the exam to test/faze you.
  • Make sure you've reviewed the Security+ Exam Objectives and haven't missed anything.
  • Find a test taking center that is comfortable and supportive. I am amazed at how bad some PearsonVue locations are. I tend to stick with colleges or academic institutions which have dedicated test centers.
  • A previous forum post here actually best outlines excellent advice in terms of studying and exam content. I agree with everything they say.

Now, most importantly: what in the world is a POODLE attack?
Certs Achieved: CompTIA A+ | Net+ | Sec+ | Project+ | MCSA Windows 10
Currently Studying:
  MCSE Server 2016
Future Goals: CAPM/PMP


  • TheWeathermanTheWeatherman Member Posts: 24 ■■■□□□□□□□
    First of all, Congratulations on the pass! Secondly, thanks for sharing your study advice! icon_thumright.gif
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
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  • MdaudMdaud Member Posts: 46 ■■■□□□□□□□
  • asenjabasenjab Member Posts: 5 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congratssss icon_wink.gif
    i have just passed the exam as well with 787 lol

    and I KNOWWW.... what is a POODLE attack!!
    actually, i have got around 40 questions that i had no idea what the hell they were talking about... and i was just Eeny meeny miny moeing the answers icon_lol.gif
    i suspect they all were beta questions but they were more than HALF on the exam!!
    because when i got the results, i answered wrongly only in 4 questions!! like how 787/900 is only with 4 questions wrong????
    i bought the bundle as well, so i was sure i am using the another try and maybe another bundle because my mind burned on these 40-50 questions!
    also, i got only one simulation!
    But anyway, where are you going next??
  • nisti2nisti2 Member Posts: 502 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Poddle Attack is just a variation of the Man in The Middle :P

    But if you understand what they are asking will be an easy pass.

    All the best :D Whats next?
    2020 Year goals:
    Already passed: Oracle Cloud, AZ-900
    Taking AZ-104 in December.

    "Certs... is all about IT certs!"
  • sensitivestoicsensitivestoic Illinois, USAMember Posts: 77 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thank you for the well wishes everyone. My long-term plans have been to slowly orient myself back into the world of academia and get a Masters in Information Technology or comparable computer related field. Already have some programs and universities lined up and am hoping to get accepted to my choices for the December 2018 time frame.

    Before then it's my intent to tackle the path towards MCSE certifications, CompTIA Project+, or PMP certification.

    Any thoughts, personal experiences, or community feedback is always welcome.
    Certs Achieved: CompTIA A+ | Net+ | Sec+ | Project+ | MCSA Windows 10
    Currently Studying:
      MCSE Server 2016
    Future Goals: CAPM/PMP

  • Fulcrum45Fulcrum45 Member Posts: 620 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass. Darril Gibson's book and the good Professor's videos/ study notes helped me a lot with this cert also.
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