Just wanted to share with the community that I took and passed the Pentest+ exam today.
Background: I took the Pentest+ Beta exam back in May. I honestly didn't study for it. I ended up failing with a score of 711. I was pretty disappointed and swore I'd retake the exam.
Study Resources: Used the Mike Chapple book published by Sybex.
Admittedly, I read the book in about five days, which didn't allow me to develop a study guide or practice the labs.
Without remembering the exam much, I felt confident I could take and pass the exam based on the material in the book.
It's snowing in the DMV today.
The testing center!! It was a bit unprofessional. I handed them my wallet and keys and they threw it in a file cabinet drawer. There was someone sitting directly behind me taking a test. But I'm not the Pearson Vue/Prometric police. I just hope there's not any errant charges on my credit card, etc.
The exam: It followed the same format as current CompTIA exams. Simulations then multiple choice questions.
And that's when the worry started. Without breaking NDA, I had concerns over the simulations. They were web site/application or scripting related. These were definitely my weak areas. I only completed two out of the five and submitted to just guessing the other three.
The multiple-choice questions were the usual CompTIA fare. Two far-fetched wrong answers, one right and one sort of okay answer.
Since I didn't really spend much time on the simulations, I breezed through the questions.
Didn't feel confident when I hit the submit button but surprisingly I passed with a 781. Not as high as I wanted but I definitely had some glaring weak areas.
If anyone uses the Chapple book, I would supplement your web site/application, scripting, false positive/true positive, Ghost (I think this a Linux thing). My point is review the test objectives/topics, ensure you either do research or have supplemental. Labbing is probably a plus. Kali, metasploitable 2/3, Windows eval, etc.
Pondering the CGEIT next then Linux+ then GCIH/GPEN.