do I need 501?

nanachnanach noneMember Posts: 2 ■■□□□□□□□□
I am practicing for the CompTia security+ 501 exam and I wanna buy darril gibsons book however the 401 is a lot cheaper is it possible to prepare using the 401 version and than fill in the gaps?


  • PseudonymousPseudonymous Ninja Member Posts: 78 ■■■□□□□□□□
    No. Buy the 501. Unlike previous version updates, 401 and 501 are very different. Probably because they created CySA+. Look at the objectives between the 2 versions. I'm not saying it's impossible to still pass if you only use 401 material, but I'd recommend against it.

    Certifications: A+, N+, S+, CCNA: CyberOps, eJPT, ITIL, etc.
  • nanachnanach none Member Posts: 2 ■■□□□□□□□□
    thanks a million I"m new to this whole sector and I"m excited to have such an amazing community to help me out you guys are amazing
  • CarrieDCCarrieDC CompTIA Security+ CE, GIAC SEC511 GMON (in progress) Buckeye StateRegistered Users Posts: 10 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I used Mike Chapple's study guide from, Get Certified, Get Ahead Sec+ SY0-501 by Darril Gibson, practice tests from Exam Cram SY0-501 by Diane Barrett & Marty Weiss then incorporated the videos by Mike Chapple and I passed my first attempt with a score of 802. All these resources combined were essential for my success and I swear by Mike's study guide! I hope this helps good luck on your studying/attempt.
  • SteveLavoieSteveLavoie Member Posts: 790 ■■■■■■■□□□
    well, does failing a 250$ exam worth the risk to save on a 40$ book ? And I don't take any time consideration. 
  • _netmon_netmon Level 99 Wizard Mod Posts: 878 Mod
    As Pseudo mentioned above, always use the study materials related to the exam you are studying for. Avoid overlapping and cross-referencing exams. When I took my 401 exam I used and the Security+ 401 Exam Objectives. Both resources are free and will save you some money on your training. Here's the updated 501 versions:
    2020 goals: Server 2016 MCSA/MCSE (70-740, 70-741, 70-742, 70-744), Powershell training
    2021 goals: RHCSA/RHCE, AWS, Python training

    Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to. - Richard Branson
  • A1a5h3A1a5h3 Member Posts: 1 ■■□□□□□□□□
    edited August 2019
    The first and major step towards passing the exam is following current (501) CompTIA Exam Objectives..
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