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PT1-003 Pentest+ beta: 24/05

FluffyBunnyFluffyBunny Member Posts: 243 ■■■■■■□□□□

We already knew that today (17/05) scheduling starts for SecurityX -> https://www.reddit.com/r/CompTIA/comments/1csbgmg/new_comptia_beta_exam_ca1005_securityx_available/

One of my colleagues noticed that a beta for Pentest+ is also listed on PearsonVue!

Pentest+ PT1-003 beta goes live on 24/05! You should already be able to find it in your PearsonVue portal.

https://www.reddit.com/r/CompTIA/comments/1ctwv0e/upcoming_2405_pentest_beta/

For (expected) $50, you can take your shot at the new version of the exam. You'll get to see if it's any good, plus if you pass you WILL be certified for Pentest+.

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    xagreusxagreus Member Posts: 116 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Thanks for the heads-up, @FluffyBunny!

    I went through the registration process on PearsonVue's site. I can confirm that the price for the PTI-003 beta is the expected $50, with dates available in June 2024, but nothing after that. Going to hold off for now, and hope they offer dates in December so I have some time to study up.
    A+, Net+, Sec+, CySA+, CCNA, ITIL 2011 Foundation, AWS CCP, ISC2 CC, MS SC-900, MS AZ-900
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    Maybe I'll do the "no study" method for this beta. I really need to stay studying for DataSys+ and afterwards take the latest Net+ and Sec+ to stay relevant as an IT instructor.
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    FluffyBunnyFluffyBunny Member Posts: 243 ■■■■■■□□□□
    xagreus said:
    I went through the registration process on PearsonVue's site. I can confirm that the price for the PTI-003 beta is the expected $50, with dates available in June 2024, but nothing after that. Going to hold off for now, and hope they offer dates in December so I have some time to study up.
    Wait... how did you register for the exam PT1-003? That's supposed to open for registration next Friday.

    Today, 17/05, they opened registration for CA1-005 (SecurityX+).

    And I sincerely doubt that you can still take the beta in December. Pentest+ v3 needs to go live around October, as per https://www.comptia.org/certifications/pentest
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    FluffyBunnyFluffyBunny Member Posts: 243 ■■■■■■□□□□
    JDMurray said:
    Maybe I'll do the "no study" method for this beta. I really need to stay studying for DataSys+ and afterwards take the latest Net+ and Sec+ to stay relevant as an IT instructor.
    Oh, I'm definitely pludging and I'm looking forward to it. I'll try to scrounge up the objectives document though, see if I can find big differences.
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    FluffyBunnyFluffyBunny Member Posts: 243 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Important: Objectives (under development) for the PT1-003 and CA1-005 beta exams can be found here -> https://www.comptia.org/training/resources/exam-objectives/exam-objectives-under-development
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    xagreusxagreus Member Posts: 116 ■■■■□□□□□□
    xagreus said:
    I went through the registration process on PearsonVue's site. I can confirm that the price for the PTI-003 beta is the expected $50, with dates available in June 2024, but nothing after that. Going to hold off for now, and hope they offer dates in December so I have some time to study up.
    Wait... how did you register for the exam PT1-003? That's supposed to open for registration next Friday.

    Today, 17/05, they opened registration for CA1-005 (SecurityX+).

    And I sincerely doubt that you can still take the beta in December. Pentest+ v3 needs to go live around October, as per https://www.comptia.org/certifications/pentest
    OK, that makes sense - if it's going live in October, maybe the beta is only available for a month. I'll sit this one out and will plan on earning the PenTest+ and SecurityX in time for the next beta to renew them. :)

    To register, I went to https://home.pearsonvue.com/Clients/CompTIA.aspx --> My Exams --> View Exams --> PenTest+ Certification Exam --> PTI-003 CompTIA PenTest+ Certification Beta Exam.

    Same process for the CA1-005, except the last two steps were --> CASP+ Certification Exam --> CA1-005 CompTIA SecurityX Certification Beta Exam. And same timeline - only available in June 2024 at the 3 testing centers I selected.
    A+, Net+, Sec+, CySA+, CCNA, ITIL 2011 Foundation, AWS CCP, ISC2 CC, MS SC-900, MS AZ-900
    2024 goals: AZ-900, Cloud+, Palo Alto PCNSA, CyberOps Associate, DevNet Associate, Project+
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    edited May 18
    I'm registered for the PenTest+ SecurityX beta exam at my local testing center on July 22nd. I'll try to take SecurityX PenTest+ and DataSys+ around the same date.
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    FluffyBunnyFluffyBunny Member Posts: 243 ■■■■■■□□□□
    edited May 17
    JDMurray said:
    I'm registered for the PenTest+ beta exam at my local testing center on July 22nd. I'll try to take SecurityX and DataSys+ around the same date.
    You're the second person who's said they have registered for the PT1-003 beta, while PearsonVue's portal says registration opens on 24th of May... Sounds like someone dropped the ball and opened it a week early! :D 

    EDIT:
    Very strange, I still cannot register for PT1-003.
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    FluffyBunnyFluffyBunny Member Posts: 243 ■■■■■■□□□□

    Friday night off? Why not spend five hours cross-referencing the exam objectives for the new Pentest+ PT1-003 beta, with the current PT0-002? I did just that!

    The differences are considerable! Lots of small details added and removed. When it comes to big subject swaps: mobile testing went mostly out, SDLC and containers/cloud came in.

    You can find an Excel sheet and a PDF with the comparison here -> https://www.kilala.nl/index.php?id=2595

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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    edited May 18
    Oh, sorry, I signed up for "CA1-005 - CompTIA SecurityX Certification Beta Exam - English (ENU)". I was reading the PenTest+ objectives and it stuck in my brain. I tried signing up for the PenTest+ beta exam and an error message clearly says it's not available until May 24.

    I've been experimenting with using ChatGPT 4 to create a study plan based on the PenTest+ exam objectives. So far I get better results feeding it one objective at a time rather than an entire domain section in one go. I need to start writing some Python code to automate the tedious prompting tasks.


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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    OK, I just signed up for "PT1-003: CompTIA PenTest+ Certification Beta Exam" on Wednesday, July 31, 2024. No pressure!  :p 
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    FluffyBunnyFluffyBunny Member Posts: 243 ■■■■■■□□□□

    I took the exam earlier today. In short:

    • Overall it's a solid exam that tests the full width of the Pentest+ objectives.
    • Out of 114 questions I disliked only two. That's great work by CompTIA!
    • A few were about tools and attacks which I think were not mentioned on the objectives document. That was very odd. 
    • Were I to attempt this exam for real, I would have definitely spent a few hours familiarizing myself with the tools which are on the objectives.

    I think it's good! At least as good as the SecurityX beta, maybe even better. And much better than the Cloud+ beta which was kinda bad. 

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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    • A few were about tools and attacks which I think were not mentioned on the objectives document. That was very odd. 
    I think a beta will have odd things thrown in for testing that aren't a match to the objectives. Everything is still preliminary and subject to change.

    Thanks for the review!
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    shochanshochan Member Posts: 1,006 ■■■■■■■■□□
    scheduled for early Aug, bombed this exam back when it first came out
    CompTIA A+, Network+, i-Net+, MCP 70-210, CNA v5, Server+, Security+, Cloud+, CySA+, ISC² CC, ISC² SSCP
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