Passed Security+ 201
Passed the test this morning with 810 (min score 750). Not a great score, but I knew I had some weak areas going in - I'm not complaining. I didn't expect to pass by the half way mark due to the volume of questions I was unsure about. The last 30 questions seem to be more straight forward. If you grill hard on the fundamental prep objectives, you can use common sense to get you through it. Several questions required knowing ports. Several questions on SSL. I crammed hard for detailed questions on Kerberos & IPsec, but only a couple simple questions. Know your symmetric/asymmetric algorithms & hashing. I used the Security+ Delux book, Transcender, TechExam notes & a brief review of the ExamCram 201 book. I wouldn't call the Transcender test prep a life saver on this one, but at $60 for a 30 day web pass it was still well worth it. If you use Transcender, study not only the specific question answers, but the detailed notes about why the other options were wrong. There's a lot of info there that's useful. I started using the Transcender course a full 30 days before the test which is a bad idea. You end up unintentionally memorizing answers without really understanding the core concepts behind it - which can give you false confidence. I realized I had more weak points than I thought when I started reviewing ExamCram assessment questions a day before the test. Good luck for those still preparing for this one. I'm on to Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration 70-640 next.