MCSA Elective: Network+ or Security+?

smg1138smg1138 Member Posts: 94 ■■□□□□□□□□
Ok I've decided to take one of these exams to get my MCSA finished. I can't decide which one to go with though. I was seriously considering Security+ until I saw the passing score. If I understand it correctly, the passing score for Security+ is 750 and the passing score for Network+ is 554, right? That's a pretty big difference! Which one should I do?

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  • EssendonEssendon Member Posts: 4,548 ■■■■■■■■■■
    N+ should be easier since you have done the 291. I dont think just the S+ would get you the MCSA, I know people on these forums have been getting the MCSE:S if they pass the S+ and a security elective.
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  • Alif_Sadida_EkinAlif_Sadida_Ekin Member Posts: 341 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Essendon wrote: »
    I dont think just the S+ would get you the MCSA.

    It will.
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  • EssendonEssendon Member Posts: 4,548 ■■■■■■■■■■
  • smg1138smg1138 Member Posts: 94 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Well, how much easier is the Network+? I mean, just considering the material itself. I really need to pass this next test on the first attempt.
  • earweedearweed Member Posts: 5,192 ■■■■■■■■■□
    If you were able to pass 70-291 Net+ should be easy. About all you really need to study that's new is the mediums (lengths and speeds)and ports, other than that it'll be review.
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  • DevilsbaneDevilsbane Member Posts: 4,212 ■■■■■■■■□□
    It will.

    I concur.

    I already have A+ and Net+ for the MCSA, but I also want to get the security+ before years end. It is a pretty good cert, and I want to have it for life. So I would say both.
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  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,314 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Do Security+. You're going to do a CCNA anyway, so why bother with the Network+. Right? ;)
  • smg1138smg1138 Member Posts: 94 ■■□□□□□□□□
    dynamik wrote: »
    Do Security+. You're going to do a CCNA anyway, so why bother with the Network+. Right? ;)

    I'm definitely leaning in that direction. Especially since I just received Darril Gibson's Security+ book today. I was actually planning to go for the CCENT next, so I guess Network+ might be kind of redundant.
  • DevilsbaneDevilsbane Member Posts: 4,212 ■■■■■■■■□□
    smg1138 wrote: »
    I'm definitely leaning in that direction. Especially since I just received Darril Gibson's Security+ book today. I was actually planning to go for the CCENT next, so I guess Network+ might be kind of redundant.

    Redundant, maybe a little. But it will also help you start switching those gears into network mode. Nothing to lose by getting an extra cert.
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  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,314 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Devilsbane wrote: »
    Nothing to lose by getting an extra cert.

    Except $225 ;)

    The CCENT is more-or-less the same content as the Network+ with some Cisco-centric material.

    I'm not ragging on the Network+ or anyone that has one, but I can't say that there is much value in having both.
  • DevilsbaneDevilsbane Member Posts: 4,212 ■■■■■■■■□□
    To me spending $225 on a cert is nothing. Considering that I am going to work 40 hours a week for 52 weeks a year, as long as the Net+ would raise your hourly wage 10.8 cents, it pays for itself in one year.
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  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,314 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Devilsbane wrote: »
    as long as the Net+ would raise your hourly wage 10.8 cents

    Would it though? Even if you already had a certification that encompassed nearly identical material?
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