Semi-Nervouse about Exam!!!!!

TNT143TNT143 Member Posts: 33 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hello all!

I'm somewhat nervouse about the Sec+ exam, I have it scheduled for 1/21/11! I am using the Darril Gibson book as a study guide as well as several other practice exams on this site and some someone else gave me (I think its from the JK-01 or something like that) and I have been fairly successful on his practice tests.

I'm nervouse because I'm not a super 'techy' type person and the ports/protocols and encryptions are giving me a hard time. The other aspects about physical security, passwords, etc (not the nitty gritty) are fairly easy because of my background... is there a good balance of both types of questions or is it more 'nitty gritty'?

Any insight would be extremely helpful!
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  • RobertKaucherRobertKaucher A cornfield in OhioMember Posts: 4,299 ■■■■■■■■■■
    At the time I took it I felt it iwas fairly ballanced. I would not worry and just make sure you know the most fundamental ports. Any questions you see about a protocol like HTTP/HTTPS, SMTP, FTP, PPTP in your practice exams, just make a flash card for it and do the flash cards to help build your confidence.

    Don't worry too much.
  • security techsecurity tech Member Posts: 95 ■■□□□□□□□□
    TNT143 wrote: »
    Hello all!

    I'm somewhat nervouse about the Sec+ exam, I have it scheduled for 1/21/11! I am using the Darril Gibson book as a study guide as well as several other practice exams on this site and some someone else gave me (I think its from the JK-01 or something like that) and I have been fairly successful on his practice tests.

    I'm nervouse because I'm not a super 'techy' type person and the ports/protocols and encryptions are giving me a hard time. The other aspects about physical security, passwords, etc (not the nitty gritty) are fairly easy because of my background... is there a good balance of both types of questions or is it more 'nitty gritty'?

    Any insight would be extremely helpful!

    I wasn't a real "techy" person when i sat for the Security+. I would recommend that you read Darril's book until you have a good understanding of the materials. Review the technotes on this site, go through the objective and mak sure you understand each domain. What helped me was the fact that I took time to go through the objective and Darril's book. Make flash cards, take notes, study from your notes, use wikipedia.
  • FrankThFrankTh Member Posts: 30 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hello TNT143

    I used Darril Gibson book and the sybex book a little.
    I passed the exam with a 805 score. 4 weeks of readings.

    On the practice exams, final one was an 88%.

    When I passed the real exam, I was sure I was failing and had the nice surprise to see the congratulation screen.

    Some have a perfectionnist personnality, which I am part of it. Any mistake or hesitation is making me doubting about myself...

    Darril Gibson is the reference.

    Good success and pass the exam with confidence.

    FrankTh
  • HypntickHypntick Member Posts: 1,451 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Was pretty dang nervous when it came time to review questions at the end of the test. I went back, finished up the ones I hadn't answered or specifically flagged. I almost went back through every question once more just to feel comfortable, said to myself "if I do this i'm gonna second guess myself" clicked submit, did the survey and was surprised to see the pass screen. This was the only test I have taken thus far that I was nervous about so I know where you're coming from.
    WGU BS:IT Completed June 30th 2012.
    WGU MS:ISA Completed October 30th 2013.
  • TNT143TNT143 Member Posts: 33 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thanks everyone! I started reading DG's book in November had planned to take the exam in December 2010, but a research paper for my master's course was really kicking my butt and I put it off until January.

    I have mainly been using DG's book and studying really hard... going back and taking all his prac quizzes, pre- and post-assessments and well, I do 'ok'... I'm now going back and reviewing the 'notes'... I know I'm going to pass, just a nervouse test taker! :)
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