Passed! My experience.

jjrockjjrock Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi everyone,

I passed my Security+ last Friday with a score of 816! I just wanted to share my experience. Prior to studying for Sec+, I had also just passed Net+ and ordered Darrill's book online right away so i could start studying. It took me one month of studying a few hours every day, read Darrill's book twice and answered all the questions from the book. I booked my exam right away because I wanted to pass the exam and get it done (which i did) BUT I did not feel as prepared as I did when taking the Net+ exam.

Personally, the actual test for me was difficult! It was very tricky and most of the time they want you to pick the BEST ANSWER. I actually thought that I was going to fail this exam.

I think the reason why it was hard for me was because I did not answer more practice questions that I should have. I think I should have done more practice questions online and from other resources to get a feel of what the test would be like. Also if I already had IT experience (which I don't yet), it would have definitely helped.


Moving forward: I am very excited to focus onto ICND1 and 2 later on. Cheers!

Comments

  • NotHackingYouNotHackingYou Member Posts: 1,460 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats!!
    When you go the extra mile, there's no traffic.
  • DarrilDarril Member Posts: 1,588
    Congratulations. Passing this without any IT experience is a real achievement. Many people have tried and failed.

    Good luck on the ICND exams.
  • quinnyflyquinnyfly Member Posts: 243
    I hope you enjoy the Cisco route, I am also looking into it as most jobs here seem to want some cert for it in one form or another. Must be more popular than I first thought??
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  • paulgswansonpaulgswanson Member Posts: 311
    Which S+ did you take? I'm Studying SY0-201 and the N10-03 at the same time.
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    WGU Progress: B.S. Network Management & Design <- I quit (got bored)
  • jjrockjjrock Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Which S+ did you take? I'm Studying SY0-201 and the N10-03 at the same time.

    I took SY0-301 and N10-005. Hm i'm curious is there a specific reason why you decided to take the older exams?
  • paulgswansonpaulgswanson Member Posts: 311
    More familiar with the material, of course I'll always be learning, but since I'll be taking them both in quick succession I might as well make it as easy on myself as possible. I learned all this stuff back in '06. I was lazy and cheap, and the Comptia annoucned that all thier certs were gonne get overhauls again, so I panicked. Frankly I just wanna get them done before there too much material to learn again.

    That and the vouchers were cheaper. icon_study.gif
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  • BokehBokeh Member Posts: 1,636 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I hope you realize that sy0-201 has been retired and no longer available.
  • paulgswansonpaulgswanson Member Posts: 311
    201 is still testable, you just can't buy the voucher any more, they 'officialy' stop testing for it July 26 2012. Mine is scheduled for the 25th :)
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    WGU Progress: B.S. Network Management & Design <- I quit (got bored)
  • _Marauder_Marauder Member Posts: 132 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the feedback, Nice work!
  • DarrilDarril Member Posts: 1,588
    201 is still testable, you just can't buy the voucher any more, they 'officialy' stop testing for it July 26 2012. Mine is scheduled for the 25th :)

    This is intriguing. I don't see this documented anywhere and wasn't aware it's possible. Is this the JK0 look-alike or the actual SY0-301 exam? For example, SY0-301 is also JK0-018 so I'm wonderering if the SY0-201 exam you're taking is a JK0- version.

    At any rate, good luck.
  • MrkaliMrkali Member Posts: 105
    Congratulations on your successful Sec+ pass icon_thumright.gif

    Best of luck with your cisco studies!
  • rwmidlrwmidl CISSP, CISM, MCSE, MCSA, MCPxAlot Worldwide AvailabilityMember Posts: 807 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Congrats on your pass.
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  • Dr ITDr IT Member Posts: 351 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats on the Pass
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  • NytrocideNytrocide Member Posts: 225
    Congrats on the pass! How long did you study for Network+ to feel more prepared than when you took the Security+? Just wondering since I just passed the Network+ and I am diving into studying for the Security+ now.
    Goals for 2014: CCNA: Voice / CCNA: Security
  • MichaelRMichaelR Member Posts: 18 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the insight. We are on the same path. I am studying for Sec+ now with just Darril's book. I will seek out some additional practice questions.
    Congrats on your pass!!
  • paulgswansonpaulgswanson Member Posts: 311
    They updated thier description Page. 1/2 hour before I posted about the 201 it was still up there. Just looked up and down on the site can't find it any more. :/ They used to even have a link jumping straight to the old domains.
    http://paulswansonblog.wordpress.com/
    WGU Progress: B.S. Network Management & Design <- I quit (got bored)
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on pass!! icon_thumright.gif
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  • jjrockjjrock Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Nytrocide wrote: »
    Congrats on the pass! How long did you study for Network+ to feel more prepared than when you took the Security+? Just wondering since I just passed the Network+ and I am diving into studying for the Security+ now.

    i studied almost 3 months for net+. maybe a couple more weeks for sec+ n i woulda felt more confident. but of course its different for everyone. icon_smile.gif
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