Have you passed S+ using only Professor Messer?

JugglingRefereeJugglingReferee F+, A+, MCDST, MCITP, 5xMTA, 2xAzure, AWS, ITILMember Posts: 49 ■■■□□□□□□□
Have you passed S+ using only Professor Messer?

A lot of the material should be review for me, so I'm hoping not to spend $60 on a book.

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  • JugglingRefereeJugglingReferee F+, A+, MCDST, MCITP, 5xMTA, 2xAzure, AWS, ITIL Member Posts: 49 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Do you know of any other online tutorials aside from Prof. Messer?
  • nosoup4unosoup4u Member Posts: 365
    You probably could with a solid foundation of experience already, but Darril's book was like 20 bucks on amazon when I bought it.

    Worth every single penny so far.
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I had a couple of the Messer videos playing in the background whenever I'd get ready for work the week leading up to the exam. It seemed like the videos had enough info in them to provide a pass, especially if the material was review to you.

    However, Darril's Book could be bought for pretty cheap and that alone is def enough to pass the exam.
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  • ChitownjediChitownjedi Chasing down my dreams. Member Posts: 578 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I second using Darril's book, I used that, from front to back in 7 days, had no issues passing the exam.
  • JugglingRefereeJugglingReferee F+, A+, MCDST, MCITP, 5xMTA, 2xAzure, AWS, ITIL Member Posts: 49 ■■■□□□□□□□
    $20 in the US. $37 in Canada.

    Greedy bas______.
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Maybe try getting it used.
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  • ResevenReseven Member Posts: 237 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I got the Kindle version of Darril's book from Amazon. Only $10.

    CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide: Darril Gibson: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

    It was a very well spent $10. It was all I needed to pass.
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  • FueledbycaffeineFueledbycaffeine Member Posts: 14 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Another vote for Darril's book. When you go through the practice questions, look at every answer and tell yourself why it's wrong. That helps a ton on eliminating questions when you take the exam. :)
  • ohmiharuohmiharu Member Posts: 13 ■□□□□□□□□□
    At first I tried to used CBT Nuggets Security+ videos , but I fell asleep each time after 20 mins or so ... icon_redface.gif I had a free book (GTS Learning) from my sister going to ECPI . It was very helpful ! If you grab the book it has links that lead you to Professor Messer videos which I was already watching them before I got the book.
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  • bigdogzbigdogz Member Posts: 876 ■■■■■■■■□□
    JugglingReferee,

    Times may be tough and I don't know your financial situation or if you just want to pay as little money as possible since you will need to pay the annual CE fees but from someone who took this path this is what I can tell you.
    I used Darril's book and passed with flying colors. I also used a test exam bank which really helped me. I know of 2 other friends who took the exam and thought that since they had 12+ years in InfoSec (and I would reccommend them to work on my network) they would breeze through the exam. They both failed.
    Pay the money and study if you value obtaining the certification and want to learn something. In most cases you may need more than one resource to pass an exam. Going on the cheap does not pay in the long run.

    Good Luck!!!!
  • Michael2Michael2 Member Posts: 305
    I didn't use Professor Messer, but I did pass with only the CompTIA Practice Exams. Didn't get a great score, but a pass is a pass right? A lot of it was really just review for me as well, and I just looked up what I didn't understand on Wikipedia. So I spent about $35 on study materials for the exam. This is no guarantee for anyone else, though.
  • JugglingRefereeJugglingReferee F+, A+, MCDST, MCITP, 5xMTA, 2xAzure, AWS, ITIL Member Posts: 49 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks everyone!

    I'm ordering the book tonight. With the dollar at par, there's no need for the cost of books to be so much higher in Canada. I would love to not purchase it online and send a message to the companies that this type of pricing is not acceptable.

    I intend to sell the book on Kijiji after I'm done with it, which should be before the end of December.
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Didn't know kijiji even existed lol. I might add that to my list of places to check for IT jobs..
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  • DarrilDarril Member Posts: 1,588
    The cost difference between the US Amazon site and the Canadian Amazon site is surprising to me too but both have the same list price. I don't control the price Amazon sells the book for anywhere in the world.

    It's interesting that the US price is $36.99 discounted on the US Amazon site to $26.63 but the Canadian price is listed as $37.13 with no discount.

    In contrast, the SSCP book has a US price of $59.99 discounted to $31.50 on the US Amazon site and the Canadian price is listed as $54.95 and is discounted to $34.45.

    The only difference I can identify is that I self-published the Security+ book through CreateSpace (a subsidiary of Amazon) while the other book is published through McGraw-Hill. I'm not sure who's getting that extra money, but it's not me. Perhaps Jeff Bezos and his investors. Due to a variety of reasons (and this just adds one more), I'll be publishing the book through another printer/distributor the next time.

    At any rate, good luck with the exam no matter what materials you use.
  • JugglingRefereeJugglingReferee F+, A+, MCDST, MCITP, 5xMTA, 2xAzure, AWS, ITIL Member Posts: 49 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Darril wrote: »
    The cost difference between the US Amazon site and the Canadian Amazon site is surprising to me too but both have the same list price. I don't control the price Amazon sells the book for anywhere in the world.

    It's interesting that the US price is $36.99 discounted on the US Amazon site to $26.63 but the Canadian price is listed as $37.13 with no discount.

    In contrast, the SSCP book has a US price of $59.99 discounted to $31.50 on the US Amazon site and the Canadian price is listed as $54.95 and is discounted to $34.45.

    The only difference I can identify is that I self-published the Security+ book through CreateSpace (a subsidiary of Amazon) while the other book is published through McGraw-Hill. I'm not sure who's getting that extra money, but it's not me. Perhaps Jeff Bezos and his investors. Due to a variety of reasons (and this just adds one more), I'll be publishing the book through another printer/distributor the next time.

    At any rate, good luck with the exam no matter what materials you use.

    Thanks for writing, Darril. Your book obviously has many great reviews, which for me is very important.

    The pricing issue brings up a whole new car of worms. There's a reason Canadian spend billions per year across the border.
  • kriscamaro68kriscamaro68 A+, Net+, Server+, Security+, Win7 MCP, Server 2012 Virtualization Specialist, MCSA 2012 Member Posts: 1,186 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Another pass here with Darril's book. I pretty much used only his book and a few cbt nugget vids for brush up and scored an 850. His book is enough for a pass and is an ez read.
  • DarrilDarril Member Posts: 1,588
    Congrats kriscamaro68. Great score.

    Good luck with your next adventure.
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