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u/parthos1017 · 2 pointsr/CompTIA


Now that I'm a bit more rested I'll do my best to answer your questions in detail.

With the videos obviously there are a set amount of hours, but what it typically did was study/take notes on a specific objective and then watched the videos afterwards to supplement any info I might have lost. (Toward the end of the objectives I only watched videos and took notes on those because my textbook was a bit lacking but we'll get to that)

Some people take both Exams at the same time and thats cool if you think you can then go for it, save yourself an extra trip. I decided to Study/pass one exam and then the other. The first exam took me over a year because i only studied off and on and that was for the 701/702 so then those went out and i started over. As for my actual exams they were EXACTLY 3 months apart, but that was just a happy coincidence.

For my study materials i used a combination of things. My textbook was

It's a good book and i loved the software that came with it as you can add additional practice exams to it from other guides. It is a very in depth text and a bit less casual than the mike meyers books. My only gripe about this book is that it doesn't cover the objectives in order so you'll wind up flipping through looking for data on a specific subject alot. (hence why i just switched to videos toward the end)

for practice exams i used this

The practice exams in this book are amazing and the cheat sheet in the back is pretty helpful as well. Also all of the practice exams are also on a disc so you can take them on a computer or laptop if you wish.

Finally when you start drilling the practice exams head to they offer 10 short and sweet practice exams that you can even take on your phone.

Studying is fairly simple. If you haven't already you should start with downloading and printing out the exam objectives found here.



then just start at the top and work your way down. When you reach the point that you think you could easily explain each point to someone else properly then you're probably safe to move ahead. TAKE YOUR TIME do a little each day trust me it's wayyyyyyyyy to much data to just shove in your head all at once. What i did was take notes on all the objectives using the videos afterward, then once I'd reviewed everything i started drilling practice exams. Once i started scoring at least 90% I would buy my vouchers and schedule my test about a week ahead of time.

The test itself can be a bit intimidating but just take your time and read everything in detail. There will be some performance based simulations (i'm not sure how much detail i can go into with those) suffice to say if your confident in your knowledge then you'll be able to complete them. Worst case just flag them for later and skip ahead to the multi choice questions, flag anything you're not sure of so you can double check it at the end of the exam.

Lastly people very rarely pay the full 188 for the voucher comptia usually offers a 10% off coupon on their website. if you google it i'm sure you'll find it.

In conclusion If you want to test in a week go over the exam objectives and cross off the subjects that you know like the back of your hand. and study up on the ones that you don't. Don't let the exam room intimidate you when you go to test. It's just another practice exam just with uglier lighting :P

I hope this has helped you at least a little. happy studying and good luck!

u/cheezuscruzt · 11 pointsr/CompTIA

  Hello /u/rennypenn,


I was in the exact same situation as you until just a few months ago. I was in customer service for over 10 years but technology was always my passion and I deeply wanted a career in the industry. Unfortunately, I did not complete a college degree and thought a career in IT would never be possible for myself. Then I was introduced to the world of certifications which made my dream into a reality and was able to land a help desk tech position.


Some people will tell you certifications are not very helpful and will not benefit you much. I've come to realize that people who say this usually do not have any certifications themselves so they've never personally benefited from them and assume certifications to be useless. Do not listen to them, certifications will help show potential employers that you have the fundamental knowledge to do entry-level IT work.


The following resources will make you more than ready for these exams.

Professor Messer video course and study groups

Professor Messer course notes and practice test

Mike Meyers All-in-One book

Mike Meyers 901 and 902 course on udemy

• CompTIA 901 and 902 objectives.

Exam Compass

Crucial Exams


After completing the exams and receiving your certification you should immediately begin a resume and work daily to perfect it. If you are not too comfortable with writing a resume you can visit IT staffing companies like TEKSystems who will give you free resume and interview coaching along with helping you get employment.


When you get a resume you are happy with, begin sending it to every IT job opening in your area listed on Indeed, Career Builder, Monster, and listings to jobs under the local Gigs>Computers section of Craigslist.


Apply for any IT position you see and keep in mind that 99% of job postings, even entry-level, will "require" a Bachelors degree, A+, Network+, Security+, ITIL, CCNA, and 5+ years of experience, and much more. Apply to these positions anyway. This is just wishful thinking of the recruiting team. If you apply to enough positions someone will eventually call you for an interview. Even if you really are under qualified for the position you applied to they may have an additional entry level opening that is just not posted yet and still call you. I applied to well over 150 jobs over a 5 week period and finally landed an interview and got the job as a help desk tech, but the job I initially applied was several levels above help desk.


If I can do it, anyone can. Just don't get discouraged and don't give up. Eventually someone will give you a chance and you will get your foot in the door. Good luck to you.

u/calmer-than-you-dude · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I would recommend either Exam Cram 6th ed. by David L. Prowse or Mike Meyer's A+ passport. There are bigger books (1200+ pages), but I don't think they're necessary if you've already assembled machines and installed various operating systems. You can probably do fine with one of these concise guides. If you really want to browse the various books and determine which you like the best, then you can do that by signing up for a 10-day free trial with SafariBooks. This will give you full access to 10 different books for 10 days...enough time to determine your favorite. Just remember to cancel before the trial ends or they might bill you.

Professor Messer is a good source of videos. CBT Nuggets is also good, but kind of pricey. You might try their 7-day trial and see if you like it. CBT Nuggets is about 35hours of video and Prof. Messer is 20.

I started with a pretty extensive background in hardware/software troubleshooting but studying really helped everything come together. I learned the most from the Printers chapter/videos. I had never taken a Comptia exam before and was a little unsure of how detailed the questions would be, so this made me study a little harder. I studied for each exam separately. About 2 weeks preparing for the 801 and 10 days or so for the 802. The 802 was a little more challenging.

Good luck!

u/bfoosh · 1 pointr/CompTIA

The previously mentioned resources are great. I'll add to it:

Bonus Questions with Explanations:

266 801 Flashcards:

Acronym Flashcards:

If you want some great books, I used this (The CD is great for practice exams!) and [this] ( which follows the objectives perfectly. I can loan the Kindle version to you for 14 days if you're interested. Just send me a message. :) Good Luck! I just passed the 802 today! I'm officially certified!

Also, be sure and download the CompTiA A+ Exam objectives and use it as a checklist as you learn!

u/CrashNBurn21 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Great News! I passed my exam yesterday! The materials I used to study was Mike Myers CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Book 1001 & 1002 textbook, Professor Messer Youtube Videos (1001 series videos), Mike Myers Total Seminars Training, and I am currently attend college for my IT associate degree. I took notes as I read Mike Myers books, Mike gives you exam tips which is very helpful. I also took notes while watching professor messer videos on YouTube. The day of the test I was nervous, my testing location was strict I had to take out any items in pocket and take item like my wrist watch off and leave it in the locker. Every topic you learn will help you but the exam is very heavy on troubleshooting. I had a total of 78 questions. Surprisingly not one printer question was asked expect connection issues. My advice to anyone is to read the text book watch the videos but be perpare that the questions the exam ask is all troubleshooting. Read the questions carefully and re-read if you must. Flag questions you are not sure about and come back to them later. I save the simulation questions for last. I wanted to get the rest of the questions out of the way first. Get hands on experience on the information the text book and videos teaches you. Remember K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) when thinking of chosing the correct answer.

That's my take on the exam. I plan to use the same study strategies for my 1002 exam. Good luck and keep a positive mind and you will do fine!

Study Materials Link:

(Mike Myers Textbook)

(Professor Messer Videos)

u/keetohasacheeto · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

The CompTIA A+ All in one exam book is what helped me when I took the older versions ( It's $35 for it new, but if you can find a used copy for cheap, go for it. You'll want to supplement your learning between the Professor Messer videos (which are free) with a good certification book such as the one I mentioned.

Since it is a 2-part exam, this will mean you will need to purchase 2 exam vouchers. I know usually on Professor Messers website, he will have discount codes you can use to take off a bit of the cost towards the voucher. The vouchers are what really make it pricey, which is why I strongly urge that you really make sure you are ready for the exams before you go and take them since they are not refundable.

Congrats in advance on having a kiddo and good luck with your studies. This subreddit is pretty great to ask questions and get studying advice.

u/SmokeHalo · 11 pointsr/CompTIA

Here is messer's sec+ video list. Here is ExamCompass, it's a link to the first test, notice below are 23 more free tests and 9 drill down topic tests. Here is, Darril Gibson's certification book, the best book on the subject.

I scored a 795 just last week on Sec+. I recommend Darril Gibson's book totally and completely. It currently costs 23 bucks on amazon prime but comes with a 10% discount for your test voucher so it literally pays for itself.

ExamCompass is great to figure out what sections you are week on, the topic tests will give you the best idea of where you need help or you can refer to your post-test printout.

Messer's videos are great to watch at 1.25 - 1.5 speed to better understand areas of weakness.

I used Mike's practice tests on udemy but didn't use any of his videos or his book for Sec+. He tends to spend too much time outside the test materials for me. I totally get why he does that and it's great to understand how these technologies came about and some of the depth as to why they are and do what they do but.... fuck man I'm just trying to get a cert, ya' know? I'm currently using his book for Net+ and I can't for the life of me get through it.

u/Keyboard_null · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Well I bought this book first:

I recommend it. He does an awesome job explaining everything. I read this from front to back.

Then switched to Professor Messor videos:

Watched all of them beginning to end. Good way to solidify your foundation of what you learned from the book.

Then do some practice tests to find out what you need to work on. I found some practice tests from Cisco on youtube. It was like 600 questions but worth it.

Anyways, I hope this helps. Good luck I'm sure you will do great!

u/darkcape · 4 pointsr/CompTIA

congrats and good luck on security plus. I recently passed security + and I think the best study guide I used was the Darril Gibson book ( wish I would have thought of your flashcards before I think it would have helped quite a bit -- thanks for that.

u/ImMartyChang · 4 pointsr/CompTIA

Personal recommendation, don't shoot for certifications with only Messer's videos and quick notes/questions. You might be able to pass the exam like that but more than likely you're going to be under prepared. Especially important for Network+ and Security+, as if something goes wrong it can cost a lot of money to the company. The in depth books are boring and will take a while, but it will teach you a lot more than studying the questions will.

Personally, when i study I use the 2-2-2 method. 2 Books, 2 Supplemental sources (Videos, tutorials, labs), and 2 Practice tests. Two books to make sure that if one author didn't cover a subject in detail well enough, or if I don't understand them, the other one mostly likely will cover it well enough. The other 2 would be other sources to learn from. I would watch videos on Wardriving, networking centers, data centers, etc. to get an idea of how everything looks in a real world deployment. Network+ won't teach you what to really expect to see in a MDF/IDF. CBTNuggets gets recommended a lot, but I usually use pluralsight. And 2 Practice exams, which I have to constantly get over 80% on them.

Todd Lammle's Network+ book is amazing, highly recommended

Mike Meyer's Book is also a good read.

As far as Security+ goes...

Favorite Security+ Material I've read. Super in depth and organizes topics very well.

Better than nothing for Sec+. After reading this book I did not review it again until right before the exam. Barely touches on a lot of subjects and missed quite a bit compared to the other book.

u/Cadwallader01 · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

Not sure what the difference is per say but I have this one:

I'm around 880 pages in of 1288 and I liked it pretty well it's just A LOT of material.

The disc questions are lame...they try to force you to buy stuff they are just sample stuff. The key to the disc however is that it includes a free copy of the entire book on PDF! I put the disc in and put the book on a flash drive to read at work during lunch. So it works out that I didn't buy a ebook version.

I would also suggest to go to udemy and buy his lectures they're for the 901 and 902...they should be $10 each and they complement the book perfectly....they like overview each chapter.

Once I finish the book I plan to rewatch the videos on udemy as a refresher as well as watch professor messer videos.

u/HopeWeAllPass · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

Hi, All of those things are an excellent start, but I think you need more. Do the free practice tests on the Exam Compass site ( Some of their questions are VERY picky, but overall they're good prep. Do the tests on the Crucial Exams site, too ( See if your library has the new Mike Meyers book ( Go through the questions at the end of each chapter. Use the CD that comes with the book as a source of more questions. Good luck to you!

u/printer_merchant · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

I've only passed the 901 and putting the A+ on my resume as "in progress" (listed it literally as "Certifications: CompTIA A+ (in progress)") has already gotten me a possible job opportunity. Guy knew right away what that meant and he just asked when I planned on taking the 902.

So yeah it'll definitely help with getting hired.

As for studying, look over the exam objectives and see how much of it you know. If it's less than half, buy the Mike Meyers book and read it front to back. If it's more than half, buy the Pearson ExamCram book and read that instead. Watch Professor Messer's videos in either case and use CrucialExams, ExamCompass, Professor Messer, and ExamCram practice tests. ExamCram had questions most like the ones on the actual test, ExamCompass is the hardest, and Professor Messer's pop quiz collection is the one that gave me a score closest to what I actually got (846 on the real 901 exam, 847 adjusted from a percentage on Professor Messer's pop quiz collection).

Good luck.

u/codenameasher · 5 pointsr/CompTIA

I worked in hospitality for almost 7 years, I've always been "good" with computers as far as trouble shooting goes (making sure connections are seated, power cycling, diagnosing small networking or connection problems) but I had lost my job and my husband suggested I get into the technology field. I did have a general interest in technology and gadgets, stuff like that, so I looked into CompTIA. I had NO formal experience with working with computers but I dedicated myself to "mastering" a chapter a day, and if I didn't I'd continue with it the next day. My studying looked a bit like this:

Materials Used:

CompTIA A+ Exam Cram

Throughout the chapter there are practice quizzes, I would read until I came to the quiz and take it, if I passed (answered 80% of the quiz questions right) I'd keep reading, if not I'd re-read the previous info and taking note of the things that I missed.

The book also comes with a practice exam (and an exam coupon!) and let's say my chapter had two quizzes and a total of 20 questions, you can set the parameters of the practice exam to ask a certain number of questions, so I'd put 20 and take the exam without referencing the book. If I passed I'd move onto the next chapter. I'd keep adding the number of exam questions as I took the quizzes in the study book.

Professor Messer exam videos

These are extremely through and up to date, I would hug this man if I could. Along with reading a chapter a day I'd watch at least 10 of his videos a day. For the most part this method followed along at the same pace as the info I was reading in the books.

Get an older computer from somewhere, this was a great resource that I used to take apart and actually examine the actual parts of the computer being reference in my studies. I would take apart all the components, label them, and put them back together. (Then strip the labels off and do this again.)

Also trying to help out where you can, if feasible, at your current job or talking to other professionals that you work with. You can do this.

With the way I studied I was confident enough after three and a half months to take the exam. Took and passed both on the same day and got an entry level job three months after that. Don't be afraid to start from the bottom, I've been in my position for almost a year and (clearly) I learn something new everyday.

-On mobile so there may be errors

u/CaptMurphy · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

I'm in a similar situation as yourself, studying for A+ and onward from there. I've heard Micheal Meyers All-in-One Exam Guide (8th edition) is very good. I'm not nearly through it enough to give my opinion on it, but I have never heard someone speak poorly of it.

I'm also going through Professor Messer's A+ videos. You can buy them, or you can watch them all totally free right on his site. I think it's a very good resource, and again I've only heard good things. They're broken down very well, and easy to handle in small chunks.

Beyond that I'm just a noob myself and can't offer much else.

u/iammartyr · 0 pointsr/CompTIA

There are a lot of great resources out there and it may be a bit overwhelming.

I would not rely solely on Professor Messer's videos. His videos are great, but lack some of the detail that a large certification book offers.

It also depends on yourself. Are you new to the IT field? Have you ever built a computer before, setup a wireless network, or done some troubleshooting?

Mike Meyer's Book
This book gets a lot of attention and is a good resource.

Exam Cram Series
This book is a great "cram" of all the information. It's shorter than Meyer's book but has a lot of great test preparation questions and strategies.

Those 2 books with supplements from Professor Messer's videos should give you more than enough help. Also don't be afraid to just reserach something that you are unsure of. I use other sources such as Reddit and YouTube just to further dive into things I am unsure of.

I am taking both exams on the 15th of this month and my study habits have been read the books. Then test yourself with exams. Find where your weak points are, and study them. Rinse and repeat. Everyone is different and it all depends on how quickly you want it. A lot of these questions are up to yourself and how you learn/retain knowledge.

u/NinjaPirateAssassin · 3 pointsr/CompTIA

I just passed my Net+ about a month ago studying in a similar time frame. Professor Messer on Youtube is a great free video resource, I also found the CBT nuggets course helpful.

Exam Cram is the only book you need, and it's easily the best study guide I've used for any Comptia Test:

u/AmberRae114 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

The link that was posted is for the academic store. It's not a discount store and is only available for students. You have to go through a small process to prove you're a student and then you can purchase items there. Also, you are limited to only 3 items in a 6 month period and only 4 items total in general. I wouldn't rely on using that link for your materials.

Most people use the comptia A+ all in one guide by Mike Meyers (if they use a book at all), the Mike Meyers udemy video courses, as well as the free professor messer video courses. I'm using those items to currently study for my A+ and find them very useful.
Make sure to use the 1001 and 1002 videos as the 901 and 902 exams expired in July.

Hope that helps :)

u/PickleyPerkleton · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

Just scored 827 on the 220-801 exam. I'm using this text though I hear great things about the Meyers book. Watch these videos and puchase his study guides they're excellent value. Read a chapter then watch the appropriate video, a few a week is a great pace. Then once you get through and are somewhat confident in answering the questions in the book, book your exam and have a week where you really blitz the material (around 3 chapters a day). Practice exams would be bonus, I used the ones that came with this but that was a loaner from a friend.

u/PinkPuff · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Check out the links in the right hand column, especially Prof. Messer's Cert Videos.

As far as books go, I'd pick this up: Mike Meyers CompTIA certification guide.

Also, go to CompTIA's site and grab the 801/802 objectives PDF. Once you've read the Meyers book, or whichever book you decide to pick up, focus in on the objectives.

There are many resources online for free 801/802 testing. Google is your friend.

Finally, I recommend using Quizlet for flashcard-style drilling.

edit: additionally, there are lots of free Android/iOS practice test apps available.

u/QDaManQ · 4 pointsr/CompTIA

If you're going to take the Security+ I was told this book was the holy grail of Security +, and it was:

I passed my Security+ today and that book was a large reason why! I purchased the Kindle version for 10 dollars and just read it wherever I could. Professor's videos were extremely helpful too. I also used the Security+ exams! Hope this helps and good luck!

u/simperialk · 3 pointsr/CompTIA

I'd say that Darril Gibson's GCGA (Get Certified Get Ahead) book is a common favorite around here. I'll leave a link here for you if you'd like to check it out.

If you'd like some online study resources that will put you ahead of the game as well (by a long shot), I'll also link you to my Evernote list of everything I used for the Sec+. Study right and you'll pass with flying colors 😊

u/Ping_Me_Later_Dude · 1 pointr/CompTIA

> If any of y’all passed the exam please tell me how you’ve done it. So far I’ve been using udemy courses, books and Jason Dion practice test and Professor Messer Video series. Thanks in advance for answering.


You should do some labs. Otherwise it sounds like you are on the right track. Did you print off the objectives for the exam? I always used that as a check list to make sure I understand all the material that I will be tested on.

For practice tests I like Measure Up

Exam Cram

The exam cram is nice, because it has a tear off sheet for some of the things you need to know for the exam.

u/okeydokeygnocchi · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

I would highly recommend Gibson's book, it's very solid and covers the exam incredibly well in my experience. Here's the Amazon link to the book so you can check it out (they also have a Kindle version for $10):

For videos I'm a fan of CBT Nuggets. It's a bit pricey but you can get your first week free and cancel renewal before the week ends if that works best for you. Here's the link to their Sec+ course:

u/Zeenii · 1 pointr/CompTIA

A lot of people recommend Professor Messer's Youtube Videos. They're free to use and I believe are current. This is great since it'll show you what you'll be learning about as you're given information on it. Many people recommend that you pause the video and take notes throughout the video. Do this for each one, memorize the information and you should be good for the test.

If you like using a text, then I can personally recommend Exam Cram. The included practice questions and tests are gold (some people buy the book just for them). The information is distilled down to what you need to know without any fluff or unneeded information. I made around 300-ish note cards out of the information given and passed both 801 and 802 on my first try. I have no issue with drilling info and memorization, but you will have to do this no matter which option you choose.

Hope this helps OP!

u/spankmylion · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I suggest you read the CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 8th Edition (Exams 220-801 & 220-802) This book is very in depth for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience.

Also watch Professor Messer's A+ videos on YouTube.

Both of these resources are great! Mike Meyers has a "explain like I'm 5" way of telling you how things work.

Hope this helps some,

u/somekidwithaname · 6 pointsr/CompTIA

You should remember a three-word strategy to studying for and passing the Network+: Divide and conquer.

You need to be smart about what you put effort into understanding and memorizing. Look at the Exam Objectives. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the Exam Objectives, you'll see there is a list of hundreds of terms and acronyms. I would not encourage anyone to try and memorize every single acronym on that list. Instead, you should focus on WHATEVER is an OBJECTIVE. Here is a list of SOME of the things I would encourage you to memorize.

  • Leased lines
  • T-1
  • T-3
  • E-1
  • E-3
  • OC3
  • OC12

  • Copper Connectors
    • RJ-11
  • RJ-45
  • RJ-48C
  • DB-9/RS-232
  • DC-25
  • UTP Coupler
  • BNC Coupler
  • BNC
  • F-Connector
  • 110 Block
  • 66 Block
  • Copper Cables
  • CAT3
  • CAT5
  • CAT5e
  • CAT6
  • CAT6a
  • PVC vs plenum
  • RG-59
  • RG-6
  • Straight Through vs Crossover

  • Fiber Connectors
  • ST
  • SC
  • LC
  • MTRJ
  • FC
  • Fiber Coupler
  • Fiber Cables
  • Single-mode
  • Multimode
  • APC vs UPC

  • Tools
  • Cable Crimpers
  • Punchdown tool
  • Wire Strippers
  • Snips
  • OTDR
  • Cable Certifier

  • Topologies
  • Mesh (Partial vs full)
  • Bus
  • Ring
  • Star
  • Hybrid

  • IPv4 Classes
  • A 1-126
  • B 128 - 191
  • C 192 - 223
  • D 224 - 239
  • E 240 - 254

  • Attacks
  • DoS
  • ARP Cache Poisoning
  • Packet/Protocol Abuse
  • Spoofing
  • Man-in-the-middle

  • Troubleshooting Methodology
    1. Identify Problem
    1. Establish Theory
    1. Test Theory
    1. Establish Plan
    1. Implement Solution
    1. Verify Functionality
    1. Document Findings

  • Command Line Tools
  • Ipconfig
  • Netstat
  • Ping
  • Tracert
  • Nbstat
  • Nslookup
  • Arp
  • MAC address lookup table
  • Pathping

  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Line Tests
  • Certifiers
  • Multimeters
  • Cable Tester
  • Light meter
  • Toner Probe

  • OSI Model
  • 7 Application
  • 6 Presentation
  • 5 Session
  • 4 Transport
  • 3 Network
  • 2 Data Link
  • 1 Physical

  • Wireless Standards
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11ac

  • Ethernet Standards
  • 10Base-2
  • 10Base-T
  • 100Base-T
  • 100Base-FX
  • 1000Base-T
  • 1000Base-TX
  • 10GBase-T
  • 10Gbase-SR
  • 10Gbase-ER
  • 10Gbase-EW

  • Wiring Standards
  • 568A
  • 568B

  • Standard Business Documents
  • SLA
  • MOU
  • MSA
  • SOW

  • Ports & Protocols
  • 20 FTP Data
  • 21 FTP Control
  • 22 SSH
  • 23 Telnet
  • 25 SMTP
  • 53 DNS
  • 67 & 68 DHCP
  • 69 TFTP
  • 80 HTTP
  • 110 POP3
  • 123 NTP
  • 137-139 NetBIOS
  • 143 IMAP4
  • 161 SNMP
  • 443 HTTPS
  • 445 SMB
  • 1720 H.323
  • 2427/2727 MGCP
  • 3389 RDP
  • 5004/5005 RTP
  • 5060/5061 SIP

    Look up everything I've listed above (and a lot of other things I missed out too that are listed on the Exam Objectives) and learn about them through different means (books, videos, podcasts, apps, etc)
    Don't just memorize something. Understand it. Understanding it will help you memorize it.

    You should have a plan on how you plan on studying. Don't just study aimlessly. The Network+ exam is a marathon. People don't just get up one day and run a marathon. They train for it. The finish line is passing the exam, the race track is the Exam Objectives. Not everyone can successfully finish a marathon. You need to train (study) and condition (practice) yourself to be prepared to run and finish that race.

    Remember to take it one day at a time. You should pay for and schedule the exam so that you have a set date for the exam which will incentive you to study instead of procrastinating. Take it one day at a time BUT HAVE A PLAN. DIVIDE AND CONQUER. BREAK THINGS UP INTO SMALLER MANAGEABLE CHUNKS. MAKE LISTS. BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT MEMORIZING SOMETHING, CHECK THE EXAM OBJECTIVES TO SEE IF IT IS WORTH YOUR TIME AND EFFORT TO MEMORIZE SAID THING.

    Some tools to help you study:

  • Books
  • [Mike Meyers All-in-One Network+ Book] (
  • [ExamCram Network+ Book] (

  • Videos
  • [Professor Messer's Network+ videos] (
  • [Mike Meyers' Network+ videos] ( (You can find these same videos on and you can sign up for a free trial)

  • Podcast
  • [Professor Messer's Network+ podcast] (

  • Apps
  • [Darril Gibson's Network+ app] ( (ANDROID VERSION)
  • [Darril Gibson's Network+ app] ( (iOS VERSION)

u/dahon95 · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

What is your background? Are you in IT?

If you are intimidated because the topic sounds too technical for you, I recommend watching Mike Meyers Security+ training course on He teaches it in laymen's terms, and explains it very well. It's discounted right now for $10.

Prof. Messer is highly regarded here and he also has free training on youtube, but I was a bit turned off due to the amount of videos (more than 175?) in his course, so I just used Meyers.

I'd also suggest you study and understand Cryptography section, and certificates (PKI), wireless security, and network access control, as my exam was heavy on those topics. Know your business standards (Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, etc) and Risk Management (computation of ALE), and memorize your ports.

I would stay away from dumps. I saw a couple of dumps and they contain around 1000 questions each. Are you going to memorize all of them? Some of the questions are even badly written with wrong answers. You have plenty of time, and it's just not worth spending it on dumps. Instead, use your time understanding the materials.

If you decide to purchase Mike Meyers Security+ video on udemy, let me know, and I can share you my notes. I made it during the soft launch of his course, so any videos he added are not included there. However, there are free and more complete Sec+ notes created and shared by redditors on this sub. You can read the original post HERE.

If you prefer reading a book, check out Darril Gibson's Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead Study Guide. I've heard nothing but good comments about that book.

Then, spend at least a couple of days taking free online tests on and

Good luck!

u/Real_Admin · 1 pointr/CompTIA

CompTIA Server+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide (Exam SK0-004)

Tempting to be that guy..but link above is for a book I used, and most video training is available through CBT/Pluralsight etc in some fashion or another. Also, for any reference material, always best to first check vendors sites on specific certs and 99% will list books or additional training options.

Best of luck.

u/ramblingbiped · 3 pointsr/CompTIA

I would recommend not relying on any single source of information. I used the following:

u/PEWP_FARTS · 1 pointr/CompTIA

How did you like the Exam Cram book for N10-007. I'm struggling to find a book to pick up. I used the A+ one and it helped a ton, but I'm really finding mixed suggestions for Network + books.

Also, the one listed on Amazon doesn't mention the test software like I got with the A+. Where'd you purchase from? Just hoping I get the testprep stuff again, that helped me see what chapters I was weaker at and needed to review.

I was hoping to get this or a similar book since it was a little more to the point and held my attention. Saw good things about the Sybex net+ book, but reviews are a bit hit/miss.

u/OSUTechie · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I am currently studying for the Sec+ myself. Through my job I have access to a few books. The resources I am using so far and have liked.

u/turncoat_ewok · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I used Meyers' All-In-One book for 800 series, very good and looks great on a shelf too -.-

Comes with a free pdf copy so you can put in on your ereader too, much more convenient to carry around. Oh and there are practice exams and some video training with it too.

u/Gdunge · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I used the practice questions only version, found at my local Barnes & Noble. Here it is on

The format of the book is four practice exams for each test, of increasing difficulty. Start at Test A and take it until you get at least 90%, then move on to B. Similarly for C and D.

It comes with an activation code to set up an account on the Pearson web site. The book says you can download a Windows program for taking practice tests, and this is true. However, Pearson now also has a web-based version of the test engine, which I recommend over the fairly creaky Winows program. (I'm running a Mac, so YMMV.)

The web-based engine is found here:

There's a bonus exam for each test on the web site/Windows program, too, which were more difficult but shorter than the A, B, C, and D tests.

The book/web test engine worked out really well for me. It's not a study guide, but I didn't have the time to read something with more pages, and there is a reasonably full explanation of all of the questions, including what the wrong answers are and why they're wrong. I found this sufficient for my study guide, although it's a bit hard to find the text again afterwards.

I ended up using the Review feature of the web test engine to list all the questions and answers, then copied this to a text file. This worked really well.

Best of luck to you!

u/aColdHeartedBitch · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I used exam compass, prof. messor free videos and the examcram books and CD. I passed it a few weeks ago. Some of the questions from the ExamCram CD were worded the same as a few of the test questions.
Try out Prof Messor's videos, you will learn so much from him. Best of luck to you.

I go for my 802 next week, and man I"m stressing over it! I hear it's tougher than 801.

u/Moosin_around · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Pocket Prep A+ from the app store/Google Play store.
Crucial exams app

If you have any books on A+, they should either come with a testing CD or have mini tests after every chapter.

May I recommend David L Prowse' 901 & 902 Exam Cram:

Hope that helps!!

u/Douchepocolypse · 3 pointsr/CompTIA

Find out whats on the exam here, just fill out the form. Then, buy a book. I used this one. Also, start watching the A+ videos on this site.

When you're ready, buy a test voucher (Google for best deal) and schedule a test at a Pearson VUE testing center.

Take test. Pass test.


u/LoL-pinkfloyd188 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

congrats man! i completed mine yesterday morning! 773 =) i had a study guide from a friend's tutor, as well as boatloads of practice test questions and answer keys, for multiple choice and labs. i had a lot of free time so i spent about 6-8hrs each day studying for about 2 months.

i also bought the Exam Cram study book, used in conjunction with the exam objectives, i made flash cards on everything listed in the objectives.

if anyone is super interested, i can link the flash cards i made and used, but some areas are skipped over, either because i couldn't find mention of them in the book (and weren't mentioned on the exam anyways) or they were things i already had known before, such as cabling characteristics

u/Deathrus · 3 pointsr/CompTIA

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u/metal-massacre · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Definitely! I've been studying from Mike Meyers All in One Exam Guide, Professor Messer, Carey Holzman from Tech-Vets, and the Exam Cram Practice Question Book. They are all great resources, especially Carey's hands-on build videos. Which will help if your never built a PC yourself. I will update you tomorrow on my opinion of the test and things I came across.

u/funksausage · 1 pointr/CompTIA

It was too much for me too; I liked David Prowse's Exam Cram a lot more. It was more to the point and straightforward in my opinion. It comes with a lot of tips, practice exams, simulations and a cram sheet that all really helped me. Professer Messer videos I recommend as well. Also, Mike Myers has his book on as a video presentation, which I preferred to the book:; try to login with your public library info or college to watch it for free. A lot of larger libraries are contracted with Lynda.

u/Zoroaster9000 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Mike Meyers' book is also a great resource. It's a big book but it covers everything on both exams in deep detail. Once it gets closer to exam time there are all sorts of websites out there with practice exams for you to gauge how close you are to being ready. DO NOT USE THE PRACTICE EXAMS TO STUDY!!!! Another thing I like to do when taking practice exams is to not only choose the right answer, I go through all the other possible answers and explain why they are wrong. That helps if the question is oddly worded or if you didn't notice at first that it had multiple correct answers.

u/inpham0us · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

If you've failed it 5 times, you know you are studying the wrong way. What are your study methods? Did you read the A+ holy bible by Mike Meyers?

Read this from front to back. All of it. I know it's going to take you while. It is a freaking huge book...but you can do it within a few weeks. Even if you've already read it before. Read it again and take notes. And if you're already computer savvy, you don't have to read line by line. Scan through it, anything you already know you can skip. The parts that state 801, you can skip, since I assume you already passed that.

Make sure you watch all of the 802 Professor Messer videos right before the exam. They don't cover absolutely everything on the exam objectives in depth but the majority of it is there. The few days before you take the exam, find and take every online practice test you can find on the internet. Google: Comptia A+ 802 free practice exam and make sure you're getting scores of 90% or more.

I got a mid-800 score on the 802 on the first try but I can tell you know it's not a cakewalk like most people will say. It's only easy if you study the proper way. I can't imagine acing without studying...and I've been been building my own rigs, setting up SOHOs and installing/configuring windows for 20 years.

Change your study habits because it's not working.

u/baronobeefdip2 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

How long did it take you to study? and what materials did you use?

I currently have the exam cram security+ book, and just recently ordered the symbex book alongside it. I learned from people that took the CCNA that multiple sources are a good thing but don't go overboard, a cert only lasts for a few years and you'll need to take it again with more up to date literature. Congratulations.

u/zukolfe · 4 pointsr/CompTIA

There is an all in one A+ book on amazon (
This book is a good read through for general concepts - read it quickly, don't go super hardcore study mode on this book, its quite long. This along with professor messer (free, google it)after quickly reading through was all I used to get my A+.

If you have some knowledge of computers and perhaps built your own you could be ready for a helpdesk role already. I know all I had was "customer service" and some basic technical knowledge before I got my first job. Just be sure to word your customer service skills as if you were on the phone doing customer service - since this may be a large portion of the job. Asides from that - google common helpdesk interview questions, their answers, and then google the specific terms like dhcp and dns to understand how they work.

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u/TheRoyalBrook · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I can at least vouch for two books I used to help pass mine.

This one I found to be very thorough, but also can be a bit of a slog to read if you're starting from scratch. While not as in depth this one helped me with some parts I was fuzzy on, as it put it into much simpler terms. Also for practice tests I can definitely recommend total seminars.

u/Dr__Alucard · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Congrats on passing! The Sec+ is my next step. I just passed Net+ this Monday. What exactly are you referring to when you say premium content? Maybe post a link for us? :D I just bought Darryl Gibson's SY0-401 book. Is that the same on you used? Here is a link

Also, would you say the Sec+ is easier or harder than the Net+?

u/PiratePrincePete · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

Awesome! I'm feeling more and more confident about this now! I'll most likely attempt a networking certification through CompTIA as well, but later on. I believe you're referring to the book that I saw on Amazon:

CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Ninth Edition (Exams 220-901 & 220-902)

It's the one I was considering buying, but I saw 2015 somewhere on the page and didn't know if it was still applicable.

u/DaNPrS · 1 pointr/CompTIA

This is what I used. Meyers and this one are also very popular.

Since you already have that school one, I'd wouldn't worry too much about it though. Though I do recomend a practice book, like this one. And remember that aside from multiple answer questions, there are also a few "labs."

u/madknives23 · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

This book really helped me:

Also mainly just take practice exams and beef up the areas that are lacking. No need to over study things you already know. Stay calm during the exam, sleep well the night before, eat something before you go.

You will get it, you definitely seem dedicated and willing to work for it.

u/rohanrob · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Great question and this was on the exam. You will need to know the difference between the different SSO and which one is used with which. If you have Darril Gibson book he break it down for you clearly.

u/Irecio90 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Im looking to buy the videos / practice exams for A+. Should i just buy the practice exams if i plan on using messors videos? Or should i watch both?

Im just trying to gain more efficiency here.

Also is this the book i need for the course?

u/fakanal · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

1.) 874/900

2.) CAS-002 cert guide by Robin Abernathy and Troy McMillan

3.) Currently I'm a contractor for the army. I'm apart of a security assessment team and plan on staying on this path for now. As for the future I'd love to move into an IAO role.

u/huscarl18 · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

Woof, that's a whole lot of questions, here's some answers!

Me personally, don't look at the whole of the cert, it's a mountain, take it one step at a time.

Also, the current edition of the A+ is going to be replaced shortly(start of the year) and there is a grace period of about 6 months. I would very much focus on the new edition, the 1001 and the 1002. My philosophy is this, whatever new stuff shows up on the 100x, you can't change the info you learn from the 90x series. a USB port on the 90x is going to be the same on the 100x, understand?

Also, just review some of the free options for study, but be prepared to throw some money out there for study materials

u/Righteous_Dude · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

There are two exam-prep books available - the Sybex study guide by Troy McMillan and the All-in-One Server+ book by Daniel LaChance.

Either of those will teach you what you need to know.

If you don't have experience with Active Directory and domain controllers, there are probably some free videos on YouTube to teach you the basics of those. Or look for free/inexpensive courses on Lynda, Coursera, or Udemy.

See also my post about my passing the Server+ exam.

u/5c0073r · 1 pointr/CompTIA

The cert guide is good and covers pretty much everything. There is an iOS app from LearnZapp that covers CAS-002 which is based on the cert guide. That being said, nothing really covers the PBQ's which in my case I had 10 of them. CAS-002 is being deprecated and replaced by CAS-003. So I am not sure what all of those changes will encompass.



u/tcjohnson1992 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I tried to get through a chapter of the lectures each night but it didn't always happen that way. Not because they weren't intriguing enough to capture my attention (because that's definitely not the case), but because life got in the way.

I haven't read his book but I did buy the Cram Exam on Amazon.

u/robotsexx · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

Obligatory Professor Messer link.

Those videos and a good book like this one or this one seem to do the trick for most people.

u/nxtreme · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

I know the Exam Cram books don't get a lot of credit or mention around here, but I really like them. A new book is out for the N10-007.

u/Hurtzd · 3 pointsr/CompTIA

Sounds like the A+ certification is going to be a good starting point for you. Besides working in the industry; the resources that helped me pass the exam are: Professor Messer IT Training Videos, CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide: Exams 220-901 and 220-902 3rd Edition, access to practice tests, and as much hands on experience as you can get.

u/tech_0912 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Professor Mike Meyers is pretty good. He does what I like to call KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. Follow his videos on Udemy with his textbooks. He's my main source but I'm also using this Exam Cram book and this one with practice questions. There are Kindle versions for both if you want, and they're cheaper than the physical copies.

u/button_R · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I agree. I would look into virtual labs too.

I personally liked these:

And the Sybex book and practice questions:

Edit: CompTIA renamed Cybersecurity Analyst from CSA to CySA. So you will see a mix for a while.

u/PranicEther · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

I find them very helpful. I'm also studying the Mike Myers book, All In One Exam Guide CompTIA+ Certification, 8th Edition. Using both interchangeably is helping me really grasp the material.

u/StrangeIntelligence · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

The Mike myers book is great if a bit wordy and half the price.

u/bk_e4fc · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

I passed 801 on Friday and 802 on Monday.

Yes, they did have random questions about pins of RAM. IIRC, the question was, your lab has 184-pin memory sticks, what kind of RAM is it?

The most random question of all on 801 was identifying, in order, the colors of wire on an RJ-11 pin. WTF? I just guessed and moved on.

I used the Mike Meyers book and this practice exam book.

The Meyers book is good for learning the material, but the questions are kind of easy. The Practice Exam book has much more difficult question, but the difficulty of the questions helps you learn more.

Problem with both books is that they don't cover simulations at all. I had no idea they were going to be on the exam until I took the exam on Friday. Turns out that the Practice Exam book does mention simulations, but does not actually give you a sample situation.

The simulations on 802 actually aren't that hard, because everything that is not relevant is disabled. For example, there was one question where you have to set a password for a user and everything in control panel was disabled except for the way to set the password. So even if you couldn't remember exactly how to get to the user account page, it's easy to find.

Feel free to ask any other questions while it's fresh in my mind.

u/Turkeytheoneandonly · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I would also suggest supplimenting with this book, if you're looking for more books:

I'm in a 902 class right now, and it's helping me a bunch. I wish I'd grabbed it for my 901 class.

u/Teddy8709 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

This is something you should be getting. You can buy a used copy for $22. It's much better than all of these free sources that leave information out or give no explanation as to why things are they way they are.

u/Todd_84 · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

I took the Net+ and then Sec+ 4 weeks later. There was some overlap from Net+ on the Sec+ exam, so that helped me some. I don't come from a security background and scored an 860 on the exam with heavy studying during that 4 weeks between exams. Get your hands on Darril Gibson's most recent Sec+ book, it was the best money I spent for any exam book. His practice questions are worded similarly to what you'll see on the exam.

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u/og4mi · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

99.9% will tell you to get Darril Gibson's Get Certified Get Ahead book. It is definitely worth the buy. linky

u/Subnetwork · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

The newest series is $35 on Amazon. I also really like the Exam Cram book.

u/GumShoos · 1 pointr/CompTIA

Darril Gibson is your friend. You can either buy his book and/or visit his website and you should pass.

u/RamonesRazor · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

Get Certified Get Ahead. Pretty much known as the gold standard in terms of reading material for the Security+ test.

u/thotpatrol · 2 pointsr/CompTIA


I bought this when I studied and pretty much just used it for the practice questions. My main study material was Professor Messer's videos and exam compass.

u/Chaise91 · 4 pointsr/CompTIA

I just bought this book the other day and begun reading it. If you have any understanding of computers at all, it will be very easy to understand (so far).

u/caps2013 · 2 pointsr/CompTIA

I'm currently the Meyers book and find it easy to follow, but there are others on Amazon that you can look at. Maybe there's a difference between books in his writing style? I found two A+ books to be boring because of the material. But that's just me.

I also plan on purchasing the Professor Messer Net+ .pdf study guide to supplement my own guide I will expand on, which is based on the CompTIA Exam Objectives.

u/RonnieD777 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

It was easy. This was all I really needed:

CompTIA Server+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide (Exam SK0-004)

u/SnowMattress · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I used this book and really recommend it:

I read everything for the 801, took the exam, passed, and then read all the 802 stuff, took that exam, and passed. I found the 801 easier than 802, but that's just me.

u/Harambe440 · 1 pointr/CompTIA

I only have the book, not the practice questions. Although, the book does come with 5-10 practice questions at the end of each chapter. It also comes with a cd with a practice test at the end. And some videos as well. I highly recommend it, it cuts to the chase unlike the mike Meyers book which gives every single detail.

Book is here:

Practice questions here, although I don't have experience with this one: