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Feb 17 2014   9:31PM GMT

Advice for Passing Comptia Network+ Exam

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Now I know this exam isn’t the most highly regarded exam for networking, it is basically an entrance exam to networking, but please don’t take it lightly, Networking can be an intimidating subject. Network+ is an exam that is 85 questions long, 5 scenarios (performance based), some drag and drop, and 80 or so multiple choice questions. I finished the exam with 15 minutes left, they give you 90 minutes, and I scored 827/900 which is about 92%.

Here are the test details.

Test Details
Number of questions Maximum of 100 questions
Type of questions Multiple choice and performance-based
Length of test 90 minutes
Passing score 720 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended experience CompTIA A+ certification and nine months networking experience
Languages English, Japanese, German, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Exam codes N10-005
JK0-019 (for CompTIA Academy Partners only)

If you noticed I bolded “performance-based”, some might ask what performance based questions are:

Performance-based questions require the candidate to perform a task or solve a problem in simulated IT environments. For each performance-based question, the exam prompts the candidate to perform a specific task or solve a specific problem. A simulated environment is then launched in which the candidate completes the required steps.

Each question is designed around real-world computer scenarios that will test a candidate’s skills and knowledge. Depending on the nature of the exam and the exam question, the simulated environments may include different aspects of IT infrastructure, such as command prompts, Windows or networking environments.

What did I use to pass?

I used the CompTIA Network+ Training Kit (Exam N10-005) as well as CBT Nuggets (thanks to my company EPIC!) I highly recommend both resources… make sure you use the practice exam in the book, if you can consistently score 90% or higher you should be ready for the exam.

With all this in mind, take your time, study hard, and have some real world experience. Don’t be too nervous either, you will do fine!

Good Luck!


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  • RommelTroncoso
    Thanks for the insight. i’ll be challenging Network+ in 3 weeks. Thank you, IG: Rommel Troncoso Linkedin: Rommel Troncoso Twitter: Rommel Troncoso
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