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Chapter 16. Taking the Real Exam > Getting Ready and the Exam Preparation Check... - Pg. 552

552 CompTIA Security+ SY0-301 Authorized Cert Guide Foundation Topics Getting Ready and the Exam Preparation Checklist The CompTIA Security+ certification exams can be taken by anyone. There are no prerequisites, although CompTIA recommends prior networking experience and the Network+ certification. For more information on CompTIA and the Security+ exam, go to the following link: To acquire your Security+ certification, you need to pass the SY0-301 exam, which is approximately 100 questions. As of the publishing of this book, the passing score is 750 on a scale of 100­900. You get 90 minutes to complete the exam. The exam is administered by two testing agencies: Prometric ( and Pearson Vue ( You need to register with one of those test agencies to take the exam. NOTE If you have never taken a CompTIA exam before, and depending on your location, you might have to create an account with CompTIA first (at before registering for an exam with a testing agency. This could take up to 48 hours to complete. I recommend you check this ahead of time so that there are no surprises once you are ready to register for the exam. Because of the somewhat unorthodox grading scale, it is difficult to estimate what percentage of questions you need to get correct to pass the exam. Mathematically, it would appear to be 81% though it is impossible to be certain, plus it could change at any time. The best bet is to attempt to know as much as possible and shoot for 90% correct or higher when first taking a practice exam. It is important to be fully prepared for the exam, so I created a checklist that you can use to make sure you have covered all the bases. The checklist is shown in Table 16-1 . Place a check in the status column as each item is completed. Historically, my readers and students have benefited greatly from this type of checklist.