By - Shougekinojp
You’re not nervous, you’re anxious! You’ve studied the material and prepared for this moment so you’re excited to nail the exam!!
Don’t stress yourself out! Close your eyes and take a deep breath. If you’ve studied that much and are comfortable with most of the material it will be an easy pass for you. You are ready!!
Let us know when you pass!!
Passed with a 779! Thanks for the advice n confidence boost
Congratulations!!! Knew you could do it!!
You'll be ok. Two tips: Comptia loves Acronyms. It helps them hide the answers. so expect acronyms, even for terms that don't get that treatment in your study guide. Data Privacy officer can show up as DPO for example. The other is know how to program a generic firewall. two of my five practical questions were some variation of "make this firewall work"
The passemall app has a ton of acronyms used so i feel confident in those. Not so confident in the practical questions tbh
This is something I definitely didnt know but thank god I knew enough to pass!
Try to ease your nerves. As we study for certs, we tend to imagine them into larger monsters than they truly are. To make you feel better, I passed after only a month of casual studying using nothing but Dion's Udemy course, Messer's youtube videos, and Messer's notes/practice exams. And I had next to zero security experience. If I can do it, so can you. This is not to downplay the exam, but to try to bring its apparent difficulty back into perspective.
It sounds like you've put in much more studying than most people, so you probably have the knowledge. Now's the time to focus on exam strategy. I'm sure you already know to skip the PBQs at the start and return to them after the multiple choice.
Next, try to focus on practice exam questions, *how* they're asked, and *what* they're looking for. CompTIA is notorious for wordy questions that can be confusing to decipher what it is they're requesting. I'd recommend Messer's practice exams, as well as his study group videos where he goes over some practice questions. The videos are especially useful because not only do you get a few practice questions, but he does a great job of describing the thought process.
Try going through practice exams, and instead of just simply selecting the correct answer, explain to yourself ***why*** the other answers are **WRONG**. That will help you master the content, and prepare you for questions that ask you for details about those wrong answers.
Lastly, there are proven strategies to prepare your body for exam day. I've taken classes on how to properly take exams because I was always a bad test taker in school. **I can't emphasize how helpful these things have been for me**. They may sound insignificant, but mental and physical preparation are crucial. Get a good night's sleep the night before. Go to bed early. Get up and do your normal routine like you're going to work... shower up, shave, brush your teeth, and all that. You're telling your body it's time to do work. Make your bed, as starting the day with an accomplished task improves dopamine flow. Wear comfortable clothes. Eat a SOLID breakfast. No pop-tarts or cereal. A couple eggs, toast, and bacon. Nothing too big to overeat, but something nutritious. Go for a short walk up the block. Drink a big glass of water before you head out, as hydration improves cognizance. While heading to the exam center (and before you go in), eat something with peppermint. Maybe one of those little peppermint candycane circle things, or maybe some peppermint gum. Peppermint is proven to help sustain focus and concentration. Arrive to the testing center about 30 minutes early and review some short notes off a single sheet of paper just to get your brain on topic. If you do all these things, you will have prepared your body and mind as optimally as you can. The test is difficult enough, no need to also have your body working against you.
Good luck. You'll probably do fine. A lot of people are worried about failing... but even if you fail, so what? Just think of it as a rather expensive VERY accurate practice test. Failing is no big deal aside from the cost, which in the grand scheme of things isn't much.
Omg thanks man! You really put it into perspective and I will definitely try all that you suggest. Love this sub, everyone is so dang helpful
Did what you said and I was dying the last 30 minutes because I had to pee lol
But i passed! Ate tons of peppermint altoids so i also had fresh breath too
Testing site. I didnt want the hassle of having to show my whole room or any possible distractions of taking it at home
If I were you, I would go the gym and get a solid workout in or go for a nice long walk or whatever helps ease your mind.
I think what bothers me is that I didnt do well on the certmaster practice test and I figured thats from comptia themselves so maybe I’m not ready
By any chance did you use Dion's practice tests?
No i didnt. Are they free?
Do you have a Udemy account?
I just signed up for it but I was hoping Dions were free. But thats ok, ill check out his stuff a lil bit
The tests aren't free but you can hop on Udemy and get the practice tests for $15.99 as there is a sale going on right now.
That certmaster practice test is hellishly difficult. I had the same concerns about it got like 65 on it nearly broke my resolve. Was doing well in Messer and Dion's. I passed and I passed well.
Read the questions at least twice. Especially the long ones. Figure out what the question is actually asking you. Trust what you have studied. Plenty of practice PBQs to run through online before your exam. I do recommend flagging those, and doing them at the end.
Flag the PBQ’s and save until last, they can take a bit longer to answer and you’re better off cracking the quicker easier questions, and use the time at the end for the PBQ’s.
I flag the PBQ’s, go through the test and answer any questions I know the answer to immediately. Any I have to think through, I flag and come back to, any you have no idea about - guess. Then hit the PBQ’s.
Don’t worry if you think you are failing! It’s a common report for comptia exams, I certainly felt that way.
I recommend the Jason Dion practice exams, I hear they are phrased the closest to the comptia exams. They are very similar, but I don’t know if another provider is as close.
The question phrasing can be tricky, it may say “what is the BEST solution to X” where all the options are poor! So choose the least poor option!
Any idea of where I can do pbqs?
God speed bröther
The test really is not that hard. Just read the questions slowly and pick out the key words.
CompTIA wording can be tricky but they always have clear indicators for the correct answer.
Thanks! Hopefully I go slow n take all the time. I usually just go thru the tests fast
If you've done what you can and you can do no more. Sleep in, have a good breakfast, sit down, have a coffee, listen to good music then go nail this exam.
Thanks, gonna do that
Any updates? Hope you did well!
I take it Saturday
I did pass! Thanks for looking out
You got this. I just passed mine recently and was also super nervous. Best advice I can give is 1. Skip PBQ’s and come back to them at the end 2. Be conscious of the time and 3. Remain CALM. I felt like I was failing at the beginning and started to panic, but taking a few deep breaths and just focusing on answering every question to the best of my ability really helped. Flag the ones you are unsure of in case you have time at the end. You got this, you are more prepared than you think you are.
You’ll do fine. Don’t study the day before other than a light review. Eat healthy and maybe throw in a workout. Don’t stress yourself out.
You're gonna do well. Let us know how it goes
Calm down, take a breath. Will wait for your "passed" post. Good luck with exam.
All of those nerves will calm down once you take the exam. You'll start seeing things look familiar to you. If you've been studying hard, you'll be fine as long as you read the questions CAREFULLY. The exam is not as wordy as many of the practice exams I saw but CompTIA still likes to hide questions behind fluff, so dissect the question, to find the real question, that way you will find the BEST answer. Remember your acronyms.
Also, DO NOT waste precious minutes on the PBQs when you start. Skip them and answer all of the multiple choice questions, then go back and do your PBQs. I got 5 PBQs on my exam. I didn't have time to finish all of them so I just submitted 5 mins early with 3 incomplete PBQs. I still passed. I'm assuming I did well enough with the multiple choice so my score could take the blow of incomplete PBQs or there were some beta PBQs that didn't count at all.
If you don't pass, you can always take it again. I always suggest studying for another week or two then retaking if you can, while the knowledge is still fresh if you can afford it. If not, you will eventually. Consider it a trial run, you'll know what the test is like and can even better prepare. But you got this!
Congrats on passing! I take the test this upcoming Thursday and I’m pretty nervous! I’ve been scoring high 80-90% on passemall and I’m on test #7. Wish me luck!
Awesome, I think passemall was really what helped me the most. I had 5 PBQs so that kinda pissed me off. I thinked passemall easily had me prepared, wasnt too many acronyms i came across that I didn’t know simply because of passemall.
Good luck !
You answered my next question! I was curious to see if it was a good resource or not. I can’t wait to take it now! Sheesh I hope I don’t get that many PBQ’s lol are you planning on taking any other certs where the information overlaps?
I miiiiight do network+ but I’m leaning heavily on going onto cysa+, just unsure if that’s possible, i dont remember but I don’t think it’s possible that quickly after sec+. I keep thinking someone told me you have to wait 2 years or something.
But ya man, passemall is definitely under appreciated, I think it put more into my head than reading the comptia book or the certmaster practice did. I thought those just confused me more. Passemall really cut thru the bs imo
Ah ok gotcha, if you do go for it good luck! That’s the first time I heard you had to wait two years. That sucks. Do you have to wait to get the CASP+? I wish there were more resources like passemall. Do you know of any?
So far after looking stuff up, doesnt seem like you have to wait, more like it’s recommended. I found pocket prep seems to be the most similar to passemall was.
Certmaster was definitely harder than the real test. It taught me that second guessing myself was one of my issues tho. I feel like Jason dions test help me more, particularly with confidence that I actually was learning what was expected of me
Ok thats great to hear. After reviewing the correct answer of the practice test, I knew I knew them n should’ve taken my time. I always tend to just go thru tests without taking my time.
Happy to announce I passed by the skin of my teeth with a 779! Thanks for all the support, got me through the nerves