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What you need to know about the CompTIA Network+

The CompTIA Network+ exam assesses your knowledge and skills concerning all aspects of network operation. The 90 questions on the exam are taken from these broad areas, each shown with its approximate percentage of exam coverage:

1.0 Networking Fundamentals—24%
2.0 Network Implementations—19%
3.0 Network Operations—16%
4.0 Network Security—19%
5.0 Network Troubleshooting—22%

There are no separate test sections, and you may find questions from any of these realms throughout the exam.

Most CompTIA Network+ exam questions will be in a typical multiple-choice format, but there are some performance-based questions (PBQs), as well. A PBQ utilizes simulations as part of the question prompt. These simulations may feature interactive presentations you will use to answer the question. There will be an option to reset progress if you wish to correct your answer, and you may move on and come back to a PBQ. It will save your progress, and there is the possibility of partial credit for these questions.

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What are the costs?

The cost to take the CompTIA Network+ exam is $358.

What should I bring?

You will need to present two forms of acceptable identification before taking the exam. Be sure to follow all the requirements for these IDs.

No personal items are allowed in any CompTIA testing rooms during the test. This includes any sort of electronic device and papers or books of any kind. Some testing centers have storage options, but this is not guaranteed, so you’ll need to check with your testing center beforehand.

How is it scored?

Your score on the CompTIA Network+ exam will fall in a range from 100 to 900 points. A passing score is 720 or above. There is the possibility of partial credit being given for some questions that are not typical multiple-choice questions.

What kind of job can I get?

When you’re in charge of a network or working in any number of network support roles, you are responsible for configuring, managing, and troubleshooting various types of wired and wireless networks of devices. You will deal with security issues and cloud computing, as well. It will be part of your job to be conversant in a wide variety of hardware, including the most recent virtualization techniques, to help others keep the system running smoothly. A CompTIA Network+ certification can qualify you for a number of technical positions involving networks, from consulting and support roles to network administrator positions.

Am I eligible?

There are no firm requirements for taking this exam other than a high school diploma or equivalent. However, it is highly recommended that you have at least nine to 12 months of experience working as a junior network administrator or in a network support role.

Why does it matter?

The modern world is full of jobs in information technology (IT). It’s also full of candidates for those jobs. A CompTIA Network+ certification can move you up the ladder toward a quality IT position.

What salary can I expect?

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently listed the average annual salary of a network administrator as just over $80,000. That amounts to almost $39 per hour.

When is it available?

The CompTIA Network+ exam is administered by Pearson VUE­™ in both testing centers and online. For more information about your options and scheduling a test, see their in-person testing information and/or information about online testing.

How much time is allowed?

You will have 90 minutes to answer a maximum of 90 questions. While some questions will take less time than others, you can pace yourself by remembering that you’ll have about one minute per question.

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