CompTIA Security Plus Exam Study Guide

When you’re preparing to take the Security+ exam, you need to have a game plan. Here, I’ll show you all the different ways you can study for the test, as well as point out some valuable resource materials. Remember before you buy anything check to see if it is approved by CompTIA with the CAQC stamp of approval.

Study with Books

Books can be a better choice for those of us who want to learn at our own pace. When I passed the exam, I studied on average 3-4 hours a day for about a month and a half. My primary source was Emmett Dulaney’s SY0-301 book (a great read). From Emmett’s book I made flash cards for everything that seemed relevant or was covered in list of exam objectives. After studying the flash cards for a while, I did every question from his book and followed that up by going over to Get Certified Get Ahead and doing every question from Darril Gibson’s book. If something showed up in Clarke’s book and was not covered in Darril’s, I took note of that. As you can probably tell from this run-down of preparations, I spent a pretty significant amount of time studying.

Emmett Dulaney’s CompTIA Security+ Deluxe Study Guide

Wiley's Security Plus Prep Guide

Wiley's Security Plus Prep Guide

Many use Emmett Dulaney’s Security plus preparation guide for this test for one reason: the included security administration simulator. This helps you get real life experience with all of the objectives on the CompTIA Security plus test, along with total coverage of everything you’ll encounter on the test. You also will get some practice exams and lab exercises so there won’t be any surprises later. All in all, it’s a good deal for the price and what it provide the learner.

Darril Gibson’s CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead Guide

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Darril Gibson's Security Plus study guide

Update – This Deluxe Study guide has been updated for CompTIA’s new Security+ Exam SY0-301

Darril Gibson’s security guide is an update to the top-selling SY0-201 guide, which helped thousands of readers pass the exam the first time they took it. The SY0-301 version covers every aspect of the SY0-301 exam, and includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous version. Over 450 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes a 100 question pre-test, a 100 question post-test, and practice test questions at the end of every chapter.

Study with Training Courses (E-learning and In Person Training)

Training courses can be bundled with vouchers for the best deal. When shopping for a CompTIA Security Plus training course, look for:

Recognized by CompTIA. The paid course you take should be approved by CompTIA; free courses can be exempt for this reason, but make sure you take information from a variety of sources. Visit CompTIA official website to find authorized training provider.

Total Coverage of All Exam Materials. Some courses main objective is to cover a certain part (like cryptography of access control, for example), but you want something that will help you with what you’re not familiar with, as well as refresh you on your fields of expertise.

Sectional Reviews. At the end of every section/objective, you should have a review to make sure that you have improved and moved forward in comprehension of that objective.

The most important thing to look for in a training course for CompTIA Security Plus is a course you’re comfortable with. If you need to be able to ask regular questions, look for a course with an instructor. We all learn at different rates and with different styles, so email the people providing the course with your needs and see if they can help you out.


Finding the right way to study will just depend on you learning style. If you need to take your time and aren’t in a rush to get the material down, consider taking a long distance course or self-learning materials (books). If you need more guided instruction, look into a course. Be sure to check out the CompTIA site to find an authorized class.

Category: Security Certification