CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam Overview
CompTIA Network+ Exam Versions
CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam: Active exam. Launched February 28, 2015. Retires approximately 3 years from the release date.
CompTIA Network+ N10-005 Exam: Retired exam. All language versions of the N10-005 exam retired on 31st of December 2015 and are no longer available.
CompTIA Network+ Exam Details
The actual Network+ certification exam is a single, computer-based, multiple-choice test. The current N10-006 release of the Network+ exam consists of 90 questions. In addition to the regular multiple choice questions, the N+ and other new releases of CompTIA certification exams include performance-based questions requiring test takers to perform tasks / solve problems in a simulated IT environment.
The N10-006 exam has a time limit of 90 minutes and a minimum passing score of 720 on a 100-900 scale. Exam results are available immediately after completing the test. Some of the questions that are on the exam are not taken into account while calculating the final score and they might be out of the scope of the exam objectives. These types of questions are used by CompTIA for psychometric testing to check the possibility of their later inclusion in the future versions of the exam (although this hasn't been officially confirmed).
CompTIA Network+ bridge exam program and lifetime certification scheme retired on December 31, 2010 and are no longer available.
The JK0-023 Version of the Network+ Exam
The educational version of the N10-006 exam is coded JK0-023. The JK0-023 exam is available exclusively for the CompTIA Authorized Partner Program (CAPP) Academy training partners and their students.
The JK0-023 version is identical in all aspects when compared to the standard release of the Network+ exam, except for the code and the fact it can be paid for with a discounted E2C voucher provided by the CompTIA authorized training partner.
Starting from July 9, 2012, CompTIA exams are available only through Pearson VUE testing centers. Exams can be booked online through the Pearson VUE website, by phone, or directly at the testing center.
Exam Retake Policy
There is no wait period between the first failed attempt and second attempt, but in case of failing at the second attempt, there is a mandatory wait period of at least 14 days between each consecutive attempt after the second failed attempt. Each exam take requires a separate fee.
CompTIA Certificate Renewal Policy
Starting from 2011, A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications get +ce (Continuing Education) suffix due to changes in the certificate renewal policies introduced by CompTIA. New certifications (with +ce suffix) must be renewed every three years, as opposed to the old (lifetime) certifications available till the end of 2010. Expired certificates can be renewed either by taking the newer version of the same exam again, renewing a higher-level CompTIA certifcation, or by fulfilling units from the Continuing Education program offered by CompTIA.