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CompTIA Security+ Practice Test Questions

Free online CompTIA Security+ practice test questions based on the current Security+ exam objectives published by CompTIA. All tests are available for free (no registration / email required). Score reports (a list of all responses with percentage score) are displayed upon completion of each practice exam.

CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam: Active Exam. Retires approximately 3 years from its release date (launched on October ‚Äč4, 2017).
CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Exam: Active Exam. Retirement date for the English version of this exam is scheduled for July 31, 2018. Other versions (Japanese, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese) are set to reitre on December 15, 2018.

Question Types On The Actual Security+ Certification Exam

I. Multiple-choice / multiple-selection questions: questions requiring test takers to choose one or more correct response by clicking on the correct answer.

II. Fill in the blank: candidates are presented with text containing blank spaces and answer the question by typing the appropriate term or phrase for each blank.

III. Performance-based questions: questions that require performing tasks or solving problems in a simulated IT environment (examples include command prompt or networking environments). These types of questions are also present on CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) exams.

CompTIA Security+ Exam Prerequisites

CompTIA doesn't set any prerequisites for its exams. Although there are no formal restrictions related to age or educational background, the official description of each exam includes a set of informal recommendations for candidates. Specific recommendations related to the Security+ SY0-401 exam are listed below.

  • A minimum of 2 years experience in IT administration with a focus on security
  • Day to day technical information security experience
  • Broad knowledge of security concerns and implementation including the topics outlined in the exam domains
  • CompTIA Network+ certification

An additional, general recommendation for every exam provided by CompTIA is that the candidate should be at least 13 years old.

CompTIA Security+ Exam Domains & Exam Weighting

CompTIA Security+ Certification SY0-501 Exam Domains
Domain% of the Exam Content 
1.0 Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities 21%
2.0 Technologies and Tools 22%
3.0 Architecture and Design 15%
4.0 Identity and Access Management 16%
5.0 Risk Management 14%
6.0 Cryptography and PKI 12%
Total 100%

CompTIA Security+ Certification SY0-401 Exam Domains
Domain% of the Exam Content 
1.0 Network Security 20%
2.0 Compliance and Operational Security 18%
3.0 Threats and Vulnerabilities 20%
4.0 Application, Data and Host Security 15%
5.0 Access Control and Identity Management 15%
6.0 Cryptography 12%
Total 100%

Exam objectives are pdf documents outlining the scope of the actual CompTIA certification test; they are published by CompTIA and available for public view.

Exam objectives include domain weighting, test objectives, as well as example topics and concepts for better clarification of the material covered on the actual exam.

CompTIA is constantly reviewing the content of its certification exams and updating test questions to ensure that certification exams stay current and the security of the questions is protected.

Certification test domains might get an update while a given exam remains active, which involves revision of the existing domains, but also inclusion of new topics and concepts.

Exam Resources

CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Domains
CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Exam Domains
Professor Messer's Free CompTIA Security+ Video Training Courses