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Overview of the Network+ Certification
The Computing Industry Technology Association (CompTIA) began Network+ certification on April 30, 1999. The Network+ exam is a vendor neutral, nationally recognized certification. It tests your knowledge in a broad range of networking technology and best practices such as:
- Knowledge of networking components
- Installing networks
- Troubleshooting networks
- Installing network operating systems
- Designing networks
Network+ Exam Details
- Most Current Exam: Exam Code N10-005 (Dec 2011)
- Number of Exams to Pass: One (1)
- Number of questions: 100
- Length of test: 90 minutes
- Passing score: 720 (on a scale of 100-900)
Note: The prerequisite skill level that CompTIA suggests for taking the exam is 9 months of experience in the IT networking industry and having successfully passed the CompTIA A+ certification exam. It’s funny how times chnage, when I took the Network Plus exam the experience level was between 18 and 24 months of service on the job.
What’s on the Network+ Certification Exam?
CompTIA Network+ General Exam Information
The CompTIA Network+ certification exam consists of one exam that targets your knowledge in four areas (see below). CompTIA suggest that individual possess the A+ certification prior to taking the Network+ exam, a suggestion not a requirement.
The exam tests four (4) domain areas:
- Media and Topologies 20% of the exam
- Protocols and Standards 25% of the exam
- Network Implementation 23% of the exam
- Network Support 32% of the exam
I have taken and passed the Network+ exam and of all the exams CompTIA offers this might be their most involved exam. The Network+ exam is very thorough and even if you have been in the networking industry for so time, I recommend that you at least spend sometime studying before you take the exam.
A tip for you would be to spend extra time familiarizing yourself with the OSI model and TCP/IP suite of protocols.
This is a good spring-board to achieving other certifications. however, exams are what they are… They test your ability to answer questions and how well you have can recall material during the exam.
However, it’s like they say about war… Boot camp may be tough, but until you have the enemy shooting at you trying to actually kill you, do you begin to understand what’s at stake…Namely your life. Okay, networking is not quite as serious but I hope you get the point.
Any technician worth his weight in feathers knows that it takes years of experience to become an expert…