[Posted 18 July 2013 by Kathy Yale]
The Network+ CompTIA certification exam is a comprehensive test that leads to certification in the network computing field. A person holding the Network+ CompTIA certification is marked out as a qualified networking professional who understands the latest in computer network technology and procedure.
What Does The Network+ CompTIA Certification Cover?
The Network+ CompTIA certification covers a variety of network technologies and procedures. The current exam contains items pertaining to:
The test contains questions about the basics of network technologies: how networks are set up, how they work with the Internet and other networks, and how code controls the performance of a network. Most of the questions on the test will deal in some way with the most common network technologies of the past few years. Therefore, it is important for candidates to be abreast of the latest technological developments.
Installation and Configuration
The test also contains questions on the installation and configuration of networks. Candidates are asked basic questions about the roles administrators play in configuring networks for various uses. Performance-based questions may ask candidates to hypothetically configure a basic network and describe the steps used to do so.
Media and Topologies
Candidates are questioned about the media used by computer networks as well as the topology or how computers are connected to a hub. Commonly-used setups and programs are the subject of most questions, although there may be questions about more remote media. There are also questions about virtual setups on the new version of the exam.
Candidates also find questions on the management of a network and how network administrators should make various decisions about the setup and operation of network services. Management questions are given on the test even if the candidate is pursuing only an entry-level networking position.
Finally, candidates are questioned about keeping networks secure as well as how to identify and handle potential network threats. Special attention is paid to the security of virtual networks in the new version of the test.
Who Benefits from the Network+ CompTIA Certification?
Candidates who are seeking jobs as network administrators or technicians, network installers, help desk technicians and IT cable installers may all benefit from the information contained in the Network+ CompTIA preparation materials.
Currently, several major companies require Network+ CompTIA certification, including Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox. IT technicians at Apple are strongly recommended to have Network+ CompTIA certification, and it is also recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.
How Is the Network+ CompTIA Certification Test Structured?
The Network+ CompTIA Certification exam has a maximum of 100 multiple-choice and performance-based questions. Candidates have 90 minutes to complete the test. Passing scores are 720 and above on a scale of 100 to 900. This equates to a “grade” of 80 in order to pass.
Candidates can prepare for the Network+ CompTIA Certification test in several ways. Many candidates work at entry-level networking jobs for a few years before attempting to take the test. Others study with a guide based on the test content to concentrate their efforts on the material needed to pass the exam. Some candidates combine book study with hands-on experience in order to get the most out of their study time.