Security+ SY0-501 Study Page

comptia-website-logoWelcome to my SY0-501 Study Page! The CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification shows employers that you have a broad understanding of computer security concepts. The certification is well-known in the IT industry and it’s a great resume builder.

Scroll down for: free videos/articles about computer security, a 10-question quiz, and general information about the SY0-501.


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ShowCoverWant to pass the SY0-501 exam? Check out my authorized Cert Guide! Now in its 4th edition, this book has been revised for the SY0-501 exam. It includes:

  • 800 pages of security content.
  • Three 80-question practice exams – (one in the book and two located at the companion web page.)
  • Over 400 additional chapter-end questions, answers, and explanations.
  • Custom practice test engine. (Can be run locally or run within a web browser when connecting to
  • Over 50 real-world scenarios with supporting video solutions and simulations (also located at the companion web page).
  • 10% off voucher.

See this link for a brief video description of the book and the companion website.

Available on Amazon and at Pearson


How to Pass the Security+ SY0-501

Video coming soon!!!

Download the CompTIA Security+ Objectives here.


That’s just a small sample of the questions and answers in the Security+ SY0-501 Cert Guide. (More accurately—a 1.49% sample…)


Security+ Video Playlist (from YouTube)

All of my Security+ articles/videos can be found at this link.


SY0-501 Security+ Details

Exam Code  SY0-501
Launch Date  October ​4, 2017
Exam Description The CompTIA Security+ exam will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. The successful candidate will perform these tasks to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
Number of Questions Maximum of 90 questions
Type of Questions Multiple choice and performance-based
Length of Test 90 minutes
Passing Score 750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus
Languages English (Japanese, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese estimated Q2 2018)
Retirement Usually three years after launch
Price $320.00 USD (See all pricing)

When it comes to pricing, always watch for discounts. For example you can find 10% discount coupons just about anywhere: in my book, on the CompTIA website, and with third-party voucher providers such as GetCertified4Less. Watch for increased savings with early-expiry vouchers too. For those of you that are students or employees of an accredited academic institution check out the CompTIA Academic Marketplace where you can save a lot of money on exams.

Download the CompTIA Security+ Objectives here.


Good luck with your exams!

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