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Exam Profile: CompTIA Network+ N10-006

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When you're working toward CompTIA Network+ certification, there is no such thing as being too prepared. Keith Barker, co-author of CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Cert Guide, discusses how to get ready for exam day. Which topics require the most focus? What are the test questions like? This profile provides the details you need, including suggestions on books to read and how to practice for the test.
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CompTIA's Network+ certification is an entry-level certification for information technology (IT) professionals. Unlike many vendor-specific certifications in the IT industry, such as Cisco Systems' Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, Network+ is a vendor-neutral certification intended to verify that a candidate has the knowledge and skills to troubleshoot, configure, and manage common network devices. This exam profile provides a sense of what to expect on the N10-006 exam, along with preparation strategies.

Exam Details

  • Number of questions: CompTIA states that the Network+ exam contains 78–85 questions.
  • Type(s) of questions: A handful of simulations, some interactive questions based on scenarios, but mostly multiple-choice questions. Some of the questions are based on exhibits; for example, showing the output of a command involving an interface on a network device. You should be prepared to perform calculations such as those used by IPv4 subnetting. The exam tests whether candidates are able to use their knowledge and apply critical thinking skills to arrive at a correct or best solution.
  • Passing score: CompTIA requires that you score a 720 on the Network+ exam, on a scale of 100–900.
  • Time limit: You have 90 minutes to complete the Network+ exam.
  • How to register: Registration for the Network+ exam can be done through Pearson VUE.
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