While studying for CompTIA certification exams, I listened to countless others give recommendations for the “best” study material. The biggest complaint was always that information wasn’t all in one place. Hopefully, this list can help, by consolidating some of the most-used “best” resources. These recommendations come from students studying for the exams, people who have passed the exams, professional educators, and an array of IT professionals. Materials I personally used are highlighted in blue.
As this page continues to grow, please list suggestions for additions/corrections in the comment section. *The resources listed here are suggestions only, and have no implied guarantee of their availability or suitability to your individual circumstances.
If you haven’t downloaded the objectives for the CompTIA Security+, stop. Download those now. There is no sense in going through coursework, books, apps, etc., and wondering what will be on the test. That is the purpose of the objectives. Download them now: CompTIA Security+ Objectives
For video courses, I can only recommend one:
Whatever other resources you use, most people recommend a good book.
Those below are often recommended.
The choice of book depends on your individual learning style. If you enjoy a more laid-back, chit-chatty style, Mike Meyers might be the one for you. For those who like for things to get right to the point, the Exam Cram book might be a great choice. For those who are near the end of their studies and just want to see where they stand with some practice questions, the Exam Cram Practice Questions book might be exactly what you want. Most of these can be previewed at Amazon.com or your local book store.. Preview them to decide which style will work best for you.
|Professor Messer’s Security+ Study Guide
“All of my CompTIA Security+ notes in one place!”
“You need to understand security devices and protocols, as well as processes and procedures when working in network security.”“I’ve built this huge 28-page study guide by compiling the text, charts, pictures and tables from my videos. I’ve also created content specifically for this study guide that you won’t see in any of my videos.”
|Title||Their Description||Our Notes||Cost*||iPhone||Android|
|CompTIA Super Bundle by Upward Mobility||“…Study Mode, for the user to work at his/her own pace, as well as a Test Mode, where the user can set number of questions and/or time constraints. Each question/answer includes a Key Takeaway, to reinforce core concepts.”||This App also requires a note of caution: Many of us found several incorrect answers. However, most felt that the material was so superior to other apps, that these could be overlooked.||$9.99||√||√|
|*In the table above, “Cost” is an approximation, only, and shall not be a guarantee.|