It happened. After a 20-year win streak, I barely failed my first exam. I take full responsibility for this as I underestimated the breadth of the exam and didn’t fully prepare as much as I should have.
Since I failed, I can no longer use this exam to update my current CE cycle for all other certifications. I won’t have time to retake it before the new cycle, so I will retake it after PT0-002 has been released.
About CompTIA PenTest+
The PenTest+ certification aims to provide a vital piece to the overall cybersecurity strategy. While the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) tests defensive skills and knowledge, the CompTIA PenTest+ tests attack skills and knowledge. Security pros use both security methodologies to successfully defend against attacks and cover vulnerabilities.
Study Materials Used
This quality walkthrough was great. Unfortunately, I ran out of time and didn’t finish the path. They also updated the modules within the path. I will be sure to run back through it when I’m ready to take the exam again.
This course was pretty good except for the list of tools part which was, well, a list of tools. When the new exam version is released, Jason will re-record the lectures to match the updated exam objectives. I’m looking forward to the next release.
There are probably a couple of reasons why I failed, but the main two reasons why are that I ran out of time and didn’t adequately prepare for the exam.
When it comes time to re-take the PenTest+, not only will I give it a little more than a month, but I will also dedicate more quality learning time. Furthermore, I will finish all study materials, including practice exams.
Then I will approach the new exam version with fresh eyes within the next 2 years.
Renewing CompTIA CEs
So you’re probably wondering, “If you didn’t pass the exam and you were at the end of your 3 year CE cycle, how did you renew your other certifications?”
Great question. First, I had to pay the renewal fee (my first time). Then I entered proof that I passed the CISSP exam to cover my CEUs. Now, I’m taken care of for the next 3 years.
The Negatives of Failing
It’s kind of funny. The last two exams I passed were the CISSP and the CompTIA CySA+. I found both of these exams to be much harder than the PenTest+, but I passed both of them on the first try without issue.
This means I’ll revisit the PenTest+ at a future date.
So, what did I actually lose here? I lost some time, $370 for the exam voucher, and roughly $200 in study materials. Does it sting a little? Yes. Does it set me back at all? No. I still renewed my other CompTIA certifications and learned what I need to shore up for the next time around.
I WILL PASS THE PENTEST+.
If you find yourself in the same boat, try not to dwell on it. Surely, you have wasted time and lost a little money before along your life path. If you passed the PenTest+ or failed it, let me know how you feel in the comments below.