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A Look at the Network+ Certification

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Network+ Facts

The following list highlights some of the important items related to the Network+ exam:

  • This exam consists of 72 identification and situational multiple-choice questions that you will have to complete within a 90-minute time frame.
  • To pass, you must attain a score of 646 on a scale of 100-900.
  • This exam can be taken through both VUE Testing (www.vue.com) and Prometric Testing (www.2test.com). The Network+ Test Code is N10-002.
  • The cost to take the Network+ exam currently sets at $145 for non-corporate members. Corporate membership and volume discount rates do exist for this exam. (See the CompTIA web site for more pricing information.)
  • If you need special accommodations for your exam due to disabilities, be sure to contact your testing center 30 days in advance to set up the requisite accommodations. Have your disability documentation available.
  • The Network+ certification can also fulfill requirements in the Microsoft MCSA and Novell CNA and CNE 6 programs. This certification can also count toward college credit in certain places.


The Network+ certification is a durable and exciting certification. As you have seen, being Network+ certified will prove your baseline skill and knowledge levels, but it also fills requisites of other popular certification programs—and even some college degree programs. If entering the world of networking is a goal for you, this is a very solid place to begin. If you are new to the IT world, it is advisable that you first achieve the A+ certification to build the PC foundations so critical to a career in IT. If you have the A+ certification already or your experience levels don't warrant taking this step, there are multiple ways to start your Network+ study course. Many computer-learning centers offer Network+ classes, along with some community colleges and adult learning programs in local public school systems.

If classes are not your cup of tea, there are plenty of good Network+ training guides and exam cram products you can purchase from amazon.com or your local bookstore. Be sure to select only the books that are current in their coverage of exam objectives. Also, select books that give you multiple learning opportunities through exercises, quizzes, practice exams, and relevant content.

Finally, truthfully assess the best way you learn. Don't short-change yourself by not following your best learning style. Find an effective study method; get your hands into real-world networking scenarios, and practice, practice, practice! Best of luck!

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This article was originally published on September 29, 2003

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