Join Mike Chapple for an in-depth discussion in this video The CSA+ exam, part of Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CS0-001) Cert Prep: First Look.
- The CSA plus exam is a multiple choice and performance based computer test that you will take in a CompTIA approved testing center. The current version of the exam CS0001 was launched in 2017. At this time, it is only available in English. The exam lasts for 165 minutes. It contains a variable number of questions, but you won't see more than 85 questions on your exam. The questions on the exam cover all four domains of cybersecurity analyst knowledge.
These include threat management, vulnerability management, cyber incident response, and security architecture and toolsets. The questions on the exam come in two formats. The vast majority of the questions are multiple choice questions, providing you with a question, followed by four possible answer choices, one of which is correct. Your exam may also include performance based questions that require you to manipulate objects on the screen. I'll cover those more later in this course.
To pass the exam, you'll need to achieve a score of at least 750 on a scale ranging from 100 to 900. You can register for the exam online using a two-step process. First, you'll need to go to the CompTIA website and purchase an exam voucher. You'll need to pay the exam registration fee at the time of your voucher purchase. This fee is currently $320 in the United States or an equivalent amount in many local currencies. As a CompTIA content publishing partner, we are able to offer CompTIA exam vouchers at a 10% discount.
For more information on how to obtain this discount, please see the instructions here. Once CompTIA processes your payment, you'll receive an email message including your voucher number. Keep this number private because it's your key to register for the exam. It's important to note that exam vouchers expire 12 months after purchase. You must actually complete the exam prior to your voucher expiration date. Failure to meet this deadline will require you to purchase a new exam voucher.
So it's a good idea to only purchase your voucher when you're actually ready to take the exam. You are allowed to reschedule your exam if something comes up, but you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the time of your exam. If you don't cancel in time, and fail to show up for your exam, Pearson will mark your voucher as used and you'll be out 300 bucks.
- Careers in information security
- Exploring the CSA+ domains
- Threat management
- Vulnerability management
- Cyber incident response
- Security architecture and tool sets
- Reviewing the CSA+ exam environment and question types
- Passing the CSA+ exam