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CompTIA PenTest+

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CompTIA PenTest+ coming in Q3 2018!

Beta exam available on January 31st, 2018

Interested in taking the beta exam? Registration begins January 31st, 2018, on the Pearson VUE site.

CompTIA PenTest+ is a certification for intermediate level cybersecurity professionals who are tasked with penetration testing to identify, exploit, report, and manage vulnerabilities on a network.


PenTest+ assesses the most up-to-date penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment and management skills necessary to determine the resiliency of the network against attacks. Successful candidates will have the intermediate skills and best practices required to customize assessment frameworks to effectively collaborate on and report findings, and communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security.

Key Job Roles
Application Security Engineer
Penetration Tester
Vulnerability Tester
Security Analyst (II)
Network Security Operations
Application Security Vulnerability

CompTIA Cybersecurity Certification Path

CompTIA PenTest+ joins CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) at the intermediate-skills level of the cybersecurity career pathway as shown below. Depending on your course of study, PenTest+ and CySA+ can be taken in any order but typically follows the skills learned in Security+. While CySA+ focuses on defense through incident detection and response, PenTest+ focuses on offense through penetration testing and vulnerability assessment. Although the two exams teach opposing skills, they are dependent on one another. The most qualified cybersecurity professionals have both offensive and defensive skills. Earn the PenTest+ certification to grow your career within the CompTIA recommended cybersecurity career pathway.


Beta Exam Details

Below are the exam parameters specific to the Cybersecurity PenTest+ beta exam.

Exam Name: CompTIA PenTest+ Certification Beta Exam
Exam Codes: PT1-001
Length of Exam: 165 minutes
Number of Questions: Maximum of 110 items
Type of Questions: Multiple choice and performance base
Start Date: January 31, 2018
End Date: When 400 people have taken the beta or April 25, 2018.
Cost: $50 USD
Where: Pearson VUE
Registration: Begins January 31, 2018, on the Pearson VUE website
Availability: English Only
Beta Exam Results: Pass/fail information will not be available until summer 2018; candidates will be notified. Only a numbered score is issued at the end of the beta exam. No exam objectives appear in beta exam results.
Recommended Prerequisites: Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 2-3 years of hands-on information security or related experience.

Exam Objectives

The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented.

1.0 Planning and Scoping
2.0 Information Gathering and Vulnerability Identification
3.0 Attacks and Exploits
4.0 Penetration Testing Tools
5.0 Reporting and Communication

Performance-Based Assessment

The performance-based PenTest+ exam will include hands-on simulations. These simulations require test-takers to perform penetration testing and vulnerability assessment job tasks during the exam. To prepare for these performance-based assessments, trainers, educators and publishers should emphasize open-source penetration and vulnerability tools and teamwork.