Getting Ready: CompTIA Security+ Practice Exam Questions

CompTIA Security+ Certification in a Nutshell

CompTIA Security+ is a globally recognized certification that validates the foundational skills and knowledge needed to perform core security functions. The Security+ is vendor-neutral and not role-specific, so it fits well in a range of organizations, regardless of which technologies they use. With this foundation in place, many CompTIA Security+ certified professionals go on to take popular vendor-specific exams, such as those for VMWare, Cisco or Microsoft.

CompTIA generally releases a new Security+ exam every three years. The current version of the exam, SY0-501, was launched on October ?4, 2017. That marked the retirement of the previous version, SY0-401, which was released in May 2014. Changes to the CompTIA  exam objectives include removal of the Network Security segment, but the test still covers installing and configuring network components, implementing a secure network architecture, and other network security-related topics.

Earning the CompTIA credential involves considerable preparation. The six CompTIA Security+ sy0-501 exam objectives (domains) are:

  • Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities
  • Technologies and Tools
  • Architecture and Design
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Risk Management
  • Cryptography and PKI

Key skills measured by the exam include identifying security threats, choosing appropriate cyber risk management techniques, and identifying and analyzing common attacks (such as social engineering, malware, and application & wireless attacks).

To get Comptia Security+ certification sy0-501, you don’t need to complete any prerequisite courses. Nevertheless, CompTIA recommends at least two years of experience in IT administration, focused on security. It’s also smart to take sy0-501 practice tests and review relevant interviews, resources and video deep-dives.

Exam sy0-501 Free Practice Test

To help you assess your readiness, we’ve developed a free Security+ practice test. This sy0-501 practice quiz exam is a simulated version of the CompTIA Security+ Exam conducted by CompTIA. You can test your knowledge of all exam topics using this Security+ quiz.

Ready to take the 30-question challenge?

The CompTIA Security+ practice questions presented here are meant to be used after you read the Study Guide for the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam. If you are unable to answer at least 70% of the questions, go back to the study guide and review the material for the questions that you missed.

Domain 1

Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities

Domain 2

Technologies and Tools

Domain 3

Architecture and Design

Domain 4

Identity and Access Management

Domain 5

Risk Management

Domain 6

Cryptography and PKI


We hope our free exam practice questions have helped you on your way toward getting your CompTIA Security+ certification. Feel free to share your feedback and suggestions in the comments section below. Best wishes on the exam!

Interesting in acquiring more infosec credits? Learn more about CISSP and other security certifications.

Product Evangelist at Netwrix Corporation, writer, and presenter. Ryan specializes in evangelizing cybersecurity and promoting the importance of visibility into IT changes and data access. As an author, Ryan focuses on IT security trends, surveys, and industry insights.