What is the expected difference between CompTIA Network+ N10-006 and N10-007?
What assumptions can we work with?
We expect the new Network+ N10-007 to release in March of 2018 so the question on a lot of people’s mind is how different should we expect the new Network+ N10-007 to be compared to the current N10-006? Because this is early speculation there is no hard data to fall back on but we can probably glean some guidance from History. The themes added to the exam objectives touching on networking in A+ can certainly offer some guidance. A+ is the last of the CompTIA “big three” to have seen new and updated exam objectives (December 2015) and although A+ is PC/device centric it may still be somewhat useful in terms of divining what may be added to the Network+ N10-007 exam objectives. Additionally any of the networking technologies that have risen in prominence over the last three years or so should be fair game for our (hopefully) qualified guesses.
Our (hopefully) qualified guessing
Given that Network+ is a pretty wide certification it is obvious that the Exam Objectives for Network+ N10-007 will aim at reflecting technologies used today that were not included in the objectives 3 years ago.
Here is a list of topics we expect to either see an enhanced focus on or to come in as an outright addition to the new Network+ N10-007 exam objectives:
– Technologies that support cloud and technologies
– Expansion of Virtualization
– Mobile device management
– More on monitoring tools and analysis of metrics obtained from monitoring and tracking tools
– Deepening of the understanding of network access control models
– Side loaded applications and management of the process
– As cyber security is increasingly of concern, expect network security to occupy an even larger part of the objectives
Beyond specific items we also expect CompTIA to put a greater emphasis on the practical application of knowledge. These are the sub-objectives that will start with “Given a scenario…” Today there are 21 of those sub-objectives in Network+ N10-006, expect either that number to grow or the number of topic points under those sub-objectives to grow. Basically it all comes down to the CompTIA certifications having, over the last few years, aimed at moving from measuring “knowledge” to measuring “understanding”.
Should I take the Network+ N10-006 now or wait for the new N10-007 exam?
Beyond the logic and imperative of taking the version available at the time you need to be certified, there may be other valid considerations too. One of those is that although the “latest and greatest” always has its instinctual appeal, when it comes to CompTIA certification it may not be significant as your certification is valid for three years from the date you pass the exam (no matter what happens to versioning during those three years). It doesn’t matter if you happen to take the current version a day before it is retired, you will still remain certified (and per CompTIA current) for three years no matter what. The other consideration is that we often have a healthy tendency to prefer “the devil we know”… There is predictability in committing to Network+ N10-006 that the N10-007 certification can’t offer just yet. It seems pretty certain that if you are planning on getting certified in 2017 and even into late winter/spring of 2018 you will have to pick the current N10-006 version.
When to expect the CertBlaster for CompTIA Network+ N10-007 Practice Test?
CertBlaster offers practice tests for the current Network+ N10-006. The product has in excess of 500 questions including what CompTIA refers to as the Performance Based Questions (PBQ). Below is a screenshot of an important Performance Based Question type that you will likely face at the Network+ exam. This type of question aims at putting you in a situation where, after you have been hacked, you get to see the script used by the hacker and from analyzing that script you will be asked to figure out what server is under attack, the attack type, and you will be asked to select the best defense against that attack.