The New CompTIA Linux+: Your Questions Answered

We know you have questions about the new exam, so we’ve asked Zach Hill from I.T. Career Questions to help you understand what’s on the new exam and how it will help you in your IT career.

From emerging tech and the cloud to cybersecurity and DevOps, Linux is everywhere and used to manage everything from cars and smartphones to servers and supercomputers. This week, CompTIA launched the latest version of CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004), which was revised in many ways beyond the obvious change from two exams to one. The new CompTIA Linux+ validates the skills you need to use Linux in today’s tech environment in jobs such as systems administrator, network administrator, web administrator, Linux software developers and more.

We know you have questions about the new exam, so we’ve asked Zach Hill from I.T. Career Questions to help you understand what’s on the new exam and how it will help you in your IT career.


Still have questions? Keep reading to get answers to the questions we’ve been hearing most.

What’s on the new CompTIA Linux+ exam?

The new CompTIA Linux+ validates the competencies required of an early career IT professional supporting Linux systems.

In addition to topics traditionally associated with systems administration tasks, such as configuring, managing, operating and troubleshooting in a Linux environment, the new exam has an increased focus on the following areas:

  • Security
  • Kernel Modules
  • Storage and virtualization
  • Enterprise-level device management
  • DevOps basics, through Git and automation
  • Networking and firewalls, especially involving security issues
  • Server side and command line, for server management in a multi-server environment
  • Troubleshooting
  • SELinux, with a focus on implementation of this robust security system

Download the exam objectives to find out everything that’s covered.

Why would I choose to take CompTIA Linux+ instead of other Linux certifications?

CompTIA Linux+ is the only job-focused Linux certification covering the latest foundational skills demanded by hiring managers. Unlike other certifications, the new exam includes performance-based and multiple-choice questions to identify the employees who can do the job.

The exam covers tasks associated with all major distributions of Linux, setting the foundation for advanced vendor/distro-specific knowledge.

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How much does CompTIA Linux+ cost?

To earn CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004), you only need to pass one exam, and thus buy only one exam voucher. The retail price for the CompTIA Linux+ exam is $338.

Keep reading to learn more about how you can save by bundling your exam voucher with training products. If you’re buying products outside of a bundle, you can click on the ad on this page to save 10% on one voucher or training product.

Read more about how to save money on your IT certification.

How can I train for CompTIA Linux+?

Start by downloading the exam objectives and practice test to understand what topics are covered and get examples of questions that you might see. You can also work through the self-paced Official CompTIA Linux+ Study Guide.

A full suite of CompTIA CertMaster training products are available for CompTIA Linux+, including CompTIA CertMaster Learn, CompTIA CertMaster Labs and CompTIA CertMaster Practice. All are available for purchase from the CompTIA Store.

How much time will I need to prepare for CompTIA Linux+?

The amount of time you’ll need to prepare for CompTIA Linux+ depends on your background and IT experience. We recommend having 9 to 12 months of hands-on experience working with Linux operating systems before getting certified. 

Download the exam objectives to see what you already know and what you might need to work on, and read more about how to prepare for an IT certification exam.

Can I still take the CompTIA Linux+ LX0-103/104?

Yes, the CompTIA Linux+ (LX0-103/104) will be available until October 1, 2019.  Proof of successful completion of CompTIA Linux+ (LX0-103/104) can also be submitted to LPI for LPIC-1 certification (not available with CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-104)).

I already passed CompTIA Linux+ LX0-103, but I haven’t taken LX0-104 yet. What should I do?

To earn your CompTIA Linux+ certification, you need to successfully complete either LX0-103 and 104 or XK0-004. So, if you’ve already passed LX0-103, continue preparing for and take LX0-104. Just make sure you take your exam before it expires on October 1, 2019.

I’ve been studying for CompTIA Linux+ (LX0-103/104). Should I switch gears and study for CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004) instead?

If you’ve been studying for the CompTIA Linux+ (LX0-103/104), we would recommend reviewing the exam objectives to see how much of what you’ve already studied is on the new exam. If it makes sense for your time and level of knowledge, you may want to switch gears and prepare for the new exam (XK0-004). 

Some of the benefits of taking the new CompTIA Linux+ is that it covers the latest subject matter and it costs less, since you’ll take just one exam instead of two.

Keep in mind that if you choose to pursue LX0-103/104, you must take both exams by October 1, 2019, in order to get your CompTIA Linux+ certification.

Learn more about the new CompTIA Linux+ and download the exam objectives to get started.

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