CompTIA PenTest+


CompTIA PenTest+ is for cybersecurity professionals tasked with penetration testing and vulnerability management.

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CompTIA PenTest+ is the industry standard.
CompTIA PenTest+ is the most comprehensive exam covering all penetration testing stages

Take Your Penetration Testing Knowledge To the Next Level

Demonstrate Competency of Current Trends
Unlike other penetration testing exams that only cover a portion of stages with essay questions and hands-on, CompTIA PenTest+ uses both performance-based and knowledge-based questions to ensure all stages are addressed.

Become an Expert in Vulnerability Management
CompTIA PenTest+ is the only exam on the market covering hands-on vulnerability assessment, scanning and analysis, as well as planning, scoping, and managing weaknesses.

Prove You Know the Latest Techniques
CompTIA PenTest+ requires a candidate to demonstrate the most relevant pen testing skills for the cloud, hybrid environments, web applications, Internet of Things (IoT) and traditional on-premises.

We're excited to invite you to take the discounted $50 beta exam for the next version of PenTest+. Visit the Pearson VUE CompTIA site to register for beta exam PT1-003 and take it before Aug. 6. Due to beta exam scoring processes, participants will not know whether they passed/earned the certification until the final release date in December.


What Skills Will You Learn?

Planning and Scoping

Includes updated techniques emphasizing governance, risk and compliance concepts, scoping and organizational/customer requirements, and demonstrating an ethical hacking mindset

Information Gathering and Vulnerability Scanning

Includes updated skills on performing vulnerability scanning and passive/active reconnaissance, vulnerability management, as well as analyzing the results of the reconnaissance exercise

Attacks and Exploits

Includes updated approaches to expanded attack surfaces, researching social engineering techniques, performing network attacks, wireless attacks, application-based attacks and attacks on cloud technologies, and performing post-exploitation techniques

Reporting and Communication

Expanded to focus on the importance of reporting and communication in an increased regulatory environment during the pen testing process through analyzing findings and recommending appropriate remediation within a report

Tools and Code Analysis

Includes updated concepts of identifying scripts in various software deployments, analyzing a script or code sample, and explaining use cases of various tools used during the phases of a penetration test–scripting or coding is not required

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Exam Details

Exam Code  PT0-002
Launch Date October 28, 2021 
Exam Description The CompTIA PenTest+ will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope a penetration testing engagement including vulnerability scanning, understand legal and compliance requirements, analyze results, and produce a written report with remediation techniques. 
Number of Questions Maximum of 85 questions
Type of Questions Performance-based and multiple choice
Length of Test 165 minutes
Passing Score 750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or related experience. While there is no required prerequisite, PenTest+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus.
Languages English, Japanese, Portuguese and Thai
Retirement Usually three years after launch 
DoD 8140 Approved Work Roles Exploitation Analyst, Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst
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Testing Provider  Pearson VUE
Price $381 USD (See all pricing)

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How Does CompTIA PenTest+ Compare?

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Performance-Based Questions
Experience LevelIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediate/Advanced
Exam FocusPenetration testing and vulnerability assessmentPenetration testingPenetration testing from a business-valueReal world-based with a lab and submitted report
Vendor NeutralYes YesYes Yes
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Your CompTIA PenTest+ certification is good for three years from the date of your exam. The CE program allows you to extend your certification in three-year intervals through activities and training that relate to the content of your certification.

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You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA PenTest+ certification. Collect at least 60 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years and upload them to your certification account, and your CompTIA PenTest+ certification will automatically renew.

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