Performance-Based Questions

In addition to a traditional multiple-choice questions, some CompTIA certification exams include performance-based questions (PBQs). PBQs test a candidate’s ability to solve problems in a simulated environment. Please be aware that the environment is not a live lab, and therefore, it may have restricted system functionality. PBQs are often an approximation of a virtual environment, such as a firewall, network diagram, terminal window, or operating system.

CompTIA exams that incorporate PBQs

Try a Sample PBQ

This simulation is not from any CompTIA exam. It’s provided for you to experience a PBQ like what you may encounter on a CompTIA certification exam.

Click here for the answer key to this PBQ.

Tips for completing PBQs on your exam

  • Manage your time wisely.
  • If you don’t feel confident about answering a PBQ, move on to the next question. Click the Next button to proceed with the exam. Your work will be saved as you work on the PBQ and when moving to another item.
  • Many PBQs appear at the beginning of the exam. Use this knowledge to manage the amount of time you spend on each exam item.

Click here to see FAQs about completing exams with PBQs.