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Pass Mark for the 601 and 602

Discussion in 'A+' started by dino66uk, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. dino66uk

    dino66uk Nibble Poster

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    Could anyone tell me the pass mark for both the essentials and technician exams. :rolleyes:

    As ive got my exams in 3 weeks.

    And any good advice will be greatly appreiciated.

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  2. del_port

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    We discusssed it recently on here,no one seems to know the precise percentage, it's around 75% though i think for 601.
    I'd say between 70% to 75% can't see it being any higher than those two figures.In my exam if i got 17 wrong answers that was a fail,16 wrong was a pass.This was out of 100 questions.
    So if you look at those figures that isn't 80% to pass whatever way you look at it,the only way it could be near 80% is if they marked every question equally which is highly unlikely.

    There are plenty of throwaway questions in the exam that are fairly simple and quite a few difficult ones that will keep you thinking for a minute or two.

    I also have my A+ exam in january,not really worried about it,more worried about doing the mcdst exam which i'm sitting in a few weeks time.

    Here i the last discussion about the pass mark
    http://www.certforums.co.uk/forums/thread29249.html
     
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  3. Evilwheato

    Evilwheato Kilobyte Poster

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    You need 675 out of 900 for 601 and I believe 700 out of 900 for the other?
    Aim for 80% and you will be fine- I should think 75% minimum.
     
  4. greenbrucelee
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    what he said ^
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    E X A M S P E C S
    Exam Number: 220-601
    Active / Retired: Active
    Prerequisites: None
    Exam Format: Multiple Choice
    Num Questions: 100
    Time Limit: 90:00
    Cost (USD) $: 150 - 225
    Passing Score: 675

    See here for the page and for a cram guide for the 601.

    E X A M S P E C S
    Exam Number: 220-602
    Active / Retired: Active
    Prerequisites: None
    Exam Format: Multiple Choice
    Num Questions: 80
    Time Limit: 90:00
    Cost (USD) $: 93-225
    Passing Score: 700

    See here for the page and for a cram guide for the 602.

    -Ken
     
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  6. supernova

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    WTF... sorry i must of missed this, its all on comptias website in points, then you use basic maths to work out the percentages.
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    ...except that questions can possibly be unscored, worth partial credit, or worth more points than others.
     
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  8. supernova

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    That’s why you use the total number of points and points passmark, you don’t use the number of questions

    601 is always out of 900 (100%) with a passmark of 675 (75%) right?

    He asked for the percentage not the mount of correct questions required, at least that was what i was answering
     
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  9. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    If I remember correctly - the range is from 100 to 900, so not quite right!

    If you are trying to gauge whether a 'test paper' you took indicates whether you are ready then I would suggest that you add 10 to your target percentages!

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  10. supernova

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    everthing i have read says 601 is out of 900 and 675 passmark

    if not please post a link
     
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  11. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Yes. Check the CompTIA site if you don't believe me! <grin>

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  12. Sparky
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    You get 100 points just for turning up. :biggrin
     
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  13. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

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    Not that just want a detailed explanation which isn’t a table.

    Yeah and so there should.. lol... because there isnt any points for writing your name
     
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  14. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    <Shrug> I don't know of *any* cert vendor that gives details of how cert scoring works.

    But that table seems quite clear to me.

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  15. BosonMichael
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    No, it's not out of 900... if anything, it's out of 800, because the score range is from 100-900, not 0-900.

    And here's the link, since you can't be bothered to check for yourself: link to CompTIA

    And the quote from their site, in case you miss it:

    So what's the percentage good for if it doesn't *mean* anything, like the number of questions? What's the point?
     
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  16. greenbrucelee
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    Some of the questions you get are not marked as they are beta questions, it says so when you get the first couple of screens before the test.

    You start with 100 points and you can now get upto 800, so it's about 73% to pass if my maths is correct.
     
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  17. dino66uk

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    Hello greenbrucelee,

    What are beta questions exactly??:rolleyes: Got my exam in 8 days :eek: Im gettin an average score of 65-70% on practice exams. Im using certblaster and Mike meyers practice exams/practice questions. Am i doing okay? any other tips??
     
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  18. greenbrucelee
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    A beta question is a question which may or may not be included in the new version of the exam.

    Apparently you don't get marked on them.
     
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  19. del_port

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    You might need to do a bit better, 70% is a fail.

    I'd agree with the 73% pass mark suggested by greenbrucelee,i said between 70% to 75% as the lowest mark to pass,so 73% seems a logical score as the minimum.

    The exam itself is not that difficult for the most part.Every now and then you will pause for a bit to think of the answer, for the majority you can race through them,you only get under a minute to read and answer the question [i.e: 90 minutes to answer 100 questions] so they are quick to read and quick to answer.

    I was getting 80% to 90% in most of my practice tests.
     
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  20. Evilwheato

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    I would aim for at least 75% in practice exams- these are the exams you have not taken before ;)
    I noticed that the exam stated it would contain beta questions, but there wasn't any indication of what these where- so don't worry about them.
     

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