CASP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

February 28, 2018 by Graeme Messina

CASP Frequently Asked Questions

CompTIA offers the CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner) for IT security professionals that want to enhance their skills and work towards a career in cyber security. The CASP is seen as a good choice for candidates that have successfully completed CompTIA’s Security+ certification and wish to continue on the path to becoming an Information Security Specialist.

  1. Is the CASP Certification changing in 2018?

CompTIA has announced that the CASP certification will be changing their exam in 2018. The CAS-002 certification, launched on January 20, 2015, will be transitioning to CAS-003, which has a launch date of April 2, 2018. If you are currently studying for CAS-002, this version of the exam will not be retired until October 2, 2018.

More information on CAS-003 will be coming soon to InfoSec Resources.

  1. When does registration begin for the 2018 Courses?

CompTIA exams are not set according to a schedule, and as such means that a candidate can choose to study for and write their CASP whenever they are ready. Candidates that are looking to start the CASP Bootcamp can find registration and scheduling right here.

Once you are satisfied that you have prepared adequately for the writing of your exam, then head over to CompTIA’s Exam Scheduling page and register. From here you will be able to schedule your exam and choose a date that suits you.

  1. How much does it cost to take the CASP exam?

Current 2018 pricing to write the CASP exam are as follows:

Country Currency Price
Emerging Market USDe 412
Great Britain GBP 275
Japan JPY 46,628
Australia AUD 438
New Zealand NZD 470
Malaysia MYR 1,564
Thailand THB 13,719
South Africa ZAR 2,853
Switzerland CHF 565
  1. Where can I find the locations for the 2018 exams?

All CompTIA certification exam testing is provided by CompTIA’s global testing partner, Pearson VUE, and as a result, all CompTIA exams can be written at one of the many Pearson VUE testing centers. When you are confident that you have prepared enough to certify your CASP and you’re ready to take your exam, then visit Pearson VUE’s website.

From here, you will be able to find an authorized Pearson VUE test center near your location so that you can schedule your exam. Candidates are able to select the testing center of their choice when scheduling to write the exam.

  1. How is the CASP exam scored?

Unlike some other tests, the CASP is scored on a Pass/Fail scoring system. This means that candidates that pass or fail will not receive a score of how they did in the exam. Only a Pass/Fail result will be made available to them upon completion of the examination.

  1. How many questions are in the CASP exam?

There are a maximum of 90 questions in the CASP exam. The question types include the following:

  • Multiple choice
  • Multiple response
  • Fill in the blank
  • Drag and drop
  • Exhibits
  • Performance-based
  1. How long is the CASP exam?

The total length of the exam is 165m (2H 45m).

  1. When will I receive my exam results?

Results are received immediately after completing the exam on screen, an email is also sent with the pass or fail result after the exam has been completed.

  1. What are Performance Based Questions (PBQ)?

A Performance Based Question, or PBQ, is a simulated exercise that seeks to test a candidates practical, hands-on abilities. The question will present the candidate with a virtual desktop that is indistinguishable from a real server or computer, and then ask the candidate to perform a task. You can try a sample PBQ here, or check this link to learn more. Candidates are advised to manage their time wisely and to not expend too much time on PBQs.

  1. What is the recommended employment experience for candidates?

Those that wish to take the CASP exam should have at least 10 years of experience in an IT administrative role, with at least 5 years in an information security role.

  1. Why should I take the CASP certification?

CASP is a certification that is approved by the US Department of Defense (DoD 8570). This means that the CASP meets the following IA certification requirements:

  • Technical
  • Management
  • System Architect
  • Engineer

This makes attaining a position within a government department or agency possible, and shows future employers that you have the knowledge and skills to join their organization as a CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner.

  1. What is covered under each of the domains on the CASP exam?

A breakdown of the required domains can be found in the following table:

Exam Domains

1.0 Enterprise Security 30%                                                             

2.0 Risk Management and Incident Response 20%

3.0 Research and Analysis 18%

4.0 Integration of Computing, Communications and Business Disciplines 16%

5.0 Technical Integration of Enterprise Components 16%

Total: 100%

A full Exam Objectives document can be downloaded here. You will be able to see exactly what requirements need to be met in order for a person to achieve CASP certification.

  1. What is the CompTIA Continual Education program?

CompTIA has a Continuing Education (CE) program that allows candidates to keep their certification up to date. It allows IT professionals to learn about any changes to certain CompTIA certifications, and about any changes within the course as well. Continuing Education assists candidates by staying current with newer technologies and techniques within IT security profession, making it a valuable tool for IT specialists that have already completed a CompTIA certification that requires Continuing Education. In the case of the CASP certification, candidates must ensure that they maintain their certification every 3 years. This can be done by paying $50 per year, or $150 every 3 years.

  1. What Infosec Institute resources are available for potential CASP candidates?

The following links are two such resources that will assist aspiring CASP candidates to complete their certification and successfully pass the exam.

Posted: February 28, 2018
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Graeme Messina
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Graeme is an IT professional with a special interest in computer forensics and computer security. When not building networks and researching the latest developments in network security, he can be found writing technical articles and blog posts at InfoSec Resources and elsewhere.

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