Christine Bresnahan

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How can I pass the Linux+ Certification Exam?

Story time with Tux.

Story time with Tux.

The Linux+ Certification is currently broken up
into two exams:

  • LXO-103 and
  • LXO-104

These exams:

  • are managed by CompTIA.
  • have ~ 50% fail rate (103 is harder than 104).
  • are written for those who have at least 2 years of professional Linux experience.


How should you prepare to pass these two exams and become Linux+ Certified?


1.   Learn Linux Basic Concepts.  
        The Linux+ exams are not for Linux newbies. It would be worthwhile to study for and take the LPI Linux Essentials exam PRIOR to studying for the CompTIA Linux+ exams.   

2.   Take a couple of classes.
          At Ivy Tech Community College we offer:

  •  The SVAD111 course which helps you prepare for the LPI Linux Essentials exam.
  •  The SVAD116 course which helps you prepare for the CompTIA Linux+ exams.

3.     Read two Linux+ certification prep books.
           Obviously, Rich and I would like you to consider using our book for certification prep. However, to be successful, it's wise to use and study from two certification prep books. Here's another good certification prep book: CompTIA Linux+/LPIC-1 Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by Robb Tracy

4.      Purchase and use some sort of test training software for EACH test:
           For example:  Transcender from

5.     Make your OWN flash cards and/or study sheets.
           My students and others have reported that making your OWN flash cards and/or study sheets from the various certification study materials are the key to success. There are many free software products you can use to assist in this process.

There are study sheets on this web site to help you.
(Click here: Study Sheets to go to the study sheets page.)
Just take a look around and see what might interest you.