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September 5, 2011 4:40:13 AM

Okay, so these next 3 months I'll be studying and taking the A+ certification exam. Before I do does anyone have any tips to help me study and take the exam? Any help would be appreciated. I would rather not spend $140-160 to fail.

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September 5, 2011 5:56:29 AM

study...hard.
September 7, 2011 7:11:11 PM

shattered space said:
Okay, so these next 3 months I'll be studying and taking the A+ certification exam. Before I do does anyone have any tips to help me study and take the exam? Any help would be appreciated. I would rather not spend $140-160 to fail.


http://www.squidoo.com/comptia-a
Good resource, helpful advice. Look at a training provider that provider that provides a pass guarantee.
Related resources
September 7, 2011 7:42:53 PM

shattered space said:
Okay, so these next 3 months I'll be studying and taking the A+ certification exam. Before I do does anyone have any tips to help me study and take the exam? Any help would be appreciated. I would rather not spend $140-160 to fail.


I took it about a month ago and passed on the first try. A proper study plan really depends on your level of knowledge. Before I started studying, I was competent with computers, but a lot of the A+ material humbled me fairly quickly. However, it all came to me fairly quickly and I never actually read a complete book or study guide. I found it VERY helpful to review, review, review actual test questions from Mike Meyers and other outlets.

I bought Mike Meyers A+ test prep CD here: http://www.totalsem.com/

I also used ExamCram for A+ and found that very helpful as a final review.

I also looked into some of Professor Messer's free videos (pretty helpful)

I've heard good things about Sybex testing tools as well.

My advice to you is to just hammer through as many practice test questions as possible.. just make sure those questions are reputable (not some free website with user created quizzes). If you find a certain area of weakness, then maybe look into a little more review using a book or study guide.

Set a date, study hard, review, and you will be fine.
September 7, 2011 7:48:13 PM

^ Do you recommend any credible sites?
September 7, 2011 8:17:05 PM

I took some of those classes in high school. Piece of cake for all the basic and intermediate courses, but when me and my classmates looked at the expert stuff, we settled just for the credits instead of taking the exam lo;
September 7, 2011 8:34:17 PM

dogman_1234 said:
^ Do you recommend any credible sites?



http://www.professormesser.com/ - Professor Messer's free tutorials, a lot of good info

As far as test questions, I went and picked up ExamCram at Books A Million for around $25. Mike Meyer's test questions were a little more expensive because they are considered to be the best. Definitely study at least two viewpoints though as one will cover stuff the other might have missed.

Also, check out www.techexams.net
September 7, 2011 8:37:00 PM

I used mcgraw hill CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Guide 7th Edition. I aced the test 1st time I took them. Things I recommend don't book both test on the same day. Print out a study guide and take it with you. Get there 1 hour to 30m before test and just read the study guide.. Trust that helped me alot with port numbers and such stuff. Read the question carefully once then select youre answer and move on. If you get one that you are iffy on mark it and move on. Don't spend too much time on them. You will have enough time at the end to go back and recheck youre answer. Also make sure to mark mark mark.The ones you don't know. I also used a practice CD that game with the book. I'll see if I can find that study guide I had.. Will come in handy...GL

Man I had to pay $189 for one test... And I had a voucher.. :(  lol
September 7, 2011 8:43:47 PM

there was a thread just like this sometime back, you should search for it.
me and this other A+ guy were listing sites and books to read up on and then started talking about the entire process and CompTia board.
it was fun.

here's the main link and will probably be one of the better one's there is:
http://www.skillsoft.com/products/live_learning/
http://www.proprofs.com/certification/comptia/a-plus/ex...
http://www.e-learningcenter.com/free_aplus_course.htm

my book and place of certification was New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
CompTia A+ Cert..
2006 volume 1

another tip is too go through all the different sections in Tom's forums, hardware and software..
hit and read each topic and make sure you get an understanding of..
good-luck.

just don't fail..:D 
September 7, 2011 8:48:29 PM

Look at my sig below. Good book. Though, stuck on 15, but I am not good a commands either. :D 
September 7, 2011 8:53:00 PM

dogman_1234 said:
Look at my sig below. Good book. Though, stuck on 15, but I am not good a commands either. :D 

OK but look at my sig below too.... :whistle: 
September 7, 2011 8:53:24 PM

shattered space said:
Okay, so these next 3 months I'll be studying and taking the A+ certification exam. Before I do does anyone have any tips to help me study and take the exam? Any help would be appreciated. I would rather not spend $140-160 to fail.


Also if you're taking A+ to get a job, make sure the job requires it. There's a lot of stuff out there that doesn't care, or A+ cert is just not enough.

If it's just for knowledge or self improvement, good luck. I took some securities exams just to see if I could pass and to better understand my investments, and I did, though I had no real intention of ever becoming a broker.
September 7, 2011 9:48:16 PM

dogman_1234 said:
Look at my sig below. Good book. Though, stuck on 15, but I am not good a commands either. :D 

Im currently trying to get my lpic-1. Oh man.. pages and pages of commands and dozens of options.. And you have to remember everything for the test... Commands in windows are easy compared to other OS. GL
September 7, 2011 10:24:39 PM

verbalizer said:
OK but look at my sig below too.... :whistle: 


:pfff: 
September 25, 2011 6:31:20 PM

Skillsoft charges $750 per person per year. It's mostly corporate users. If there is something else in there catalog you want to learn as well as A+ prep it would work out.
P.S. There fiscal year ends the end of January, so you can negociate the price down.
dkmccann A+
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