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    I'm taking the A+ certification test tomorrow. I'm a little nervous, as each of the 2 tests cost $150 US. Has anyone else taken the test, and do you have any advise?

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    My test was negative, good luck.....


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    We'll I passed both tests. So I'm officially A+ certified! Yeah!
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    What did the test entail ?

    Croydon College offered a free IT course, which I started about a year ago with the promise of a city & guilds after it in computing.

    I lasted about 3 weeks after which I wanted to kill myself, so I left....basically because I had to complete the basic one before I could go on to the "intermediate" or "advanced" one - The basic one whic I HAD to do first consisted of basically resizing windows and learning how to open and close documents and basic shite like that - everyone was told they had to complete at least 10 hours before their course could be reviewed and marked. I finished the entire basic course work in around 45 minutes and was told that I STILL had to attend for another 9 hours and 15 minutes if only to come into the college and sign my name on the register then go home again. Needless to say this insulted my intelligence and I found it a complete waste of my time so I stopped going to the course. I STILL dont have any qualifications because of it........bleeding STUPID "education" system !!
    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968
    We'll I passed both tests. So I'm officially A+ certified! Yeah!
    I think you were certified a long time ago mac.... :wink:

    well done anyway, what sort of questions did you face?
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    There are 2 tests, one for hardware and one for Windows OS. I did alot better on the hardware. Some of the questions on the OS covered Windows versions I had not used in practical experience, like windows ME, 2000, and NT 4.0...so I had to go only on what I had studied.

    On the hardware they asked questions like, "how much L2 cache does a pentium 3 have". Although some questions were not as cut and dry.

    "A user cannot log on to their computer, and you discover another technician who had worked on the system had failed to set up the users correctly. you should:
    a. complain to the user about the other tech
    b. fix the problem and say nothing.
    c. call the other tech and have him fix it.
    d. fix the problem and inform your supervisor about the other tech.

    the correct answer was d. (which I chose) but in real life, I would never rat out another tech and so I would have just chosen b, and then talked with the other tech. I didn't think this was a good question.

    The os had questions like: "What command do you use in windows xp recovery console to rebuild the MBR."

    Leo: I thought about taking a class, but instead I downloaded a set of 8 videos from learnkey, they were very helpful, I also downloaded an 1000 page e-book about the test. Self-study seemed to work for me.

    if you like to take a 20-question example test you can do it at:
    http://certification.comptia.org/res...t/default.html

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    hehe I tried that and got 6 out of ten, I'm not familiar with the processors around, never studied the technical side of the network, and I forgot the serial port IRQ...

    on the software one I scored 8/10 I'd have thought it would have been the other way round...
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    Well, you need a score of 515 out of 900, so you passed! I got a 717.
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    Software was probably better because I have had to restore the bloody thing so many times...
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    congrats MacGyver1968. I am going for my Cisco Certification sometime soon I just have to finish CCNA4 then I will go for my certification.
    whats the interval of 1/mower? lnmower... heh
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    Wish me luck: Part II

    Well...my certification paid off...I start my new computer repair job today. It's 25 miles from my house, but a job is a job. Yee hah!
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    Well Done !!!
    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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    8 right on software.
    3 right on hardware.

    I swear to you 75% of the hardware on that practice quiz was years old.
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    Wish me Luck: Part III

    If anyone is interested, I TOTALLY love my new job. I work for a company called "Intechra". We buy old computers from companies that are upgrading, then refurbish or recycle the old machines. I love it, not only do I work for a company that helps small companies with low budgets, that can't afford new computers, that are creating new jobs, and helping the economy, but we also are recycling machines that normally would just end up in a landfill, and using the plastic, copper, and gold to make all new machines. It's great! We keep the tree-huggers and the capitalists happy!
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    Wish me luck: part IV

    Just call me "fried chicken".....'cause I totally just got dropped in the grease. I'm loving my new job...but after 9 working days on the job, the other tech had "family problems' and quit. He was the one that was training me on company procedure....now I'm the only tech, and pretty much am running my department...just wingin' in. And like they say...."It's ain't braggin' if it's true"....but basically, I've been kicking some serious computer ass. I handle all the technical support calls, and repair all of the returned computers....and things have run smoother than silk.

    Every different laptop computer model is like a puzzle. The first time you solve a puzzle it takes extra time to figure out where all the pieces go. A laptop has numerous "wee little" screws....and figuring out which ones to take out, and remembering where they go back can be challenging.

    (tech tip: use a plastic ice cube tray to hold each group of screws)

    Once you solved the puzzle one time...it much much easier to do it the 2nd time. I've been solvin' a shitload of first time puzzles this week...and my skills have not failed me. Today, I changed the lcd on a sony vaio in 15 minutes (first time)....while the customer waited...no room for error...I'm sure the fact that she had a awesome rack had absolutely no influence on my prompt service...but I totally took care of her, and my boss heard her singing my praise when I gave her, her unit back. My boss actually made a point to tell me how good of a job I was doing..when I casually said "thank you", he stopped me, and said "no..really....your're doing a great job."

    I'm happier than a chocolaholic locked in the Godiva factory......I'm happier than Michael Jackson at a Cub Scout sleep-over....I'm pretty damn happy.

    </end bragging>

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