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 Post subject: Are A+ exams any harder than the practice tests?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:26 pm 
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Are the A+ exams any more difficult than the practice tests by Total Seminars? The prac tests only use 50 questions but their are three tests for Core and OS exam. I can pass all three for Core exam but usually fail by %15-%20 on the OS exam. Just need to brush up on the OS stuff theres so much crap to learn bc its over all the Win from 9x-XP. At least most of the Windows are similar to each other.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 4:28 pm 
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For what the A+ test costs, if you're failing ANY practice exams you should hold off on taking the real thing.

Which specific areas are you missing the questions in? Since it's a scaled sample, the more you're missing in heavier weighted areas, the worse you will do on the real exams.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:17 am 
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Well the only things I puke on for core exam are Dot Matrix and old printer info. I'm am alright on laser and inkjet printers.

Then on OS I get caught up on a few things, mostly stuff on the older OSes because I have mainly used ME and XP.

I just got a %96 on the last core exam I took. I can pass all three core final exams. But I am on and off with the OS exams, all I need to do is just read the OS chapters again because its just all the stuff that is about memorization I understand it all. I just forgot alot of it.

I am only considering because while I'm in school I can take each exam for $70 each. Soon I want a decent job in the computer field so I kinda need it to show for exp. Even though its entry lvl exam still it helps.

I am applying for a job at the local computer store, they need help. So hopefully they hire me. If not I'll offer to work for free for a week or so to show them I can do the work.

Thanks for the reply


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$70/exam is a huge cut off the normal price of those tests! Outstanding. If you're consistently passing the core exam, I say get it out of the way. That will let you focus on the OS exam.

For your older OS issues, I would suggest grabbing a seat of 98 and a copy of VirtualPC. That would let you work with older systems and quickly revamp them if you bork the install. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:18 am 
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Thanks DC! Any thoughts on a reputable place to pick up 98? I know I can find it on eBay but I am kinda weary about that b/c of key codes and all that. I have bought quite a bit of PC parts and never any trouble but OS is a little different story. I just see way too much scam type listings on there.

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Is this what your talking about? Sounds like I can get it free from MoneySofts website! Thats different usually they'd want $800 still.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:22 am 
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Thanks DC! Any thoughts on a reputable place to pick up 98? I know I can find it on eBay but I am kinda weary about that b/c of key codes and all that. I have bought quite a bit of PC parts and never any trouble but OS is a little different story. I just see way too much scam type listings on there.

Virtual PC

Is this what your talking about? Sounds like I can get it free from MoneySofts website! Thats different usually they'd want $800 still.


Yeah - it's free now since MS sucked it up not that long ago. For Win 98, honestly, anywhere you can put your fingers on it should be fine. It's 8 years old now! Just make sure you get the Second Edition so it includes USB support. First edition didn't.


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Win98, all versions, supports USB.

Win95 only supported it with OSR2.


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I'm not sure how the exams compare to practice tests since I had about 1/2hr notice telling me that I was scheduled to take them as soon as I left a customer site. I will say though that I found the tests to be easy enough to finish each in about 15 minutes if that helps?


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