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 Post subject: A+ Certification questions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:33 pm 
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Hopefully by the end of 2007 I'm hoping to be A+ Certified. But at this moment I have no idea how to take the tests? How do I find out the test dates? Anyone know?

Also what is the test like? Is it all written? Or is it hands on?


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The test is 100% computer based. A series of True/False, multiple choice (choose all that apply).

CompTIA.org is the site.

You sign-up online to take the exam. Basically you're buying a 'voucher' that schedules you at the testing center of your choice. On your test day, you report to the testing center you selected, show ID and sit down to take your test. Immediately after the test they tell you if you pass/failed.

Find testing centers here

If you pass, you walk out with a printout showing your raw score. You're never given a chance to see what you hit/miss though. The testing center submits your results to CompTIA and in about two weeks you get your certification and welcome packet in the mail.


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And what is exactly is A+ certification and how does it help?

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I see what it is now. How hard is the test? Is it something we'd have to study for? If so, what do we study?

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Ok another question, how do I know when the test dates are? In order to find the test dates I would have to purchase one of the vouchers first. Is the test everyday?


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Hackman -
Click that link for finding testing centers I posted above. Skip option 1 and go directly to 2 (don't pass go or collect your $200 though).

In option 2, enter your state/country and hit 'check' It will show you a page of local testing centers. Find the one you want to go to, look to see if it's a Vue or Prometric center.

Just below the results page is the icon for each proctor. Click the appropriate one and it will take you to their page. You can get the testing center phone/contact info to verify their hours.

Testing is generally provided during their entire open period. When in doubt, you can always call CompTIA and process the scheduling/payment that way. I set mine up on the phone precisely for the reason you've identified. (The proctor sites do a bad job of showing available times)

yurimxpxman - Tons of books for studying have been published for the A+ exam. I'm fond of Michael Myers' series. The test isn't extremely difficult for anyone with a good grasp of computing fundamentals but most people will need to study to some degree if they want to pass. A lot of the questions are focused on the 'absolute' way of doing things and not necessarily how things are done by 90% of us.


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Thanks for the information DC. I think I'll call them instead of ordering online.


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Your how old Hackman? Because im 17, and im going to try and get my A+ cert this year in school. From what I understand, its not a very hard test.


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Its an entry level test. Well, its actually 2 tests One for the hardware end, and one for the software end. Its not a very difficult test, but you need to study becuase there are some things on it that will get you.

In terms of getting a job, it wont help much--but it dosent hurt.

A+ will last for your life, as well as any other test with a "+" after it.


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I thought I heard every few years you had to get updated and repass the test or something?

It will help you get an entry level job, over someone who doesn't have it. Unless they have more experience than you.

Also if you plan to go to school, you may hold off on it because normally where its ~$300 total, right now with my schools discount I can take it there and pay only $70 per test so $140 total thats half off.


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I earned my A+ back in 1999 and have never had to recertify. It's a lifelong credential.


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I don't think it's going to be a very hard test, but my school isn't paying for it and it's around $150 for the A+ test, so I kind of don't want to fail it ;)


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Here's a sample:
http://certification.comptia.org/resources/practice_test/a_samplequestions.aspx?ansview=t1

Some of the sample questions look outdated, is the test like this, or will it have newer questions relating to current technology?


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DentedCan wrote:

If you pass, you walk out with a printout showing your raw score. You're never given a chance to see what you hit/miss though. The testing center submits your results to CompTIA and in about two weeks you get your certification and welcome packet in the mail.


What type of Welcome packet do you get?

Also I do have the A+ book 2 of them but their really old.
Is there a way for me to find out which book I should get so that
I can be prepared for this test.

The reason I asked this is because I don't want to get
myself the wrong book, study like hell, pay the exam fee,
and then on the test day to find out that I've study the wrong stuffs!

edit: I've actually tried out the sample test by the link provided by PC__GUY.

Out of 10, I actually got 3 wrong, is that bad?


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Time to study up then.

I aced the hardware portion, and got 95% on my software. But I've been a hardware nut my entire life in computers - software was the only part I've had to study.

It's not that hard - if you can tear apart a PC, and rebuild it, you're not going to have many problems with it.

Keep in mind that while it probably won't get you a job at Oracle or M$, A+ is *required* for most PC test jobs (workbench at CompUSA or best buy for example).


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:13 pm 
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Opterongeek wrote:
Time to study up then.

I aced the hardware portion, and got 95% on my software. But I've been a hardware nut my entire life in computers - software was the only part I've had to study.

It's not that hard - if you can tear apart a PC, and rebuild it, you're not going to have many problems with it.

Keep in mind that while it probably won't get you a job at Oracle or M$, A+ is *required* for most PC test jobs (workbench at CompUSA or best buy for example).



I study like 5 years ago, but I never got myself spare time to take
it so by now I mostly forgot everything. :P

meh, I'll need to squeeze in a spare time so that I can take
that exam. But mostly I already know most of the stuffs.
The reason I got 3 wrong was I was skimming through
the questions, if not then I wouldn't have ace it.


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Opterongeek wrote:
Keep in mind that while it probably won't get you a job at Oracle or M$, A+ is *required* for most PC test jobs (workbench at CompUSA or best buy for example).


That right there is reason enough for me to get it. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:52 pm 
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I think that's not bad for an Old Phart who hasn't studied lol... Ran through the sample test you linked to and scored 90%... I'm not real familiar with RAMBus memory, and even most all of the others can require set in dual depending on the MoBo.

I reckon folks now should be glad they don't have to deal with the old 2, 3, and 486 systems. There was any number of different types of RAM used in those. Parity, Non-Parity, Fast Page, EDO, and various versions designed to emulate each of those. Some types would work fine as solo artists, others required 2 to work, while still others were totally useless unless you had 4 identical sticks. Mix & match same style and size but different brand or speed simply didn't work.


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Actually, I got all kinds of ram questions on my hardware test. As well as IRQ and memory address questions. But then there were a few cake questions on both tests, the software test asked me a question about Windows Update. But then turned around and asked me about the different types of Windows NT file formats.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 2:21 pm 
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I'm not sure I've ever seen a decent job advertised that said "A+ Certification Highly Preferred." I suppose it's useful it you want to work at Circuit City or Best Buy and install people's new HDDs or Video Cards for them...

Not to bash CompTIA as they definitely fill a vendor-generic certification niche, but I rarely see any jobs preferring any of their "+" certifications and very few employers that brag about having x percent of staff "+" certified in this or that.


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I was taking online courses for it and by far the hardest thing i hit was the old hardware. Either this test need to be updated or the books do. I dont know a single person who uses a dot matrix printer or would waste the money trying to get it fixed when they could just go buy a newer and better printer for less money. I want to work in a computer shop and aspire to open my own one day doing custom builds and i for one wont be ripping people off like Geek Squad. $80 to transfer stuff from an old hard drive to a new one.


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