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220-701 & 702 Fell - Not Impressed

Discussion in 'A+' started by GSteer, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    That's [edited: cheers Bluerinse] right, not impressed at all with the range of questions or the questionable English usage. The clarity of some questions was appalling.

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    - 10% of the questions were on one minor subsection of the objectives.
    - multiple questions repeated with slightly different wording but the same answer.

    702
    - Grammar, spelling, incorrect words used - urk (yes I'm aware this is not in the dictionary) I say.
    - Modern relevance of questions, I know this is the 2009 exam but there was one question I can guarantee you was far out of date.
    - Again duplicate/triplicate questions of the same thing, maybe I'm expecting too much from an entry level set of exams.

    Anyway, passed with 867/900 in the 701 and 857/900 in the 702, time to get it shoe-horned in to the MCSA profile along with the N+.

    I've been testing the Boson practice exams and to tell the truth the CompTIA should hire them to write the damn exams, they're far superior, full review coming shortly in a different thread.

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  2. BosonMichael
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    The reason their questions are the way they are is because they ask for volunteers - basically, anyone who has passed a previous version of the exam - to write their questions for them... I believe its over a period of a week. The volunteers receive a per diem, but they have to use quite a bit of it to cover their travel and lodging expenses. After all that's paid, not a lot is left. As a result, most of the really good techs and trained authors won't find it worth their while to do it. And those who do... well, you've seen the results of their efforts.

    I'd actually consider helping them out... but they won't allow anyone to write if they are an author, instructor, or stand to monetarily gain from having the inside information. I guess that rules me out multiple times! :biggrin
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    Your first word *thats* should be *that's* :p

    Congrats on the pass 8)
     
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  4. GSteer

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    Cheers, thats one set of training I do need to re-do, medium level English, I unfortunately missed ~1/3rd of my GCSE years and that's one area I never caught up in.

    Michael: That would explain the randomness of the quality then eh.
     
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  5. Unemployed Diogenes

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    that's why i don't wanna do any exam from Comptia after A+. I don't want to spend so much money for that bull****. I do CCNA now after A+.
     
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  6. reddevil12

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    Congrats on pass :cheers
     
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  7. Simonvm

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    Congratulations!

    I passed them both in july and september and somehow they still don't show up in the Microsoft certification planner :rolleyes:
     
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  8. wagnerk
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    Congrats on the pass :)

    -ken
     
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  9. wagnerk
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    You did inform MS of your Comptia passes, right? It's not an automatic thing.

    -ken
     
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  10. stevecook1973

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    Well done on the pass :cheers

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  11. nugget
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    Well done and congrats on the passes. :thumbleft


    The quality of CompTIA exams isn't random, it's actually very consistent. Consistently bad that is. :twisted:
     
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  12. michael78

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    I see nothing has changed then. When I did my A+ about 7 years ago the stand out thing about the exam was the grammar was pretty shocking. I remember at the time commenting that it looked like they got a 7 year old to write the questions.
     
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  13. nXPLOSi

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    I felt the same way when I took the CompTIA A+ Exams, found the Net+ slightly better but still sub-standard!

    Maybe they made the questions hard to understand and written poorly to mimic real IT support with users? Just a thought! :biggrin
     
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  14. gosh1976

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    Congrats on the pass!! I thought the Net+ was better than the A+ I took 10 years ago but there were still a couple questions on the Net+ that just didn't make any sense to me.


    I don't remember it taking very long for my Comptia exams to show on my MCP account once I sent MS the scores.
     
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  15. nXPLOSi

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    Probably a silly question but how do you go about sending MS the CompTIA exams passes? I havent done it as yet but plan to use my A+/N+ for the MCSA elective so probably a good idea to get it done! :oops:
     
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  16. Simonvm

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    Well, euhmm :oops:

    Thought they would get it when sync'ing with Prometric, didn't realise you have to notify MS yourself :)
    Thanks for the pointer!
     
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  17. gosh1976

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    You have to email your results to Microsoft from the Comptia site and include your MCP Id. Here are the directions for doing this:
    http://support.comptia.org/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=15074

    edit: looks like that just takes you to the support page - from there I just searched for MCP. Here are the instructions:


     
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  18. nXPLOSi

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    Thanks very much Gosh, just put em through! :)
     
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  19. Simonvm

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    Thanks, rep'ed!
     
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  20. GSteer

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    In some ways, and not, I'm glad it's not just me that's unimpressed.

    Hey ho, it's done 'n dusted, on to the Sec+
     
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