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A+ exam type.. help!!! :-/

Discussion in 'A+' started by Benny30, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Benny30

    Benny30 Bit Poster

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    Hi guys,
    I'm looking into self-study for the A+ qualification. However, reading about it there seems to be two types of exam objective.. 2006 whereby you do the Essientials which appears to be the 220-701 exam, then choose between Remote Technician, Depot Technician and 2 others for a 2nd exam, or the 2009 one where you do the 220-271 and then the 272 which is the Practical Exam which is a "extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, with more of a "hands-on" orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems".

    Are they the same thing?! How will I know what to study for..?
    I'm planning on studying from books and downloading nuggets as material.

    I really don't want a practical "take a pc apart and have a look" kind of exam, which is why I am studying at home instead of classroom based training. My friend did the A+ and said it was nothing to do with practical things and was purely theory... so i'm confused! :-s

    Any guidance you may have would be greatly appreciated :-)

    Thanks,

    Ben.
     
  2. Simonvm

    Simonvm Kilobyte Poster

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    The 2006 version is retired by now.

    That narrows down the options for ya :p
     
    Certifications: MCITP: EST, MCDST, MCTS, A+, N+, CCNP, CCNA Wireless
  3. Benny30

    Benny30 Bit Poster

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    Thanks for the reply..

    So that does narrow things down a bit, so I don't have to choose between remote tech/depot tech etc...
    So could anyone help me with what the 2nd exam consists of? Do I actually have to attend a lab and rip a pc apart as part of the exam? Can the 2nd exam still be done with self study at home?

    Thanks.
     
  4. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    Both A+ exams are multiple-choice style exams that are completed at a testing center...there is no lab component for the A+. You can use self-study to prepare for both exams.
     
  5. Benny30

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    Thanks for the help guys...
    Can anyone suggest the best book to buy for self study? Someone suggested one by Mike Meyers but not sure which one it would be.. i take it it would be for the 2009 objectives?
    And can anyone elaborate on what the Practical Exam entails?

    Thanks again.
     
  6. Simonvm

    Simonvm Kilobyte Poster

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    I was very much satisfied with the A+ AIO by Meyers... Get that one, it delivers!
     
    Certifications: MCITP: EST, MCDST, MCTS, A+, N+, CCNP, CCNA Wireless
  7. Benny30

    Benny30 Bit Poster

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    Cool thanks! Is that the 7th edition one?
     
  8. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Yes.... the 7th edition can be found here

    NB
     
    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
    WIP: MCSA
  9. Kopite_21

    Kopite_21 Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Hi Benny,

    I'm also studying towards my A+. Yes most people do suggest the Mike Myers AIO but another good book is the A+ Complete Study Guide Link, which I am using at the moment.

    Also check out Professor Messors on-line training video's which are completely FREE - Link.

    Good Luck with the studies.

    Regards

    Rob :D
     
    Certifications: National Diploma IT Advanced ECDL
    WIP: A+
  10. Benny30

    Benny30 Bit Poster

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    Thanks again for the advice.. will check out that book too :)
     

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