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A+ Hardware test

Discussion in 'A+' started by ballalude, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. ballalude

    ballalude New Member

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    how bad is the hardware test? is it hard ...easy? i would like to get a couple of people opinions.

    whats passing? how many questions? what do they mainly focus on? lot of questions on which perticular topic.

    thank you :eek:
     
  2. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi,

    Welcome to CF :thumbleft
    I have taken the A+ hardware exam within the last few months.
    As long as you use a good book and are prepared to study you will be fine.
    I can recommend Mike Myers All in one passport guide or Sybex complete guide to A+. Make flash cards (use address cards) to note down the key points that you must commit to memory. When you feel ready, start taking some free tests to see where any weakness' may be.
    I would also advise you to go to Comptia to get the 2003 Objectives and go through all of the domains to make sure you have covered all aspects. :D
    When you feel you are ready to book your exam I would advise you to pay for a exam sim as they are worth it :onthePC
    There are 80 questions and the pass mark for the hardware is 55%
    Best of luck.
    Why not pop along to the new members forum to say hello :hug
     
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  3. Jakamoko
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    Also, if you can get an old(ish) PC to play around on, you'll learn just much from the hands-on experience as well. Nothing quite like seeing theory being put into practice - even just stripping it down and buildng it back up again. It all helps to familiarise you with identifying each component and understanding how they interoperate in the system as a whole.
     
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  4. ballalude

    ballalude New Member

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    thanks for the advice guys im thinking about taking it today i mean i think i have studied enough. i think i'll wait.. thanks alot.
     
  5. tripwire45
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    ballalude, if you haven't already, please pop up to the New Members Introduction forum and tell us a bit about you. Good luck on the hardware exam. :)
     
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  6. Tyler D

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    :biggrin Greetings Ballalude Best of luck with the A+ Hardware exam.
     
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  7. ballalude

    ballalude New Member

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    ok so passed the hardware and already passed os part. so im officially a+ certified yay. any suggestions on what to do next? windows xp professional test? or net +?
     
  8. tripwire45
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    First of all, congratulations on the pass, Mr. A+ :D First round's on me. :beers2

    What to do next. Well, first relax for a minute and bask in the glow of success. As far as what to do next, it just depends. Unless you are really up on your networking, I'd probably suggest the Network+. Most anything you do in the MS certs will require at least a basic grounding in networking.

    Of course, you can study and learn about networking without going for a cert and apply it to learning XP. JMHO.
     
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  9. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Woo-hoo! Congrats ballalude! :cheers :super

    I'm with Trip, if your new to networking go for the network+ to get your basic knowledge. Otherwise your going to be back tracking to under some stuff.
     
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  10. Tyler D

    Tyler D Gigabyte Poster

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    Congrats Ballalude :D
     
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  11. nugget
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    Congrats on the pass mate. [​IMG]
     
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  12. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Well done, ballalude :biggrin :alc
     
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  13. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Well done on the pass :morebeer
    I'm with the boys on this one. I think A+ and Network+ are good groundings for the Microsoft certs.
    If you do go for Network+ get the Network+ book by David Groth it is well worth it!
     
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  14. Modey

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    Are you booked in for your N+ yet then Boyce? If not, when are you gonna go for it?
     
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  15. ballalude

    ballalude New Member

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    i already know alot of networking stuff. some people are saying going to network +, is this cert looked at when applying for a network position if i have a ccna? im thinking bout going to ccna? what is the job market like now adays? more for microsoft or more for cisco?
     
  16. tripwire45
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    I don't think it's a hard and fast rule. When I was studying for my CCNA in the Cisco Net Academy, one of the chapters in one of my Cisco Press texts was a summary of the Network + coursework. Only you know how well versed you are in terms of networking. Take a look at the official requirements and see if you are well versed in them, then compare to the CCNA requirements.
     
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  17. Swanny

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    Boyce is that right what you said about the hardware exam pass rate is 55% ???

    I hope so as i keep gettting around 80% on mocks !!!
     
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  18. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Swanny look here

    8)
     
  19. Swanny

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    thanks simongrahamuk. I dont understand that it say's there roughly 80 questions and the pass rate is 515 :eek:
    Does that equal to 55% ??
    or am i missing somthing here ??
     
    Certifications: ECDL, Cicso IT essentials 1, C , C++ C&G
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  20. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    As far as I know the A+ exams are marked on a scale of points upto 900. 515 is the Passing score for the exam.

    As to how the points are worked out I'm not to sure, some questions will probly carry more weight than others.

    8)
     

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