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Anyway to take exams for cheaper in the uk ?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Flamehearted, May 3, 2005.

  1. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    Hi all,

    Shocked to find out that the exams in the uk are £100 each - which seems much higher than in the states. Seems disgraceful really...... :x

    Anyone know of any way to do the exams for less ? :eek:

    Thanks,

    Flamy
     
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  2. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Dont think so, Flamy - that pretty much seems to be the standard prive over here. Not sure of the administrative breakdown of the costs involved, but you will be on average looking at around £100-120 (inc VAT I believe)

    Some Threads around here have mentioned dicount voucher sites, but there are varying reports on the reliablilty of these sites.

    I will just add my own 2€ here - is £100ish much to pay if it puts you in a position to be potentially breaking into the IT game (More likely you'll need to add another cert or 2 first, tho) ?

    HTH :)
     
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  3. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    Thanks - do you mean £100 or $100 ?

    Also if you fail presumably you have to pay to take the test again right ?
     
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  4. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    OOPS !!! Meant £100 - my bad :oops:

    ...and yup, if you fail, you need to pay the resit. But you won't ...:wink:
     
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  5. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

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    Well said Gav!
     
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  6. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    I guess that's right .....but I do question why that exact ammount......they are cashing it in I'd imagine.

    Shares in Comptia anyone ? :deal
     
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  7. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    If you take a Microsoft exam through someone like Pearson VUE it will cost you around £103 inc vat. As an existing student you often get discount offers by email, typically 33% off.
    Good news at the moment is that you get a free resit if you fail...
    How much do you pay in the States?
     
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  8. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    Well I have used www.getcertify4less.com twice now and have been very pleased with their service. Their A+ vouchers for International test centre's (that is, outside of the USA and Canada) are $130.00 each, which works out at £69.70 via paypal which is what I used to pay.

    So £140 for both exams. I have ordered two vouchers, they sent the codes fairly quickly (couple of hours), I booked my test via Pearson VEU, put the code in, and the price dropped from £100 + VAT (£117.50) to Zero ...

    Worked a treat, and gave me a massive discount against the UK RRP. If there is a catch, it hasn't materialised yet ...
     
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  9. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    I used both getcertified for less and examvouchers.com to do various exams and have never had any problems with either though some people have since said that examvoucher.com has gone downhill. To be honest flamy IT in general is an expensive thing to get into take into account the equipment you need, books and exams = strain on bank balance and as Jakamoko has pointed out if it gives you a foot in the door in IT then it's worth it. As for the $100 for the US compared to £100 for the UK well thats down to us always getting shafted in this country companies like to call it tax differences :x .
     
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  10. Mitzs
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    Yep get certify says they take international orders.

    "CompTIA products: A+, Network+, Security+
    Checkpoint products: Checkpoint
    MOS products: Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
    Novell products: Novell Test Voucher and Study Notes "

    I would just call a testing center in your area just to make sure they will take them.
     
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  11. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    It's worth calling yes, but you can sometimes get misleading info from the centre's themselves. I have anyway.

    But take Pearson VUE. If I buy a voucher for them, then register on their site and book my appointment through VUE online, they give you the list of centre's and what appointments they have. Once booked via that, the centre is obliged to let you take your test, as far as I know they don't have a choice in the matter.
     
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  12. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Good info there Modey. Thank you for sharing! :)
     
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