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CompTia A+ At Distance-Learning-Centre

Discussion in 'A+' started by HiTech, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. HiTech

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    I'm after doing the CompTia A+ course, there offering the course for £250.00 which is paper based an structured around the 2003 Exam Track... Link: http://www.distance-learning-centre.co.uk/prod_info.asp?prodid=49

    This place is probably the cheapest online just wondered weather anyone's heard of the Distance Learning Centre or if i'm better off using a different E-Learning Centre, cheers peeps.
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    First of all Hi Welcome

    Second No I have never heard of this place

    Third I hope you are not doing a course based on the 2003 objectives as the exams have changed since then so there would be no point. Have you thought about self study?

    I was going to go with a training provider through distance learning untill people on here recommended self study all you need is the relevant books and the determination to study.
     
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    Cheers man...

    Dunno for sure if the course materials been updated?

    So if you go the self study route its a case of buying books/cd roms then putting in for the CompTia A+ exam?
     
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    Yes all you need for the exam is compTIA All in one exam guide 6th edition By Mike Meyers and PC Technician street smarts by James Pyles then when you understand the material, book the exams.

    You can get video training CD-ROMS but they are quite expensive, but still cheaper than that distance learning course you were going to do.
     
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    With books/training aids & exam fee's would it be cheaper then £250?
     
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    You need to pass two exams for the A+ they cost 111 each + vat.

    I got the two books and an old PC to mess with which totaled 80 quid.

    Does that course include the exam fees?
     
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    This is what there saying on there website...

    The new A+ certification path consists of 2 exams. The first exam, Essentials (Exam 220-601), covers basic IT knowledge including OS Technologies and Hardware. The second exam consists of 3 possibilities:

    Exam 220-602 - IT Technician
    Exam 220-603 - Remote IT Technician
    Exam 220-604 - Depot Technician

    Please Note: Our A+ Certification course consists of the 220-601 and 220-602 courses. The 220-603 and 220-604 course would have to be purchased separately at £100 per course.

    The A+ Certification course consists of the following items:
    A+ Essentials 220-601 Course
    A+ IT Technician 220-602 Course
    Student CD-ROM
    A+ Cert Blaster Mock Testing software
    20-piece Tool Kit
    Digital Multi-meter
    Sturdy Anti-ESD Wristband
     
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    No your right, it don't include exam fee's... i'll do self study, cheers for the help m8
     
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    So it doesn't actually say if the exams are included, the E-Learning place I was gonna go with didn't include the exams.

    I have never heard of cert blaster test software, I would be wary of this in case its a braindump, this is something that tells you the answers. Most people for test software use preplogic or transcender.

    You can get ESD wrist straps for £2.50 and Multimeters for £20

    Its up to you but you will save money by self study.
     
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    Does anyone know of any decent A+ Mock Testing software you can buy. I've looked on eBay but it don't look too good... anyone know the best software by name/brand?
     
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    Hi Mate

    If you get the compTIA A+ all in one exam guide 6th edition by Mike Meyers you get a CD-ROM with it containing practice exams.

    Also if you go to Tanscenders web site or Preplogics website you can download demo practice exams for free and buy the real ones after that, the full practice exams are quite pricey but well worth it.
     
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    Thanks.

    Is the Sybex A+ Fast Pass (CD Rom) any good or is that software dated?
     
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    Other then these 2 books:

    A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition (All-In-One) - Mike Meyers
    PC Technician Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA A+ - James Pyles

    Is there any other books i'd need?
     
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    I am not sure about Sybex but I have heard people use it for other exams.

    Those two books should do you fine, if you can get an old PC that you can take apart and put back together for practicing I got both books and a PC to mess with for 80 quid.
     
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    Kul man.

    As far as building a PC goes I know what i'm doing (already built a few machines)

    Would it really be worth getting a practise machine if all your gonna be doing is taking it apart, putting it back together & testing voltages?

    Any RAID Config could be done on a HDD or a partitioned HDD you could even have multiple Operating Systems if there's any need for practising Vista or earlier versions of Windows...
     
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    If you get the PC Technician street smarts book there is practice stuff in there, also in the Mike Myeres books there are things like editing the registry and creating seperate partitions, creating primary and logical drives.

    And because its an old PC it doesn't matter if you break it.
     
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    I've been reading some of the Mike Meyers 6th Edition, it's easy for anyone to read an understand even for someone with no previous knowledge of computers... but its not done in a way that would reflect what the exams will be like, is the CompTia A+ essentials exam setup similar to the DVLA Theory Test or is it more practical an classroom based?
     
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    Both exams you need for the A+ are multiple choice some require you to choose two answers and there could be questions where you have to identify a component, some questions will be trick questions where if you don't read them properly you could get them wrong.

    Apparently the exams differ from person to person so no-one can tell you what your exam will ask you.
     
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    Cheers m8...

    How many multiple choice questions do they ask in both tests?

    I downloaded that Transender Practise Exam but in the unregistered version you only get asked the same 10 questions.

    Do all the CompTia exam questions have to be answered correctly or do they have a percentage for error?
     
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    all information can be found here http://certification.comptia.org/a/
     
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