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Exam tomorrow!!

Discussion in 'A+' started by noelg24, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

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    Right guys and gals, I have been getting some reading done today...and I have to ask, how many questions will be in the exams and what exactly do I need to remember? I have highlighted what is likely to be asked in the exam tomorrow (Hardware that is) and I have done some practice questions which I have to say I have done pretty well in, but I need more input from you lot. Would be very helpful. Thank you all. :biggrin

    Now Im off to jack into the Matrix for a bit so when I get back I expect some serious replies :biggrin hehe
     
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  2. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    You could be asked anything mate, it varies. I got 100 questions for mine, but that was when it had the 20 trial questions in there. Good luck[​IMG]
     
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  3. zimbo
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    Sorry mate dont know much about the exam.. but judging from what i seen in the MM book make sure you know SCSI types... your processors.. IRQ and DMA... but im sure you know all that!

    Just go out there and wrap it all up!

    Good luck mate! :thumbleft
     
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  4. klospros

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    i believe it is 100 questions per exam
     
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  5. Malnomates

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    This is the post from my N+ Blog, it's not going to help you with A+ objectives specifically but I hope it helps you prepare..

    Had enough yet?

    D-Day!!!!!

    Ok, so I've covered a lot of technical stuff so far and some not so technical stuff too, but what about the one thing that all this stuff is pointing to?EXAM DAY

    During the next few weeks I will be reading the Meyers tome one last time and spending time on my practice tests. My methods are common and I make no secret of them, studying is to be taken seriously if you want the result that you are aiming for!

    Heres what I do and maybe this can help guide you too..

    1) Read your study material TWICE. In the case of the All In One book I have read it once from cover to cover, then read it a second time concentrating on only the 'TEST SPECIFIC' chapters and the end of chapter tests.

    2) Bullet notes are a must and as you gain experience in taking certification exams you get to know the points that need attention and the points that simply 'fill the gaps'. Make structured notes and use them to study from.

    3)Know your enemy!!! Get the OBJECTIVES from CompTIA and READ THEM!! This is a great way to test your scope of knowledge and a great way to ensure that you have at least some understanding of all of the required subjects. DO NOT SKIP ANY-CompTIA can and will test you on all/any of those objectives and you simply cannot afford to drop points through complacency, can you?

    4) Don't be afraid to ask! CF are well known throughout the whole IT community for their commitment and help through the forums. If you have a question, regardless of how trivial you feel it is, then ask.

    5)Know the STATS. Make tables of the common statistics that are covered, like cable statistics, IP addresses, backup types and common ports. Before I start any exam I ALWAYS write down these tables (yes you do get a dry-wipe board and pen to jot notes down in the exam).DON'T waste EXAM TIME writing them down, sit down, clear your head of thoughts of nude ladies and/or blokes and write them down, they will be the statistics that get you through this exam, no doubt about it!


    6)This is NOT a RACE!! How many times have I seen posts (mainly on other sites I'll add) of some little oik boasting how he got through his exam in 9 seconds flat and barely passed? YOU set your own pace here..sit down..take a few moments to clear your head..calm your nerves (and we ALL get nervy) and jot down your notes and tables. You are allowed to take bottled drinks into some exam centres so take advantage of this since nerves will give you a dry throat and annoy the hell out of other students who are being disturbed by your dry coughing and clearing of said throat! Whe YOU are ready, take the tour of the test engine and start your exam.

    7)Take your time! Read EVERY question thoroughly and know what is being asked, eliminate the wrong answers and if you are unsure of the correct answers MARK the question for review later on. If you have prepared well for this exam you will have more than enough time to go over ALL of your answers a second time, BUT-be careful with this since your first answer may very well be correct and changing your answer will cost you? Be absolutley sure you want to change your original answer.

    8 )Don't believe the HYPE!...CompTIA are not out to fail you through 'trick' questions, they WANT you to pass (and I give you that statement from the horses mouth) and the questions (arguably) are straightforward as are most of the answers (from my A+ experience anyways). Don't over analyse a question and think you have a better answer, trust your instinct and use the force young padewan.

    9)The result..you will be given your result there and then , usually after answering a few marketing questions and you will recieve a report of the exam from the test centre on your departure. Remember to be courteous, whatever the result and leave quietly since others are still taking tests around you.

    Finally, pass or fail, use your test report to see where you went wrong and use that as a guide for your knowledge and future exams.

    CompTIA exams are far from 'easy' in my opinion and you only get out of them what you put into them, so set yourself a high target right?




    Good luck for tomorrow..8)
     
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  6. Sparky
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    Probably best to have a look over the exam objectives, if there is anything there you dont know then cram it in before tomorrow :biggrin
     
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  7. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Sit back and chill out mate. You'll be fine. :biggrin
     
  8. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    I studied all that, and didnt get any of them
     
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  9. Boycie
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    Noel,

    Excellent advice. Can only add to try and get a good nights sleep. You will need it because this time tommorow your going to be celebrating :alc

    May the force of CF be with you :thumbleft
     
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  10. Bluerinse
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    I am with Simon here, now is not the time to be wondering what to study, just relax and enjoy the ride.

    Good luck Noel 8)
     
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  11. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

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    well all good stuff said here guys, thanks...i do feel as tho I will pass this no problem, hey Raffaz I hope I am as lucky as u and dont get asked on SCSI, IRQ and DMAs...lol...but I will be going to work to begin with and cram as much as I can, then I will go into the exam centre head held high and ready for battle :biggrin
     
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  12. Tyler D

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    Best of luck Noel :biggrin
     
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  13. wizard

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    Good luck :)
     
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  14. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

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    Good luck Noel! :thumbleft
     
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    Go for it mate! :thumbleft
     
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  16. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    How'd it go Noel?
     
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  17. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Good luck Noel,

    I've got my fingers and Toes crossed for you!:biggrin

    Mr Cheeks said there were a lot of questions about customer service in the A+ exam.:blink

    By the way which version of A+ are you doing 2003 or 2006?
     
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  18. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Good luck noel am sending postive thoughts you way.
     
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  19. fairgame

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    We're all with you.
    Hope you'll let us know how you did?
     

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