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Hi Guys! Quick question. A+ or MCDST?

Discussion in 'A+' started by tjm04, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. tjm04

    tjm04 New Member

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    Hi everybody.

    I'm Tony. I've just signed up to this forum. I found it whist searching on google and it looks fantastic and very useful. It seems like there are some very experienced people on here.

    As a starter, I'm currently taking the ECDL, which I've nearly finished. Somebody I work with did the A+ exam some years ago. He has given me his old study book (Faster Smarter A+ Certification) which I understand is now out of date (Its from 2003).

    But through my own searching on the Internet, I'm led to believe that the MCDST certification is quite similar. Is this right?

    Which qualification is the best to start with?

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    A+ isn't vendor specific and as far as I'm aware with the MCDST, you don't even look at the innards of a PC. You would be better to go for the A+ first.
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    As Wiz says the MCDST does not have anything to do with the insides of a pc, its all about desktop support for Microsoft Windows XP etc

    The A+ goes into how a pc works and the workings of the Operating System.

    So A+ first for starters imo.
     
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  4. Bluerinse
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    I would recommend home studying the A+ then the N+ and then MCDST.

    Check the A+ forum for additional info regarding study materials and the exam format etc.

    This will build your knowledge in a sensible progressive way.

    Good luck.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    A+ and MCDST. 8) ...but do the A+ first. Always get a strong foundation first... and take things one step at a time.
     
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  6. nXPLOSi

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    Welcome to CF :) A+ is a great starter, you'll just have to shell out for a couple of new books first :)
     
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  7. Spilly

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    Hi Tony,

    Welcome, as everyone has just said earlier A+, N+, MCDST in that order!
     
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  8. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Hello and welcome to CF!

    As mentioned above, A+ and MDCST are different. There might very few similarities. However it is good to do both the A+ and MCDST. It will give you a good base, like Michael said.
     
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  9. sions

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    Hey there :) *waves*

    I just surfed on to the forum and by golly!! The question asked was EXACTLY was I was going to ask!! woohoo, :biggrin
     
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  10. tjm04

    tjm04 New Member

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    Cheers for the advice guys :D

    I will start with the A+. I will probably pop out and buy the updated A+ book. After reading the other threads it seems like the best one is the Mike Meyers 2007!!

    Thanks again!
     
  11. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Yeah Meyers Sixth Edition, its great! :)
     
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