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How long does it take you before sitting exam..

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Sco0t, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. Sco0t

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    Was just wondering what the general consensus is with you guys on the time taken to study and sit/pass certifications.

    Just to see the difference between everybody. Also - what sort of routine does that involve? (Like 2hrs studying a night or 3hrs a week).

    What do you find is the most effective method for your self-studying?
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    I can't really answer that properly, as it's a fuzzy question. Depending on the subject, it can take anywhere from 2 or 3 days to 6 months.

    When I set my mind to studying, it can be anywhere from 1-3 hours an evening (on average just over 2 hrs an evening). That includes study aids like (sometimes I use all, sometimes I use only a sub-set): CBT's, Books, practice labs, cramsheets, audio guides, practice exams, games (yes there are some out there, more for the Comptia exams), online resources (like technet, etc), etc, etc, etc...

    The hands on implementation within your own lab, I believe is key. But then again it does depend on the exam.

    -Ken
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    I do 1-2 study sessions a day apart from a Saturday and they can last from 20 minutes to an hour.

    I read the books I am using as if they were a story then after I have read them I go back through and either take notes or highlight important points.
     
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  4. LukeP

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    I do the same. I read through, if there's anything I don't understand I make a note of it and keep reading. At the end of the chapter I look online for other resources on things I didn't pick up from the book.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    Until I'm ready. :) No more, no less.

    Whenever I can squeeze a little time in. God, wife, and kids come first. :)

    1) Get hands-on experience
    2) Study a study guide and work through the lab exercises
    3) Take a practice exam with never-before-seen questions
    4) Study weak areas
    5) Repeat 3 and 4 until ready
     
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  6. Josiahb

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    In that order?

    My answers are pretty much the same as BMs, just without the God and the kids :p

    It normally takes me a few months to be ready for any exam as my study time gets quite limited a lot of the time (my own fault tbh). I'm loosing a lot of time to writing at the moment so the time needed to be exam ready seems to be getting longer and longer....
     
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  7. onoski

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    I read one to two text books as well as go through the lab practicals on my test servers. Finally, watch cbt videos for a few days and finally start hitting the practice test i.e. selftest or measureup.

    The above normally takes me about two and a half months of which I then book the exam and take the test. It really does boil down to other life commitments i.e. family, hobbies and work etc.

    I do read an e-book on my computer at work most times when not too busy to make things add up. Best wishes either way:)
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    I try to do it in that order, though I don't give God nearly as much attention as He deserves.
     
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