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How long does it take?

Discussion in 'A+' started by andrew12, May 9, 2007.

  1. andrew12

    andrew12 New Member

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    I know it probably varies for each person but on average how long does it take to complete the A+ certification if taken with a company like Computeach?

    The reason I am asking is because I go to university in October and so I would have just over 4 months to do it. I am generally good with computers but I don't have any experience in building or repairing computers which I want to learn more about.

    Is just over 4 months enough or am I being unrealistic. I don't work at the moment and I'm not at school so I would have time to focus on it.

    Thanks,
     
  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    How long is a piece of string?

    The time will vary depending on numerous factors, i.e. how well you pick up the material, how much time you dedicate to it, etc.

    If you can dedicate yourself between now and starting Uni then I think that 4 months should be more than enough.

    8)
     
  3. shaggy

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    Twice as long as it is from the center of the string to one end
     
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  4. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Although Simon is right about the " How long is a piece of string"

    The question that comes to my mind is why go with Computeach when you can buy the books from Amazon and do self study.

    If your strict with yourself and design a study time table you can do it in 4 months.

    Some of the members here have done both exams of A+ in two months, others have taken 24 months. All depends on time management and life commitments.

    Personally if you need A+ for your University course entry. I would go the self study route, use the CD-Rom's that come with the books like Mike meyers and Learnkey interactive video training cds. If you still find your struggling post a question here or book yourself on a five day course at your local college.

    Within the Mike Meyers Series for A+ there are also Lab books which give you the practical side of A+ as well as the theory.


    It all comes down to one thing:-

    CF can point you in the right direction, but you have to make the first step and what you put into life is what you get out of it.
    If you believe in yourself not only will you change who you are but where your going!:biggrin
     
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  5. Mathematix

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    I've thought about this and this still doesn't tell you the length of a piece of string - it provides a formula for determining the length of a piece of string. Here is an example:

    I present to you two pieces of string, one can be longer than the other or both the same length. I ask if they are the same length and if not which is longer, so I ask for their respective lengths to determine which answer is correct. You answer: "Well the length of string A is twice the distance from the center to either end as is string B!"

    Get my drift?
     
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  6. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    I would put them next to each other and point at the longest and say "that one" :)
     
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  7. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    For Books and resources on CF:- Click Here

    To but the latest version of Mike Meyes A+ :- Click Here


    For the Exam objectives on A+ :- Click Here

    Mike Meyers' A+ Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting PCs: Lab Manual :- Click Here


    Video Training - Learn Key

    Good Luck:biggrin
     
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  8. shaggy

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    haha good point, but, the question didnt specify a unit of measurment, it simply asked how long it is, and it is twice as long from the center to one end.
     
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  9. andrew12

    andrew12 New Member

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    I have thought about self study instead and it probably would save me money. What do Computeach actually do for what you pay them, do they provide materials, or any in-class tuition? I have never taken any courses with them or other companies so I don't really know what to expect.

    Also is it essential to have Windows XP professional for studying A+ as the upgrade is about £160.

    Thanks,
     
  10. tripwire45
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    It takes as long as it takes. Learn new skill sets so you know them well. This isn't a race for speed, it's an investment in the future.
     
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  11. Mathematix

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    D'oh! :blink
     
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  12. Mathematix

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    So how's that different from saying "the distance from one end to the other"? The question asks "what is the length of a piece of string?" which cannot be answered unless you have a specific piece of string of finite length.
     
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  13. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Erm...Guy's...I think we may have gone slightly Off Topic on this one! :blink
     
  14. shaggy

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    i guess its not different, my way just sounds better:biggrin
     
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  15. Mathematix

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    Yep. Sorry mate. :oops:
     
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  16. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    :deal CT salesman will offer the earth to you but what you really need to do is read the contract before signing and parting with any money.

    Click here to read Trip's suggestions on Learning providers

    If you want feed back on CT then use the search option on this forum. There are plenty of threads/posts on CT. If you want to know a bit about the courses and how they work. I would suggest look at their website and order a introduction book.

    Alternative you could go for Advent course or Skillstrain.

    Here's a some threads from CF archive, feedback on A+ for Skillstrain
    Also Skillstrain


    Feedback on Advent
     
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  17. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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  18. andrew12

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    I have decide to take your advice and go for the self-study route.

    I plan to buy:

    A+ Certification All-in-one Exam Guide
    Mike Meyers' A+ Certification Passport
    PC Technician Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA A+ Skills

    The Learnkey software looks really good but is quite expensive.

    What about Transcender software, I read something about that on another post. Is that just practice tests? What would be more useful Learnkey or Transcender?

    Thanks,
     
  19. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    Well done for choosing self study:thumbleft :clap

    as for study aids, learnkey is video training, while transcender is an exam prep test simulator design to ask questions. when the questions are answered the software works out your weak spots.

    Learnkey are doing a special offer at the moment:-

    Free video training aids - Click here
     
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