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Is the A+ the right course for me

Discussion in 'A+' started by vallumlj, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. vallumlj

    vallumlj Bit Poster

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    I have always be interested in computers and I am thinking about repairing them in my spare time and just getting a better understanding of how they work.

    Would this be the right course for me?

    Whats the different between this and the microsoft course?

    I understand if I complete the exams by the end of the year I will have them for life. What do I need to pass the exams?

    I was looking at the Mike Meyers 7th edition would this be enough or is there a better book?

    How long will it take be roughly till I ready to sit the exam.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Yes the A+ is the right one for you.

    Yes you have to pass both exams by the end of the year to be certified for life.

    No one can tell you how long it will take you to study that is upto you.
     
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  3. vallumlj

    vallumlj Bit Poster

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    Thanks for your reply. What course materials / books would you advice me to buy.
     
  4. SimonD

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    You already hit it on the head with the Mike Meyers book, there are also the Professor Messer videos.

    As far as differences between the Comptia A+ and Microsoft exams go, the Comptia exams are vendor neutral where as the MS ones will be vendor specific (same with Cisco, VMware, Citrix etc).
     
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    Thanks for the help I will buy the book today. What courses do most people do next?
     
  6. greenbrucelee
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    The most logical choice is to do compTIA Network+ after the A+ this will help prepare you for other certifications such as Microsofts MCDST and so on.

    The Network+ also has to be done by the end of the year to be certified for life and again Mike Meyers All in one Network+ fourth edition and professer messer N+ video are a great study tool for it.

    Just a tip for you to save money on paying out for the A+ and N+ you can buy discount vouchers from a company called www.gracetechsolutions.com you have to buy the international vouchers and you will save around £3 per exam and you do not have to pay VAT. So say you buy both vouchers for two A+ exams they will cost you around £207 in total whereas if you pay for the exams directly you would be paying around £266.

    You book the exams through pearsonvue if using the gracetech vouchers or if your paying directly you can also use prometric. You will find your nearest test centers on their respective websites.
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
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