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Passed 70-680

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by andylad9, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. andylad9

    andylad9 Byte Poster

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    Passed it on Friday...phew!

    Study Material:

    A+ & N+ - I would strongly recommend anyone looking to do 70-680 to do these first. I found this foundation critical to build my 70-680 knowledge on.

    Don Poultons MCTS 70-680 Cert Guide - 7/10
    A very comprehensive book, but more serious than Mike Meyers. Well written and plenty of end of chapter questions and practice exams. A little heavy going at times and no pdf ebook included.

    Prof Messer 70-680 - 8/10
    Usually good quality from the prof. Easy bite sized chunks to digest. I would watch a video before reading the chapter as my foundation. He even replied to my Facebook about doing a 70-680 study group session (like he does with A+ & N+).

    Orin Thomas - Rapid Review - 4/10
    I used this as exam prep. It is full of questions, but doesn't go into enough depth with the answers to help you understand why you got it wrong. He would tell you what you need know...I already know what I need to know...I want to know how to do it!

    Labs - 10/10
    The best way for me to learn is to do it. I used Oracle VM VirtualBox a fab piece of free software to use and test out all those commands and deployment techniques.

    70-685 next....
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | 70-680 | 70-685 | MTA Server
    WIP: deciding now...
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  2. BB88

    BB88 Kilobyte Poster Gold Member

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    Congrats on the pass, what did you score?

    I will use a similar method to you but swap out the Rapid Review with Boson I think.

    Good luck with the 70-685.
     
    Certifications: AS Computing, A+, Network+, 70-680, 70-410
    WIP: MCSA: Server 2012
  3. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Andy,

    Thanks for the advice with how you went about studying & passing the 70-680... I was thinking about taking the N+ or the 70-680, I will now look at the N+ and I guess as there is only one exam for the N+ Certification then this would be a natural progression.

    Congratulations also by the way and all the best for the 70-685
     
    Certifications: compTIA A+, Apple Certified Technical Coordinator 10.10 (OS X Yosemite, Server and Support)
  4. Taire2011

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    Congrats ANdy on passing.
    When you did your A+ & N+, what materials/books did you use? Thanks for the review on the other materials.
     
  5. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Congrats and cheers for stating the resources that helped you through. Jim
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  6. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Cool, congrats on the pass :)
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: PGDip
  7. bogus1195

    bogus1195 Bit Poster

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    Certifications: CCNA ,MCP
    WIP: Windows 7 -- 70 - 680
  8. Kopite_21

    Kopite_21 Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Congrats on the pass.
     
    Certifications: National Diploma IT Advanced ECDL
    WIP: A+
  9. Gunner81

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    Congrats! :D
     
    Certifications: A+, MCP (70-270)
    WIP: Network+, MCITP
  10. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Well done on the pass. :)
     
    Certifications: MOS Master 2003, CompTIA A+, MCSA:M, MCSE
    WIP: Keeping CF Alive...
  11. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Congrats on the pass:thumbleft

    NB
     
    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
    WIP: MCSA
  12. barrixrock

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    Congrats on the pass.. I will take mine soon.. Not feeling so confidence :(
     
    Certifications: A+, MS 70-680
    WIP: MS 70-640
  13. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Congrats on the pass! Good luck with the 685.

    Taire2011 - Mike Meyers is the don for A+ and N+ in my opinion.
    (Just noticed the N+ book is onto FIFTH edition now!)
     
    Certifications: A+; Network+; Security+, CTT+; MCDST; 4 x MTA (Networking, OS, Security & Server); MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Support; MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Administrator; MCITP - Server Administrator; MCSA - Server 2008; MCT; IOSH; CCENT
    WIP: CCNA; Server 2012; LPIC; JNCIA?
  14. BraderzTheDog

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    Good luck with 685, its very similar to 680 you should have no problems Andy,

    Keep posted on your progress!

    Regards,
    Brad.
     
    Certifications: CCNA R&S, CCNA-SEC, CCSA, JNCIA FWV, MCITP, MCTS, MTA, A+
  15. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Congrats on the pass and thanks for the comprehensive reviews of your study material.
    Only thing I'd say is that the MCDST is also a very good starting point if you have that instead of the A+/N+.

    Good luck with the 685, remember that this exam is 'scenario' based and quite different in structure from the 680 (I found it easier than the 680 myself...).
     
    Certifications: B.Sc.(Hons), MBCS. MCP (271,272), MCDST, MCTS (680), MCITP:EDST7, MCSA:WIN7, MCPS, MCNPS
    WIP: 70-686, then onto MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure via MCSA: Server 2012...
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  16. andylad9

    andylad9 Byte Poster

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    I scored 850/1000. Boson practice exams were fab for my A+ and I'd use them again for the 70-680 if I had to do it again

    I think that's the right decision...you'll be greatful you did.

    I did my A+ between May & November 2011. N+ between November & Feb. 70-680 from Feb till last Friday (haha woop). A+ & N+ I used Mike Meyers books, prof messer videos and I got hold Sybex book for some N+ practice exams.

    What 2-4-1 ?? .... noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | 70-680 | 70-685 | MTA Server
    WIP: deciding now...
  17. subliminalsmurf

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    Nice one. I have this next Thursday morning. 10.30AM. The centre is literally right round the corner from the office so I either go in happy or go in feeling like crap.

    Thanks for the tips for extra study. I hav a week to cram. ;-)

    685 is a great exam. I found it a lot easier to study for than this one. The CBT nugget series is awesome for 685.
     
    Certifications: MCITP: Windows 7 Desktop Support Technician
    WIP: 70-686 - Started the same day as passing 680
  18. willolpl

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    Congrats on the pass!!!.Got to get my backside in gear and do the study.
     
    Certifications: CompTia A+, MCP, MCDST
    WIP: 70-680
  19. Sparky
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    Congrats on the pass :)
     
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Exchange 2007\2010

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