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Passed my A+ Essentials today!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by nick6196, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. nick6196

    nick6196 New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm new on the forums. I was working as a scientist in the Biotech industry up until last October when I was made redundant. Over the last 3-4 months I have been looking for a new job but also studying for the A+ on the side as well. I decided that I would try to turn some of my interests into qualifications and since I have been tinkering with PCs in my spare time for years now I decided to do the A+. If I don't manage to get another job in science it could become an alternative career ultimately, if I do, then the A+ will provide me with an understanding of IT which is useful to have in any job these days.

    I bought the Mike Myers All-in-one book and the Examcram book for practise at answering questions. Where those sources have been lacking I have looked stuff up online. I followed Mike Myers' plan (ie) reading through the whole book once and then going back through it again writing the key facts down because it sticks in your memory that way. I condensed Mike Myers' 1200 pages down to about 100 pages of my own notes alongside pulling an old PC to bits and then putting it back together. Then I revised my own notes and did lots of practise questions and then made more notes about the questions I answered incorrectly. I have worked pretty hard on it for over three months now--how people do these exams in 2 weeks on these intensive training courses I'm not quite sure!

    These exams definitely aren't easy! Anyone who says they are probably has lots of IT industry experience behind them. I found the Essentials exam pretty tough when I took it earlier today so I was very pleased at the end when I received a score of 800. I'm feeling very good about it tonight--time for a few drinks I think! Next stop IT Technician!

    Nick
     
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: Net+
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Well done

    I found the Essentials a lot harder than the IT tech exam.

    Welcome to CF
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Congrats, and welcome to the forums!
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  4. dalsoth

    dalsoth Kilobyte Poster

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    Welcome and congrats on the pass! :)
     
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  5. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Congrats on the pass! :D

    Oh, and hiya.
     
  6. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Congrats, sound like you deserve it, well done mate and welcome to the forums! :)
     
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  7. tbone152

    tbone152 Nibble Poster

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    Welcome and well done.:D
     
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  8. craigie

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    Well done and congratulations!
     
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  9. gochieng

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    congs man.
    I totally agree with you, exams are really hard. those who pass it hard deserve the kingly rests
    gochieng
     
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  10. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    Congrats on the pass:thumbleft

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  11. Obinna Osobalu

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    Congrats and welcome to CF:)
     
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  12. nick6196

    nick6196 New Member

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    Thanks for your comments guys. I have heard a few people say that they thought the IT Technician exam was easier than the Essentials and I've also heard some say that it is the other way around. I guess I'll find out for myself soon enough.

    Cheers,
    Nick
     
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: Net+

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