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Passed today

Discussion in 'Network+' started by Ken, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. Ken

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    Well I am well chuffed with myself :p . Today I passed Network+ with a score of 695, which I think is pretty good.
    I found it slightly easier than A+ OS, which, you might remember, I failed the first time I took it. I passed this one less than three months before finally cracking A+ OS and with a better score than I got for either A+ exam, so I'm very pleased.
    Some of the questions were badly worded, but I think I know why this is: they are trying to simulate the vague and non-technical nature of most of the queries you'd receive if you were a techie in the trenches, so to speak. If it all the questions were perfectly technically acurate, you'd stand a much better chance of answering them correctly but you might erroneously come to expect equally eloquent questions from general users, who are in all likelihood unlikely to be so helpful.
    Also, there were some very odd questions which I simply didn't have a clue about, but compared to the A+, there were not so many.
    Now, of course, I'm thinking about what I should do next. I'm tempted by Security+, but I read in these forums that there isn't much in the way of good materials for this test.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. zimbo
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    Congrats on the pass and cert Ken!:clap :thumbleft

    You right about the S+ lacking some good books... reading up on reviews it sounds the Security+ All in one (not by MM) and the Sybex are both rubbish and lack info... apparently Syngress have a good book but a little out dated..

    Summary: its a little risky choosing a book for this one!:(
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Ken,

    Well done. What about a MCP next?

    Si
     
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  4. Sparky
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    Congrats :biggrin

    as Boyce said, MCP next?
     
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  5. wizard

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    Congratulations :morebeer
     
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  6. zimbo
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    If you going for an MCP then you might as well look at the MCDST... very good cert if you looking at the MS certs... JMO 8)
     
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    Congrats on the pass :D
     
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  8. Ken

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    Thanks everyone.
    I'm really thinking about the XP client exam (because I have a friend I can buy the materials off).
    I've been looking through Amazon, but I couldn't find the syngress Security+ book listed, neither on the US nor the UK site.


    The Server+ cert looks better supported in terms of material, but it doesn't seem particularly engaging as a subject so I'm a bit hesitant about that one.

    As an aside, how do Microsoft certs compare with CompTIA? Difficulty wise, I mean. The page counts of Microsoft's books are approximately double that of any other publisher's. I'm assuming this must be due to screenshots eating up the paper.Or is the coverage really that much greater? I can't imagine the latter being true, as the microsoft certs must logically be narrower, their being specific to products.
    In this neck of the woods, they're about half the price (MOS are even cheaper). I think CompTIA should be cursed for their pricing, but the amount of material I've had to learn to pass their tests has really boosted my knowledge levels, so I can't say I've been ripped off.


    [[I've become interested in security ever since a friend of mine in the headhunting business told me that the best paying jobs in IT in Japan (where I live) are all security related. This is because generally IT security in Japanese companies is laughably inadequate. Most of the guys they hire in are foreigners (sys. Ads and Engs are all Indians) and there are thousands of such positions there for the taking. Practically nobody here has any certs, it seems that non-pros just don't go after them, and the locally produced text books are dismal.]]8)
     
  9. Ken

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    Thanks everyone.
    I'm really thinking about the XP client exam (because I have a friend I can buy the materials off).
    I've been looking through Amazon, but I couldn't find the syngress Security+ book listed, neither on the US nor the UK site.


    The Server+ cert looks better supported in terms of material, but it doesn't seem particularly engaging as a subject so I'm a bit hesitant about that one.

    As an aside, how do Microsoft certs compare with CompTIA? Difficulty wise, I mean. The page counts of Microsoft's books are approximately double that of any other publisher's. I'm assuming this must be due to screenshots eating up the paper.Or is the coverage really that much greater? I can't imagine the latter being true, as the microsoft certs must logically be narrower, their being specific to products.
    In this neck of the woods, they're about half the price (MOS are even cheaper). I think CompTIA should be cursed for their pricing, but the amount of material I've had to learn to pass their tests has really boosted my knowledge levels, so I can't say I've been ripped off.


    [[I've become interested in security ever since a friend of mine in the headhunting business told me that the best paying jobs in IT in Japan (where I live) are all security related. This is because generally IT security in Japanese companies is laughably inadequate. Most of the guys they hire in are foreigners (sys. Ads and Engs are all Indians) and there are thousands of such positions there for the taking. Practically nobody here has any certs, it seems that non-pros just don't go after them, and the locally produced text books are dismal.]]8)
     
  10. Sparky
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    I found my first MCP more challenging in comparison to the A+ and Network+. The style of questions are different as they are much longer and often require more thought before answering. In the A+ exam after reading the question I would look for the answer whereas in the MCP exam I generally went through all the possible answers and eliminated some of the options and generally put more thought into what the answer was.

    I think MS makes all the possible answers closer to what the *actual* answer is in comparison to CompTIA. That’s just my personal option through.

    If you do go for the client MCP exam you do have the option of going for the MCSE and then specialising in security so you would hold MCSE:Security cert. Obviously this will take some time in comparison to studying for the Security+ cert.

    From the wording of your post I would go for the Security+ cert and source some materials as this is what you are interested in.

    Best of luck! :biggrin
     
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  11. Theprof

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    Congrats on the pass Ken, and yes Security+ plus is a good cert to have, but I've seen the books and the material seems a bit tricky, in a sence where you will have to put in alot of efforts.
     
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