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Self Study???

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Eric Cartman, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. Eric Cartman

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    Hi everyone Im new to this site and am glad that I found it.

    I am interested in A+ and feel that it is best to buy the books and study at home yourself with no distance college. But one concern I have is that the certificates are only valid for 3 years after Dec-2010.

    Would you experienced people still recommend it?

    Another thing, I know that A+ & N+ are different and you do N+ after A+.

    If I study A+ there will be two exams right?

    So to start with do I need these two books first?

    CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide,

    PC Technician Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA A+ Skills Updated for the 2009 Exam


    A big thanks in advance
     
  2. SimonD

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    So get it done before that time and it's not a problem.

    It's not like you don't have the time to study and pass the exam before the end of the year. Even my 3 year old could do that (ok, wait until he is 3.5).
     
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  3. Mr Marmory

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    hi I am new also trying to do comptia a+ and n+. so If I pass before Dec 2010 how long will certificate be valid for?
     
  4. Eric Cartman

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    Thanks,

    So you think its do-able? Obviously I will do my best.

    So if I get the A+ self study guide by Michael Meyers do I need anything else?


    I have to ask cause Im completely new to IT.
     
  5. Notes_Bloke

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    If you pass before 31st Dec 2010, the cert will be vaild for life.

    NB
     
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  6. Notes_Bloke

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    Yes it's do-able.

    Apart from the study guide, an old pc for you to dismantle / re-build etc would be ideal.

    NB
     
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  7. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome to CF :)
     
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  8. Josiahb

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    The 2 books you listed above can be enough to pass the exams on their own but its also advisable to pick up some practice exams from a reputable company such as Transcender or Boson.

    If you have an old computer to play around with as you read you'll be well sorted!
     
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  9. Eric Cartman

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    Thanks you guys are really helpful.


    I have actually a Compac PC that I can break down. SO I hear that it is quite useful


    The N+ certificate, is it also going to be vaild for 3 years after Dec 2010? Or is that something else.


    You guys are great. Your help is much appreciated
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2010
  10. Notes_Bloke

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    Yes the same applies to the N+ as the A+.

    NB
     
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  11. Eric Cartman

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    Wow so that means I have to purchase the A+ & N+ books and do the exams before Dec 2010.

    I suppose such a time frame gives you the extra push.:blink
     
  12. BosonJosh

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    Getting the A+ and N+ by the end of the year is doable if you're diligent about studying and already have a basic knowledge of computers. However, remember that A+ and N+ are entry-level certifications designed to validate that you have entry-level knowledge which, presumably, you can then use to get an entry-level job. After 3 years, you would no longer be looking for entry-level jobs, right? So, I think at that point, you wouldn't necessarily need the A+ and N+ to validate your knowledge. You would have 3 years of experience to validate that knowledge.

    Welcome! :)
     
  13. Eric Cartman

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    Thanks for your advice :)

    That really clarified my concern.


    And I have understood from this site that in order to get a job you should try to do some voluntary work in IT and never ever pay money to Training Providers.


    Thanks mate


    EC
     
  14. nugget
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    ^^ that and a passion for all things IT.

    Hi and welcome to the forum. :biggrin
     
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  15. BosonMichael
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    Welcome, Cartman! :)
     
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  16. Eric Cartman

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    thanx everyone:D
     
  17. Eric Cartman

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    A big thanks to everyone:D
     
  18. BosonMichael
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    So... are you fat, or are you just big boned? :p
     
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  19. Eric Cartman

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    Yea Im not fat Im just big boned.

    Went to see Just-IT(Training provider) in London and told them 'screw you guys Im going home':D
     
  20. BosonMichael
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    They must not have respected your authoriteh.
     
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