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Should I write both exams at the same time?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Neil, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. Neil

    Neil Byte Poster

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    Hey Everybody,

    I'm NEW here and I plan on writing A+ before Nov. I'm studying real hard, but I want to know if it is wise to write both exams on the same day or should I write them separately? And how many questions are there in each exam?
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+ & Network+
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  2. Tyler D

    Tyler D Gigabyte Poster

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    Greetings neil.
    The choice is totally your's.Some people do both on the some day,others choose to leave a bit of a gap in between.
    I took the hardware exam on a wednesday,and the O/S exam 2 days later.
    As for the amount of questions,you get 80 multiple choice questions and a time limit of 90 mins.
    Passing score's are Hardware:515 out of 900.O/S 505 out of 900.
    Best of luck with how ever you choose.
     
    Certifications: A+,70-270
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  3. Jakamoko
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    Hi Neil, my preference was to do them separately, as they were my first ever IT cert exams. Passed both, but wouldn't have fancied my chances on the one day. I guess it depends entirely on the individual. Note also, we had a discussion about this yesterday - there used to be a 90 day restriction where you had to sit both exams within that time for them to be valid. This restriction now does not apply.

    Can I also take this oppor-chance-ity to invite you up to our New Members board to give us a quick intro you you, if you feel like it ?

    Cheers :)
     
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  4. Neil

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    Hey everyone,

    So Jakamoko, did they REALLY REMOVE the 90 day restriction? WOW! Now thats a real breakthrough! :biggrin Well jus to be sure, I'll check with the Prometric center here.

    I'll check out the New Members board sometime soon. Too tired rite now! :blink Thanks! Cheers!
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+ & Network+
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  5. zimbo
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    they did it def two years ago... it was part of the 2003 new obj!! 8)
     
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  6. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Yup - I pulled that info straight from the CompTIA site in response to another Member's question recently. Glad it suits you :)
     
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  7. ffreeloader

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    On taking both exams on the same day.....

    Whether this is a good idea or not depends a lot on the individual. If you are a good test taker--taking a test doesn't leave you stressed out and if you are very comfortable with the material and Comptia's tests, then this probably isn't a bad idea. However, it does mean that a person would probably have to study both objectives simultaneously, or have an extremely good memory.

    I know people capable of taking both exams at once, but I don't know if it's a good idea for everyone.
     
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  8. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Neil,
    Just to put my 2p in :D I agree with what has been said already.
    Unless you have a photographic memory I would only take any exam one at a time.
     
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  9. Veteran's son

    Veteran's son Megabyte Poster

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    Just to add my feedback, taking the hardware and software
    exams separately is best for me. :)
     
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  10. zimbo
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    well im going to spice things up here too!!! A+ is due an upgrade in Nov... more questions on wireless and windows 2003 and XP! :twisted:

    So looks like we (myself included) have two options:

    a) One exam end of Sept and the other end of Nov just before the roll over....

    b) Both exams just before the roll over...

    i did an in-house A+ and im going with the first option... i know the stuff already just want to make sure i pass good... take it easy if you a complete newbie cause you will flip and maybe not pass either because of trying to balance your time between the two!
     
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
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  11. billy bottom

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    A+ due an upgrade in november? oh no, i've only just bought and started the book. how much will change? will i be able to just "top-up" my knowledge when they upgrade, or will i have to buy another book and start all over again?

    any ideas?

    thanks guys

    billy
     
  12. tripwire45
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    Zimbo, can you post the link where you found this information. It's news to me. Thanks.
     
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  13. crafoo

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    I decided to take both on the same day because I fancied passing them both, and I did. But it might have been a different story had I failed the first exam, could have lead to me being dissapointed and not having any real time to reflect and compose myself for the second exam, as said before though I suppose it depends on what you are like at test taking.
     
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  14. Sandy

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    Hi All

    I perfer the two exams on the one day route as there is a fair amount of knowledge overlap. Saying that I did do both A+ exams and a MCP (70-210) on the one day but would not recommend it! :rolleyes:
     
  15. PAT

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    I did both on the same day and passed. it was the 2002 exams so they were not as hard.
     

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