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Study Time & Course Material

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by Nimbus, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. Nimbus

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    Hi all

    Would like to hear some opinions on how you all best prepare for exams. I have been working full-time as a system admin for the last year and in Server (call centre) support for the two years previous.

    I have sat 70-270 and will be sitting three more core exams over the next six months to earn my MCSA. I have decided to use MS Press books and to study for 70-290 first , dividing my study time into the below segments

    2.5 hours per night split into:

    1.5 Hours Microsoft Press training book (completing objectives on test network)

    1 Hour Testout videos

    What do you all think of this and more importantly how do use your time for study?

    Look forward to your replys

    Thanks In Advance
     
  2. hbroomhall

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    First - Hi and welcome to CF! :biggrin

    When I was swotting up the A+ and N+ exams I used my commuting time for most of it, as well as weekends for more practical stuff.

    As the train takes an hour each way it worked well for me!

    Harry.
     
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  3. nXPLOSi

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    Welcome to CF :)

    I started studying for my A+ Essentials about 3 weeks ago, I've found that I usually have 2 hours a day max to study the material, a little more at weekends. It works for me but everyone is different!

    It really depends how quickly you want to take the test, if your taking about a 6 month timescale for 3 exams, I honestly think it'll be pushed to fit it all in, depending on how much you already know and are familar with.

    Im sure there are others who have already taken these exams or are currently studying for them who can give you a better idea on the exams :twisted:

    Paul
     
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  4. Nimbus

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    Cheers for the welcome Harry :biggrin

    Never thought of studying while I commute. Might see if I can get a pocket reference for that.
     
  5. Nimbus

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    Thanks Paul

    Well Im quite familar with Server Hardware and the day to day admin stuff in Active directory. I thought 2 months per exam would be plenty enough.
     
  6. BosonMichael
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    I just study whenever I get the chance. :)
     
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  7. supag33k

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    Work is pretty good...some days I go to work to study and incidently fix the network...:twisted:
     
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  8. nXPLOSi

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    Sounds good Nimbus, Good luck with the studying/exams :)
     
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  9. Sparky
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    It’s quite a challenging timescale there mate. The 70-291 exam could take up all of that time alone.

    Best of luck though! :biggrin
     
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  10. zimbo
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    im living proof! :biggrin :biggrin
     
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