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Study Time for the N+

Discussion in 'Network+' started by shadowwebs, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I would like to crack on with the N+ study, how long does it take on average from start to finish... I can fit in a fair few hours a week to cram through and am planning on using Professor Messer as my main point of focus.

    Am I right in that there is only on exam to pass for the N+?
     
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  2. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    It depends on your experience and knowledge. If you are doing a few hrs a week I would give it a few months as you are better off being over prepared than under.

    When I did the N+ it was just 1 exam but it may have changed since then.
     
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  3. BB88

    BB88 Kilobyte Poster Gold Member

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    I have been studying it on and off for about a month. I have learnt some stuff, and some of it I am already familiar with. I'd say I will be ready by end of July/August, so 2-3 Months depending on how much you study.
     
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  4. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    My original thoughts were around 2-3 months also so that's good in the thinking I had.

    I was going to take the 70-680 but following advice on this forum, that it may be a better choice to take the N+ first so thinking of following this.
     
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  5. BB88

    BB88 Kilobyte Poster Gold Member

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    I started with the 70-680 but steered towards the Network+ beforehand as well.
     
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  6. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I think the first area I am going to struggle to get my head around will be the OSI Table, with remembering where each device falls within... but pletny of practice will make this sink in enough for the exam.
     
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  7. Gunner81

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    I did the same. I thought it would be better to do N+ before I did 70-680...
     
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  8. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Hi, the N+ is just one exam, yes.
    I did it just over a year ago. Personally I did the 680 first, but that was because work were forcing me to do that one.

    It's hard to say how long I spent on the N+ because I spent probably a couple of months studying it from the Mike Meyers book - then got a new job and had to retake the new A+ and do the 680, 685 and a couple of others, including the MTA Networking, alongside fulltime work, all within a few feverish half-remembered months - then I got back to the N+ and passed it within a few weeks.

    The thing I remember most about it is that the questions are a breath of fresh air after Microsoft exams. CompTIA ask straight questions.
     
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  9. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    It took me 1-2 weeks, watched a CBT and took the exam, simples.

    It was the older exam then, not sure what newer one is like.

    CompTIA questions used to be simpler but badly written (ambiguous, poor grammar, etc) from my experience.

    Memorize the OSI model layer order using a mnemonic, try and remember different transport media types and their limitations, learn the various basic commands for troubleshooting network issues.
     
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  10. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Please Do Not Throw Sausage Pizza Away!

    (Physical, Data link, Network, Transport, Session, Presentation, Application)
     
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  11. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I like Sausage Pizza so you have no fear of me throwing it away... but that's a very nice one to remember, and then just to remember what falls within each section.
     
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  12. BB88

    BB88 Kilobyte Poster Gold Member

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    I've got mine booked for 16th August. Currently reading the ExamCram and will be watching Professor Messer and doing Practice Exams leading up to it!

    Sent from my HTC EVO 3D X515m using Tapatalk 2
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2012
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  13. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Good luck with the study!
     
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  14. Shinigami

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    I studied a week (read one book from Mike Mayers) and passed the exam a few days later. Then again, I had many years of previous experience, which helped make 80% of the material quite familiar to me in advance.
     
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  15. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I always remembered using:

    All People Seem To Need Data Processing
     
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  16. kilgore

    kilgore New Member

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    I remeber it with. A Priest Saw Two Nuns Doing Pressups
    Makes me chuckle and I never forgot it.
     
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  17. parman05

    parman05 Byte Poster

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    that's what I remembered too.
     
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  18. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I really like that one. It sounds natural and is easy, and funny, to visualise.
     
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  19. taquintana07

    taquintana07 New Member

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    Didnt have any subnetting on it. Make sure you know your protocols. There are a couple simulations as well.
     
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