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Whats Harder MCDST or A+?

Discussion in 'A+' started by jamessimo, May 16, 2008.

  1. jamessimo

    jamessimo Banned

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    Hi All

    As per the title what is harder MCDST or A+ ?

    I would appreciate or your thoughts and experiences?


    Many Thanks

    James
     
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  2. kevicho

    kevicho Gigabyte Poster

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    Obviously Depends on what you know.

    A+ is more PC basics, whereas the MCDST is more about supporting that specific microsoft operating system.

    People tend to say the A+ is the entry level with MCDST the next step up and i think thats fair to say.
     
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  3. supernova

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    I agree,

    Logical pathway through certification

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  4. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    It really depends on your knowledge and experience. The A+ is predominantly hardware (although there's a fair amount of software stuff on the exams, as well), while the MCDST exams cover administering XP computers. I'd suggest following the A+ then MCDST advice already given.
     
  5. Kwak

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    Is comforting to know this as I passed the MCDST and getting ready for the A+. :)
     
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  6. del_port

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    MCDST looks the more difficult one to me,i'm thinking of doing that course this year,but i don't know if there is much point,as i don't want to work on help desks.
    I've had a look at the style of questions used in mcdst,and find them very long winded,A+ on the other hand is simple and direct questioning,you're expected to read,think about and answer the question in less than one minute in the A+ exam,so that shows you it's not very complex,you pretty much know it or you don't,if you had to have a long think about each question the exam would be over before you know it.
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    The others are right: it all depends on what you know. If you aren't familiar with hardware, but you're very familiar with assisting users with Windows-based questions, then you might find the MCDST to be easier than the A+. That said, the A+ is usually the entry-point into IT... so most people find those exams to be easier.
     
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