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When studying for a cert how many individual resources do you use?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Juelz, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Juelz

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    Got some devastating news today, my boss is making me get A+ certified.. and I brought the whole thing on myself by asking if the company could fund some Ciso training..why hes come back with Comptia A+ is a mystery.

    He’s given me access to CBT Nuggets (which I will not be using). I have the Exam Cram book and Udemy Mike Meyers videos which I will top off with professor messer and ITProTV videos.. hes given me till December to get the 901 done as I said I dont want to sit both at the same time and gave reasons which he understood. He’s made out if I dont do it then its not a big deal but with December being around probation review time I know this will go against me.

    My question is.. am I using to many resources? How many do you guys usually use per cert?
     
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  2. Rob1234

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    I usually just use the recommend book and one other book.
     
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    Ah well, best brush up on your SCSI adapters :wink:
     
  4. Nyx

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    it's not like using too many would harm your chances...

    You have some experience, you should fly through it. Not done A+ but Meyers book for N+ was one of the best/easiest to read and learn from. Yeah there's a bit of stuff to remember but really not that much. Done N+ with the book only and didn't feel I need anything else.

    go through one resource, find some practice exam and see how you feel.
     
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    The Mike Meyers all in one and some practice exams were enough for me to pass a few years back. A book supplemented by videos and possibly practice exams should get you through. Ideally get some hands on with hardware too. It really helps solidify things. I passed the A+ without ever really touching a PC, but in hindsight it would have made it much easier.
     
  6. Juelz

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    this looks like a dump site to me...? I could be wrong but it says "real exam questions" so alarm bells are ringing. Can honestly say I'd rather fail than use dumps I advise you not to use them either, if you get a job based on a cert you have taken and you've cheated, you boss will expect you to have a certain level of knowledge, so when he tells you to go to the server room and configure X, you wont have a clue what you are doing, thus you lose your job.
     
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    Good lad. Always better to fail than cheat. People who brain dump are just kidding themselves. I do not see the point of cheating and if anything I'm proud that I did it the right way and failed 70-291 two or three times. Kinda like getting scars in the cert world. Made me tough ha ha ha yes I've had a shandy I admit it!
     
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    I like your boss :)

    Just to give a different view on this – I get asked for Cisco\Microsoft training all the time. I have put some of the guys on fully paid training with a free exam but none of them have taken the exam and I have not seen any real improvement on how they are doing their jobs. Not for the amount of cash that has been invested anyway.

    For the A+ the Mike Meyers book is enough – get the exam done and it will show your boss that they are getting something back from investing in you and hopefully the Cisco certs will follow from there.
     
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
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