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A+ Timescale

Discussion in 'A+' started by andy204, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. andy204

    andy204 New Member

    Hey guys,

    thanks to the advice I have found on these forums I have decided to start my hopeful career change into I.T by studying A+ at home, using the Mike Meyers book and street smarts. What I would like to know is how much time you would recommend studying each week. Also I know I can take it in my own time etc. but what would be a reasonable time period from start of study until passing the exam? Cheers for any advice!:biggrin
  2. harpistic

    harpistic Byte Poster

    What kinds of hours can or will you be able to put in each week?
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  3. andy204

    andy204 New Member

    probably an average of 10 hours, up to 15 at a push.
  4. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    It would be reasonable for you to study until you completely understand the concepts. Take as long... or as little... as you need.

    Everyone is different. It would be irresponsible of me to tell you how long YOU should take to study. I didn't study at all... but I had several years of IT experience when I took the exams. Some people take more than a year. It all depends on how well you learn, how much you already know about computers, and what other responsibilities you have.

    Study until you understand... then take the exam. It's up to you. Take whatever time you need.

    Best of luck!
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  5. Lev Arris

    Lev Arris Byte Poster

    I assume that you have this already but just in case :

    You will find your study massively more productive if you have an old PC that you can work on. Concepts like the importance of not bending a pin when installing a processor only really come to light when you manage to break the only one you have.

    Also you need to be able to assemble a PC and install windows on it, you really need the actual practical ability to do this.

    As I say you probably already have a test rig etc.. at home but if not you can pick up the cheapest of cheap PCs to practice on.
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  6. andy204

    andy204 New Member

    I do have a practice machine but thanks for that. Is it literally any old pc that will do or should it be one with at least some mod cons?
  7. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    A PC with windows 2000 or xp should do the trick.
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  8. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

    As much time as you can spend without impacting the important things. For me the important things include quality time with my wife & kids; work; etc...

    As mentioned in earlier posts, it depends on the individual. But in essence, it will be the amount of time it takes for you to understand the topics.

    Good luck with the studying.
  9. systempsyche

    systempsyche Nibble Poster

    I managed to pass my first exam the 220-602 in 1 week, but it depends on how much you read, also i suggest you get practice exams and view a copy of windows 2000 and learn some tcp ip.
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  10. Nate

    Nate New Member

    I studied for a day, but I too also had some field experience
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  11. Jagunco

    Jagunco Bit Poster

    Personally I've been studying over a year and still haven't taken the damn thing and judging by performances in mocks I'm in no position to.

    This being said I have very little spare time to study and no prior experience with computers other than a little pottering at work and at home with OS

    I try for 6 hours a week and often get less, so its my own fault, but I have things I put before A+ so I don't complain :)
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