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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by hubby, Feb 19, 2006.

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  1. hubby

    hubby Banned

    Hi everyone

    My name's Lee, I'm 24 and am currently working as a nursing assistant. I've now decided nursing is not for me, and the only other thing i'm reasonably good at is computers.

    I've just started A+ with ICS, please someone tell me it's not as hard as it looks :eek:

    I'm pretty good with software issues but know almost nothing about hardware.

    I look forward to (hopefully) picking up a few pointers here.

    One final thing, ICS told me when I started the course that it will take approx 80 hours to complete the course. Is this realistic?

    WIP: A+
  2. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    Hi there Lee, Welcome to CF! :biggrin

    No Lee, its harder. A lot harder. Depending on the Certifications that you are going for it could take you many many years to get to the level needed to pass the exams.

    If you are only going for the A+, then depending on your existing skills the estimation of 80 hours may well be realistic, but I'd say that it's 80 hours revising for the exam(s), not actually learning the material.

    Take a look around our forums, and feel free to ask anything if you get stuck!

    Good Luck in your studies.

  3. hubby

    hubby Banned


    It's mostly learning, not revising. I think i'll be ok with the OS part, but the hardware i'm learning from scratch. I was aiming for 6 months, what do you think?
    WIP: A+
  4. Jakamoko
    Honorary Member

    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Hi and welcome to CF, hubby - check the A+ board for more info on study practices, materials and general solid advice. :)
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
    WIP: Clarity
  5. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    Welcome to CF!! 8)
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  6. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster


    Hi Hubbs,

    To be honest i think 6 months is adequate time for A+ if you have some experience in PCs. If you've been messing with OS's and are confident on that side then use your time concentrating on the hardware as this can get very technical in this exam, (bus speeds, memory, processors architect etc etc). I did mine in 30 weeks on a College course but could've learnt it a bit quicker as i had some experience in Hardware maintenance.. its just thats how long it takes as a college course.
    Also make sure you get a book like the Meyers, or Sybex ones on the subject, thier invaluable for A+. and when you think youre good enough for the exam try out an exam cram practice test, this will help you judge if your gonna pass or not. (im doing the same thing for the Network+ thru Learndirect, using thier material then exam cram tests to see if i do know it before i book the exam).

    All in all try your best and good luck on your course! :D
    Certifications: Comptia A+, N+, MS 70-271, 70-272
    WIP: Being a BILB,
  7. Tyler D

    Tyler D Gigabyte Poster

    Greetings :biggrin
    Certifications: A+,70-270
    WIP: 70-290
  8. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Hi and welcome. I think that the time scale and how difficult people find the A+ is personal. It took me a year to become A+ certified but i was learning from scratch and wanted to make sure i passed when taking the exams.
    Read, practice and take loads of tests. I will be starting my Question of the day (in the A+ forum) again in the next few days.

    Best of luck :thumbleft
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  9. nugget
    Honorary Member

    nugget Junior toady

    Hi and welcome to the forum.:D
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  10. Veteran's son

    Veteran's son Megabyte Poster

    Hello! :)
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+

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