Learning AD for exam

Discussion in 'Active Directory Exams' started by Angry Dog, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. Angry Dog

    Angry Dog Nibble Poster


    How long would it take (ball park) for someone who hasn't had much exposure to AD to learn it to be able to take the exam?

    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
    WIP: MCDST, A+, N+
  2. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

    I would say 60-80 hours of solid work, but it's almost impossible to say, as different people learn at different rates, and it depends what you need to learn and what you already know.
  3. SimonD
    Honorary Member

    SimonD Terabyte Poster

    How much string do I need to wrap this parcel up??

    Being a tad more fair now, as Ade says it really depends not only on your current knowledge but also your ability to learn. I am sure there are people who can pick this subject up in a couple of days study (I am talking 8+ hours a day) with hands on lab work but there are also people who could spend 100's of hours reading and with hands on who just don't 'get it'.

    Mileage will vary on everything there is to learn and asking how much time it would take type questions are in the most part way too open ended.
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  4. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Lots of hands on practice, reading and dedication.
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
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  5. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster

    May I be rude and reply by asking the question of "Why are you planning on sitting an exam for a subject (MS Technology) that you have no or little experience in?"
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2013
    Certifications: B.Sc.(Hons), MBCS. MCP (271,272), MCDST, MCTS (680), MCITP:EDST7, MCSA:WIN7, MCPS, MCNPS
    WIP: 70-686, then onto MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure via MCSA: Server 2012...
  6. Angry Dog

    Angry Dog Nibble Poster

    Thanks for replies.

    I'm taking the exam as I have been advised to do so, but also because I am getting more experience in a working environment of AD, but want to know, understand etc more of what it is I am doing. We use AD. A fair bit here, but as I am still new to the company my exposure is more limited than those of the people who are more established.
    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
    WIP: MCDST, A+, N+

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