List of CompTIA acronyms and a way to memorise them.

Discussion in 'A+' started by The Zig, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster

    In the next post on this thread I'm gonna put a full list of the CompTIA acronyms. I've taken them directly from the source so the list is accurate and complete.* My intent in posting is to provide the list in an easy format to import into Mnemosyne or any program that takes text input. (Or obviously it can be printed out, or used for just about anything else you fancy!)

    Before I start I just want to make clear, I have no association with Mnemosyne the program, or the project who made it. It's free anyway, so there's no way I'm trying to sell you anything here! It's just something I use, that's great for memorising information quickly and effectively.

    It works like any flashcard system, but of course, it's on a computer - no bits of paper randomly sprawled across your desk and hiding under the mousemat!
    So you make electronic flashcards for the things you need to learn (or you import a list), and the program tests you on each one. It shows you the question side, you try to remember the answer, flip the card, and see if you got it right. But smarter than that, you can then tell the program how difficult the card was to remember. And it uses this information to zero in on the cards that are difficult. So rather than wasting your time testing you again and again on those easy ones you knew before you started, it tries to test you on the cards you're struggling with. If you tell it a card's easy, it won't show it so often.

    So, at first it'll show you every card, so you can rate them all. Then it'll start trying to build a schedule for you. An easy card won't appear again for a few days, then, if it's still easy, you won't see it again for weeks or longer. Whereas a tricky card will appear every day at first, then every other day, and over time (depending on your responses) the interval will get longer and longer until, finally, the information is safely in your head.
    I think it's most famous in language learning circles (I heard of it while studying Japanese) but it's perfect for lists like this. Apparently you can use it for music and graphics too - though I've never tried this so I've no idea how good it is. According to the website, you can even run it from a USB stick. In any case, it's a good resource, and one I thought I should share!

    So that's enough from me. If you want to see how it works, you can try it.
    It's available here:

    The CompTIA list will be in a post immediately after this.
    To import it into Mnemosyne, select the entire list (from AC to ZIP), and cut and paste it into notebook, or any text editor. Then use notebook to save it as a text file (.txt) on your desktop (or somewhere you can find it). Then, start Mnemosyne, click to File/Import; for 'file format' select "Text with tab separated Q/A". Then 'browse' to that text file on your desktop (or wherever you put it). Finally, type in a category name (eg. "A+ Acronyms"), and click 'OK'. You should get 285 cards - one for each acronym. Get to work!
    The original list is available here:

    If this doesn't work, or you've got any problems with this - let me know.
    I'm posting this to be helpful, but if any Admins would rather I take it down for any reason, let me know.


    * This list is exactly as taken from the original CompTIA list - it even contains some things that I'm pretty sure are errors.
    This includes:
    • the uncapitalised 'i' in "HDMi";
    • BNC as "British Navel Connector" (as in belly-button) rather than the more standard "Naval" (as in boats);
    • the uncapitalised and uncopyright-signed "rambus" in the CRIMM definition;
    • WPA defined as "Wireless Protected Access" rather than the standard "Wi-Fi Protected Access".
    Certifications: A+; Network+; Security+, CTT+; MCDST; 4 x MTA (Networking, OS, Security & Server); MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Support; MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Administrator; MCITP - Server Administrator; MCSA - Server 2008; MCT; IOSH; CCENT
    WIP: CCNA; Server 2012; LPIC; JNCIA?
  2. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster

    AC	alternating current
    ACPI	advanced configuration and power interface
    ACT	activity
    ADSL	asymmetrical digital subscriber line
    AGP	accelerated graphics port
    AMD	advanced micro devices
    AMR	audio modem riser
    APIPA	automatic private internet protocol addressing
    APM	advanced power management
    ARP	address resolution protocol
    ASR	automated system recovery
    AT	advanced technology
    ATA	advanced technology attachment
    ATAPI	advanced technology attachment packet interface
    ATM	asynchronous transfer mode
    ATX	advanced technology extended
    BIOS	basic input/output system
    BNC	Bayonet-Neill-Concelman or British Navel Connector
    BRI	basic rate interface
    BTX	balanced technology extended
    CCD	charged coupled device
    CD	compact disc
    CD-ROM	compact disc-read-only memory
    CD-RW	compact disc-rewritable
    CDFS	compact disc file system
    CMOS	complementary metal-oxide semiconductor
    CNR	communication network riser
    COM1	communication port 1
    CPU	central processing unit
    CRIMM	continuity-rambus inline memory module
    CRT	cathode-ray tube
    DAC	discretionary access control
    DB-25	serial communications D-shell connector, 25 pins
    DB-9	9 pin D shell connector
    DC	direct current
    DDOS	distributed denial of service
    DDR	double data-rate
    DDR RAM	double data-rate random access memory
    DDR SDRAM	double data-rate synchronous dynamic random access memory
    DFS	distributed file system
    DHCP	dynamic host configuration protocol
    DIMM	dual inline memory module
    DIN	Deutsche Industrie Norm
    DIP	dual inline package
    DLT	digital linear tape
    DLP	digital light processing
    DMA	direct memory access
    DNS	domain name service or domain name server
    DOS	disk operating system or denial of service
    DPMS	display power management signaling
    DRAM	dynamic random access memory
    DSL	digital subscriber line
    DVD	digital video disc or digital versatile disc
    DVD-RAM	digital video disc-random access memory
    DVD-ROM	digital video disc-read only memory
    DVD-R	digital video disc-recordable
    DVD-RW	digital video disc-rewritable
    DVI	digital visual interface
    ECC	error correction code
    ECP	extended capabilities port
    EEPROM	electrically erasable programmable read-only memory
    EFS	encrypting file system
    EIDE	enhanced integrated drive electronics
    EISA	extended industry standard architecture
    EMI	electromagnetic interference
    EMP	electromagnetic pulse
    EPROM	erasable programmable read-only memory
    EPP	enhanced parallel port
    ERD	emergency repair disk
    ESD	electrostatic discharge
    ESDI	enhanced small device interface
    EVGA	extended video graphics adapter/array
    EVDO	evolution data optimized or evolution data only
    FAT	file allocation table
    FAT12	12-bit file allocation table
    FAT16	16-bit file allocation table
    FAT32	32-bit file allocation table
    FDD	floppy disk drive
    FERPA	Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
    Fn	Function (referring to the function key on a laptop)
    FPM	fast page-mode
    FRU	field replaceable unit
    FTP	file transfer protocol
    FQDN	fully qualified domain name
    GB	gigabyte
    GDI	graphics device interface
    GHz	gigahertz
    GUI	graphical user interface
    GPRS	general packet radio system
    GSM	global system for mobile communications
    HAL	hardware abstraction layer
    HCL	hardware compatibility list
    HDD	hard disk drive
    HDMi	high definition media interface
    HPFS	high performance file system
    HTML	hypertext markup language
    HTTP	hypertext transfer protocol
    HTTPS	hypertext transfer protocol over secure sockets layer
    I/O	input/output
    ICMP	internet control message protocol
    ICS	internet connection sharing
    ICR	intelligent character recognition
    IDE	integrated drive electronics
    IEEE	Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    IIS	Internet Information Services
    IMAP	internet mail access protocol
    IP	internet protocol
    IPCONFIG	internet protocol configuration
    IPP	internet printing protocol
    IPSEC	internet protocol security
    IPX	internetwork packet exchange
    IPX/SPX	internetwork packet exchange/sequenced packet exchange
    IR	infrared
    IrDA	Infrared Data Association
    IRQ	interrupt request
    ISA	industry standard architecture
    ISDN	integrated services digital network
    ISO	Industry Standards Organization
    ISP	internet service provider
    KB	kilobyte
    LAN	local area network
    LBA	logical block addressing
    LC	Lucent connector
    LCD	liquid crystal display
    LDAP	lightweight directory access protocol
    LED	light emitting diode
    LIP or LiPoly	lithium-ion polymer
    Li-on	lithium-ion
    LPD/LPR	line printer daemon / line printer remote
    LPT	line printer terminal
    LPT1	line printer terminal 1
    LPX	low profile extended
    LVD	low voltage differential
    MAC	media access control
    MAN	metropolitan area network
    MAPI	messaging application programming interface
    Mb	megabit
    MB	megabyte
    MBR	master boot record
    MBSA	Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
    MCR	multivariant curve resolution
    MFD	multi-function device
    MFP	multi-function product
    MHz	megahertz
    MicroDIMM	micro dual inline memory module
    MIDI	musical instrument digital interface
    MIME	multipurpose internet mail extension
    MLI	multiple link interface
    MMC	Microsoft management console
    MMX	multimedia extensions
    MP3	Moving Picture Experts Group Layer 3 Audio
    MPEG	Moving Picture Experts Group
    MSCONFIG	Microsoft configuration
    MSDS	material safety data sheet
    MUI	multilingual user interface
    NAS	network-attached storage
    NAT	network address translation
    NetBIOS	networked basic input/output system
    NetBEUI	networked basic input/output system extended user interface
    NFS	network file system
    NIC	network interface card
    NiCd	nickel cadmium
    NiMH	nickel metal hydride
    NLI	not logged in or natural language interface
    NLX	new low-profile extended
    NNTP	network news transfer protocol
    NTFS	new technology file system
    NTLDR	new technology loader
    NWLINK	Netware Link
    OCR	optical character recognition
    OEM	original equipment manufacturer
    OMR	optical mark recognition
    OS	operating system
    OSR	original equipment manufacturer service release
    PAN	personal area network
    PATA	parallel advanced technology attachment
    PC	personal computer
    PCI	peripheral component interconnect
    PCIe	peripheral component interconnect express
    PCIX	peripheral component interconnect extended
    PCL	printer control language
    PCMCIA	Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
    PDA	personal digital assistant
    PGA	pin grid array
    PGA2	pin grid array 2
    PIN	personal identification number
    PKI	public key infrastructure
    PnP	plug and play
    POP	post office protocol
    POP3	post office protocol 3
    POST	power-on self test
    POTS	plain old telephone service
    PPP	point-to-point protocol
    PPTP	point-to-point tunneling protocol
    PRI	primary rate interface
    PROM	programmable read-only memory
    PS/2	Personal System/2 connector
    PSTN	public switched telephone network
    PVC	permanent virtual circuit
    PXE	preboot execution environment
    QoS	quality of service
    RAID	redundant array of independent (or inexpensive) discs
    RAM	random access memory
    RAS	remote access service
    RBAC	role-based access control or rule-based access control
    RDRAM	RAMBUS® dynamic random access memory
    RF	radio frequency
    RFI	radio frequency interference
    RGB	red green blue
    RIMM	RAMBUS® inline memory module
    RIP	routing information protocol
    RIS	remote installation service
    RISC	reduced instruction set computer
    RJ	registered jack
    RJ-11	registered jack function 11
    RJ-45	registered jack function 45
    RMA	returned materials authorization
    ROM	read only memory
    RS-232 or RS-232C	recommended standard 232
    RTC	real-time clock
    SAN	storage area network
    SATA	serial advanced technology attachment
    SC	subscription channel
    SCSI	small computer system interface
    SCSI ID	small computer system interface identifier
    SD card	secure digital card
    SDRAM	synchronous dynamic random access memory
    SEC	single edge connector
    SFC	system file checker
    SGRAM	synchronous graphics random access memory
    SIMM	single inline memory module
    SLI	scalable link interface or system level integration or scanline interleave mode
    SMB	server message block or small to midsize business
    SMTP	simple mail transport protocol
    SNMP	simple network management protocol
    SoDIMM	small outline dual inline memory module
    SOHO	small office/home office
    SP	service pack
    SP1	service pack 1
    SP2	service pack 2
    SPDIF	Sony-Philips digital interface format
    SPGA	staggered pin grid array
    SPX	sequenced package exchange
    SRAM	static random access memory
    SSH	secure shell
    SSID	service set identifier
    SSL	secure sockets layer
    ST	straight tip
    STP	shielded twisted pair
    SVGA	super video graphics array
    SXGA	super extended graphics array
    TB	terabyte
    TCP	transmission control protocol
    TCP/IP	transmission control protocol/internet protocol
    TDR	time domain reflectometer
    TFTP	trivial file transfer protocol
    UART	universal asynchronous receiver transmitter
    UDF	user defined functions or universal disk format or universal data format
    UDMA	ultra direct memory access
    UDP	user datagram protocol
    UL	Underwriter’s Laboratory
    UNC	universal naming convention
    UPS	uninterruptible power supply
    URL	uniform resource locator
    USB	universal serial bus
    USMT	user state migration tool
    UTP	unshielded twisted pair
    UXGA	ultra extended graphics array
    VESA	Video Electronics Standards Association
    VFAT	virtual file allocation table
    VGA	video graphics array
    VoIP	voice over internet protocol
    VPN	virtual private network
    VRAM	video random access memory
    WAN	wide area network
    WAP	wireless application protocol
    WEP	wired equivalent privacy
    WIFI	wireless fidelity
    WINS	windows internet name service
    WLAN	wireless local area network
    WPA	wireless protected access
    WUXGA	wide ultra extended graphics array
    XGA	extended graphics array
    ZIF	zero-insertion-force
    ZIP	zigzag inline package
    Certifications: A+; Network+; Security+, CTT+; MCDST; 4 x MTA (Networking, OS, Security & Server); MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Support; MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Administrator; MCITP - Server Administrator; MCSA - Server 2008; MCT; IOSH; CCENT
    WIP: CCNA; Server 2012; LPIC; JNCIA?
  3. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    cool pm me
    Certifications: Loads
    WIP: Lots
  4. Dullage

    Dullage Byte Poster

    Cheers 'The Zig', good effort, just need to find one for the N+ now :(
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: Network +
  5. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    A lot of that is N+ as well

    Its general comptia.

    we'll soon have some more N+ stuff out there.

    Certifications: Loads
    WIP: Lots
  6. brizzoluk

    brizzoluk Kilobyte Poster

    Hey Zig
    I downloaded this prog after reading one of your previous posts on here about it.
    I have installed it and and halfway through adding all the CompTia acronyms onto it, but i seem to have a peoblem in that when i start the prog and the first acronym appears ie ACPI but i cannot type an answer in because i cant activate the answer box, i click in it but nothing happens?
    Am i doing something wrong or have i not configured something?
    Certifications: ECDL, A+
    WIP: Network+
  7. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster

    Yeah, I made this mistake too! You don't actually type in the answer, you just need to remember it.
    Okay, a quick tutorial:

    1. Open Mnemosyne.
    2. At the top it will show you a question card - e.g, "ACPI" - at the bottom, it shows the blank side of the answer card. Now you try to remember the answer, e.g. "Advanced Configuration Power Interface", IIRC
    3. When you're ready to see the answer (i.e. when you've remembered it, or given up!) click the long "Show answer" button. It will flip the answer card, showing you the answer - "advanced configuration and power interface".
    4. Did you remember it right?
      Now you need to rate the difficulty.

      Was it way too easy? If so, click "5".
      About right? "4".
      Bit too tricky? "3".
      Only remembered after a minute and a half's pacing the room banging your hand against your head?! Click "2".
      Forgot entirely? "1" or "0".
    5. Next card.
    Then it'll show you the next one. At first you'll have to go through them all - which is a bit of a pain - but it pretty quickly zeros in on the ones you find tricky.
    The ones that got me yesterday, were: "PXE", "RMA" and "RBAC".

    Mnemosyne has a decent tutorial you can access by clicking: "Help/Getting Started". It's only 5 cards long and takes you through all the basics. There's also a more detailed set of instructions here on the project website.

    As for the N+, if you can find an accurate list on-line, I'll be happy to put up a list formatted for use in Mnemosyne - I've got a few good Firefox tools that make the conversion easy.
    Annoyingly, I can't find an official CompTIA list for the N+, and I don't want to put up anything that's wrong. The last thing I want to do is make the test more difficult with misinformation!

    Certifications: A+; Network+; Security+, CTT+; MCDST; 4 x MTA (Networking, OS, Security & Server); MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Support; MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Administrator; MCITP - Server Administrator; MCSA - Server 2008; MCT; IOSH; CCENT
    WIP: CCNA; Server 2012; LPIC; JNCIA?
  8. brizzoluk

    brizzoluk Kilobyte Poster

    Oh right i get it now thanks!
    This is a great tool and as i have just started the A+ most of these are gonna be rated a 0 at the mo lol!
    Certifications: ECDL, A+
    WIP: Network+
  9. Jubei_Jedi

    Jubei_Jedi Bit Poster

    Thanks alot for bringing this to my and also others attention, this is an awesome tool for memorizing acronyms in a great format. :D
    WIP: A+
  10. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster

    Yeah, it's a great little tool for remembering stuff. I'm starting to toy around with it more now to see what else it can help with. One thing you can do is input foreign languages - for example, it has no problem with Japanese kanji (which uses Chinese characters).

    Anyway, I'm just glad it's been generally well recieved, and I hope it's useful. I was a bit worried that my enthusiasm for this thing would just come across as just spamming some product!
    Certifications: A+; Network+; Security+, CTT+; MCDST; 4 x MTA (Networking, OS, Security & Server); MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Support; MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Administrator; MCITP - Server Administrator; MCSA - Server 2008; MCT; IOSH; CCENT
    WIP: CCNA; Server 2012; LPIC; JNCIA?
  11. iansane

    iansane Bit Poster

    Thanks Zig for the list.

    If your using Ubuntu with kde or gnome you can install kwordquiz from synaptic or apt-get. If on gnome system it will need to install some other kde stuff but works great.

    Can do flash cards, multiple choice, and QnA from imported .csv file so all you have to do is take zigs list, save it to a file "A+Acronyms.csv" then use text editor to put in commas and take out spaces for it to work with kwordquiz.


    AC,alternating current
    ACPI,advanced configuration and power interface

    and so on. I made one but it only takes a couple minutes to manually reformat the text so I didn't repost the whole thing.
  12. Markyboyt

    Markyboyt Kilobyte Poster

    Decided to brush up on my acronyms so rooted out this post, downloaded the program and imported the list above.

    What have I learnt? that I am terrible with acronyms so this tool is going to be very very useful to me.

    I thought I would be better seeing as BMW use acronyms that dont even relate to our words and I can cope with them, guess practice makes perfect and I think this is the tool for the job for sure, you can banish them easy ones like CD and RAM and focus on stuff like ATAPI and stuff lol
    WIP: A+
  13. burla++

    burla++ Bit Poster

    kudos zig.....I found this really helpful even after passing my exams!!!
  14. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

    Excellent find, hats off to The Zig. This is pretty much what I was looking for.

    I've started adding my own categories and questions to the acronyms list and after a couple of boring hours click-clacking away on the keyboard a thought occurred to me...

    Does anyone want to collaborate on producing a list of, erm....., lists?
    I can see three benefits, less typing, mutual error checking and much less chance of missing something out.

    If anyone's interested, PM me and we'll take it from there.
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job
  15. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster

    I've produced a few more categories for my own study too. Most of it's just my own mnemonics, a few shell commands and OS things, and some hardware things that wouldn't really be useful to anyone but me. One thing I did consider posting was a list of commonly used ports (e.g. HTTP on Port 80, etc.). This apparently used to be on the old A+, and I've heard comes up in the Network+. Not sure where to post it though. If I post here, and it's not on the exam, it's clearly off-topic. And people who skim-read might see the list and assume they need to know it (and thus waste prep time).

    I'm considering a MCDST jargon list. Sadly, I can't find anything on the MS site like the CompTIA list, so I can't cut'n'paste and it'll be a case of bashing it all in manually. Plus it won't be an official 'list' so I doubt it'd be as useful or comprehensive. Still, if I get around to it, I'll post it in the MCDST forum.

    I'd be happy to work with ya on making a list of lists - although time's often kinda scarce atm!
    Certifications: A+; Network+; Security+, CTT+; MCDST; 4 x MTA (Networking, OS, Security & Server); MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Support; MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Administrator; MCITP - Server Administrator; MCSA - Server 2008; MCT; IOSH; CCENT
    WIP: CCNA; Server 2012; LPIC; JNCIA?
  16. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

    That is a truly generous offer since you don't have a lot of time AND you've passed your A+ already.
    As it turns out, the wife's away this weekend so I have plenty of time for this :onthePC (although I may indulge in some of this :morebeer) so if you (and anyone else who's bored enough to read this thread) want to help me make sure I don't miss anything important out I would appreciate it.
    Here's what I've added so far:
    ATA-PIO/DMA mode speeds/max HD size/LBA-INT 13
    Networking-CAT speeds, coax uses,wireless speeds and frequencies
    Video-resolution standards

    That might not seem a lot but it's ~70 extra things to try and remember.
    So, what other topics are suitable for this method of learning?

    Also, I'm in a bit of a quandary with CPUs, how deep does my knowledge of them have to be for the 601/602, can anyone shed any light on this?
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job
  17. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster

    TBH I didn't worry too much about CPU detail, as I figured there could only be a very limited number of questions on this.
    I tried to remember the rough order, and which processors are compatible with current-ish sockets (the 775, and AM2/AM2+) and which processors introduced notable new features - hyperthreading, hypertransport, throttling, 64bit. That, and stuff like possible upgrade issues (check the socket, the motherboard book, like how upgrading from an LGA775 P4 to, say, an LGA775 Core2 on the same motherboard - if possible - will likely require a BIOS update).

    I can't even remember if I had a question on any of this (and if I could, I wouldn't really be allowed to say, under a strict reading of the CompTIA NDA) but it's probably worth knowing whichever way you cut it. It's all pretty clearly covered on the official objectives. Just reading magazines let's you pick up a lot of this info without much real sweat! (I'm becoming an avid Micro Mart reader!)

    One thing worth saying: for SHORT lists, I often found a fun mnemonic easier than a brute-force repetition approach.
    For example, the laser printer cycle is: Clean Charge Write Develop Transfer Fuse.
    I remember this as:- Charlie Chan Wrote Down The Facts.
    It just seems like more to remember, but it's far easier to remember a story/sentence than a list of barely connected words. And the correct order comes naturally.

    This works for OSI layers too. For OSI, I just can't remember them reliably, until I remember:
    "Programmers Don't Never Throw Sloppy Pizza Away"
    I have a mnemonic for OSI in reverse order too (I couldn't decide which way to go for and ended up remembering both), but that's far too obscene for here.
    OSI is: Physical, Data Link, Network, Transport, Session, Presentation, Application. IIRC.

    The fun of mnemonics, is the more fun you make them, the easier they are to remember. I was able to compress vast amounts of technical data into about 9 - mostly obscene or offensive - mnemonics, which I then compressed into a single mnemonic mnemonic. Just from that, I had a lot covered.

    Of course, when the exam came, I needed about 5% of this. But that I had it covered made me feel more secure.

    In a nutshell: for short lists or lists where order is important - mnemonics may be easier than pure memory.
    Certifications: A+; Network+; Security+, CTT+; MCDST; 4 x MTA (Networking, OS, Security & Server); MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Support; MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Administrator; MCITP - Server Administrator; MCSA - Server 2008; MCT; IOSH; CCENT
    WIP: CCNA; Server 2012; LPIC; JNCIA?
  18. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

    Thanks for the advice on the CPUs, that sounds about the right amount of effort for the potential amount of points. I believe the questions are weighted as well so I can only assume the brute memory questions aren't worth as much as more complex questions.

    Mnemonics-of course! That'll come in handy. Although I already have laser printing memorised by visualising the process Charlie Chan is already lodged in my brain, and it's quicker (my mental laser printer is clearly an early model judging by the speed it goes).

    OK, I need to do:
    CPU-sockets and landmarks
    OSI layers

    I'd be happy to share this file if it gets to the stage where I think it would be useful for most people so keep those suggestions rolling in everyone.
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job
  19. del_port

    del_port Byte Poster

    I've found all the processor knowledge no use at all really for exams as so far they haven't asked me one question about processors,i have my second exam coming very soon,i'll be surprised if there is a cpu question in that one.

    I pretty much know all my processors off by heart from knowledge i've gained over the years,i used to buy processors very regularly,sometimes for new pcs,other times i'd have a bundle of faulty processors and test them all out so i have used or installed nearly all variations of processor.

    The very latest processors i don't know much about,the exam is dated in the first place and doesn't deal with the latest stuff,no mention of vista for example.So i think the chance of a core duo question coming up is zero really.

    I found the exam is more likely to mention the obscure material rather than the obvious.The obvious would be Dmas/irqs and processors but i got none of this stuff in the exam.

    Nothing at all was asked about the OSI layer in my exam.

    There is no harm in being over prepared i suppose.
    If you think logically there is no chance that you will be asked a string of questions about processors,the exam moves through the subjects and doesn't focus on the same area constantly,i found i was asked roughly 10 questions about each chapter,there are 10 main chapters in the A+ ,and 100 questions for the exam.

    So they are not going to throw in 3 processor questions when they only have 10 questions to ask you about a chapter,that would just be a very lazy way of writing an exam.

    All i'm saying is don't wrap yourself in doubt and fear about processors,if you knew nothing at all about processors you may lose a couple of percentage points in your exam,if you are strong in other subjects you will pass.
    Certifications: A+ and MCDST 70-271
    WIP: mcdst 272
  20. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

    Thanks del_port. After the advice I've had I know not to sweat it, in fact I'll be happy just knowing enough to have a 33-50% chance of getting any CPU question right rather than the default 25%, AKA an educated guess.
    The pass mark is so high though I feel I need to have at least the ability to make an educated guess for any question.

    I'm not expecting a CPU question in 601, the 603 students have to take that exam as well and that's close to irrelevant for them.There may be one in my 602 and I'd be surprised if there wasn't at least one in 604.
    I don't expect OSI layers in 601 either since it's more advanced and fairly irrelevant to 604 students.
    That's all just guessing though.
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job

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