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So I am studying for the A+ certification test and my buddy gave me his book which seems decent and covers about 95% of what would be on the test. What I would like to know however is could anyone recommend me to an online type class where you actually take a course for this and then at the end, you take the exam?

Would think an actual class would be helpful since you don't have the best guidance with this book... Thanks
 

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I'd look at your local community college and see if they have an online class you can take.
 
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I would recommend doing a practice test somewhere the a+ isnt super hard if you fairly competent with whats in that book you should be good to go.
 

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true, not to belittle people with an A+ cert, but saying you have one is like saying you can turn on a computer and operate it. you should be able to find some nice tests online that will help in not embarrassing yourself.
 

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true, not to belittle people with an A+ cert, but saying you have one is like saying you can turn on a computer and operate it. you should be able to find some nice tests online that will help in not embarrassing yourself.
When I took the A+ it was full of ass backwards shit that you don't need to know at all(like IRQ numbers) and some of it wasn't even true.:laugh:

I actually think it is easier for people with no computer knowledge to just study and take then test and pass than it is for someone that actually knows their stuff to try and unlearn somethings they know in order to give the answers the test wants...
 

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it all comes down to what you would like to have a career in. if you want to be a tech monkey then go ahead with certs and apply for jobs doing the same damn thing over and over again. if you would like to actually participate in the profession and contribute to it then get a degree.
 
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I just took the A+ practice test on the disc that comes with the book. I was roughly 20 points away from passing lol but what messed me up was a lot of these multiple answer multiple choice questions if that makes any sense...

And these types of questions messed me up... "What is the minimum processor requirement for Windows Vista?" I put 825MHz instead of 800MHz... :shadedshu
 

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I just took the A+ practice test on the disc that comes with the book. I was roughly 20 points away from passing lol but what messed me up was a lot of these multiple answer multiple choice questions if that makes any sense...

And these types of questions messed me up... "What is the minimum processor requirement for Windows Vista?" I put 825MHz instead of 800MHz... :shadedshu
yea, generally those certs focus on things nobody cares about which is why nobody in the industry takes them serious except for basement dwellers.
 
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I would skip the official class, unless it pays for the A+ exam fee. Just study from the book and practice sites(plenty of them online).

The thing with the A+ cert is it's crap by itself. To do much of anything, and literally it wont be much, you'll need a matching pair of IT or Microsoft Cert's to get you anywhere.

I'd suggest the certs route rather than a 2 year 'technical' degree like DeVry or even some Associate's of Science programs. The certs are learn at your own pace(no pressure to take the exam, totally when your ready) and you can add them individually.

More on certs here:
http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications.aspx
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-overview.aspx

More complete list of outside certs:
http://www.mcmcse.com/othercerts.shtml

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I wouldn't say certs are totally worthless. It shows that you have the drive to learn. The A+ was a little bit of a joke I must agree, however, other certs most notably Network+ would look better on a resume. However, for me, I just took the newest Network+ exam and passed barely. It was filled with so much information, sometimes ass backwards like others have said, so don't rely 100% on book answers. They actually give you 2 tries (at least the place where I took the test) I think in order to get a passing score.
However, when all is said and done.....experience is KING no matter what.
 

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if you really want to impress a future employer then take the initiative by learning an emerging technology. nobody cares if you can navigate your way around tcp/ip in windows server. they want to know what kinds of new things are out there that they can leverage to their competitive advantage.
 
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this course when i took it it was hands on based.
 
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How useful would these certs be to someone that isn't going into the IT field but just as proof of computer competence, for say an engineer/ chemist/ biologist etc.
 

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A+ cert is for troubleshooting and building computers, i was already building computers and took this course to further my knowledge in them, if my school at time had networking+ i would of taken it.

but you will need to have MSCE, A+, Network+ and a few other certs to mean anything in the market, being A+ certed means you can work in a PC repair shop/parts warehouse, example being Directron or Frys electronics.

This course does not incorporate Code writing/Computer Science.

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The A+ is absolutely not worth spending any money on a class for. As long as you have half-decent and up-to-date study materials (again, not worth spending much money on), you should be fine. Practice tests are great too.

Many entry-level jobs require the A+ just because it's so basic that they feel like everybody should have it.
 
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I'd look at your local community college and see if they have an online class you can take.
So get this... Called the school up today and they said they do have the online class through CompTIA and the course is over $1000 JUST to prepare you for the exam. :twitch:
 
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So get this... Called the school up today and they said they do have the online class through CompTIA and the course is over $1000 JUST to prepare you for the exam. :twitch:
Like I said, not worth spending money on a class.
 
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So get this... Called the school up today and they said they do have the online class through CompTIA and the course is over $1000 JUST to prepare you for the exam. :twitch:
Dont enroll, just study yourself if your that interested.
 
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I wouldn't say certs are totally worthless. It shows that you have the drive to learn. The A+ was a little bit of a joke I must agree, however, other certs most notably Network+ would look better on a resume. However, for me, I just took the newest Network+ exam and passed barely. It was filled with so much information, sometimes ass backwards like others have said, so don't rely 100% on book answers. They actually give you 2 tries (at least the place where I took the test) I think in order to get a passing score.
However, when all is said and done.....experience is KING no matter what.
man i wish it worked that way here... I've been trying to get a tech job and they're like, you need so and so certs. I then look over and see one of their techs that don't even know the difference between a sata cable and a pata cable.... and others that think laptops can't display 1080p. I had to sit there and listen to some "expert" tell a guy looking at laptops that "blu-ray drives in a laptop are useless because no laptop screen can display bluray res." and the guy ended up buying both an even higher priced laptop along with a blu-ray set top box. (TigerDirect Jefferson, GA Store >.< ) :banghead:

I tried to mention that laptop can in fact display bluray just fine but the "expert" proceeded to talk over me... so i left the store before i had to explain to the cops why i :nutkick:
 
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man i wish it worked that way here... I've been trying to get a tech job and they're like, you need so and so certs. I then look over and see one of their techs that don't even know the difference between a sata cable and a pata cable.... and others that think laptops can't display 1080p. I had to sit there and listen to some "expert" tell a guy looking at laptops that "blu-ray drives in a laptop are useless because no laptop screen can display bluray res." and the guy ended up buying both an even higher priced laptop along with a blu-ray set top box. (TigerDirect Jefferson, GA Store >.< ) :banghead:

I tried to mention that laptop can in fact display bluray just fine but the "expert" proceeded to talk over me... so i left the store before i had to explain to the cops why i :nutkick:
http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/qosmio/X770/X775-3DV80
Next time show him this link, if he still does not believe you then tell him I must have the ONLY laptop that is able to display 1080p and I will sell it to him for $3000 :roll:
 
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nah i just ask for a girl that works there now... she tends to "get bored" and likes to see what i'm planning on getting lol. unless she's not working, then i just come back another time as she's the most helpful one there...

still i'd like a job there...

and damn those test for certs are expensive.
 
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Just a note on experience, it all depends on the position your applying for. Sometimes over-experienced applicants can be turned away because management may not want a career climber in that position. Also experience can be shown in more ways than just work.
 

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At Chattanooga tech, CompTIA testing is 300$ a test. I called to get it and CCNA before I went to college and it seemed like It wasn't worth it so I just got a degree in electronics engineering. Employers like to hear that over "I got a A+ cert"
 
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At Chattanooga tech, CompTIA testing is 300$ a test. I called to get it and CCNA before I went to college and it seemed like It wasn't worth it so I just got a degree in electronics engineering. Employers like to hear that over "I got a A+ cert"
Why do you have to choose one or the other? It's better to have a degree and certs. Also, a cert is something you can get right now while you're working on a degree, instead of waiting however many years to be able to put something on your resume.