I think I want to get my A+

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I think I want to get my A+

Post by Roofus » Fri Jan 27, 2006 9:54 pm

Does anyone here have one or taken the exam? What do I need to study? I most likely know most/all of what I need to know, but it'd be nice to know what to focus on.
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Post by farrell2k » Fri Jan 27, 2006 11:05 pm

It has turned out to be nothing but a complete waste of $250 for me, but from what I remember, DOS, Basic networking, a bit of Windows device conflicts on same irq/dma troubleshooting, COM ports, and simple bus architecture (pci, isa, cisa) questions took up a majority of my test. Keep in mind that I got my A+ in 1999, so things may have changed.

Anyway, you're average $10 "How to pass the A+ exam" book should give you everything you need. Good luck with it, Roofie.
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Post by LyingWake » Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:04 am

A+ exam?
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Post by |darc| » Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:42 am

LyingWake wrote:A+ exam?

Computer certification
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Post by c99koder » Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:00 am

I took my A+ last year, and in addition to what farrell2k mentioned, make sure you know the "new" start menu style in XP, because they will ask you XP questions and expect you to answer using the new layout (start -> control panel vs. start -> settings -> control panel).

A+ is broken into two tests: Core Hardware and Core Software. The hardware section expects you to be familiar with processors from 386 through Pentium 4, be able to identify the slots and sockets they plug into, and how much cache they have (they wont always ask you about it, and you only need like 60% to pass, so don't stress too much on it). You also need to know how IRQs are assigned, which ones are reserved, etc. Know what an ISA, PCI, AGP, etc. card looks like, and the different kinds of RAM (SIMM, DIMM, SIP, etc.). They'll show you pictures of things and ask you to identify them. If you know how to build a Pentium 1 system, as well as a Pentium 4 system, you should be alright on this test.

The second test is Core Software, which expects you to be familiar with DOS through XP. They'll ask you basic troubleshooting questions, basic networking questions, and basic configuration questions. Things from "How do you change the wallpaper?" through "How do you set your IP?".

Pick up a cheap A+ study guy that includes a computer-based practice test and you should be fine. The practice test will give you a feel for how the actual A+ testing software works.

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Post by c99koder » Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:04 am

And about the certificate's value: a lot of hardware vendors wont let you order parts directly without A+ certification (you can sit on hold with customer service if you really want, but if you're certified and your company has a contract with them, you can just order parts yourself). A+ is also a jumping point into vendor-specific certifications, ex. A+ is required to take the IBM certification through my job. It depends on what field you're looking to go into.

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Post by Lartrak » Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:31 pm

c99koder wrote:And about the certificate's value: a lot of hardware vendors wont let you order parts directly without A+ certification (you can sit on hold with customer service if you really want, but if you're certified and your company has a contract with them, you can just order parts yourself). A+ is also a jumping point into vendor-specific certifications, ex. A+ is required to take the IBM certification through my job. It depends on what field you're looking to go into.

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Hmm.. I may have to look into this. Thanks for the info.
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Post by Quzar » Sun Jan 29, 2006 5:22 am

the biggest + about A+ is that it's a lifetime certification (which of course makes no sense) but that means that once you plop down the money for it, you never have to again.
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Post by SomberStrekking » Sun Jan 29, 2006 9:27 pm

i read some of the A+ book and it seems pretty easy as long as you know a lot about computer hardware its simple
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Post by |darc| » Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:14 pm

I might actually go do this one day. It'd be a lot easier to land a good job this way.
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Post by LyingWake » Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:33 pm

|darc| wrote:I might actually go do this one day. It'd be a lot easier to land a good job this way.
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Post by MulletMan13 » Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:18 am

Would this be worth it even if I'm not going into a career in CompSci? ... I do need a job this summer though....
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Post by ace » Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:52 am

How much does A+ cert cost?
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Post by |darc| » Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:20 pm

ace wrote:How much does A+ cert cost?
About $150 or something like that
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Post by c99koder » Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:23 pm

MulletMan13 wrote:Would this be worth it even if I'm not going into a career in CompSci? ... I do need a job this summer though....
A+ isn't going to help you with CompSci at all. A+ is more on how to use stuff rather than how to design it.

As for the price, you can usually find vouchers at a discounted price. When I took mine, the CompTIA site had a bunch of 'em available.
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Post by MulletMan13 » Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:28 pm

c99koder wrote:
MulletMan13 wrote:Would this be worth it even if I'm not going into a career in CompSci? ... I do need a job this summer though....
A+ isn't going to help you with CompSci at all. A+ is more on how to use stuff rather than how to design it.

As for the price, you can usually find vouchers at a discounted price. When I took mine, the CompTIA site had a bunch of 'em available.
Heh, I said that I'm not going into compsci, but good advice either way. Would this help me secure a summer job for CompUSA / Best Buy computer diagnostics? ... if so, then I might just look for a place to get this test done.
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Post by |darc| » Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:37 pm

MulletMan13 wrote:
c99koder wrote:
MulletMan13 wrote:Would this be worth it even if I'm not going into a career in CompSci? ... I do need a job this summer though....
A+ isn't going to help you with CompSci at all. A+ is more on how to use stuff rather than how to design it.

As for the price, you can usually find vouchers at a discounted price. When I took mine, the CompTIA site had a bunch of 'em available.
Heh, I said that I'm not going into compsci, but good advice either way. Would this help me secure a summer job for CompUSA / Best Buy computer diagnostics? ... if so, then I might just look for a place to get this test done.
I think that's a definite yes.
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Post by FETUS » Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:04 pm

I'm sittin in class burshin up for it. You should be just fine to walk in drop your money and leave with your certification.
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