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    a+ cert

    how much does the A+ cert cost and how hard is it? what does it have for some of the questions? iv been working on, building computers for about 6 years and want to have a backup in case my job falls for some reason.i was going to go to school and take mcse, but didnt have the time or the money. might do that later.

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    the A+ is designed for techs with 6 months experience.

    the hardware portion of the test is EXTREMELY easy. if you know the difference between your hard drive and your CPU, youve pretty much passed already.

    the software portion is slightly more difficult, but if you have good experience with different versions of windows, you should do fine.

    the cost is around $200-300 i think. if you start working for a computer company, usually they will pay for your certification(mine does).
    I came up with a cool phrase to put down here, but i forgot it...

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    So that's why my computer repair class is so retarded...
    It allegedly prepares us for the A+ certification. And supposedly the school will pay if we keep a high enough grade in the class.
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    me and deathstryke are both taking a class in which we will be A+ certified at the end of the year. our teacher sucks, but ive still learned something. it has been pretty easy. (and i started with basically nil in real computer knowledge)
    yum, yum potatoes!!!!!

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    software is cooler and pays more

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    Originally posted by Silvercord
    software is cooler and pays more
    Not always true.

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    If you know what your doing, the a+ is a walk in the park, i never studied for it and passed on the first try.

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    A+ certification for dummies. $34.00 .good book

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    The test is kinda out there to screw you. They don't have real pictures of anything, and its all drawn with $$$$ty quality. Make sure that you know your stuff before taking this exam. It's not a walk in the park, and if you know the difference between the hard drive and the CPU you might get 10 points out of 5900. To take the exam you need to know the lengths of the cables, speeds of ram, types of CPU's, Caches, everything. Oh, and before you take the exam you have to sign a contract indicating that if you fail you wont take it out on any of the staff, and wont fuss about it(Maybe because the exams are somewhat unfair). The test cost me $240+ CDN, and thats just for 220-221

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    >>It's not a walk in the park

    I thought it was.

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    Originally posted by samsam1
    A+ certification for dummies. $34.00 .good book
    I fully agree :P Certainly not fully in depth, but I absolutely loved that book for last minute studying and the cheat sheet is a great thing to have

    Originally posted by Xei
    The test is kinda out there to screw you. They don't have real pictures of anything, and its all drawn with $$$$ty quality. Make sure that you know your stuff before taking this exam. It's not a walk in the park, and if you know the difference between the hard drive and the CPU you might get 10 points out of 5900. To take the exam you need to know the lengths of the cables, speeds of ram, types of CPU's, Caches, everything. Oh, and before you take the exam you have to sign a contract indicating that if you fail you wont take it out on any of the staff, and wont fuss about it(Maybe because the exams are somewhat unfair). The test cost me $240+ CDN, and thats just for 220-221
    Now, given I was certified in 2000 and the tests do change, i don't remeber that nit-picky of a test. Cable lengths? Caches? Not that I can remember. Cable types, yes. Types of CPU's, totally. Speeds and type/pin numbers of RAM, better believe it.

    It's pretty in depth, but when I took it there wasnt' really anything that was super nit-picky like cable lengths that I can remember. Most of the stuff is things you should know, or at least that are a good idea to know.

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    i think hes talking about the mcse exam, not the a+.

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    no, i've taken them both, hes talking bout the A+

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    Originally posted by ober5861
    Not always true.
    Most of the cases yes, 90%, everyone today know's how to fix hardware problem, it's not hard.

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