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    Certificates??

    I am interested to take A+ exam and CCNA. But I don't know which one gonna be right for me. Which one is more suitable for beginner?? And also now I am not working in networks. I am just a student. Some said that exams gonna be very very difficult (almost impossible) without working experiences. Should I try?

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    you won't pass them, do you even know what ccna is? If you've never networked before you'll crash and burn, trust me im in a prep class for it right now. And as far as A+ goes, from some of your posts, i can tell you'll bomb that too. Take the classes first otherwise you're just wasting your time and your parents money.
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    yeah... neither are the easiest tests in the world...

    here's a hint: if you did good on the SAT, you'll do fine on the A+
    here's another hint: if you don't see any jokes, you'll bomb the A+
    hint # 3: if you don't know what the C in CCNA stands for, you dont' stand a chance with that test
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    >> if you did good on the SAT, you'll do fine on the A+

    WTF are you talking about?
    The A+ exam is a computer hardware exam, has nothing to do with the SAT's you fsckwit
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    did you bother to read the whole post? jeebus...
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    yes i did read the whole post, i still don't get where you're coming from...unless you thought that the crack about the sat was funny, then i can see what you meant.
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    hint number two isn't "if you don't see any funny jokes..." if you read it carefully, it only says "if you don't see any jokes..."

    I'm sorry if I forgot that a joke has to be funny to exist
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    if you don't know what the C in CCNA stands for, you dont' stand a chance with that test
    CCNA = Cisco Certified Network Associates

    isn't it?

    I want to try A+. I know CCNA is very hard. A+ concerns with Windows and computer hardware. Where is the good place to start? I won't take it urgently. I will take time until I ready for it. I think 7 or 8 months could be enough.

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    you can look on kazaa for test packets for A+. Thats what I did and passed the exam without ever taking any courses. I'm studying for cisco now.

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    Originally posted by axon
    you can look on kazaa for test packets for A+. Thats what I did and passed the exam without ever taking any courses. I'm studying for cisco now.
    Sorry I don't know how to use kazaa. Is this free?? I think it charges overseas phone bill.

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    Buy a decent book for the A+ test and try the examples with a computer if you can. As for the CCNA TAKE A CLASS!
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    In other words, if you teach your cat to bark (output) and eat dog food (input) that doesn't make him a dog. It would have to chase cars, chew bones, and have puppies before I'd call it Rover ;-)
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    A+ exam is cake. Take the adaptive exam. It is much shorter.

    I've been A+ certified since about 2001.

    I think I have to re-take it in the near future to stay certified and up to date.

    There are some books at Best Buy that cover A+ and also have self-tests in another. The books come in a package and they are all you need to pass the test.

    For more info: www.comptia.com

    CompTIA certification is what I have and MS has now adopted it into their MCSE cert.

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    >>I think I have to re-take it in the near future to stay certified and up to date.

    I don't think you have to get it updated ever. It doesn't make sense as the technology changes so fast, but an A+ cert will last forever...

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    Originally posted by Bubba
    I think I have to re-take it in the near future to stay certified and up to date.
    it's a good idea, but unnecessary... my dad's been certified since the 80's, and he's only taken it once... A+ certification lasts forever... which really doesn't make any sense if you think about it...
    Originally posted by afreedboy
    I want to try A+. I know CCNA is very hard. A+ concerns with Windows and computer hardware. Where is the good place to start? I won't take it urgently. I will take time until I ready for it. I think 7 or 8 months could be enough.
    the A+ deals mostly with windows... you'll still need to know a little about other OS's... like everybody else said, you can probably pass the A+ just by studying a few good books... I wouldn't try taking the test until your pretty sure you can pass it though...
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    If you live in the boston area, or you'd be willing to visit Boston:
    http://www.butrain.com/share/scedesc...A310&leftnav=1

    6 days, and a 90% success rate for the CCNA.
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