Who has taken A+ exam

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  1. celticfan11

    celticfan11 Moderator

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    I am going to be taking mine soon. I have some questions. Should i memorize all the DMA/ IRQ and I/O settings. And old socket types etc. Or what is the main focus on the tests. Any help is appreciated. thanks
     
  2. skizo

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    The IRQ stuff is the only section I failed the first time. STUDY IT! Know it all.
     
  3. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    I took both the old and new versions of the test...

    Know your Interupts WELL.... socket types a few Q's, know the T/Sing type questions as they ask them in CompTia website, not how YOU would do it, but how they ask it...
    thats very important... and the DMA and I/O settings not so important...

    If you have just a little extra $$ I would goto this site:
    http://www.exact-exams.com/
    They are very reasonable and as the name suggests they are on the mark.
    I have taken and passed my: A+, NET+, SEC+ and SERVER + exams. and while I probably didnt need the questions on my A+ and NET+, I have to say that without the Q's I would NOT have passed my SEC+ test, and the server Plus was not that hard but with the Q's I cut an extremely high score.

    They sometimes have packages where you can get a group at one time for cheap.

    Good luck!

    Hannibal
    A+, NET+, SEC+, SERVER+ (working towards CCNA)
    :D
     
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    One more Q... When you have the questions that have multiple answers, will they tell you how many answers they are looking for.
    EX.. Name the input devices.
    mouse
    kybd
    RAM
    etc

    Will they say they are looking for 2 answers?
     
  6. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    Yes and NO, the way to tell they want more than one answer is by the way the answers are provided.

    Example:
    http://www.unisa.edu.au/ists/ITHelpDesk/FAQS/Web/tw_logon.asp

    If you scroll down you will see a pic with both radio buttons and radio boxes.
    This is the easy way to tell if it is a mulitiple choice question, if it has boxes to check, then it is a multiple answer question. As you noted already, it would have boxes and I would have checked: MOuse and Keyboard :D

    hope this helps!

    <---- Press my button if it did :D
     
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  7. celticfan11

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    ah ya i have some testing software that has like 1300 sample questions and that is the way they are set up, but it says it is looking for 3 answers etc. So good to know. Thanks MLAKRID

    The program is called Boson Practice tests. Once i master all of those Q's I will go take the test.
     
  8. Xie

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    /me puts on remembery cap

    I believe I saw a few IRQ question as well as error codes. ;)

    I found this very helpful in getting ready.
     
  9. celticfan11

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    oh and what is the passing score ? 65% ?
     
  10. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    It has been a long time since I took mine hehe I got mine in 2000 on the 1998 objectives... So mine was an adaptive test!

    I have no clue about today but you can look it up on CompTias website at:
    http://www.comptia.org/certification/a/default.aspx

    Good Luck!
     
  11. what's the A+ exam?
     
  12. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    Entry Level CompTia PC repair Tech check the link I provided above

    :D
     
  13. celticfan11

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    thanks alot
    and XIE thanks for those guides, I am printing them now on this companys laser printers hehe :)
     
  14. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    how about telling us if you passed or not??

    hehe
     
  15. Xie

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    I'll 2nd that.
     
  16. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    I had never taken the test per se, but I had taken the classes that lead up to it (the first of the 2 which was required for my comp networkign major)... I did see practice tests and the like before the end of the second class, though this was the older version. Two observations:

    - Expect (unless something has been changed) that there will be questions about older comps. Some of the stuff I was aware of, as I was around 10 years old or there abouts, when PCs started comming to market, but you might need to go back and look at some of the older material... Do expect that there could be some questions about CGA graphics cards and the like...

    - mlakrid commented about knowing how they ask the questions... Know the answer they're looking for, even if it isn't the correct answer (at least anymore)...

    We got questions on the practice test like common speed for a front side bus, they wanted 66 MHz. Course I took this in 2000, and by then AMD was using PC100 and PC133 with the Athlons, and the Pentium II 400 and latter (use 100 MHz fsb) had been released about 1.5-2 years prior to my taking the practice tests, along with the Pentium IIIs... BTW, 100 MHz fsb was on the list, but they considered the answer wrong.

    My suggestion, take some practice tests, and if need be figure out how to "BS your way" in answering some of them, to provide what they expect. Many of my class mates and I (most of whom were in other majors such as computer networking, engineering students, and the like) coudln't believe some of the questions and expected answers we were seeing. Know what they want, and provide it... Some practice tests would be good for this, especially where you can get feedback to see what they want...
     
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  17. celticfan11

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    well since my old thread got responded to i will update you

    I passed both of them 650 for hardware and 720 for OS passing is 515
     
  18. celticfan11

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    i only had 1 IRQ question... no I/O questions... 1 DMA question.. the rest was semi easy but some of the wording on the questons sucked
     
  19. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    congrats!!! nother A+ Certified Technician in OSNN.
     
  20. celticfan11

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    now i can throw out shotty advice since im "Certified" :)