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10-30-2000, 07:35 PM
I heard that a new A+ Certification test will begin Jan 2001 (or slightly later) and will include (instead of DOS, WIN95, WIN3)WIN98, WIN NT, and Linux.

I'm not in a position to take the exam before the new one arrives. So...

=> Historical, what credible resources are available to help one study for the exam? (I plan to get a lot of hands-on experience, plus general reading.)

=> In regards to the new areas covered, what resources do you recommend? I'm guessing no new books will be out for awhile(?).

= Thanks =

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teknicat
10-31-2000, 07:21 PM
One book that may be of use to you could be
Managing Windows NT Server 4 ISBN:1-56205-576-3 by Howard F. Hilliker

Hope this may help you!

^_^

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10-31-2000, 08:28 PM
Hope this may help you!

I'll take any suggestions. Thanks!



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Paleo Pete
10-31-2000, 11:09 PM
CompTIA (http://www.comptia.org/certification/aplus/aplus_revision.htm) has an article about this posted recently. The changes take effect Jan 31, 2001. The DOS/Windows test will be renamed A+ Operating System Technologies Exam and the A+ Core Service Technician exam will be renamed A+Core Hardware Exam

The Core Hardware Exam looks like basically the same as the previous exam, the OS Technologies Exam will undergo signifigant changes. The link above has links to PDF documents explaining the differences, but briefly, the OS Tech (for short) will concentrate on the Command line prompt, Win9x and win 2000, I didn't see Linux mentioned, or NT. Looks like Win3.x might have been dropped, or you'll see very little about it at all.

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the diff
11-01-2000, 11:14 AM
Paleo...

I was just repeating what a local A+ instructor(New Horizons Computer school)told me. I had contacted the facility to ask about good books to prepare for the examine. Will have to check the CompTIA site after the first of the year. Anyway, I'm not in a position to even think about taking the exam for some time (-:

Just curious...Any idea why the darn exam is so expensive?

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Paleo Pete
11-02-2000, 01:06 AM
I have no idea why it's so expensive, but that's the only reason I haven't taken the test already. Living a 45 minute drive to the nearest place with any slight chance of a job, and with no transportation it's a bit difficult to cough up $250. And now they decide to change the test after I've studied for nearly a year...

I took that long because I wanted to be sure I was ready and wouldn't have to pay twice if I didn't pass the first time. Now I'm afraid I might have to get a copy of Win 2000 to play with, and spend another year studying...definitely will have to get more books, and they're not cheap.

And if you think the test is expensive, have you looked at the cost of a class? YIKES!!

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the diff
11-03-2000, 08:15 PM
>> And if you think the test is expensive, have you looked at the cost of >> a class? YIKES!!

Yea! It's out of sight!!

Taking a college class (hardware fundamentals)and got jazzed about taking the A+ sometime down the road, may be even a year from now? Doing lots of extra studying on the side. Some instructors have loaned me some A+ books/CDs (Concepts & Practice). A bit overwhelming, but I'm in no hurry, especially now that a new exam is arriving.



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Paleo Pete
11-03-2000, 10:21 PM
I have two sets of A+ study guide books, and was a bit intimidated by it all at first too, but after digging into it for a year I've come to realize most of it is just learning computers, but much more in depth than most people who just want to build their own and keep it in good running condition.

The average person can build his or her own computer without memorizing IRQ's, the laser printing process, how to accomplish more than basic troubleshooting, etc. To get into A+ certification you have to learn all that and more...One of the book sets I have is two books, both over 2" thick and it's all good info.

Guess it's just my luck that when I'm just about ready for the test, and of course can't cough up the bucks, they decide to change it....story of my life...

At any rate, from what I read about the forthcoming changes, it will be focused on Win 9x, ME and 2000, but little or nothing concerning NT or Linux. NT is basically a different ballgame, and is thoroughly covered in MCSE certifications. Linux has a certification as well, but it has nothing to do with A+. The A+ testing is focused on Microsoft Operating Systems. I think it might have a bit concerning Mac too, at least a superficial description was given in both of my A+ books.

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11-07-2000, 10:49 PM
> Paleo

What study sources have you used/or using? Any new one's with the change in the test?

A logal college instructor has loaned my a few book/CDs by Marcraft and I have a A+ Certification CD via pctechnoids.com.



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jcift
11-08-2000, 11:44 AM
You can also go to www.brainbuzz.com (http://www.brainbuzz.com) for a decent study guide, as well as some advice ways to study for the new exam.

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11-09-2000, 11:17 AM
>> www.brainbuzz.com (http://www.brainbuzz.com)

Thanks for the URL. Think (?) this is in my A+ favorites folder, but I'll have to double-check.

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