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    tammyy01
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    Is the A+ exams hard?

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    anj093
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    @yazmany wrote:

    Is the A+ exams hard?

    If you don’t have much experience with computers than it would harder than usual. There probably has been some people here who have already broken into the IT field already but haven’t attained their A+ yet so I could imagine it would be a little easier for them taking the A+. For myself, I started out with little experience but studied for a long time and passed. How hard it is will really come down to your preparation from studying and experience. I found the 220-702 exam to be a little more difficult than the 220-701.

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    tallyen
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    @yazmany

    I was very blessed to be able to work Part time as a IT guy for 6 months before I took the A+. It helped a ton, but I wouldn’t say you must work in IT to pass the A+. I have always been around Computers, and fixing issues with them. So it wasn’t a stretch when I was laid off and the area I was in closed up tight. I just retrained to IT, and I am loving it!!!

    Dig into Professors Video’s, get a good A+ book and read it. The A+ isn’t a walk in the park. I work with a guy that has been in IT for over 20 years. And he had to take the A+ for his position here. And he studied for sometime, and blew it away. But he said had he not studied the book, he would have failed.

    Keep in mind, CompTIA wants their answer to the questions. So what may work in the real world, doesn’t always equate to the correct answer on the A+ test.

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    tammyy01
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    Now do you suggest i should get a comptia A+ book along taking the online courses or just the courses?
    Im computer literate, I have some experience tho not in IT field but just in general. I just want to pass the test the first time 😆

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    gradywhite22
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    I have about ten years experience building and upgrading computers and have worked in IT, some helpdesk. However although my background helped a bit i have been working in a completely different job (to my hatred) over the last few years as been in sales (not IT industry or anything even remotely related to it). I found before i started studying for the A+ that I was quite rusty. Anyway sorry to rattle on off topic, the bottom line is that if you’re studying for the A+ you have to prepare yourself for a lot of work even if you do have lots of IT experience. Because what CompTIA expect from you is different to real world situations(as bub9001 mentioned). I actually think it is harder for someone whose got a lot of IT experience to do these exams because they have to retrain their thought processes and think the comptia way (which isn’t necessarily correct in the real world) You just got to do this in order to pass.

    I found studying using Mike Meyers passport 4th edition book helpful but also the CBT nuggets (James Conrad) video training and professor messer suite helped immensely. But I think if you are rusty or don’t have much experience then the videos(cbt nuggets,professor messer) are your best bet because you see and hear it in 3D colour(for want of a better word). Studying from books can be quite dull imo but they are good as have several questions in them to test you.
    I passed the A+ nearly 2 months ago with scores of 856 and 848. I’m doing network + exam next week and have adopted same approach of using the videos mainly coupled with a book.

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