Are these questions for real??

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by wearearewe, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. wearearewe

    wearearewe Guest

    In an effort to conform, something which I'm not very comfortable with
    after working in the industry for many many years, I've decided to get
    certified. Starting with A+ Essentials I've been studying for some
    time now and I find some of these questions off the wall. For example;
    Exam Cram 3rd Edition, Chapter 2, Question 12:
    Q. What should you do first if the system clock fails to keep proper
    time after being reset by the operating system?
    A. Clean the contacts

    Please, maybe in some corner case where the system board was under
    water. When was the last time anyone has seen corroded contacts on a
    battery? Time is Money, if your opening the case you'd best replace
    the battery if your working for me.

    Sorry, my 2 cents from 20 yrs experience. Should we really dumb
    ourselves down for these tests?
     
    wearearewe, Feb 5, 2008
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  2. wearearewe

    wearearewe Guest

    > There's some junk on the exams, and some great stuff, too.

    Thanks John!

    I agree there is some good stuff in there. I expect my tech's to
    become certified so I figured I'd whip through the tests in a week or
    so. NOT! The design is obviously to create well rounded tech's, which
    is good.

    - Jeff J
     
    wearearewe, Feb 6, 2008
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  3. wearearewe

    Mister Guest

    On Tue, 5 Feb 2008 17:21:27 -0800 (PST), wearearewe
    <> wrote:

    >> There's some junk on the exams, and some great stuff, too.

    >
    >Thanks John!
    >
    >I agree there is some good stuff in there. I expect my tech's to
    >become certified so I figured I'd whip through the tests in a week or
    >so. NOT! The design is obviously to create well rounded tech's, which
    >is good.
    >
    >- Jeff J


    I have to agree, some of the questions are very odd. I was able to
    get A+, Network+ and Security+ certified in 3 months. I did one a
    month. Then I attempted the Linux+ exam and missed passing by 6
    points. That was a very difficult exam. It's been over a year and
    didn't bother to try it again. I think I will go for the MCSE exams.
    Let us know how you do on the A+ exam.
     
    Mister, Feb 6, 2008
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  4. wearearewe

    smackedass Guest

    I wouldn't sweat it too much. Yes, there might be a few silly questions on
    the test, just as there will be on any test, but if you are able to
    consistently score well on practice tests (90%+), you won't have a problem.
    But don't blow off practice tests.

    smackedass
     
    smackedass, Feb 6, 2008
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  5. wearearewe

    Bill Eitner Guest

    After following this thread, something that hasn't been
    mentioned is the relationship between the questions and
    answers. The objective is to pick the best answer,
    not look at the question in a vacuum. In the question
    mentioned, was A the best answer of the bunch? That's
    one key to passing the tests (for those with experience).
    For the duration of the tests, what you know to be true
    and/or logical doesn't matter. Confine your perspective
    to each question and only the answers offered. Pick the
    answer that best agrees with the material you studied
    and the practice tests you've taken.
    --
    Barry Watzman wrote:
    > These test questions are not official, and there are lots of practice
    > exams (free and otherwise) floating around with both bad questions and
    > in some cases downright wrong answers.
    >
    >
    > wearearewe wrote:
    >> In an effort to conform, something which I'm not very comfortable with
    >> after working in the industry for many many years, I've decided to get
    >> certified. Starting with A+ Essentials I've been studying for some
    >> time now and I find some of these questions off the wall. For example;
    >> Exam Cram 3rd Edition, Chapter 2, Question 12:
    >> Q. What should you do first if the system clock fails to keep proper
    >> time after being reset by the operating system?
    >> A. Clean the contacts
    >>
    >> Please, maybe in some corner case where the system board was under
    >> water. When was the last time anyone has seen corroded contacts on a
    >> battery? Time is Money, if your opening the case you'd best replace
    >> the battery if your working for me.
    >>
    >> Sorry, my 2 cents from 20 yrs experience. Should we really dumb
    >> ourselves down for these tests?
     
    Bill Eitner, Feb 20, 2008
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