Good Riddance, 2003 A+ Exams

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by JohnO, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. JohnO

    JohnO Guest

    For anyone keeping score, the 2003 exams were crap. Good riddance to
    the Core and OS.

    More seriously, I just sent 68 of the top high school and college
    computer maintenance students through the new 2006 A+ exams. (The
    exams are part of the SkillsUSA Championships national computer repair

    I've been doing this for seven or eight years, and every year the
    number of students that pass is right around 75%. This year, 95% of
    them passed. The key is that these students spent the entire school
    year preparing for the 2003 exams, and had no idea they would be
    seeing the new exams. Yet, 95%. No way these students are suddenly
    smarter than last year. BTW, the average score for all exams was 815!

    Commercial Plug Warning!!!
    I owe CompTIA and Pearson VUE a plug for helping make these exams
    happen. Thanks, guys.

    -John O
    JohnO, Jul 2, 2007
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    Sean Cleary Guest

    wild! maybe I should try again. Do you have any study books or courses
    you could recommend?
    Sean Cleary, Jul 4, 2007
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    JohnO Guest

    But of course! Of the five I've reviewed, Mike Meyers' newest A+ book
    is the best. I like the way he breaks the chapters apart for the
    various exams, then has a section that goes beyond the cert. Nicely
    done, and he covers all the subjects well.

    As for test prep, well, I can only recommend some stuff that I helped You can't order online, but if you call the
    800 number they will sell you just the CD. Not cheap, but darn good.

    -John O
    JohnO, Jul 5, 2007
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    Patty Guest

    Do you have anything for Network+ which I'd like to take sometime in the
    near future?

    A+ 2006
    Patty, Jul 5, 2007
  5. JohnO

    JohnO Guest

    I teach a college course in both PC hardware (it's the hardware half of
    We've heard the same thing about that one from instructors, too. At
    first glance it has all the right classroom elements, but the bugs...
    I speak with Mike regularly, and I'll have to ask him what's the deal
    with that title.

    (You meant Sybex *Net+* book, right?)
    I think many (most?) of the books aimed at the x+ certs do this. Sybex
    is definitely hit or miss...their latest A+ book desperately needed a
    revision before it was released.

    I read that one too, and I agree it was a great book. IIRC it opened
    my eyes to what all that net tech stuff was all about. MS Press used
    to buy content from someone else, but in this case I don't remember
    who actually wrote it.

    -John O
    JohnO, Jul 6, 2007
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    JohnO Guest

    Sure we do. I'm not as well-versed on Net+ as I am on A+, but I do
    know that our Network+ test prep is pretty strong stuff.

    -John O
    JohnO, Jul 6, 2007
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