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I figure some here have this cert. Can you just buy the book and learn it easily or do you need to take a class? I was thinking about getting this cert just for fun, but don't want to pay a lot of money on a class.
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Nope, you just need to buy the book. Classes are a waste, although they might give you more up to date questions that could possibly be posed on the exam.
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If you want to work for $10 an hour at geeksquad? Their are kids at the age of 10 that have this certificate. There are stupid questions they ask you about customer support and things of that nature. Also a sht load of printer questions. Sure there are the "what is a CMOS" or what is a processor. The test is silly to be honest. It goes nothing into detail about knowledge on how a computer/motherboard and it's components really work and communicate . Nothing about binary data or electrical pulses and conversion, nothing like that at all. I recommend you dont waste your time on it, but you said it was for fun, so enjoy I guess if you really want it.


    
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If you learn well by reading, get a book. The other way is there are some guidance type applications available. Check Amazon.com to get a better perspective.

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I've had mine for a few months now. The vast majority of people are going to say its a waste of time. I disagree... you can't just walk into a place that does computer repair and be like "hey hire me I know a lot about fixing computers" you need something to show what you know.

I will say this, the fact that your in an overclocking forum already shows you have a considerable understanding of PCs so I would forgo a class and just get a book. The classes are really only for people who are JUST starting.
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Ok, thanks everyone. I have a degree in an unrelated field, but I'm into computers obviously and thought it might help on a resume. I already fix computers in my office and have learned a little networking by trial and error (mostly error). There is a computer repair shop that I go to near my house to get odds and ends, and those guys seem to know less than I do when I'm asking for something. I figured A+ wasn't that big a deal if they're supposedly "certified". Seems a good place to start though to get some basic knowledge of things I probably overlook.
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If you want to work for $10 an hour at geeksquad? Their are kids at the age of 10 that have this certificate. There are stupid questions they ask you about customer support and things of that nature. Also a sht load of printer questions. Sure there are the "what is a CMOS" or what is a processor. The test is silly to be honest. It goes nothing into detail about knowledge on how a computer/motherboard and it's components really work and communicate . Nothing about binary data or electrical pulses and conversion, nothing like that at all. I recommend you dont waste your time on it, but you said it was for fun, so enjoy I guess if you really want it.


Is that so? I want to look into getting my certificate... I'm almost 15 now.

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The A+ certification is worth having, it is a standard certification to have if you are working with computers. The A+ test is harder than it looks mostly because the questions are either out of date or are simply misleading/bad questions. You don't need to take a class, but it is worth it to study it with a book or software, testout is quite good for this.
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The A+ certification is worth having, it is a standard certification to have if you are working with computers. The A+ test is harder than it looks mostly because the questions are either out of date or are simply misleading/bad questions. You don't need to take a class, but it is worth it to study it with a book or software, testout is quite good for this.
There's a chance that many of us on the forum would past the test without any studying. Maybe.
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There's a chance that many of us on the forum would past the test without any studying. Maybe.
Probably not, many of the questions are about troubleshooting and there actually could be more than one answer on many of those questions, if you've seen the test, many of the questions are just ridiculous. Plus they ask too many questions in the wrong areas, such as printers. I've seen questions in electronic practice tests where the answer to a question is just plain wrong. Like it says you should install drivers before the hardware. They also ask you many questions about IPs that you probably wouldn't know about such as IP classes for different types of networks.
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