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Sunday, July 03, 2005

IT Certification Study Guides

We all know that breaking into the IT industry involves getting some of those certifications everybody talks about. I've managed to get three so far: A+, Network+, and Microsoft Certified Professional. I'm working on getting my MCSA and I thought I would take this time to let you guys know about some of the resources I use when I'm studying for these things.

First we have the Transcender practice tests. These things are pretty hardcore and the company guarantees that if you pass these, you can pass the actual exam. They have them for nearly every certification that you could possibly want. I like these things because they do simulate the testing environment really well and will help you understand what you are going up against. They even go as far as to simulate the interactive questions where you drag stuff around. It's not all just multiple choice when it comes to these exams.

Then we have the Test King study guides. I really recommend these things because they are nearly word for word what the questions on the test are. It's ridiculous! I used one for Network+ and was surprised to see at least 40 questions that I'd already seen. I finished that test in 20 minutes because nothing surprised me. I know plenty about networking and was confident about the test anyway, but this thing made the test crazy easy.

So that's a couple things you can do to prepare yourself. You can always get books to study from too and most of those are great. The Exam Cram books are great resources. I just prefer these because how accurate they are compared to the real thing. So look into those and go get certified!

-Steve
posted by Stephen at 4:06 PM

2 Comments:

The learning DVDs and videos seem to be pretty overrated. Both the Learnkey Linux+ DVDs as well as the CBT Nuggets Linux+ Videos barely scratched the surface. The Exam Force tests went into way more detail than the DVDs... I was pretty dissappointed with the instructional videos, especially after looking at their price tag.
Blogger Opus X, at 10:46 PM  
I haven't looked at the videos. I just use those test simulations and the PDF study guides from Test King. I'm glad I know not to worry about the videos now though.
Blogger STEVE, at 12:56 PM  

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