Passed 70-680 (April 2017)

darius.nbpdarius.nbp Posts: 17Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi All,

Many thanks for all the advice in my previous thread. I have just passed 70-680 with the score of 770.

This is what I have done -

Watched all Professer Messer's videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxTES80aWbA&list=PLFDB3092A28437EEE) and some 'IT free training' videos of only 12 hours (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkqWLB26Fzc&list=PL2552C352B8B8E11A), then created my virtual lab, did exactly what was he doing in his videos.
Read the free books on MCSA available online, did more and more practice of everything of Windows7.

Went through old sample questions available online, I chose the website randomly and keep testing myself. I started studying on 1st of December and took exam on 24th April. I studied on and off for 1-2 hours everyday but in the last month I was all over it.

There were 55 (not 45) questions, some with multiple choices of 8 where I had to choose 2. Some questions are tricky and one can find it easy as long as your base is built stronger by Messer's video. I walked out from the exam centre in 45 minutes. On the whole, my conclusion is that, it's not a super easy thing to pass but if you study and practice regularly then you can crack it. If you do not have any IT background like me then just play with your VM and get that feeling of crashing and fixing things.

Noe, my second hurdle for MCSA is 70-685, any suggestion from anybody, how can I prep for this ?

Thanks

Comments

  • greg9891greg9891 Posts: 1,153Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Excellent News
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  • NissekiNisseki Posts: 160Member
    Well done!
  • PseudonymPseudonym Senior Member Posts: 314Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congratulations!

    70-685 is pretty tough. The exam objectives are really vague. There's a bit of crossover from the 70-640/70-642. So, if you can read the remote access chapters from 642, the certificates chapters from 640, and the DNS chapters from both(MS Press books) and lab those areas a bit too, that should help. Of course get the 70-685 MS press book too.

    I have my exam notes from when I passed last month if you want me to upload them.
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  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Gielinor, UKPosts: 683Mod Mod
    Congrats on the pass!

    I would recommend getting the Windows 7 Desktop Support and Administration book by Darril Gibson. I used it for my 70-686 (the book covers both exams) and found it really covers a lot of material in the exam. It also came with a free practice exam on a DVD which you can use to test yourself after your studies.

    Also look at the CBT Nuggets video course for the 685. Unfortunately there is no free material like the 680 with Professor Messer but the videos were definitely worth the cost.
    Certs Achieved: CompTIA A+ | Net+ | Sec+, MTA NF (98-366), MTA OSF (98-349), MCTS: Win 7, MCP Win 10 (70-698)
    Currently Studying: MCSA: Windows Server 2016 ( 70-740 | 70-741 | 70-742 )

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  • darius.nbpdarius.nbp Posts: 17Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Yes please Pseudonym , Can you upload it here.

    Many thanks.
  • dehgrahdehgrah Posts: 140Member
    Congrats!
  • darius.nbpdarius.nbp Posts: 17Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks Everyone - Passed 685 with the score of 851. Now => 70-410
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Gielinor, UKPosts: 683Mod Mod
    Woooo! icon_cheers.gif
    Certs Achieved: CompTIA A+ | Net+ | Sec+, MTA NF (98-366), MTA OSF (98-349), MCTS: Win 7, MCP Win 10 (70-698)
    Currently Studying: MCSA: Windows Server 2016 ( 70-740 | 70-741 | 70-742 )

    "There are 10 types of people in this world; those who understand binary and those who don't." - Anon
  • darius.nbpdarius.nbp Posts: 17Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    The free practice exams in Windows 7 Desktop Support and Administration book by Darril Gibson was extremely helpful. I signed up for a trial week of CBT nugget and cancel my membership after recording all videos. I must say that I studied on the average 3-5 hours a day.
  • NissekiNisseki Posts: 160Member
    Wow 3-5 hours a day, that's great commitment and you passed for all of your hard work. Well done!
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Gielinor, UKPosts: 683Mod Mod
    Exactly what I did with my 70-686. I used CBT Nuggets and the free CD that came with Darril Gibsons book. Looks like positive study material for others who may want to tackle these exams.
    Certs Achieved: CompTIA A+ | Net+ | Sec+, MTA NF (98-366), MTA OSF (98-349), MCTS: Win 7, MCP Win 10 (70-698)
    Currently Studying: MCSA: Windows Server 2016 ( 70-740 | 70-741 | 70-742 )

    "There are 10 types of people in this world; those who understand binary and those who don't." - Anon
  • fla80fla80 Posts: 1Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hey Darius,

    Congrats!!
    How did you record the videos from CBT?

    Thanks!
  • darius.nbpdarius.nbp Posts: 17Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    fla80 google SNAGIT
  • PseudonymPseudonym Senior Member Posts: 314Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats Daz.
    Certifications - A+, Net+, Sec+, ITIL v3, MCITP:EDST/EDA, CCNA R&S/Cyber Ops, MCSA:2008/2012, MCSE:CP&I
    Working on - Linux+
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