Failed a+ on first try , 597 today !
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Hello everyone, After studying for about 3months and even watched the professor messer's videos on udemy and read some mike Meyers book as well as David's Prowse Exam Cram not forgetting the online pop up quizzes I did over and over, even tho I feel abit down because the questions somewhat threw me off balance but was able to deal with most of my SIMS, Just the multiple choice questions.....Please Gurus, kindly advice on steps to take because I want to try again within 3months....HELP !
Don't let it get you down. I failed one of the A+ exams when I took it the first time, but I passed a month later. Try getting a variety of practice exams, and most of all understand the content. Best of luck on your next attempt!
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Take note of what the post exam report said were your weak areas, focus on those, but of course, don't ignore your strong areas.
Thanks for the advice
A+ covers a large spectrum of information so it's best to go over it with a fine comb. I recommend running a practice exam that gives you results of the different objects covered and see where you should place most of your focus. Professor Messer's videos pretty much outline what will actually be on the exams to a varying degree. And take your experience as well now that you've sat through a CompTIA exam. Most of them follow that format.
I've also failed my first A+ exam back in 2004 when I was a junior in high school. It definitely changed the way I studied from then on.
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1. Your first test with a vendor is half about taking a test and half about learning their testing concept... aka their kool-aid.
2. Everyone will fail an exam sooner or later. Often more than once. Never let a fail crush you.
3. Write down questions that stick with you, and research them.
4. Use their major issue areas to focus your next step of training.
5. SCHEDULE your next exam.
It sounds odd to some, but you have made a major first step on the next phase of building a career. Don't let anything bother you or slow you down. You fall down, double down on the cert. Your building you. Therefore the key is never to give up on you.
I am speaking from experience. I have over 30 certifications in IT. I have failed multiple times. I HAVE over 30 certifications because I said: I refuse to fail.
I am hoping you take the same concept. Double down and build YOU.
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Also, Professor Messer and the Mike Myers book are very good sources of information so use them again.
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After 2.5 years of working on a IT Helpdesk I barely scrapped a pass on the 802 part of the exam when I did mine - a couple of years ago.
This was even with learning it in a classroom environment with plenty of support, I was using the Sybex A+ book which was basically my bible, I also made flash cards and had night time revision over Skype with my group also.
Study this book like your bible is what I'd recommend https://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119137853,miniSiteCd-SYBEX.html
Flash cards will help
Keep on doing the practice exams, they will help you a lot
Its a tough exam I will admit.
I worked at a place before where having my A+ got me the job, coupled with my experience.
My manager there also had his A+, he was much older than me and got his A+ in the days when it did not expire.
He mentioned to me that he failed his A+ certification, think about it this way, he has his A+ now but previously failed it, but is now an IT Manager, the A+ can really open doors for you.
I well regard it, I'm actually assisting a friend of mine who works in retail selling computers and doing simple fixes who wants a job on a helpdesk to get his A+, He's finding it hard but is progressing well & I'm hoping he's eventually going to go for it!
In recent news I'm doing my Windows 10 MCSA which is hard, I failed the 70-678 exam first time and passed second time, this week I've done my first attempt on my 70-697 and failed it - retaking soon.
Failure is another part of life man, you haven't failed it if you pick it back up again!
thank you very much