Taking the N10-007 exam tomorrow

npaynenpayne Junior MemberPosts: 5Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
Taking the exam tomorrow. I've used GTS Learnings materials (had a one week class provided by my employer) I've gone through and taken notes on all the professor messor videos. I've read through Mike Meyer's book on N10. and I've gone through Pearson Certifications labs. On the GTS Learnings practice exam is says they translate scoring a 90% on their exam to passing the real thing... I scored a 76% and its a bit discouraging, especially with the exam coming up tomorrow. Any last minute tips? Frankly I find the pointless use of stupid acronym's (PII... really?) frustrating.

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  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Posts: 758Mod Mod
    It sounds like you've used a lot of resources and should be ready for the exam. Don't worry too much about the score, just focus on the real deal.

    I know this might be a bit late but:

    Don't do any studying on the day of the exam.
    Get a good nights sleep and eat and drink plenty before the exam (water, oats, fruit etc.)
    Pace yourself in the exam. I tend to skip the simulation questions until last as they take the most amount of time to complete.
    If you aren't sure on an answer, go with your gut instinct and don't change your answer. A lot of people sometimes double guess themselves and change the right answer to a wrong answer.

    Good luck!
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  • npaynenpayne Junior Member Posts: 5Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
    I passed with an 853. Much better than I thought I would. Thanks!
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Posts: 758Mod Mod
    Congrats on the pass! What's next for you?
    There are 10 types of people in this world; those who understand binary and those who don't.
  • npaynenpayne Junior Member Posts: 5Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
    My company provided a 5 day class for Net+ and they may offer me the same for Security+. If not it will be between than and possibly going ahead with Microsoft certifications. I'm not sure exactly where I want to go exactly with my cert path as I've already been doing work since I was 16 (I'm 28 now) in the industry. I have lots of experience at both the workstation level and domain management (AD,GP,etc.) and really just decided to get certs now as I've started to run into a pay wall and I want to make more to support my family. I've always enjoyed working with Microsoft products at every level, but I want to get the certs that are going to give me the best return on investment as well. I've debated on just taking the A+ exam just because I know I can pass it, but idk if its worth the $200-$300 to take the tests. I've also considered Cisco cert paths but I've heard those are a monster and to be honest most of my experience with network equipment has been with HP switches and id rather just know what I need to know in that area and focus more on Windows...

    So I guess I'm fairly open to where I go next. Right now I'm just going to enjoy the break from studying.
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Posts: 758Mod Mod
    With the amount of work experience you have I would personally suggest moving straight onto a specialized cert. The CompTIA certs are a good staring point to boost your career and get your foot in the door, but it sounds like you would be better going for MS or Cisco, depending on where you want your career to take you. 

    If you want to go down the networking/security route then certs like the CCNA Security or CISSP would be a good step to make. If you prefer OS and infrastructure support then an MCSA in Windows 10 or Windows Server would also be ideal. Bare in mind these are a lot more technical than the CompTIA exams, so if you needed to bridge the gap these can help.

    Take a look at the resources available. There's a lot of support on this site with other users in the same situation as you, and everyone offers their own advice and experience. Right now though enjoy your success and take a break :). Good luck.
    There are 10 types of people in this world; those who understand binary and those who don't.
  • npaynenpayne Junior Member Posts: 5Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
    Yeah. I will probably go the Microsoft Route. I will probably still go Security+ if its offered for free as Its a good cert to have on my resume. The program they go through only offers A+, N+, and Sec+ so I wouldn't be able to get anything from Microsoft or Cisco without investing into it myself.

    I'm sure the exams for Microsoft are more difficult and technical, but I'm curious to know do they have the same poorly worded questions with a high value on knowing silly industry acronyms? Because honestly that is what gave me the most difficulty studying for and practicing for this exam.
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Posts: 758Mod Mod
    I wouldn't say the MS questions are worded greatly. They are more in-depth and have a lot of waffle to get through until you find out what is required from you. There's a lot more to read and you have to answer 'the Microsoft way'. 

    Yea I would definitely go for the Sec+ then if it's paid for. You can then use the knowledge you learnt from the CompTIA exams and apply it to other exams.
    There are 10 types of people in this world; those who understand binary and those who don't.
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