Classes or books?

yamahafireflyyamahafirefly Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
Right now I'm trying to obtain my A+ certification. I took a couple of classes in highschool and I'm pretty proficient. But then again, all geeks think they're proficient :D Anywho, I don't know whether I should fork up $3k along with two nights a week for 2-3 months for classes or just study with books and study guides on here and other places. What are your guys' thoughts?


  • eurotrasheurotrash Member Posts: 817
    Books always.
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  • WebmasterWebmaster Admin Posts: 10,292 Admin
    I agree. $3K vs. books is an easy choice. That leaves plenty of money for a good set of practice exams, a CBT, a computer, another computer, and a dell computer, which you can use for 'practice'.
  • sprkymrksprkymrk Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I agree. That's a LOT of $$$ for an A+. On the other hand, some certification training is worth that kind of money. But not A+.
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  • Ricka182Ricka182 Member Posts: 3,359
    Webmaster wrote:
    .....and a dell computer, which you can use for 'practice'.

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  • yamahafireflyyamahafirefly Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I just e-mailed my professor and he told me books as well. I have a comp to practice on, but do any of you know a good updated book to study from? I've read Mike Meyer's Network + and didn't think it was too bad. I might just invest on some CBT Nuggets instead. Thanks for all of your input!
  • iloco808iloco808 Member Posts: 14 ■□□□□□□□□□
    get a good book, practice on some dummy machines... and you'll be good to go.

    fork over $3k? way.. save the money for future certifications
  • jpeezy55jpeezy55 Member Posts: 255
    I took the class will do just as well, if not better, with books and a computer to look at...Good Luck!
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  • NPA24NPA24 Member Posts: 588 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Save your money!! Invest in practice tests and books instead.
  • blargoeblargoe Self-Described Huguenot NC, USAMember Posts: 4,174 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Some decent books and a used computer or two for study would be much cheaper and for many would work better.
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  • Danman32Danman32 Member Posts: 1,243
    For A+, good books should be plenty. Now for CCNA, I could see a class. Even classes for MCSA/E sounds reasonable (though costly).

    NH tried to get me to take one of their classes for Sec+. Considering the cost, I said 'I don't think so'. Even with 2 books, practice exam and 2 test attempts, still was cheaper than the class alone.
  • rockstar81rockstar81 Member Posts: 151
    Id go the book/cbt route mate, when I start studying a cert I normally view CBT nuggets first then start reading book.
  • sharptechsharptech Member Posts: 492
    Use Mike Meyers All in one - its updated for the 2003 tests- I used that and Trancsenders w/ my experience and passed both first try.
  • TrailerisfTrailerisf Member Posts: 455
    Classes are a waste of money... Go with the books (at this level)
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  • TeKniquesTeKniques OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, SSCP, MCSE (03), Security+, Network+, A+, Project+ Member Posts: 1,262 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I looked into classes when I first started studying for my MCSE at the local CC. It was so expensive! Like $1200 a class or a combo of classes, something crazy.

    As others stated, for A+ a good book, practice exams, and some practice comps would be ideal and enough to get you over the hump.

    Good luck!
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