Been working – Did Pass A+ Exams

I have been in and out of town several times since June 6th and have been busy with my money earning work and have not had a chance to get to the blog. However, I did want to make a quick post to reflect that I did indeed path both a+ exams on the 6th. I scored an 812 in the 220-701 (Essentials) exam and found it to reasonably easy. I took about a 10 minute break after the exam and then went straight to the next exam. I score a 780 on the 220-702 (Practical) exam and was a bit disappointed by that score. However, during the exam I was seriously questioning whether I was going to pass at all. I had conceded that I was not going to try and memorize two pages of CPU socket and memory types and had hoped that there would only be one question or so on that area. Unfortunately, there were several questions along those lines. There was quite a bit of coverage on the multitude of Windows utilities including recovery options and I was not strong in that area. Overall, I thought there were some less than stellar questions on the second exam. In the end though, I managed to pass with a reasonable score (not barely passing) and I am now A+ certified!

I have some more work related travel over the next week and then it is on to the ICND2 studies.


I’m a Flip-Flopper

I stated back on May 3rd that my plans for the A+ certification were on indefinite hold. Well that hold has now been removed. A situation occurred that has enabled me to purchase the exam vouchers and both exams are now scheduled for Wednesday June 6th. Today I am hoping to get the 31 Days Before Your CompTIA A+ Exams book read cover to cover. If I do not finish it tonight, I will definitely get it finished tomorrow. This is a ridiculously short prep time for an exam (2 days) but I was essentially and practically (puns intended) ready to take the exams at the end of April. I had completed the IT Hardware Essentials course in Cisco Academy and had covered the material quite a bit. The next two days will serve as a final review on the topics and hopefully I will have great news Wednesday afternoon. Wish me luck!


What has two thumbs and is now a CCENT? This guy right here. Yes, I know that one is getting overplayed but I just got back from the testing center where I passed the ICND1 test with a score of 937. Time to celebrate!