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    Something of interest. You can "download" the images of the certs you've gotten to put on your website...

    Take two certs that I've competed...

    http://brainbench.com/images/certlog...ngconcepts.gif

    http://brainbench.com/images/certlog...erminology.gif

    To change from one level to another simply put a master in front of cert in the url to the image you are getting.

    If anyone wanted to check up on it, all they'd have to do is ask for your reference number in which they can view your transcript (if your profile is public).

    I've got 9 done now... they are rather entertaining. If nothing else, they are a nice gauge of what your strengths and weaknesses in each area.

    Oh, btw: They are ISO 9001:2000 compliant if that is any imporatnce to you.
    Lends them a bit more credibility?
    http://www.brainbench.com/xml/bb/bus...ts/iso9001.xml
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    Is it just me or was the computer technical support test outdated? I mean one of the questions was something like "If a user messes up the bios bad enough to cause your computer to not boot up, what do you do?" Well, duh, jump the bios with the jumper on the mobo, but that wasn't a choice... Not to mention the mobo pics still had ISA slots on them...
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    alot of the stuff is outdated, some of the tests go back to win 98, but hey, if you wanna be good you gotta kow your roots right? lol. These tests are fun, Im 2 for 2 so far. maybe i can convine my boss that these are just as good as MCSA and hell give me a raise? lol
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    Originally posted here by XTC46
    alot of the stuff is outdated, some of the tests go back to win 98, but hey, if you wanna be good you gotta kow your roots right? lol. These tests are fun, Im 2 for 2 so far. maybe i can convine my boss that these are just as good as MCSA and hell give me a raise? lol
    Thats what I'm going to try to do. That and after this summer, if all goes according to schedule/plan... I'll finally have a degree!!!!

    I'm using them more as a baseline so I know how much I really know about each subject. Then I'll take the real certs. I've been saying I'm going to take the network+ and security+ certs for years now... I just have never done it. When I take the practice tests... I pass easily. I just don't want to dish out $500 on certs to fail.

    Is it just me or was the computer technical support test outdated? I mean one of the questions was something like "If a user messes up the bios bad enough to cause your computer to not boot up, what do you do?" Well, duh, jump the bios with the jumper on the mobo, but that wasn't a choice... Not to mention the mobo pics still had ISA slots on them...
    I beleive that they had remove the battery to clear the settings.
    Same thing as moving the jumpers? I know some mobos don't have the jumpers... but all have the battery?

    But I agree... a lot of that stuff is outdated.
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    Originally posted here by Negative
    I did the A+ (or Computer Technical Support as they call it) and scored better than 77% of all test-takers (which doesn't mean anything since I only scored 2.8/5 )... I ordered the cert - never know what it's good for. And I guess putting the logo on my website won't hurt either - customers generally don't know the worth of certs; to them, a cert is a cert.
    Make sure CompTIA says you are A+, not just BrainBench...I haven't read much about these because they really don't interest me. However, I seem to recall them making statements about how these are equivalent to or exactly the same as the tests you take elsewhere.

    I guess I'm just saying 'read the fine print', which we all know to do, right?
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    I beleive that they had remove the battery to clear the settings.
    Same thing as moving the jumpers? I know some mobos don't have the jumpers... but all have the battery?
    Well, removing and replacing the battery and jumping the cmos essentially do the same thing, and yes, all mobos have the battery but I have never seen a mobo that was made within the past few years without a jumper...

    The reason why they have a jumper is because it was easier and faster to jump the cmos rather then take out the battery wait a couple minutes then put back in.
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    Originally posted here by The Duck
    Well, removing and replacing the battery and jumping the cmos essentially do the same thing, and yes, all mobos have the battery but I have never seen a mobo that was made within the past few years without a jumper...

    The reason why they have a jumper is because it was easier and faster to jump the cmos rather then take out the battery wait a couple minutes then put back in.
    Right, but I said that because the battery answer was one they had on the test.

    The questions on the tests don't have the most current information. The network concepts "cert" are also outdated. Quite a few questions refer to windows 98 and windows nt. They have certs that are specific to xp and 2k though, they are newer questions.

    I've seen recent laptops (read within the past 2 years) where there are no jumpers on the mobo, just the batery that is a pain in the arse to get to.
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    Well, laptops are different. You probably wont' find any questions about laptops on the A+ exams.
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    Is anyone still taking these exams? I've only completed 12 of them so far. I've been slacking the past couple of days. I'm doing the following "job roles"

    Information Security Administrator
    Network Support Specialist
    Network Administrator

    I only have like 3 or 4 more until I've completed all of those "job roles".
    I have spring break all next week, so I'll bust my ass getting as many job roles covered as I can.

    I have a lady from HR and my boss taking them too... so when it comes time for reviews and raises... they'll know what the tests are like and will be able to judge their credibility themselves.
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    Hey phiskphreek80,

    Let me know how that goes...

    I got my team mates taking them as well. My supervisor is looking into them as well to judge the credibility too....

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