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Navigating certifications to an IT career

April 1, 2024 in Uncategorized by

Now I know I have said this before, but it is true.  Studying for certification exams requires a systematic approach to cover the exam objectives to gain a solid understanding of the concepts and skills tested.  Don’t study practice test questions, study the concepts.

Prepare to pass your certification exams with good study materials.  If you understand the concepts in the objectives, you can answer any question on an exam. Everyone has a different way of learning, it is hard to say what the is the best product for an individual to learn, you have assess that for yourself.  Determine what you need to seat the concepts in your mind!

For those who learn well by reading, look to exam guides. You can find a complete understanding  to prepare for a certification, like in my All in One books, that will cover your from the basics to passing the exam.  If you are an existing tech, looking to pass the exam, I like to call you “swiss cheese” knowledge techs.  You know what you work with well, but need to fill in the “holes” to pass your exams, and are looking for the exam facts.  Review the objectives and focus your studies on the topics you don’t know well.

Get your hands dirty, practice, practice, practice.  Whether it is working with setting up the hardware or configuring the software, get some time working on your skills.  Use online interactive simulations to help you apply technical concepts and practice answering CompTIA’s performance-based questions. Hands on labs help you apply the concepts and give you confidence in your knowledge.

Certification exams are expensive, prepare to pass the first time by using practice exams. Practice exams are a great way for you to know when you are ready to take the actual exams.  You can use them at the end of your studies to see if you are ready to take the exams.  If you are using it as a final check, don’t just trust that one pass is good enough, be certain to take several exams and ensure your scores are consistent.  If you choose to use practice questions as an integral part of their study, be certain to use a larger pool of questions.  More questions help ensure that you are learning the concepts, and not just memorizing the answers to the questions in the database.

For students who learn better in more of a classroom based learning with an instructor explaining topics, utilize computer based learning video series.  With videos, the instructor explains the concepts.  This makes it easier for some to learn with an instructor explaining the objectives and how they are applied in the certification.

For us older techs, don’t be afraid to admit you don’t remember how to study! These are big decisions especially because so much is riding on you passing the exam.  If you are in an IT career, want to go further but find it hard to study, you may need to step up to instructor led training. Instructor led can cost more than self study, but it also motivates to get it done. Getting the certification will get you into the position faster, and for some the instructor led cost is worth it.

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