Before anything else, you should decide whether to review your study materials. You should also have a review schedule ready, so you can track how much time you have spent studying. Once you have reviewed your materials and mapped out your study schedule, you are ready to start studying.
Now, let us look at the factors that influence a successful completion. First of all, it is important to set a realistic time limit for yourself and work within it. Some people spend weeks trying to figure out how to pass the exam and when they hit the wall, they quit. Instead, set a fixed limit and keep working towards it. Some people even took the exam more than once, since the CompTia requires you to repeat certain questions multiple times. To avoid wasting time, you should only repeat questions that you are confident you can answer in less than 5 tries.
It is also important to understand what makes the test different from others. While every test is based off of similar questions, not all tests are alike. As a quick example, you will be asked to demonstrate you can find the following information: “A B C D”. Your goal is not to memorize the order (although that does help), but to show you can identify information that will help you in the future.
One thing to remember when reviewing is that your answers are going to have to be concise. If you’re struggling with this, then you might want to consider taking a review course instead. There are several online courses that will walk you through the process step-by-step. The only key is to pay attention and work on your answers. There are some tricks that many people use to ensure their answers are correct, so make sure to read up on them as well.
Once you’ve found a textbook that you like, buy it. Go over it and mark the pages that you know you’ve already studied. Now you need to figure out which sections of the text you need to read. Most people choose to read the most important concepts first. However, if you’re in an area that has lots of blank space, this isn’t always possible. In that case, look towards the next section of the text until you can complete the topics you need to successfully pass the A+ exam.
When doing the exam, remember to answer every question multiple times. Sometimes, an examiner may ask questions that require you to write two or three different answers. Try to get these out of the way before you turn it in. Once you hear from the examiner, don’t immediately send in your final copy. Wait a couple days to receive official feedback from them and then work on your revisions accordingly.
When preparing for the certification test, you have to keep in mind that there will be some studying involved. So, don’t feel like you have to cram everything in there. You can decide what you need to study, then fit in the work around other activities you have going on in your life. Don’t feel like you’re being too hard on yourself when going through the voucher portion of the exam, either.