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Defragment Your Hard Drive - Defragment Hard Drive This article will show you a whole new way of defragmenting you computer and will explain why exactly we should defrag our computers every now and then.
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IT Jobs - What's Out There? - Development ProcessIn this article, we would like to point out the obvious IT Jobs that at times get overlooked. Find out what's out there and which information technology is the right choice for you. From people that create laptop computers to folks that do web design to developers that come up with computer software concepts from scratch. Also a bit at the end about computer schools and computer training.
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Asus Introduced GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini - ASUS GeForce GTX-670 DirectCU MiniAsus presented a compact graphic card, the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, which has high performances, meant primarily for computers of small dimensions with the mini ITX mother boards. This card has two slots with the dimensions of 17 cm, it contains a graphic processor NVidia GTX 670 that is suitable for games with DirectX 11.1. For comparison, the referent GTX 670 card has 24 cm.
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Leaping Ahead in WiFi Standard - 802.11ac - WiFi 802.11ac We all know that we need more bandwidth now, than we ever did in the past. There tons more online games, online movies, online collab work, you name it. And the past standards of Wifi namely 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and so on) were getting better and better; however, the 802.11ac does the trick. Well, atleast for now it is, until something better comes along.
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How to Install a Sound Card - How to install a sound cardHow could you enjoy your favorite music or the sound effects of movies and games without a quality sound card. In the following article you will find the description that is necessary to install a sound card. These instructions will be useful for most AMD and Intel computers that use the latest Windows operating systems.
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New Lexmark Printers - MS310 and MX310 - Lexmark printer MS310dnLexmark debuted on the market where Canon and HP ruled and it kept going forward - today Lexmark solutions stand shoulder to shoulder with the competition, and in certain parts are even better than them. An obvious improvement can be seen in solutions that have been presented by the start of this year.
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Types of Servers 2 - Types of ServersOne of most important type of server is cluster servers. Software that enables clustering of servers is installed into a computer. Clustering servers also serve as load balancing servers between two computers. This is a common small business server. Clustering servers are used to avoid server failover. Server failover is the capability to shift to another standby server if the main server fails.
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Computer Certification Training in Houston - Zend CertificationI live in Magnolia, TX area which is just North West of Houston. I'm sure, all that I would need is to maybe get a couple of community college classes to brush up on the fundamentals of programming, then maybe a few hours training on PHP to get up to speed. Finally, I'll need a few hours training for the Zend Certification itself, right? I mean this is the United States of America. We invented most of this stuff.
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Backing Up Your Data On An External Hard Disk - HDD external backup External hard disks are becoming an essential part of computer equipment whether it is business or user based computer systems. Except for the fact that they enable storing more data, they don't slow down your processor. External hard disks are connected with the computer using a USB cable. USB ports are now being placed in almost every computer. If you are buying a new computer make sure that....
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Computer Training Excuses - No ExcuseYou wouldn't go to a doctor who had never been to medical school, or hire a lawyer who never studied law. One side-effect of a world advancing as rapidly as ours is that fields are becoming more and more specialized and narrow. People can no longer get by on general knowledge in their careers, something I found out for myself not too long ago. I'd been out of high school for two years, scraping by on my own and picking up scraps of programming as I went. I saw all of the self-taught programmers breaking into the IT industry, and I hoped to do the same. After all, IT is one of the few industries out there where being creative and a quick learner is more important than a degree.
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Types of CPU's (Processors) - Core 2 QuadUpgradation is not something new. The computer has come a long way from being just a calculating machine to a device that has become a necessity everywhere. There is no industry or business that can't benefit from the usage of computers. Whether it's a managed server used for dedicated server hosting, personal desktop computers, or just your student friendly notebook computers. First generation computers made use of magnetic core memory whereas second generation saw the advent of transistors. It was in the third generation which began in the 1960s that gave rise to microprocessors.
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A Plus Prep Guide - A Plus Prep GuideThis is a well written little guide by our friends at Pro Profs. It has almost everything you need to know to get prepared for the A+ Exam.
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Basics of Computer Hardware Maintenance - Periodical computer maintenanceFans in a computer cases can often cause overheating, and with that permanent damage to the component. It is necessary that you check your fans from time to time. Components in the computer casing (motherboard, processor, hard drive...) can't and mustn't be replaced by a person who is not an expert in these things.
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Demon Possessed Computer Making Noises -

Desktop PCMuch like your car, your PC may sometimes alert you to the fact that something is wrong. When you take your car to the repair shop you probably tell the technician that it is making some strange noise that you have never heard before. This often helps the technician diagnose the problem.

Computers have the same advantage. Often the noises that a PC makes will tell you what the problem is. I have tried to match the noise, tough to do when writing it, with the problem. Listen to your PC and then check below to see if you hear a match. Remember, if your PC is making noise that it didn't make when it was new means it has a problem and depending on the severity could cause permanent damage.

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Portable Coolers For Your PC - Master Cooler X LiteThere is not a computer that doesn't need a good cooler, especially when it is a portable model. This time we are talking about two Cooler Masters models meant for cooling portables. X-Lite is a smaller and weaker model, designed according to the other models from the X series. The name of the model is inspired by the cooler, while the Lite points to the more humble possibilities of this model.
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How To: Overclock GeForce GTX 680 - Part 2 - Overcklocking 3DMarkThe first step is to go to the settings and unlocking the possibility of changing voltage if you want to get the maximum values. After that we will look what the maximum frequency for the GPU is at unchanged values for the voltage and the rpm of the fan. We will leave the memory for the end, because the principle of its overclocking is the same for every other graphic card, because dynamic overclocking doesn't apply for it.
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How To: Overclock GeForce GTX 680 - Part 1 - Overclock GTX680Overclocking your graphic card is a popular way to get some more speed out of it, and it exists for a long time. Till now, the approach to this problem was almost identical no matter what the manufacturer, category or model it was. With the new NVIDIA graphic processor things are a bit more complicated, because new technology is being introduced that is called Dynamic Overclocking.
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How To Defragment Your Hard Disk - Defragment hard drive and improve performanceDefragmenting your hard drive is very important for a fast and secure computer. If you notice your computer working slowly, defragmenting is the first thing you should do. You need to know how to do this process safely and with that delay the buying of a new computer.
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GIGABYTE PC Peripherals - Aivia family - Gigabyte AiviaAivia Osmium is a keyboard meant for gamers, named after the worlds most dense element, suggesting that the new product is characterized by toughness, but also mass. The mechanical pressure keys don't offer a lot of resistance, and it's very comfortable to use. The keys react after 2 millimeters, and the maximum movement is 4 millimeters. The keys have a back lighting, which is customized by a little wheel in the top area, next to the sound control wheel. On the left side of the control area there is 5 macro keys, essential for gaming. You can use a driver to assign a certain function to ...
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Samsung Series 9 NP900X3E laptop - Ultrabook NP900X3E Samsung has finally refreshed the series 9, a new ultrabook NP900X3E is not a replacement of the old models, but it will sell with them. The lighting of the screen is larger than 300 cd/m2 so this ultrabook can be used outside in the sunlight, and the resolution is full HD. The only flaw is that the screen is not touch sensitive.
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Disabling / Enabling Network Adapter -

Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network ConnectionsDid you recently find out that after your PC starts up fresh, your internet doesn't work? So you probably tried everything and the only thing that seems to work is to disable the "Local Area Connection" (adapter), and then to enable it back again. At least that's what happened to me.

I've had this problem for almost a year now but I finally want it stop. All the resources online tell me that it's probably my network driver that may need an update. Well, all my drivers are updated, and the problem still remains. Now What? Okay, I'll be honest... I don't know why it happens but 1 out of every 10 or 12 PC's will come across this problem.

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Toshiba Satellite U840W - Toshiba Satellite U840W ReviewIf we start the story with a 14.4" diagonal screen, you probably expect another light business Ultrabook. It is light, with only 1.7 kg, but the expanded format of the screen will surprise you. Namely, it's resolution is 1792x768 pixels, so the aspect rose from the usually 16:9 (1.78:1) to 21:9 (2.33:1), and all of that just to make the Toshiba U840W an excellent platform to watch movies. on.
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GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II Graphic Card from ASUS - Asus GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II Asus Presented the graphic card GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II. The card combines a redesigned DirectCU II cooling, digital control of power DIGI+VRM and durable Super Alloy Power components on the newest graphic card from the highest class.
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Test: LG Flatron IPS277L - LG Flatron IPS277LLG has recently made the new IPS7 monitor series available for testing, more precisely the 27 inch model that is called IPS277L. We are going to give more info, measures and our opinion here. Before all, this FullHD premium model brags about it's Cinema Screen design, but we will review it later in the text. The monitor comes pre-calibrated but has also got a colorimeter and if you want even more accurate calibration, it comes with an LG True Color Finder software. There is also a very useful thing called a MHL (Mobile High-definition Link) compatibility for connecting with smartphones or tablets.
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LiLi USB Creator 2.8 - LiLi USB CreatorThe advantages of a USB flash memory over a CD or DVD are obvious and indisputable. The speed and efficiency of data manipulation, and the ever growing capacity, with the constant drop of prices made the popular flashes became the integral part of everybody's personal pocket inventory. When you add the fact that most new computers have the option to boot from transportable media, it is completely logical that this method will become popular and almost a default way to start live systems.
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IT College Program vs. IT Boot Camp - IT EducationPerhaps it is time for a career change, or you are fresh out of high school and the idea of four more years of schooling does not appeal to you. After much research you have decided to embark upon a career in the Information Technology field. Not a bad choice, especially since Technology changes every day. You are faced with the choice of education. As previously stated, going to computer school for four years to get a computer science degree is not an option but there is another option, IT Boot Camp. And IT Boot Camps solely focus on a very limited number of IT Certifications. So there can be MCSE Boot Camps that may focus on just that.
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400+ CompTIA A+ Q & A - 400+ CompTIA A+ Q & AThis is the mother of all A+ FAQ's. With over 400 of the most frequently asked questions found on the net regarding the A+ Certification. Read, Think, Process, and Memorize.
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Asus Rampage IV Formula - Asus Rampage IVIn the basic things, the Rampage IV Formula doesn't have a lot of differences from the Rampage IV Extreme model. Of course, the dimensions are smaller, but there are no significant imperfections. The only thing that you notice immediately is the smaller number of memory slots, and the Formula has the standard four. Around the memory slots are elements of the power unit. They are similar to the Extreme model, so the Formula has the same Extreme Engine Digi+ II power unit.
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Windows To Go - DataTraveler Workspace - Windows to Go  DataTravelerNo matter what the public thinks, manufacturers rushed to get Windows 8 certificates for their devices. One of the first ones who came in our hands was the Kingston USB 3.0 flash disk called the DataTraveler Workspace. At first glance it looks completely logical that every USB transportable memory works on the Windows 8 operating system, but the Workspace actually is not the common transportable disk.
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PC Overheating - Causes and Prevention Tips - PC OverheatingOverheating is your pc's biggest enemy; too much warm can fry its sensitive circuits and chips and send you shopping for a brand new system. Just as you need to keep your car engine awesome to prevent harm, you must do the same for the sensitive systems within the bonnet of your PC. Its fast rotating hard drives and quick micro-processors packed inside populated places can lead to dangerous warming up and potential devices harm. In fact, some high-performance hard disk can produce an unbelievable quantity of heat.
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227 Categorized CompTIA A Plus Q and A - BIOSCompTIA A+ Certification is widely recognized as the first certification you should receive in an information technology (IT) career. Whether you are planning to specialize in PC hardware, Windows operating system management, or network management, the CompTIA A+ Certification exams measure the baseline skills you need to master in order to begin your journey toward greater responsibilities and achievements in information technology.

CompTIA A+ Certification is designed to be a "vendor-neutral" exam that measures your knowledge of industry-standard technology.

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How to Unlock Your Computer if You Lost Your Password - unlock computer forgotten passwordUsing the reset a password disc is the right solution if you have prepared before, but what happens if you didn't take the needed steps before you have lost your password? If this is truly the case, you have to use a special program that will enable unlocking your operating system. The best free option is Ophcrack, a program that guesses the code by using a special program called "the rainbow table".
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Motherboards and Their Components - A typical ATX motherboard with support for Nvidia’s scalable link interface (SLI) technology.The motherboard represents the logical foundation of the computer. In other words, everything that makes a computer a computer must be attached to the motherboard. From the CPU to storage devices, from RAM to printer ports, the motherboard provides the connections that help them work together.
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How to Clean Microsoft Windows Using the CCleaner - CCleaner logoIn this guide we will show you how to get rid of unwanted "trash" that keeps piling up when you are using Microsoft Windows.
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Prolong Your Computers Life - Clean DesktopDo you feel frustrated every time you use your computer because it has really bad performance? Maybe you are thinking about buying a new computer even though it demands a lot of money and it will take away lots of time. Fortunately, there are techniques which you can use to prolong the life time of your computer and in that way avoid buying a new one.
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Ubuntu in Place of Windows - UbuntuMost people think of Linux as something only for geeks and computer power users. However, we have come to see various flavors of LinuxOS being sold in major retail stores in the last few years and we also see a trend being set online. In this article, we're simply going to single out only one of many Linux flavors known as Ubuntu.
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TW Tech Glossary - Misplaced your bible? Well here it is - Tech Glosasary! This truly took a while to complete and should be used by all from beginners to advance techies.
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Turn Off PC? - Turn Off PC?Computers have delicate electronics inside of them. The electronics in laptops may be even more delicate. As the computer ages, the components suffer from repeatedly being turned on and off (technicians say that the parts are fried). Over the course of time, the repeated spiking damages some components. It is thus a good idea to reduce the number of times that you spike these delicate parts.
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How To Recover Deleted Files? - How To Recover Deleted Files?How many times have we come across TW visitor saying "How do I recover files" or "I deleted files from the recycling bin...how do I restore deleted files?"

Well, don't worry and be happy that you came across this little article on TechiWarehouse.Com.

You can often successfully recover deleted files from a PC, it all depends on what has happened since the files were deleted.

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Higher Performace Computer and More Affordable -

Building a PCEveryone has a computer. Everyone needs a computer. And, most everyone spends way too much money on a computer that doesn't end up performing as well as it could. Computer manufacturers - or should we say computer assemblers, because that's really all they are - are phenomenal marketers who use information asymmetry to their advantage. Basically, computer assemblers bank on the fact that you, the consumer, do not know enough about computers. This allows them to sell you computers that cost more ...

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IT Certifications a Solid Return On Investment - IT Certification Step into the realm of IT Certifications. Where millions have entered and zillions have flunked. Ah, that didnt sound right, mathematically speaking that is. Anyway, if your one of the few breeds that like to get your hands on a certification and get ahead in your work place, it is strongly recommended that you read this article. Its not made with grueling details and gets right down to the point. So check it out, you probably owe it to yourself by now!
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Beginner Computer Training FAQ - Beginner Computer Training FAQUse the webs best resource to find computer and technical training schools near you. Choose from hundreds of schools offering Classroom, Corporate, Onsite, and Online programs.
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Types of PC Cases - Computer CaseComputer cases come in a variety of colors, designs, materials and for those who wish to bare all, there are clear acrylic cases available. You'll hear of all types of hardware lingo like: ATX computer cases, full tower computer cases, desktop computer cases, custom computer cases, aluminum computer cases, cheap computer cases, gaming computer cases, mini computer cases, and on and on and on...you get the drift.
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3 Best Motherboards of 2011 - ASUS P8Z68 DeluxeThe tech-savvy should be well aware of the benefits of building their own personal computers. The relatively easy process of assembling various components can not only save you a boatload of money, but also supply you with the perfect rig for your individual needs. Whether you are updating a current machine or building a new one from scratch, the most important part you buy will probably be the motherboard. Involved in almost every major computing process, a motherboard can make or break your personal computer. However, technology is changing so rapidly that it's sometimes hard to know what's cutting edge and what's outdated. But, no matter what you're looking for, we've got you covered. Below are the three best motherboards of 2011, as determined by price, performance and durability. Since motherboards tend to be divided between Intel and AMD processors, a comparable board for the other processor is included in each category.
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New Chieftec Dragon DX-02B - Chieftec  Dragon DX-02B - frontA new year brings new things. The company Chieftec introduced a new computer case designed for gamers that belongs to the popular Dragon family, and it has got the mark DX-02B. Unlike other solutions from the the Dragon family, the DX-02B has even better manufacturing quality, more powerful design and a very advanced cooling system that can chill even the hottest core components.
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Epson WorkForce M100 Printer - Epson WorkForce M100 printerThe Epson WorkForce printer series managed to make a serious competition to laser devices in the office surroundings. With the goal of suppressing laser devices right from the segment where they are most often used - in everyday printing of black and white documents, Epson offered a monochromatic printer WorkForce M100 as an alternative.
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Selecting the Best Computer Science Field - LaptopIf you are looking for career counseling, and are in a dilemma as which branch of computer science you should go for, this small section would hopefully help you in selecting the best option according to your nature and interest. In computer industry, there are several branches from which you can choose any one. The reason behind this is that in this industry, you can get success and/or fame only when you are skilled, and full of knowledge.
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Getting Into IT - No Experience No Qualification - IT JobsBut how? If you have computer skill but no experience (or qualifications), the employment agencies will tell you the same old line, "You need experience before anyone will look at you."

It's just plain old Catch-22. You need the work to get the experience but you can't get that first job to give you a track record and therefore verifiable experience. With this logic, it amazes me that anyone actually gets into IT!

Qualifications help but even that is no guarantee nowadays of getting an IT Job. And what do you do when you don't have qualifications but you want to start now? I mean right now, not 3 months later after you've paid a fortune for certification and given up your job to have enough study time.

All is not lost. You have two alternatives.

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What REAL Computer People Need To Know - Tandy 1200HDA great deal of fundamental understanding about computers has been mostly lost from our world today. Computers are so complicated and work so reliably nowadays that many of the finer aspects of computing are now little more than dim memories in the minds of some older hackers, or little-read publications gathering dust in libraries somewhere. People often try to get away with knowing as little as they can, and while they might be able to get away with that, it's distressing how many people who believe themselves to be knowledgeable about computers are actually unaware of some highly fundamental concepts.
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What is A+ Certification?

A+ is an enormously popular certification , A+ certifies skills in entry-level PC technology. It is a vendor-neutral certification, with an emphasis on the expertise needed to work as a computer service technician, troubleshooting and repairing PCs.

Among the certifications available for computer professionals, A+ is probably the one cited most often as a starting point for careers in the industry. It is viewed as a way to find jobs as computer service technicians or to gain enough skills to move on to further training.

A+ Certification is open to anyone who wants to take the tests. No specific requirements are necessary except payment of the fee. Individuals may retake the test modules as often as they like, but the Core and the Specialty Exams must be passed within 90 calendar days of each other in order for and individual to become certified.

For a number of years, the CompTIA A+ Certification objectives were divided into a hardware exam and an operating systems exam. Starting with the 2006 exam, the exams were restructured so that knowledge of hardware and operating systems were needed for both exams. This design continues with the current 2009 objectives with the addition of:

  • Windows Vista has been incorporated into the new objectives
  • Older operating systems such as Windows 95, 98, Me, and NT have been removed
  • Newer multi-core processor technologies such as Core 2 Duo have been added
  • Newer hard drive and memory technologies have been added
  • The A+ troubleshooting process has been updated
  • Increased amount of networking and security topics, with increased difficulty

We’ll cover all of these changes and more within these covers. For more information about how the A+ certification can help your career, or to download the latest official objectives, access CompTIA’s A+ webpage at http://www.comptia.org/certifications/listed/a.aspx.

One method used by many A+ certification instructors is to simply follow the objectives step by step. The problem is that because different parts of the computer— such as hard disk, display, Windows, and others—are covered in many different objectives, this approach creates a lot of overlap between chapters and does not help students to understand exactly how a particular part of the computer fits together with the rest.
 


Tips

  • Eat before a test. Having food in your stomach will give you energy and help you focus but avoid heavy foods which can make you groggy.
     
  • Don't try to pull an all nighter. Get at least 5 hours of sleep before the test.
     
  • Put the main ideas/information/formulas onto a sheet that can be quickly reviewed many times, this makes it easier to retain the key concepts that will be on the test.
     
  • Go to the bathroom before walking into the exam room. You don't want to waste anytime worrying about your bodily needs during the test.
     
  • Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole test and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.
     
  • Don't rush but pace yourself. Read the entire question and look for keywords.
     
  • Always read the whole question carefully. Don't make assumptions about what the question might be.
     
  • If you don't know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question.
     
  • If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the questions, only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes.
     
  • Qualifiers like "never, always, and every mean that the statement must be true all of the time. Usually these type of qualifiers lead to a false answer.
     
  • Qualifiers like "usually, sometimes, and generally" mean that if the statement can be considered true or false depending on the circumstances. Usually these type of qualifiers lead to an answer of true.
     
  • If any part of the question is false, then the entire statement is false but just because part of a statement is true doesn't necessarily make the entire statement true.

Did You Know?

  • A+ Certification has only recently gained most of its popularity. Infact, even today, many people in the computer related fields aren't aware that A+ certifies a person to be competent in PC upgrades and related tasks.

  • A+ certifies the competency of only an entry-level (6 months experience) computer service technicians. Yet, its highly recommended that all computer professionals have this certification completed ASAP.

  • The test covers a broad range of hardware and software technologies, but is not bound to any vendor-specific products such as MSCE, CNA, etc...

  • To date, over 500,000 people have obtained the A+ Certification! :) Good Going Everyone!




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