7 Ways to Prep for a CompTIA Exam
A common question people have related to CompTIA certifications is how to prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification. While the CompTIA A+ core series is one of the most popular IT certifications and the industry-standard for launching an IT career, the answer to this question can apply to any CompTIA certifications. And the answer is – there is no one answer. How to prepare for a CompTIA certification exam depends on what will best help you understand and retain the information to pass the certification exam and to use throughout your IT career.
There is a whole world of study materials out there to choose from, so keep reading to learn how you can best prepare for a CompTIA certification exam.
Instructor-Led Training or Self-Study?
First it’s important to establish if you learn best with instructor-led training or through self-study. Some people can go through a book start to finish, practice the hands-on skills they’ve read about and come out of it with a working knowledge of everything inside. Others learn better by sitting in a classroom, guided through exam objectives by an instructor in a structured learning environment to feel ready by the time the exam rolls around. There are also many, many gradations in between, and they’re all perfectly good ways to approach preparing for a CompTIA exam.
But as a first step, you’ll want to decide if you need an instructor-led training to guide you through the material for a given cert or if you can prepare on your own. If you need help determining what type of learner you are, take this quiz.
There are many options for instructor-led training, depending on the certification you’re going for.
- Guided online learning: Today, online training is just as popular - and beneficial - as in-person training. CompTIA offers live online training for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+, and CompTIA authorized partners offer additional online courses. (Read more about this below.)
Online learning options can be cheaper, with prices in the $300 range and above. They are also often self-paced, so they allow for a student to benefit from the expertise of a remote instructor while still being able to fit the class into an otherwise busy schedule. This option is popular for those who are already working or have busy family lives.
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