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Free/cheap certifications

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I have fairly decent computer skills (amazing compared to the general population, but I'm a n00b compared to most of the people on here). However, I feel rather confidant that, if I had the chance, I could get a certification of some sort without too much difficulty. However, all the places I have found to get one costs between $500-1000 and has a required class you have to take. Well, I have neither that much money nor the time to take any shitty classes where I most likely will learn nothing I didn't already know or couldn't have learned after spending an hour with a textbook.

So I put the question to you. Do any of you know any places that offer free certifications or free practice tests? Or someone that has decent prices? I'd pay the money to get a certification that would pretty much be a free ticket for a better job IF I knew I could pass the test (not just think I could). Anyone have any links?

Thanks in advance, and mods feel free to move this...I couldn't think which forum this should go under so I posted it here.

The Abstruse One

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You can (in the UK) just take the M$ exams at about £70 ($120) there is loads on the net etc pratice exams, books etc I assume the same applies state side. I mention the M$ exams (MCP MCSE) as business like them. Other than that there is a LPI (liux Professional Insitute) exam Part 1 and 2 which are very good and I have the manuals in pdf/word ^_^

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Are there certain Certs. that you are interested in getting?

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im trying to get my company that i work for to pay for the ones i want to get

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The A+ certification is cheap compared to the MS ones, and is required for most entry level IT jobs. You can get a couple free tests at Brainbench, and I recommend this site for practice A+ & MS Exams:

http://www.mcmcse.com

EDIT: Whatever you do stay away from brain dumps, they will make you stupid. :)

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Any certification that holds any worth in the real world (field of interest doesn't matter) will not be free. All the free ones you can get from Brainbench will make you look silly in an interview.

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On The subject, What are the real importain ones to get? A+ is easy but is it really worth getting? or what?

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My highschool offered a computer repair class and so at the end of the year if you did well enough they paid for the A+ test. I got that chance and I'm such a dumb fuck, I failed both parts of the test by 2 questions. Everyone basically crammed a years worth of material into 2 weeks. I said I would take it again, but I'd rather wait until I could actually spend that money and not care.

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On The subject, What are the real importain ones to get? A+ is easy but is it really worth getting? or what?

It's my understanding that cisco certifications are more valuable then others because they're harder to get and you have to renew them every three years. If you're interested in linux certifications check out this

article. If you're thinking about a CompTIA certification then I _really_ recommend this site as they have excellent study guides and practice tests. (They have material for cisco and microsoft certifications too but I can't vouch for that)

Oh and if you want more opinions on linux certs - a few months ago they had a discussion about them on slashdot

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I don't believe in certs. I think that there are more people without certs that have more knowledge of a particular subject than some of those with certs.. *shrugs* way of teh world I guess.

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I recomend adding a few three to five letter sets of initials to the end of your name on your resume, and when they ask what they are just say chuckle under your breath in a condisending manor.

P.S. if this method gets you emediatly escorted off the premesis it's not my fault.

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There is a nice e-learning tracker with tons of self study materials available. In this way you can prepare at home and only pay for the exams. Just PM me for the site, because I am not sure it's allowed to post it in the forum.

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I don't believe in certs. I think that there are more people without certs that have more knowledge of a particular subject than some of those with certs.. *shrugs* way of teh world I guess.

You can "not believe" in them all you want. And honestly, I agree with you. Most of the most retarded calls I got when I worked for Dell tech support were from people who started off the call rattling off their certs. "I'm A+ and Microsoft Certified and I sysadmin a Windows 2000 network." "What's your problem?" "My computer's running slow." "Let's take a look at MSConfig." "What's that?"

But in the real world, companies don't take "Yeah, I know it. Really!" as qualifications for a job. You could write the Linux shell from scratch, but you'll lose the job to the guy with the MCSE. And I have a feeling shortly that I will be looking for a job soon. Right now, I'm making about $2200 a month gross (a LOT for this area) and if I don't get a job that pays about that much, I won't be able to live off of it. So I figure the quickest way to make sure that I can get a job that pays that much (since it'll take a minimum of 3 years working my ass off to get a degree) is to get a certification of some sort. Once you get into the real world, you'll understand :P j/k

The Abstruse One

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