CompTIA’s Network+ 2009 (N10-004): Finding ReferencesFebruary 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Posted in CompTIA, Study hints | 6 Comments
Tags: CompTIA, network+
Update: There is a follow-up post on finding more Network+ references here: https://transcender.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/comptias-n10-004-network-2009-references-abound/
CompTIA has released the newest version of the Network+ exam. I took the exam the first week of February, and I can honestly see the changes. While the exam is still knowledge based, I could see where CompTIA has tried to be more task-focused in the exam design. I also saw that CompTIA has revised the exam sufficiently to include new technologies.
Immediately after taking the exam, I started to develop Transcender’s N10-004 practice test. Over the past few weeks, I had been doing groundwork to prepare for writing the test. Part of this preliminary work includes locating, and sometimes purchasing, references for the test.
To find references, my first step is always to check the CompTIA certification site to see what is listed. Usually CompTIA releases their official CompTIA Press books around the same time as the exam. Unfortunately, as of this post, none of the book references they list are for the 2009 version of the test.
Not finding any official CompTIA references listed, I decided to search Amazon.com. I got all excited when several books came up….only to realize that none of them are slated for release until April/May 2009. My, that doesn’t really help me now, does it?
At this point I decided I must come up with preliminary online references that could jump-start my practice test development. (A few years ago, I used the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking to help with the development of N10-003. I still have this book. But Transcender is trying to work toward using mostly online references to help our customers during the studying process. Nothing is more frustrating than having to purchase several books on top of purchasing your practice test, right?) (Oh, my, focus Robin. You are starting to chase a rabbit!)
I decided to search for generic online networking references, like encyclopedias, glossaries, and tutorials. I found the following references that could be a great starting place for those preparing for the 2009 Network+:
Computer Network Tutorials – http://www.networktutorials.info/
Computer and Wireless Networking Basics – http://compnetworking.about.com/
Networking Glossary – http://compnetworking.about.com/od/basicnetworkingconcepts/l/blglossary.htm
The Network Encyclopedia – http://compnetworking.about.com/od/basicnetworkingconcepts/l/blglossary.htm
Now these four references will by no means cover all of the topics in the Network+ exam, but they will serve to get you on your way.
What do you do about the topics that are not covered here? One word – GOOGLE. But be smart with your Google search. If searching for a particular term like 568A, enter “What is 568A in computer networking” in the search string. You would be surprised at the number of terms and acronyms that mean different things depending on the industry you are in. And personally, I don’t want to wade through several pages of unneeded search results pertaining to conservation, engineering, stimulus plans, or anything else. I hear enough about that on TV.
Be careful which result you use for your primary research. Know where you information is coming from. For example, I know that most of us use Wikipedia.org as a general source of information. However, the information on Wikipedia.org is not always accurate. So make sure to corroborate any information from a reputable company or organization, such as Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, or an educational institution. An inaccurate reference can cause you to memorize the wrong facts and miss exam questions.
I guess that’s enough about this for now. I’ll post an update if I find anything interesting over the next few days.
To find out more about what CompTIA says about Network+, go to http://certification.comptia.org/network/default.aspx. One reminder: the current version of Network+ (N10-003) will be retired July 31, 2009. If you are currently Network+ certified, you are not required to upgrade your certification. But my personal opinion is that it never hurts…and besides, it adds to your list of designations in your signature line (something that we techies seem to enjoy).