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Softpanorama Exam Preparation Strategy

Certification: general issues How to Prepare for Solaris Certification Sun Certified System Administrator Exam for Solaris 9, part I (CX-310-014) Sun Certified System Administrator for the Solaris 9, Part II of II Red Hat Certification Program
  1. Find the  best books. The quality of books can make the difference between success and failure. Good books can really increase your chances of passing.
  2. Find out as many details about exam in advance as possible. Among simple stupid question that are often missed and negatively influence result one can mention:  

    Knowing details in advance can help to optimize your behaviors during the exam, and thus improve your chances of success. If calculator is allowed you should pay special attention to maximizing its utility. Search the WEB and find all possible uses for particular problem area.

  3. Plan to work hard. There is not royal way to mastery. Usually the subject is a pretty difficult and demanding beast.  Always (repeat after me always) try to solve old problems after each chapter in the textbook. Often they are more important that the text of the chapter. Get a second computer or second hard drive and practice installation and other tasks on it.  Even if you have job experience, it may not cover all the test topics adequately.
  4. Last but not least: read each question carefully! People often lose points simply because they read the question too quickly and misunderstand what is being asked. It seems simple, but people who have sufficient knowledge do sometimes fail examinations for this reason alone.
  5. Find out what is the procedure used and try to adapt to it in advance. Take trial tests, if possible.
  6. Develop a simple strategy of  taking the test.  That should not be something too elaborate. But for written tests you usually can take advantage of the order of the questions by not answering them sequentially but using two passes instead.
  7. Don't exhaust yourself the day before the exam. A good night's rest before the exam will improve your problem solving ability. If you will spend it preparing you can slow yourself down and fail the exam that otherwise you would pass. 
  8. Join a group.  Finally, if others in your organization are also planning to take a certification exam, start a study group. \
  9. This short list of suggestions should help you approach your certification examination with confidence.


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