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    I'm working on the Linux+ now. I'm 1 chapter through already and the first few videos into the CBT nuggets. It's kind of boring and I don't care about it too much either, but I look at it as being 10% done already. It's not nearly as hard as learning the CCNA material at least.
    I disagree. CCNA was easier for me and more interesting (maybe that's why it was easier for me). Are the CBT Nuggets videos pretty good? I went through LabSim and that was meh, but I have a coworker that's getting me the CBT Nuggets videos, but not sure how much more time I need to invest. Been studying for a couple months.
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    I disagree. CCNA was easier for me and more interesting (maybe that's why it was easier for me). Are the CBT Nuggets videos pretty good? I went through LabSim and that was meh, but I have a coworker that's getting me the CBT Nuggets videos, but not sure how much more time I need to invest. Been studying for a couple months.
    CCNA was harder to understand though I feel like but definitely more interesting. I just finished the CCNA Security though and just got started on Linux+ yesterday. The videos are kinda beat. He just jumps into it and I have some background on it because of a Unix class in college. Lots of handwritten notes he does too with crappy hand writing. I'll watch 2-3 tonight and report back on my feelings. I did the first chapter of the book WGU provides too. It might get crazy complicated and I'll hate it but so far just the basics aren't too bad. I know it'll suck memorizing certain things though.
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    I think w/ different study materials you might have thought differently of the material And even tho you might feel like skipping labbing is a shortcut to the exam, w/ the Linux+ it isn't. I felt as if it would have been easier to skip labbing during preparation for my CCNA than for my Linux+.

    the only problem is you've been studying for months now. It wouldn't make sense to tell you to switch study materials. I say spin up a few VMs or try to get access to a few boxes at work you can break and spend a few days playing around w/ them. At this point, might be the only thing needed to take the exam.

    Also, keep in mind the passing score for the exams are pretty low - you only need a 500/800 to pass. I know i missed plenty of questions on the 2nd exam when I completed my Linux+ last week. Even still, I somehow ended up well in the 600s. So I can only imagine that you can miss a large amount of questions and still make the 500 score cut off.

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    Thanks!

    I finished the LabSim videos so I'm doing the practice tests on there to get the voucher. Without any googling or referencing the shell prompt, I'm getting like 40% on the domain tests, which is terrible. Although, a big part of my studying is doing practice exams in itself if the questions are similar to the actual exam (not sure if these are or not).

    A co-worker just gave me the CBT Nuggets videos (and the PluralSight videos) so I'm kind of listening to those in the background while I'm doing the practice tests.

    I think you're right though that I need to just spend a couple days just plugging away. I've made a cheat sheet of the commands so maybe I just go through those a bunch more and see what I can do.

    Ideally, I want to take the test within a week from now. And since I've already gone over some of the 102 material, hopefully I can do that within a few weeks from now.
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    I have no idea about the Plural Sight videos, but the CBT Nuggets Linux+ videos were great. You definitely could (although not really recommended) get thru the 102 exam using the CBT Nuggets videos alone, w/o any other study material, as long as you have the basics from the 101 down pat.
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    I'm like 6 deep into the 24 CBT videos for the 1st half of the Linux+ (are you trying to take both at the same time?) I think I'm going to try to bang out these videos this week. They kind of are lacking, not as good as the CBT CCNA videos. I'll go through the LabSim afterwards and keep reading this book (also not great) and hopefully take it May 16. I can't really say if this is a good method or not obviously. Would definitely like to get both done by the middle of June though and bang out the Security+, then leave July-August-September open for 2-3 courses.
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    On chapter 2. Just not having fun with this book honestly. Talking about installing packages and stuff. Just a ZzZ fest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hurricane1091 View Post
    I'm like 6 deep into the 24 CBT videos for the 1st half of the Linux+ (are you trying to take both at the same time?) I think I'm going to try to bang out these videos this week. They kind of are lacking, not as good as the CBT CCNA videos. I'll go through the LabSim afterwards and keep reading this book (also not great) and hopefully take it May 16. I can't really say if this is a good method or not obviously. Would definitely like to get both done by the middle of June though and bang out the Security+, then leave July-August-September open for 2-3 courses.
    I've listened to about 3 of them so far today and they seem better than LabSim at the moment at least.
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    I've listened to about 3 of them so far today and they seem better than LabSim at the moment at least.
    I've been listening to the lab sims at work. Kind of a disaster because there is 12 "chapters" or whatever, but 1-6 isn't the first test. It's all scattered as you've noticed probably (like 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 is the 1st test but 1.4 is material you should review when going for the 2nd test, but 1.5 is for the 1st test, etc)

    I'm just going to bang out as much as I can I guess and see what happens. It's not compelling and I'm with you that I'm mostly interested in just passing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hurricane1091 View Post
    I've been listening to the lab sims at work. Kind of a disaster because there is 12 "chapters" or whatever, but 1-6 isn't the first test. It's all scattered as you've noticed probably (like 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 is the 1st test but 1.4 is material you should review when going for the 2nd test, but 1.5 is for the 1st test, etc)

    I'm just going to bang out as much as I can I guess and see what happens. It's not compelling and I'm with you that I'm mostly interested in just passing.
    Which is why I've been following Dan's Courses mainly, but yeah you would think they would have them in order. Since so much has overlapped I can probably take 102 within a couple of weeks of passing 101.
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    I honestly think it's a bit unreasonable to remember every command and every switch for that command. With the CCENT/CCNA, you have command line within the test so you can use the "?" and go through it like that. I mean, you have the --help command for each command, why would you need to memorize everything?
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    Yes, there's a ton and it's annoying. I'm confused on the dynamic libraries stuff. I get it's like .DLL files (and only sort of understand that stuff with me not being a programmer) and I understand programs can use these dynamic libraries and "share" them. But it starts talking about /etc/ld.so.conf and going into all that and I start getting lost and my brain hurts. Any help?
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    That's another thing that's confusing too.
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    Hmm. Do you know if you have to do the labsims? I'm 3 deep and I'm realizing it's going to take 25 years to do them all it seems like.
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    In my situation, my mentor told me all I have to do is pass the practice exam for 101 with a 90%. If I skip the videos and all the other exams, he doesn't care. I doubt they would make you go through all of them as that's not what WGU is about. If you have the knowledge, you should be able to take the exam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markulous View Post
    In my situation, my mentor told me all I have to do is pass the practice exam for 101 with a 90%. If I skip the videos and all the other exams, he doesn't care. I doubt they would make you go through all of them as that's not what WGU is about. If you have the knowledge, you should be able to take the exam.
    Okay, thank you. I was thinking that. I'm going to finish the first 5 chapters and 1st set of videos before those videos probably so I might not finish them.
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    Okay, thank you. I was thinking that. I'm going to finish the first 5 chapters and 1st set of videos before those videos probably so I might not finish them.
    I powered through them. Not sure if it was worth the time. So much info to remember.
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    I powered through them. Not sure if it was worth the time. So much info to remember.
    Powered through the lab sim videos? I'm powering through the CBT ones. I have 9 done and will do 3 more tonight, so I'll be half way done the series. 2 chapters done on this book, so 3 left. I did the A+ the same way by splitting it up so I'm hoping it works. I think the 2nd half will be harder.
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    Yeah, Labsim. I didn't watch 11 and 12 because that's for 102, but I watched most all the other videos.
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    You can't go backwards on the CCNA. A majority of the questions were multiple choice w/ no command line on them to use the "?" on or tab completion. You still had to know the commands by heart for the most part.

    You'll have the same experience w/ the Linux+. W/ the cp cmd realize that -r option is for "recursive," -i "interactive," -f "force," -v "verbose," etc. And for similar tools the same options will carry-over.

    Also realize that there's a lot of material that is covered on the Linux+. It wouldn't make sense for the exam to ask you to remember obscure options. If you lab a little you'll quickly figure out which of the options are the most commonly used ones.

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    You can't go backwards on the CCNA. A majority of the questions were multiple choice w/ no command line on them to use the "?" on or tab completion. You still had to know the commands by heart for the most part.

    You'll have the same experience w/ the Linux+. W/ the cp cmd realize that -r option is for "recursive," -i "interactive," -f "force," -v "verbose," etc. And for similar tools the same options will carry-over.

    Also realize that there's a lot of material that is covered on the Linux+. It wouldn't make sense for the exam to ask you to remember obscure options. If you lab a little you'll quickly figure out which of the options are the most commonly used ones.

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    Are you kidding? Everyone in here is helping me A LOT. And what you just said now actually makes more sense than the LabSim videos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleNNs View Post
    You can't go backwards on the CCNA. A majority of the questions were multiple choice w/ no command line on them to use the "?" on or tab completion. You still had to know the commands by heart for the most part.

    You'll have the same experience w/ the Linux+. W/ the cp cmd realize that -r option is for "recursive," -i "interactive," -f "force," -v "verbose," etc. And for similar tools the same options will carry-over.

    Also realize that there's a lot of material that is covered on the Linux+. It wouldn't make sense for the exam to ask you to remember obscure options. If you lab a little you'll quickly figure out which of the options are the most commonly used ones.

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    Thanks for your input. There's a lot of commands for CCNA but it seems like a million for Linux+. I'm sure it'll be okay.
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    So maybe the LabSim just has a crappy practice test, but does the real test have this many questions on each command and each switch? I get there are universal switches, but seriously there's literally like 50+ commands these practice tests are going over. Even doing a google search on how to memorize these, everyone is like "You don't, that's why there's help commands", which is my rationale. Just discouraging to get 40% scores on these tests...
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    So maybe the LabSim just has a crappy practice test, but does the real test have this many questions on each command and each switch? I get there are universal switches, but seriously there's literally like 50+ commands these practice tests are going over. Even doing a google search on how to memorize these, everyone is like "You don't, that's why there's help commands", which is my rationale. Just discouraging to get 40% scores on these tests...
    For the most part, yes the exam does test you over many commands and switches. I basically made a few word docs of each Domain test and then I went over all the questions, answers and explanations. When I didn't understand something I looked it up in either the book or on the internet, but most of the explanations were clear enough to understand. I would also test some of the commands in a Linux vm. It was alot of work though.
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    That's sort of what I've been doing. I've got a huge word doc with about 80 commands on it and other important info. I'm using the snipping tool to screenshot each question on the domain test and I'm going to go through them again and enter the commands a few more times in the terminal.
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