Pass Microsoft Tests and Get Certified!
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Pass Microsoft Tests and Get Certified!

Test taking skills for IT certs like MCSA, MCSE and CompTIA that can improve scores making certs easier and cheaper.
4.7 (35 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,512 students enrolled
Created by Shadow Farrell
Last updated 3/2014
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 29 mins on-demand audio
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will have learned how to refine the way you study for Microsoft exams and have mastered critical test taking skills that will improve your scores and pass rates on computer based technical exams.
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  • There are no requirements for this course. Everything is self contained. You should have some basic technical knowledge and be actively studying or intending to study for an IT exam; Microsoft, CompTIA, even project management exam takers will benefit. The course focuses on networking but the concepts hold true for programmers, project managers and many other topics. A general understanding if Windows operating systems would be helpful but not required. As the course focuses on test taking skills that can be applied to multiple vendors, any technical background is suitable and it does not require any hardware or software.

This course helps students improve test taking skills for IT certification exams.

The course is divided into three parts:

  • Study habits - coaches students in how to streamline studying for IT courses to develop a "knowledge pool" of information that can be used during the exam and for practical application.
  • DNS - teaches DNS allowing us to have a shared knowledge pool to use when discussing test taking techniques. It also helps students refine their understanding of how to apply study habits.
  • Test taking techniques - multiple techniques for addressing various types of multiple choice and interactive exam questions in order to maximize testing scores to achieve higher results and pass exams more efficiently so that certification is faster and less costly.

The course is mostly video content. It should take between four to five hours to complete.

This course is aimed at anyone who is studying for IT certifications. It should be of great benefit to anyone studying for certs such as MCSA, MCSE or CompTIA certifications (Listen to "Target Audience" and "Introduction" free preview for more information.) Having a firm grasp of the material is not always a good indicator of whether you will pass an IT test. Test taking skills can dramatically improve your chances of success. This course is suitable for any student intending to take a technology exam that is predominantly focused on multiple choice answers and some interactive questions such as Microsoft exams, CompTIA, PMP etc. It would not be helpful for students taking predominantly performance based tests such as test requiring you to actually configure the software during the exam.

Who is the target audience?
  • Technical professionals wishing to obtain certifications for job advancement.
  • Career changers who wish to obtain certifications to succesfully obtain technical employment.
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
2 Lectures 10:52

Describes the target audience for this class.

Preview 00:44

Provides course introduction; overview of sections and structure of practical test taking technique lectures.

Preview 10:08
Study Habits
3 Lectures 34:45

In this lecture, learn about the underlying "grammar" in software and technical subjects so you can focus your study habits. By studying the rules of a subject, you discover fundamental truths that can help you identify correct answers and lead you away from distractors.

Preview 03:49

In this lecture, learn the importance of translating technical terms into simple language to aid understand and retention, and improve test scores and on the job performance.

Translate tech terms into plain English

Coaching lecture. Can be taken at any time best taken in order. Should not be omitted. Covers:

  • Test prep versus brain dumps
  • Importance of streamlining knowledge pool
  • Attitude
  • What to do if you don't pass
Beware of “brain dumps”
DNS: Name Resolution
6 Lectures 24:39

Overview of the purpose and importance of the three DNS sections which you will be reviewing. Includes instructions for utilizing Section 2 concepts as well as preparing for Section 6.

DNS Sections Overview - DO NOT SKIP!

This lecture introduces FQDNs, the function of DNS, and how to understand the FQDN.

Fully Qualified Domain Names

This lecture reviews the process of DNS client name resolution including the Hosts file and the DNS cache.

Client Name Resolution

This lecture covers how DNS servers resolve names locally and on the Internet. Includes Forwarding, Root Hints and delegations.

Preview 09:23

This lecture explores the reasons for using Conditional Forwarding and/or Stub Zones as well as the pros and cons of each feature.

Conditional Forwarding and Stub Zones

Cumulative DNS Name Resolution Knowledge Pool

DNS Name Resolution Knowledge Pool
1 page
DNS: Zones
4 Lectures 14:17

This lecture introduces the zone types, focusing on Forward and Reverse Lookup zones.

Zone Types

This lecture covers the types of Standard Zones, configuring Standard zones, zone transfers and demos creating a Standard Primary zone.

Standard Zones

This lecture covers Active Directory Integrated DNS zones including prerequisites, benefits and replication scopes.

Preview 06:25

Cumulative DNS Zones Knowledge Pool

DNS Zones Knowledge Pool
1 page
DNS: Misc
6 Lectures 17:52

This lecture covers items in the Properties of the zone not previously discussed such as Aging and Scavenging.

Zone Properties

This lecture covers providing support for Single-label/NetBIOS names including GlobalNames zones and the DNS Suffix Search list.

Single-label/NetBIOS Names

In this lecture we examine the options in the Properties of the DNS server including Netmask Ordering, Round Robin and integrating with Unix DNS.

Server Properties

This lecture covers the main types of DNS records and their purpose.


This lecture covers managing the DNS server from the command line using dnscmd and some of the common switches.

Command Line

Cumulative DNS Misc Knowledge Pool

Preview 1 page
Test Taking Skills
13 Lectures 03:15:19

This lecture introduces you to the high level strategy to test taking. Includes choosing the "least worst" answer, triaging questions to use time efficiently and maximize scores, how to deal with easy, medium and impossible questions, as well as what to do when you don't pass.

General Strategy

In this lecture we go over a sample exam with five questions leveraging General Strategy techniques to arrive at the correct answers.

General Strategy Practical Example

This lecture focuses on paying attention to key sentences in the questions to achieve the correct answer.

Preview 16:49

This lecture focuses on using your knowledge pool and the process of elimination to answer difficult questions.

Alibi suspects

In this lecture learn how to read vertically to triage questions with long answers and leverage patterns in the answers.

Read vertically

In this lecture learn to divide and conquer by separating answers into groups reducing all test taking logic to a 50/50 answer.

Divide and conquer

This lecture focuses on questions where three of the answers are similar with only one that doesn't fit into the pattern. Focusing on the "Sesame Street answer" can dramatically cut down on eliminating answers and improving scores.

Sesame Street answers

This lecture addresses demonstrates how to compare possible answers to the given scenario to resolve particularly difficult questions where even elimination of multiple answers leaves several plausible choices.

Pre-algebra method

This lecture explores questions that require a total guess and strategies to maximize the chances of making a total gamble pay off.

Guessing answers

This lecture goes over how to handle questions that require multiple answers.

Multiple answer questions

This lecture teaches how to triage command line questions to focus on the most important information to identify the correct answer.

Command line questions

This lecture covers how to use the PowerShell verbs to narrow the possible answers quickly and easily.

PowerShell questions

This lecture covers interactive questions including point and shoot, drag and drop and dialogue boxes.

Interactive Questions
1 Lecture 04:47

Conclusion and final advice. Hope you enjoyed the course!

About the Instructor
Shadow Farrell
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Technical Trainer and Author

Shadow Farrell has been a technical trainer for twenty years. He has worked in the field in enterprise environments such as AIG and Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Farrell holds many certifications from Microsoft as well as CompTIA and other vendors, and has worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer for CompUSA, and many other training centers. Recently, he has been specializing in designing and conducting boot camps and certification classes in the United States and Internationally, with high approval ratings from students.

Mr. Farrell has a Bachelor of Science with Highest Distinction in Organizational Management from Nyack College, a Bachelor of Science in Networks Design and Management from Western Governors University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University.

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