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.
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  • Lectures 35
  • Length 5 hours
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Published 3/2014 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

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.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Describes the target audience for this class.


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

Section 2: Study Habits

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.


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.


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
Section 3: DNS: Name Resolution

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.


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


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


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


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

1 page

Cumulative DNS Name Resolution Knowledge Pool

Section 4: DNS: Zones

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


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


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

1 page

Cumulative DNS Zones Knowledge Pool

Section 5: DNS: Misc

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


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


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


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.

1 page

Cumulative DNS Misc Knowledge Pool

Section 6: Test Taking Skills

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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

Section 7: Conclusion

Conclusion and final advice. Hope you enjoyed the course!

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Instructor Biography

Shadow Farrell, 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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