Apple Desktop Certification Exam next week. Tips?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by microstar22, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. microstar22 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    I am preparing to take the Apple Desktop Hardware Exam (9L0-005) next wednesday, and I was wondering if anyone has any pointers for me. I am mostly a PC guy, but looking forward to being the mac support person for my company. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    I don't have a suggestion, but I do have a question. How do you go about getting that certification? Who do you go through? And what kind of stuff do you need to know? Is there a study guide or website for it?

    OK, so that was four questions...
  3. microstar22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    Tech Training

    Apple offers the Technician Training Kit here: Link
    Although it is $299..and basically just allows you to access their online content. My work purchased this for me, but I also bought the PeachPit book This book

    I think the book just about covers almost exactly what is on apple's save your $299 and buy the $50 book instead. As for where to take the exams..they are given by Prometric testing centers across the US (world?). To become an Apple Certified Technician you choose either a desktop exam or notebook exam, and then you must take an OSX exam as well. Each exam costs $150. If you want to be certified to work on both desktops and will need to pass all 3 of the exams.

    hope this helps!
  4. atfirstsite macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    start with what you need...

    I'm an A student in anything I love... I never have to study :D

    1. Get plenty of sleep if you can
    2. If they allow food, bring nutritious treats.
    3. Study the night before WITH A BUDDY!
    4. Make a game out of studying
    5. Drink coffee either in the testing area or right before the test.
    6. Eat two things: One high in sugar and one high in carbs/protein.
    7. Buy a vitamin shake - Nutrament / Ensure (for old farts, yeaah I know that).

    You need to start the test with adequate nutrition, good sleep, a great attitude, caffeine, sugar.

    All of these will boost your memory because your brain will NEED all the above-listed in order to function at the test and over-ride a stress-related memory blockage. When the stress hits the fan, your short-term memory will be impaired. It's a fact. The things I listed above can be CLINICALLY proven to boost your brain's performance.

    Most of all, be confident.

    ~ AmyE
  5. MikeTheC Guest


    Apr 26, 2004
    Gallifrey -- Capitol City, Prydonian Sector
    And more than anything else, give the right answers.

  6. gdesalvo@umail. macrumors member

    May 1, 2007
    Prometric doesnt allow snacks or ANY drinks including water :( i had to take a 5 hour GRE test in these conditions. at least i aced the math part =P but it s****d hard
  7. microstar22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    anyone else have any tips..perhaps on the course material?
  8. redwin11 macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2006
    Hi Microstar,

    i recently purchased the same PeachPit book but am unsure whether reading it is enough to go ahead with the exams - did you have any other form of training? i.e.- physically getting to grips with opening up a Mac?

    I see that there are 3 day courses out there (in the UK) that give you access to this side of it, and was wondering if they are worth it or whether i should rely on theory only?

    Finally, seeing how the book has only been out for a month or so, have you read up that quickly?
  9. microstar22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    I rescheduled my exam for 3 weeks from now. I have read the book and have a g5 and g4 server to work on (look at). I also have the apple online materials.

    wish me luck!
  10. Fimo macrumors newbie


    Sep 16, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Any update? How did the exam go?
  11. MikeTheC Guest


    Apr 26, 2004
    Gallifrey -- Capitol City, Prydonian Sector
    Did you give the right answers like I had wisely advised? :p

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