Category: Blog Tips

Overcoming Test Anxiety – A+ Certification Practice Test

Whether you are preparing for a certification test or are just taking exams in school, dealing with the anxiety you feel before taking a test can make taking an exam even harder. The team at CertBlaster has done a bit of research and is here to provide you with some great advice to make your next tests less stressful:

How to Make Your Next Test Less Stressful

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Avoid Negativity – Have you ever noticed how the negativity of someone who hasn’t prepared for a test often can rub off on you? Avoid other students who are negative before you start taking a test.

Sleep Well and Exercise – It should be no surprise, but having a good night of sleep and doing vigorous exercise before a test can help sharper and prepare your mind.

Take Practice Exams – We’ve said it before, but it remains true – taking a practice exam helps reduce anxiety. The practice exam will let you spot holes in your knowledge, as well as give you confidence because you’ve already experienced the test in another environment.

CertBlaster is proud to provide you with a wide array of IT certification tests, including CompTIA A+ Practice Test as well as Network+, Linux+ and Security+ practice tests. Many people have gone on to receive their certification after taking one of our tests and now you can, too! Read about our test options and start preparing for your exams today.

How Practice Tests Improve Your Chances on Exam Day

People have different methods to help them prepare for tests. Some individuals put together flash cards featuring test information, while others enjoy making diagrams to show how the information they are learning is connected. When you are looking for a solid way to actually retain what you are learning, it’s a smart idea to take a software based practice test!it_education

Studies have been performed that show students who take practice tests before exams are able to recognize gaps in their knowledge and study the necessary areas appropriately. Furthermore, when you take a practice test, it eases the anxiety many people feel before taking an exam. When you find yourself taking the actual exam, you will be more confident than you were before because you have already been through the test once and are familiar with the types of problems you will be facing.

By using a high quality practice test software you gain many advantages but two of them stick out: 1) You improve your knowledge efficiently by finding out what you know, and more importantly what you don’t know, and 2) you gain familiarity with navigating and using the software you’ll face at the testing center and so save time and gain confidence during the exam. Between improving your knowledge and saving time during the exam, the practice test software benefits seem unbeatable.

Whether you are preparing to become Security+ or MCSA 70-410 certified, want to take a Network+ practice test or are interested in taking a CompTIA A+ practice test, CertBlaster is here to help you prepare. For more than 10 years, in excess of a million IT professionals and students alike have used our certification practice tests to help them receive the certification they need to further their careers. Take a look at some of our test options and find the practice exam you need!

Want A Change From Blogging?

tech-job-salaryI know many of us may love blogging, but may not be bringing in enough money to make a full-time job out of it.  I can certainly understand that and have struggled from time to time in order to pay my owns bills, but I have always picked up extra work when those slower times come. With such a need in mind, I wanted to put together a list of different tech jobs (as I’m a bit of a geek techie) and list off where the salaries are with them.  The great thing about these tech positions is that they do not necessarily require a regular degree. Many can be obtained through industry certification and can include ways to go about this at your own pace – allowing you to more quickly gain accreditation and a job.  Many of these jobs also occur on the best tech job list at USnews so you know they’re not going away soon.

Network Engineer: 
Engineers make anywhere from $50,000 to over $100,000 per year depending upon how much experience they have and their credentials. Engineers typically design, implement and manage computer networks.

Network Administrator: 
Administrators make anywhere from $45,000 per year to $75,000 per year. Administrators typically work for Network Engineers and maintain a network once it’s up and running.

Network Security Engineer: 
They make $75,000 to $250,000. Do the same thing as a Network Engineer except they also understand what it takes to make a network secure. Many of these guys are certified hackers (also called certified penetration specialists) and can hack into most networks.

Application Developers: 
$50,000 to $150,000 per year. These are programmers that develop custom applications for companies and for websites.

Programmers: 
$50,000 to sky’s the limit. Use programming languages to build custom applications, web design and functionality, video game programming, etc…

Web Developers: 
$50,000 to sky’s the limit. Use programming skills to develop interactive websites that typically link to databases and internal custom developed business applications.

tech-levels-of-salaryThere are hundreds of positions available in the Information Technology industry. These were just a few.

Most companies want to see applicants with certifications. Certification are sometimes vendor specific such as Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer or specific credentials that provide evidence that you can perform a specific job function. Other companies want to see non-vendor-specific certifications like CompTIA A+ PC support (exams 220-801 & 220-802), Network+ Certified Network Administrator (exam N10-005 or N10-006), Security+ Exam SY0-401 and Linux+. While a high school diploma is a must, certifications are typically more valuable than a college degree.  The great thing here is that depending upon your tech knowledge already, it’s quite possible that you can take a course that has a Network+ or Security+ practice test and between the study course and actually practicing exact test questions and categories, you may be able to gain your certification extremely quick.

How to write the perfect blog post

blog1Writing blog posts can be time consuming and a little difficult. It’s easy to come up with ideas to write about, but maybe combining your great ideas with the logistics of writing a post can be hard. Here are a few types that may help you combine your great ideas with tricks and tips for you to write the best blog post.

First is having a killer headline or title. This is the first thing that people see. It will be what your readers will judge your entire post on. Having a good headline or title is make or break you. If you have a boring title no one will click on it and your article won’t get read, even if it has amazing information. Because this is the first thing that your readers will read, you need to make it sing!

Have sharing buttons. If you readers love your article or blog posts they will want to share it with their friends through different social media outlets. When you have social media buttons that let your readers share on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, pinterest, and even email, your readers will help promote your post to become viral.

Keep it short and sweet. Make your post short and sweet, you can do this by using lists, bullets, even short paragraphs. You need to get to the point and not fill your article or blog posts with fluff and unrelated information. A good rule of thumb is under 600 words

Use visials. A picture really does say 1000 words. Images not only are visually pleasing, but they help you get your point across more accurately.

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