ProctorU Server+ exam experience

PsychoData91PsychoData91 Posts: 138Member ■■■□□□□□□□
I tried to test for the ProctorU for Server+ today. Win 8 Ent client that was basically a fresh install. We couldn't get the Pearson "SB Browser" to work with their LogMeIn session. (Whenever I opened the SB Browser, it locked out their logmein session and we lost connection)

They handed me off to a tech who asked what antivirus I was running (none, this was installed two days ago. The only thing I'm even going to use is Win Defender so the action center won't complain) and they decided to use the backup. Well, back to the Proctor to try the back door. Only, now, when I open the website to go to my test it says "The Service is Unavailable." and on Pearson's CompTIA site it said "Alert: This website is scheduled to undergo routine maintenance on Saturday, 21 February from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. CST. During this time, you may not be able to schedule, reschedule or cancel test appointments. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience." Very helpful of Pearson to alert us AFTER the maintenance starts that it will happen. So ProctorU rescheduled me for tomorrow (and double checked that Pearson won't be doing any maintenance then)

So, I haven't taken the exam yet, and there was a bit of delay with what remote viewing solution they would use so far, but the only thing that kept me from taking the test was Pearson's fault, not ProctorU's. AND Proctor U refunded me $3 for the "Take it Soon" that I'd paid. No matter what, $99 still kicks $277 heiney!

So, the takeaways from all this:
1- PearsonVue is often times a jerk.
2- ProctorU is awesome, but they may need to use their backup instead of LogMeIn to proctor you. You may want to plan an extra ~30-40 minutes to get through the space verification (No **** materials) and the possible need to go to a tech and get handed back with the verdict to use the backup method. The people were SUPER friendly and nice. I had Christina Z, she was great!
3- This is still a banging deal

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  • H3||scr3amH3||scr3am Posts: 563Member
    Yeah my first ProctorU exam took about 45 minutes of tech troubleshooting to get everything working just right, but the second time I did it (project+) it was a painless, 5 minute ordeal.

    Best of luck on your ProctorU Server+ exam
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  • PsychoData91PsychoData91 Posts: 138Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the well-wishes. It's here in about four hours. The lady said that they had notes in my file now that I would probably need to do the fallback method so it shouldn't take but a couple of minutes to get me in.
  • PsychoData91PsychoData91 Posts: 138Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    All done! Took almost as long for them to get everything set up as it did to finish and submit the test (~40 minutes each, today). If you're having problems with your test browser from pearsonvue.com and their "SB Browser" you might can and skip some of the delay and just use ProctorU's secure browser instead. http://www.proctoru.com/downloads/windows/securebrowser

    If I had just already downloaded this and ran it instead of going through the pearson SB Browser first, it would have taken ~15 minutes of just reviewing my space and verifying my ID.

    Anyway! I scored 851/900 with 750 required! W00t! passed!
  • H3||scr3amH3||scr3am Posts: 563Member
    you broke the scoring mechanism :p Congratulations on passing the server+!
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    C176 C220 C221 C393 C394 C172 C178 C164 C457 C455 C456 C480 (42 CUs Xfered)
    C247 C299 (12 CUs Required to Graduate)
    C247
    C299 (12 CU In Progress)
    C182 ORA1 C459 C132 C168 C376 C483 C255 C278 C173 C169 C175 C484 C170 C179 C451 C100 C246
    C435 C436(68 CU Completed)
  • c0mptiac0mptia Posts: 144Member
    congrad on your exam..were there any scsi questions.?
    Thanks
  • PsychoData91PsychoData91 Posts: 138Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    There were SCSI, SAS, Ultra SCSI, and iSCSI questions. They didn't get too deep, though it did ask about the differences in width between Ultra SCSi and a type of scsi I didn't immediately recognize - I guessed on that one. Still made 851/900 though!

    EDIT: I felt confident on this stuff. http://fresh-time.co.uk/?exam=forums/server/107325-passed-server-information-what-study.html SCSI was probably the part I felt least confident on. "SCSI, iSCSI know about terminating the chain and read over the revisions of SCSI (Wide, Ultra etc)" But I knew the how to use SCSI vs iSCSI vs SAS vs NAS pretty well. Just not specifics (like differences between Wide, ultra Etc)

    One of the interesting questions they asked was determining what kind of processor based on the number of L1 and L2 caches it had (IE 4 L2 caches and 16 L1 caches would be four quad-core processors <-- I think that's right. They don't exactly give you question specific feedback, y'know?)
  • c0mptiac0mptia Posts: 144Member
    c0mptia wrote: »
    congrad on your exam..were there any scsi questions.?
    Thanks
    Thanks for the information.
  • JohnnyUtah41JohnnyUtah41 Posts: 34Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    One of the interesting questions they asked was determining what kind of processor based on the number of L1 and L2 caches it had (IE 4 L2 caches and 16 L1 caches would be four quad-core processors <-- I think that's right. They don't exactly give you question specific feedback, y'know?)

    I took the Server+ today and had the same question. I chose 4 quad core too. A lot of their questions left me scratching my head. I kinda thought i didn't do so well, but was pleasantly surprised to see i got an 855/900.

    I just finished my MCSA in server 2012 last friday...wanted to take a little break from studying for MCSE in server infrastructure and was looking at the server+, then i saw the proctorU deal expired feb 28th, so i jumped on it. Spent like 3 or 4 solid days studying for it and thought the exam was actually kinda hard. Oh well, glad i passed it and now on to the 70-413 exam.
  • cs8400cs8400 Posts: 88Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I too just finished my MCSA on server 2012 this Friday. I just scheduled the Project+ and Server+ through ProctorU for late March. They came out to $50 a piece. $100 for 2 tests!
  • N2ITN2IT Posts: 7,483Inactive Imported Users
    Nice pass

    I thought server + was right on par with a+

    I never understood the strategy of doing A+ then network +. I always thought it made more sense to go with A+ then Server +.
  • JohnnyUtah41JohnnyUtah41 Posts: 34Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Good work on the MCSA. Yeah, server+ wasn't particularly hard, just stupid questions and ironically i had no questions regarding SCSI. I was bummed because I had the whole scsci chart history memorized. Then proctorU told me no scratch paper, so i couldn't write anything down before the exam(like that chart), or use scratch paper for some other questions..kinda weird.
  • PsychoData91PsychoData91 Posts: 138Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Then proctorU told me no scratch paper, so i couldn't write anything down before the exam(like that chart), or use scratch paper for some other questions..kinda weird.

    Hehe, I didn't ask about scratch paper, I did happen to have a couple of blank sheets lying on the table I was using along with a pen. I used it to work out a couple of the questions with raids and usable storage. The proctor may not have seen it, but if they did they didn't mention it.
  • D113D113 Posts: 17Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    cs8400 wrote: »
    I too just finished my MCSA on server 2012 this Friday. I just scheduled the Project+ and Server+ through ProctorU for late March. They came out to $50 a piece. $100 for 2 tests!

    I also saw that the exams can be booked through the end of March, and that the exams are $50 each now. Wasn't this a pilot program that was supposed to end in February?

    ProctorU didn't have much information about availability of the exams beyond March 31 and referred me to CompTIA for information. The CompTIA rep was familiar with the ProctorU program, but didn't have any additional information on it.
  • nsternster Posts: 231Member
    I was told is was their "new permanent price". Regardless, I'm going to try and do Project+ soon and maybe Cloud+ as well within March
  • stryder144stryder144 Posts: 1,489Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    I tried to set up a test for last Friday, thinking that the opportunity would be gone forever. I guess, since I couldn't seem to figure out the whole blocked port issue (since resolved), that the delay was a blessing in disguise. $50 per test is an outstanding price. Now I need to finish studying for Cloud+ (personal reasons) and Server+ (professional reasons) and take the tests.
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