Self-Study is defined as
reading a CompTIA RFID+ Quality Seal Approved Manual, in conjunction with
utilizing the 175 Question Quiz
CD, and listening to the RFID
If you never attend an
RFID class, never see tags & readers in action, never meet anyone in the
RFID industry, can you still pass the CompTIA RFID+ exam?
Yes! No! Probably! I have no idea! The truth is, it all
depends on what type of student you are. Can you learn difficult concepts
out of a book? Do you already have a complimentary background that lends
itself to understanding RFID? Do you have the necessary discipline to do
it all on your own?
If I were pressed, I would say yes, you
could definitely pass
the exam without ever stepping into a classroom. Is it the best
choice? Probably not, but lets assume its the path you would like to take,
and lets figure out how to get you there.
Step 1: You need to expose yourself to RFID to gain a
high level understanding of how the technology works. The easiest way is
to go to a site like YouTube and search on "RFID". YouTube (and
others) have many videos that demonstrate how the technology works, how it is
currently being applied, and the future impact and applications related to RFID.
I would suggest you kick back, and watch as many videos as are
available. It's easy learning and will help with other things that will make a lot
more sense down the road.
Step 2: Search the web! New companies, and
the old established companies are forming new RFID operations everyday. Do
a search on "RFID", and visit some of these websites. Some of
the information and applications won't make any sense to you at this time, but that's
ok. Down the road when you've been studying for a while, it will come back
to you, and you'll have an epiphany like "Oh I get it now", and it
will serve as a great confidence builder on how your knowledge has
expanded. Visit sites like RFIDJournal.com,
which explores the market and future of RFID. Read the definition of RFID
look around...don't be bashful!
Step 3: Time to start reading a book! My introduction to
RFID was through RFID For Dummies. For me, it was a great book because it
was well written, assumed very little requisite knowledge, and used easy to
understand terms. However, it is not necessary for strictly passing the CompTIA
RFID+ exam, and can be skipped should you choose to do so. You will need to
purchase at least one CompTIA Quality Seal Approved RFID+ Manual. In theory, everything you need
to pass the test should be contained in this book. For the most part,
that's true. However, you may determine that reading a second CompTIA Quality Seal Approved RFID+
Manual by a different author provides a greater explanation or an easier
explanation. If you are confused by your first manual, or feel you need
more information, don't be afraid to purchase a second manual.
You can see my review of the two CompTIA Quality Seal Approved RFID+
Manuals I read here,
or you can see our listing of all CompTIA Quality Seal Approved RFID+ Manuals
here, or visit the RFIDStudent Book Store
(through Amazon). You will need to purchase at least one approved manual.
In addition, your manual MUST include the 175
Question Quiz CD, or you
arrange an alternate means for access to these or very similar questions.
Step 4: Study! Study! Study! If
you learn difficult concepts quickly, kudos to you, and you may not need the
redundancy I outline here. However, this is the approach I took, and I
felt it was very beneficial.
Read the detailed domain requirements for the CompTIA RFID+
exam, available here.
They will probably not all make
sense to you at this time but that's ok, when you come across them later in your
manual, they will jump out at you.
Read your entire CompTIA RFID+ manual cover to cover, including
the vocabulary section. Take the sample tests at the conclusion of
chapters (if they are available) as you move along. Re-read the
entire manual cover to cover, this time highlighting the areas that are
difficult, seem important, and are specifically listed in the domain
requirements. Begin taking the CD quizzes, non-timed, with about 50
questions on each test. Take 2 or 3 quizzes, and slowly review all of your
answers, whether correct or not.
Go back and read the vocabulary section
in your manual. One really big advantage I found in learning vocabulary
was to digitally record the vocabulary terms and play it back later. It
was almost like a freebie, where I could lounge around and still learn. You can record the vocabulary in your own voice, or you can download a copy (in
my voice) here.
Take a break! Give yourself a day off, a weekend off,
without panicking that you will forget everything. You've earned it,
and you WILL NOT forget everything!
All right slacker...get back to work! Do 2 or 3 of the CD
quizzes. Slowly review ALL of your answers. Sit down, lay down,
whatever, and listen to all of the vocabulary terms. Listen to them
again! Now crack open the manual, and quickly flip to only the sections
that have posed difficulty for you. Maybe its the different types of
antennas, maybe its the rules and regulations, whatever, just concentrate on your
difficult concepts. Do a few more CD quizzes, re-read the detailed domain
requirements, and listen to the vocabulary another time.
Step 5: While the videos, book(s), and CD have given you
great exposure to understanding the mechanics behind RFID, nothing can surpass
"hands on" knowledge. If possible, visit an RFID lab at a
college or visit an organization currently utilizing RFID. If you can find
a lab, it will most likely be filled with college students, who are more then
willing to spend a few minutes with you. Look, listen and try! Waive
a tag in front of a reader. Encode a tag if you can. Ask a lot of
questions! Build relationships, and be grateful.
Step 6: Field trips over...time to get back
to work...exams coming up! Get back to those CD quizzes. Do a lot of
them! Over and over and over! Take them timed and un-timed! Slowly read the answers you are still missing.
Crack open your book and figure
out why! You need to score 100% on the CD quizzes at least twice before even considering
taking the CompTIA RFID+ exam. Listen to the vocabulary, over and over and over.
Read the vocabulary over and over and over. Read the highlighted sections
of your manual, start committing things to memory. Test yourself! Put the book down, close your eyes and start reciting the rules and regulations,
the different types of antennas, testing procedures, the different types of
tags, installation procedures, etc. Re-read the detailed domain
requirements. Determine where you are weak, where you are strong. More CD
quizzes, more vocabulary. Take a break!
Step 7: Repeat step 6.
Step 8: Pick a date to take your test. Find a
provider in you area, search here.
Step 9: Repeat step 7 (no break).
Step 10: Take and Pass the test!
Bonus: In addition to the above studying and attending 2-Day - Training, I also read
two CompTIA Quality Seal Approved RFID+
Manuals, and utilized
two software CD's. If you are not getting what you need from your current manual,
consider purchasing another one.