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+Targeted Review for the CompTIA A+ Exams

+Includes Access to a Full Set of Online Review Tools

+The Perfect Companion to Any A+ Learning Tool

Approach the latest CompTIA A+ exams with confidence

Before you take CompTIA A+ Exams 220–801 and 220–802, reinforce your test preparation with this concise guide that helps you brush up on key exam topics. From PC hardware, networking, and operating systems to security, mobile devices, and more, this practical study tool reviews all exam objectives for both exams. You′ll also have access to an extensive set of online review tools, including four full practice exams, and more.

  • Easy–to–use book is organized by exam objectives for quick review
  • Flexible review guide goes hand in hand with any learning tool on the market, including the Sybex CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide, Second Edition
  • "Exam Essentials" section in each chapter helps you zero in on what you need to know
  • Gain access to a full set of online exam prep and review tools, including four practice exams, over 170 review questions, 100 electronic flashcards, and more 500 practice questions in all!


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Emmett Dulaney, A+, Network+, Security+, MCT, is a respected industry expert. He is currently an assistant professor at Anderson University. He has written several books on Windows, Security, IT project management, and UNIX, including the previous edition of the CompTIA A+ Complete Review Guide and two of Sybex′s leading certification titles, CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide and CompTIA Security+ Study Guide. He is also a well–known certification columnist for

Troy McMillan is a product developer and technical editor for Kaplan IT and holds more than 30 IT certifications, including A+ and Network+. He is also a full–time trainer and the author of Cisco Networking Essentials.

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Great resource! 24 Sept. 2012
By Robin Abernathy - Published on
Format: Paperback
First, I have to share the feature I love the most about this book - its structure. Have you ever downloaded an Objective List from CompTIA? While it makes sense on the exam, it usually does not correspond well to an independent book reference. Often you spend time flipping from chapter to chapter just to find all the information on a particular topic that may be applicable to one exam objective. With Sybex's Complete Review Guide, the flipping is over. This book is arranged according to the exam objecitves. Each chapter corresponds with a unique exam objective from the Objective List, and each section within a chapter corresponds to a subobjective from the Objective List. This translates into easy, targeted studying. It also makes it easy to find information about the latest new topics (Virtualization!! Mobile Devices?!?) So if you know that your knowledge is deficient in a particular area (did I mention mobile devices?), then you can go right to that chapter and section to find what you need. (BTW, mobile devices are covered in Chapter 8, pages 363-377.)

Secondly, I love that they give you just the facts you need. This guide is very exam focused. For example, they don't spend a lot of time explaining the history of computer hardware. If you are looking for a resource that gets straight to the point, then this guide is your choice. It guides you into a focused mode of study to help you learn the information needed to pass the exam.

Finally, the book has plenty of charts, graphics, and bullet points (charts, graphics, and bullets, oh my!) If you have read any of my resource reviews in the past, you know I am a big fan of these study aids. When you have knowledge that you just need to know for an exam, it is often easier to study if this information is in a chart or listed in bullet points. Pictures always help you to recognize hardware, ports, connectors, and the like, which is VERY important for an A+ technician.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I played a small part in the publication of this book. As you may have noticed, Troy McMillan, a fellow member of Transcender's Content Development team, is one of the authors of this book. Through my connection with Troy, I was able to participate as a technical editor of this book. I can attest to the effort that these authors put into its development. Because there are so many facts that you must know, covering the A+ content in a concise manner can be quite daunting. But after sharing the process with Emmett and Troy, I can tell you that these guys have done a great job!

Keep this book in mind when you decide to start preparing for the new A+ exam. It's a great resource for getting up to speed! And watch in the coming days for my post regarding upcoming changes to the Network+ and Security+ exams.

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Well-written, easy to understand, and straight to the point 3 Jan. 2013
By Rick Murphy - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can think of three types of readers who would benefit from this book.
1)Someone who is pursuing a career in IT and is preparing to take the A+ certification exam.
2)Someone who has inherited the job of "office computer technician" but has not had prior computer hardware training.
3)Someone who is getting ready to fix or upgrade their current system or wants to achieve a better understanding of how PCs, tablets, and mobile devices operate.

For Type 1 readers, you will find that the CompTIA A+ Complete Review Guide - Second Edition is well-written and straight to the point. The content follows along exactly with the structure of the CompTIA Exam Objectives ([...] ) making it easy to stay focused on the assessment requirements. The information is targeted to the exam and covers all the necessary topics without going into unnecessary details. It also contains additional study aids such as Review Questions and Exam Essentials.

For Type 2 readers, the CompTIA A+ Complete Review Guide - Second Edition can act as a life preserver if you've been dropped into the "deep end of the pool" and have to "sink or swim". We've all been there. The CompTIA A+ Complete Review Guide - Second Edition makes an excellent encyclopedia of PC hardware and mechanics for the beginning to intermediate PC tech.

For Type 3 readers, the CompTIA A+ Complete Review Guide - Second Edition can act as a "Rosetta Stone" to help you translate technical terms, interface types, and specifications when reviewing online catalogs and price lists. Most discount retail sites and stores expect you to know which components work together and what additional pieces are needed to hook them up. This will help.

For all types of readers, Emmett and Troy have done a nice job of presenting the study materials in a clear and easy to understand format. Well worth the price even as just a desktop reference resource.
Tremendous Resource! 18 Dec. 2012
By A. Newman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Being a casual computer person I wanted to find a resource that will allow me to learn about computers in a way that would give me the information I needed at the right pace, the right delivery and the right information. This book does that and more.
Initially I thought I would be intimidated by a detailed book that goes deep into the workings of a computer. But these guys really take the hesitation away. They use easy to understand methods and fill the book with charts, graphs etc that further enhance your learning experience. Basically, it is easy to follow along.

The book is structured in easy to get to information. There is not searching around and losing your way. It is simple. Sometimes you will go from chapter to chapter looking up reference material. It is super easy to go back and forth and not get lost in this book.

Something I also enjoyed was that they didn't fill the book with filler material. They give you exactly what you need to know. There isn't a bunch of needless fluff. This again makes navigating the book easy. Along with that they don't try and impress you with lingo. They make it easy to understand.

I don't know if I will actually take the exams this book prepares you for but I do feel confident that if I were to go down that path this would get me there. The extra material and exam guides are definitely great to have!

I would recommend this book as a great resource for anyone looking to prepare for the exams or if you just want to learn more about computers in general. You can't go wrong.
Good to review just before your exam 31 Dec. 2012
By Paul Schmidt - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a review guide, this should be all you need to pass the exam if you already have some experience. This is a great resource if you have already studied the subject in detail and are about ready to take the exam. Be aware that this is a review guide, not a study guide. If you are completely new to the computer world, you will need this book AND the study guide that is sold as a companion to this book. This book covers each objective in detail. Be sure to review the online bonus material that is included with this book. The book also has a discount coupon for your exam voucher, so get the book before you schedule your exam.
Easy to read, great to use 18 Dec. 2012
By muttonchops - Published on
Format: Paperback
In the world of IT subjects its easy to get lost with the bizarre range of publications coming out each year.
A few stand out for these reasons:
> Readability
> Examples
> Reinforcements

This CompTIA Complete review guide has all of these essential elements and is my go to guide for anything related to the 801, 802 exams.
I highly recommend it and if you're preparing for these exams, this is the only book you'll need. Good luck!
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