- Hardcover: 984 pages
- Publisher: Sybex; De Luxe edition edition (31 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047004831X
- ISBN-13: 978-0470048313
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 5.7 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,616,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide, Deluxe Edition: Exams 220 601/602/603/604 Hardcover – Special Edition, 31 Oct 2006
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From the Back Cover
All–in–one guide plus videos prepares you for CompTIA′s new A+ Certification
Candidates aiming for CompTIA′s revised, two–exam A+ Certified Track will find what they need in this value–packed book. Prepare for the required exam, CompTIA A+ Essentials (220–601), as well as your choice of one of three additional exams focusing on specific job roles IT Technician (220–602), Remote Support Technician (220–603), or Depot Technician (220–603). This in–depth Deluxe Edition features instructional videos, thorough coverage of all objectives for all four exams, bonus practice exams, and more. Inside, you′ll find:
Comprehensive coverage of all exam objectives for all four exams in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you′re getting the instruction you need
CD with over an hour of instructional videos so you see how to perform key tasks
Hand–on exercises to reinforce critical skills
Real–world scenarios that put what you′ve learned in the context of actual job roles
Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day
Exam Essentials, a key feature at the end of each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exams
A handy fold–out that maps every official exam objective to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective
Look inside for complete coverage of all exam objectives for all four CompTIA A+ exams.
Featured on the CDs
SYBEX TEST ENGINE:
Test your knowledge with advanced testing software. Includes all chapter review questions and 12 total bonus exams.
Reinforce your understanding with flashcards that can run on your PC, Pocket PC, or Palm handheld.
Learn how to perform key tasks with over an hour of instructional videos on a bonus CD!
Visit www.sybex.com for all of your CompTIA certification needs.
About the Author
Quentin Docter, A+, MCSE, CNE, CCNA, SCSA, is an IT consultant and author. He has written or coauthored several books for Sybex, including MCSE: Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure Design Study Guide.
Emmett Dulaney, A+, MCSE, has written over 30 books on Windows, Security, IT project management, and UNIX, and is the certification columnist for Redmond Magazine and CramSession.com.
Toby Skandier, A+, is a technical education developer for Sprint Corporation. He has coauthored numerous books, including the bestselling CompTIA Network+ Study Guide.
Top Customer Reviews
The writing style changes suddenly (there are 3 authors) and the writing is fairly awful in places. Great literature it is not. The geek rating is off the scale - there are many laugh-out-loud moments for the socially-adjusted reader as you sense the authors' genuine excitement about various extremely-tedious-though-useful "technologies".
There are a small number of number of errors in the tests. This isn't a big problem. Worse, quite a few of the questions are sloppily written. For example, the answer to "The lowest voltage shock that can be felt by a human is ...?" is "3000V". Don't go and stick your finger in the 240V socket though - they omitted the word "electrostatic" from the question.
As in most American books there is zero awareness of the other 95% of the world. For example, the answer to "What are the two common cellular standards?" is "GSM and CDMA". No mention of "only in America".
Overall it is a useful book, but not a "complete study guide" as claimed. It isn't good enough to be your only source. Use in conjunction with the other A+ books available.
Firstly you have to contact the support section of the manufacturer
There is a link on the left stated "CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide
To obtain corrected test engine click here"
It'll take you to a topic where someone has complained about the problem.
Click the "Live Chat" link at the top of the page to speak to a support member, they will tell you The version of the Test Engine that is on the CD-ROM has a compatibility issue with the latest version of Flash Player.
If you supplied a valid email before using live chat they will send the modified version of the test engine to it otherwise supply a different email address. Apart from that issue a great in depth book.
Hope that helps
This is an excellent piece of work, easy to follow and completely understandable to the layman or professional.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
The CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide is quite comprehensive in my opinion. It covers many topics and will make a good reference book now that my study is finished. Each chapter includes a 20 question practice test (also included on the CD) over the material in that chapter. The included CD has three 60-question practice tests for each of the A+ exams. I worked every practice test until I could do them without making mistakes. The Thompson A+ 2006 Q&A book provided several hundred more practice test questions and was a good supplement to the Docter book as it forced me to go back and re-read some sections in order to answer the additional questions.
The CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide does have a few problems. I found a number of typos and some of the answers to practice test questions are wrong (although I guess if you can tell the answer is wrong you are learning the material.) Also, I had trouble getting the practice test engine on the CD to run. Had to go to the CD publisher's web site (Wiley) to download an updated test engine.
Overall, I am satisfied with this book and accompanying software. It got me up-to-speed on the material that is tested on the A+ exams. Given the cost of some A+ training products and classes, the book is a bargain.
The newly printed editions come with working CDs, which have past exams and question explanations. I think the notes I've derived from them gave me more useful information than the entire book, and I understand the publisher lets you download them anyway.
Everything else. Everything. This book is written and edited with a shocking lack of care for the A+ exam material, facts, and functionality.
Some of the end of chapter questions are left over from other editions of the book, and are not answered anywhere in the text (Ch 15 is particularly bad if you have a copy). The sample exams given on the CD also cover material that is nowhere in the book.
Much of the non-exam material is half true, misinformed, or plain wrong. In Ch 4, the authors somehow manage to confuse the concepts of mounted volumes and logical partitions. In chapter 17, it's explained to us that Unix machines keep all user documents in /usr (Not /home?)...and then we're given a diagram illustrating this to make it clearer. Those are the first two that I could find again, you will find many more.
I'm convinced all of the positive reviews either used this book in an instructor-led course, have not taken the exams yet, or are Sybex employees.
This is the worst textbook I have ever read, on any topic. I will never buy another Sybex product again, and encourage anyone reading this to do the same.
This book will be the backbone of my studies, I believe that several sources are needed in order to get an all around idea of what the A+ wants you to know.
All in all I'm very happy with my purchase and can honestly recommend it to others.
19. Every computer has a diagnostic program built into its BIOS called the __________.
The answer is definitely C, ACCORDING TO THE LETTERS GIVEN, but the answer to this problem given is:
"B. Every computer has a diagnostic program built into its BIOS called the power-on self-test (POST)."
In my opinion, the correct answer should be C, and when I used the electronic test engine that came on the CD (which does work), it came up wrong when I put C with the same annotation.
So I would recommend this book to somebody on the condition that they were on their toes when they read it. I hope that they do a better job further down the line in the book with keeping the errors to a minimum.
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