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  • Hardcover: 548 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (June 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007173919X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071739191
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 19.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
Tooked and passed the exam. Used this book as one of the references. Also took other courses from infocomm. Would recommend to anyone taking the exam. Just don't rely solely on this book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
STAY AWAY Nov. 9 2011
By Joe716 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just took the CTS exam for the 2nd time....and failed using this book as a study guide...

I read this book cover to cover to help me prepare for the exam. Got a 80% on the first assesment, 88% on the 2nd try so I was feeling pretty good about going into the exam. Get into the exam and 90% of the material on the exam is not covered in the book, what a joke...

Reading about the elevation flags and section cut flags etc...NOTHING
Read about inverse square law...NOTHING

what a waste of 3 days reading this book and weeks prepping for this exam again...

Also, I spoke to Infocomm about this book and the response from Infocomm was, the people that wrote this book were not allowed to talk to the people at Infocomm, so basically they wrote a book bring blind...

The exam questions were refreshed since the last time I took it back in August as well...

Your better off probably taking the online virtual classroom training on infocomm's website
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Essential AV Industry knowledge June 29 2011
By AV Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are some typos that concern me (ie. on page 15 it identifies an XLR connector as a Mini-Din), but overall this book is excellent for what it's supposed to do...prepare the reader for the CTS Exam. Some essential knowledge of AV system design is also included. Lots of best practices, etc. This book should be required reading for every AV industry professional.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
pointless Dec 12 2011
By Andrew R. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just took the CTS exam for the second time. Both times I used this book to study, and both times I failed the exam. I read the book cover to cover THREE TIMES, and after answering all 197 practice questions in the book, I got nine wrong. I figured I was good to go. WRONG. The vast majority of the questions on the final exam aren't even discussed in the book. The CD-ROM that comes with the book is equally worthless, despite it's boasting that it's "as close to the final exam as possible" .. it's not close at all. I called Infocomm to complain, and, like one of the reviewers above me, I was told that the people who write the book aren't allowed to know what's on the final exam. They're told about general subjects, but nothing specific. So, if they don't know what's on the exam, how are they supposed to come up with accurate practice questions and information? Oh wait, they don't.

The book is decent to have around in your home or office as a quick reference, but as far as using it to study for the CTS exam? STAY AWAY.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You can use this and PASS Dec 15 2012
By rwphwp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I started preparing for the CTS exam (which to be upfront I took this morning and scored moderately well, like a "B") after I read that the prep guide was not adequate, either as an exam guide or as a reference manual (for you logic nuts, an inclusive "or"). But reviews for this text are hard to come by, so it's difficult to say just how many people who have taken the CTS have used it as preparation material. I am glad to say, though, that the time I spent taking the practice exams, noting the areas in which I was lacking, and reviewing the relevant chapters was not wasted. I think where some folks missed the benefit of the guide was in passing over the dozen or so formulas (for aspect ratio, etc.), which honestly could have been given greater emphasis by the authors, but which also are of unmistakable help both in the field and on the exam. I'm sure the more highly priced prep classes give those formulas better showing. At bottom, if you're looking to take the CTS exam, give this guide a shot. It took me about two months to develop a knowledge base for the exam material, which I read slowly (about two chapters a week, with some note taking, in addition to studying the glossary), and that was with a plate full at work. Someone with enough free time could do it in three weeks or so.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Required Reading Aug. 1 2011
By John M. Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I strongly recommend this book to everybody in the AV industry. It was readable, broad ranging (within the limits of the CTS topics), and, now that I've taken and passed the exam, very good preparation. AV folks who have already taken, or are not interested in the CTS exam will still find the book a valuable document about general AV topics.

Like the CTS exam itself, this book is not technical. It does hit a couple of technical bits, like speaker and projection math. Mostly, it is about project process from beginning to end. One thing that would have been a sweet addition would be a fold out poster illustrating every stage of a project, who is involved in each, and what documents go where. For example, a Change Order goes after budget approval, but before an installer actually makes any change. I would advise any CTS candidate to make such chart, as this kind of data is the core of the CTS exam.

There are some misprints as another reviewer pointed out. The formula for the resistance of a speaker circuit wired in parallel was printed wrong and that was in fact on my exam.

The practice exam included on the CD was a great tool as well. The questions were not the same as the exam, so memorizing them won't help, but the form and general content were spot on. Taking the practice exam is a good indicator for how much studying you need to do.

Good luck.

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