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CompTIA A+ Complete Certification Kit [Paperback]

Quentin Docter , Emmett Dulaney , Toby Skandier , James Pyles
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July 27 2009 0470145609 978-0470145609 1
As the industry standard in terms of measuring a technician’s hardware and software knowledge, the CompTIA A+ exam is the most popular entry-level certification, particularly for individuals switching from another career to computers. This kit prepares you for the two-part certification exam by offering valuable information on personal computer components, laptop and portable devices, printers and scanners, networks, and security safety and environment.

This boxed contains three books that provides everything you need to prepare for the CompTIA A+ 2006 Certification Exam, including in-depth coverage of all exam objectives, exercises to hone your real-world skills, and a concise review for that last-minute test prep.

CompTIA A+(r) Complete Study Guide

This Study Guide provides complete, in-depth coverage of all exam objectives for all four CompTIA A+ exams in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you're getting the instruction you need

  • Hands-on exercises reinforce critical skills
  • Real-world scenarios put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles
  • Challenging review questions prepare you for exam day
  • Exam Essentials in each chapter helps you zero in on what you need to know
  • Includes Eight practice exams on CD: 2 each for A+ Essentials, IT Technician, Remote Support Technician, and Depot Technician

PC Technician Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA A+(r) Skills

Key information and hands-on practice organized around the actual day-to-day tasks and challenges you'll face in the field as a PC Technician, including installing and maintaining hardware and software, and much more

  • Practice what you've learned with challenging real world scenarios
  • Follow step-by-step exercises and get the skills you need in the field
  • Based on specific exam objectives--use this as a lab manual for certification prep

CompTIA A+(r) Complete Fast Pass(TM)

A concise review tool--and the perfect companion to the CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide--focusing on essential information for all four A+ exams

  • Easy-to-use book is organized by exam objectives for quick review
  • Exam Essentials in each chapter helps you zero in on what you need to know
  • Contains more review questions and practice tools than competing review guides
  • Includes four practice exams on CD plus electronic flashcards and a searchable Glossary of Terms

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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 has written over 30 books on Windows, Security, IT project management, and UNIX, including the CompTIA Security+ Study Guide, 3rd Edition. He is the certification columnist for Redmond Magazine and CertCities.com.

Toby Skandier, A+, Network +, i-Net+, Server+, is a technical education developer for Embarq. He has coauthored numerous books for Sybex, including the bestselling CompTIA Network+ Study Guide.

James Pyles is an experienced instructor and author and currently a technical writer for EmergeCore Networks. He has participated in numerous installations of hardware, operating systems, and wireless LANs.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FastPass Oct. 7 2008
The main book in this package is quite nice, very detailed and has just about everything you would need to pass the exam. MAKE SURE YOU READ THE BIG BOOK! I can't stress that enough, reading the "FastPass" alone, despite the title, will get you a speedy fail. I was expecting the Fast Pass to be a review guide which would point to the more important sections of the main text, by contrast it is a condensed version which unfortunately leaves out a lot of CRUCIAL details.

Being (admittedly) slightly lazy I mainly studied from the FastPass, and was amazed at how many questions from the 602 test were not covered at all in the text, luckily with some deductive reasoning and past experience I still scored very well, but the FastPass alone left me a little underprepared. If I were more of a beginner would have surely failed the test.

My next goal of getting my MCTS (Configuring Vista) will most definitely involve studying the full guide, and maybe using the examcram guide afterwards.

Good luck with your certification, hope this helps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Feb. 7 2009
By Jocelyn
I found this product very useful and very positive. The reason I gave 4/5 stars is it does not focus at all on Vista for the reason that the book(s) were written while Vista was coming out on the market. Other than that I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants to get their A+ CompTIA certificate. The images are descriptive. Having a computer with WinXP is my personal suggestion so you may follow the book by practicing the chapters hands on. One note of caution. There are MANY authors out there training you for the CompTIA exam. Beware! Not every book/author will be the best bet to get trained up on 'do-it-yourself' study. Always research the book and author before making the purchase. How? Easy! Google it! "*book name* reviews". And "*author's name* reviews". This book came in second in popularity but bought it because of the 2 extra books included in the package.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This helped me get certified July 27 2010
This is going to be short and sweet. I would not have gotten my A+ certification without these books. Anyone looking to get certified should pick up this collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to read with good information. June 29 2010
The book seems to be very easy to read with lots of very good information. What's left to be seen is if it really does help pass the A+ exams...

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5.0 out of 5 stars All in one guide to the new CompTIA 2006 A+ Certifications Aug. 28 2007
By 01TECH - Published on Amazon.com
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This setup saved me half of what the books listed for seperately. I had read PDF versions of the Fast Pass and A+ Complete books a few months ago and wanted to pick up the hard copies for a new employee. So far the "PC Technician Street Smarts" book is helpful as a Politically Correct (CompTIA standards) tutorial. The labs cover real world skills that a newly initiated employee would need in the first weeks and months of thier vocation. It starts out with installing memory and advances to installation of other internal components. It provides more complex lab guides as it covers PC maintenance, Networking and Troubleshooting. When I first picked this book up to glance through it, I was amazed at how much was in the little guy in comparison to the 900+ pages of the study guides. I believe this is one of the most real approaches I have seen on teaching the A+ skills for a beginner.

The "CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide" is fantastic, not only is it full of more real world scenarios of what an A+ certified Tech should know, it comes with Flash cards! Flash cards have to be one of the most useful study aids there are and these are great. The CD that comes with the book has the full text in PDF format, the flash cards and practice exams. I highly reccomend the study guide over Mike Meyers', it cuts so much of the BS and teaches you using real world application.

The Fast Pass is great review of the previous 2 books and also comes with flash cards and 4 bonus exams.

In conclusion, this is a fantastic package for anyone who wants to pass the 2006 CompTIA A+ exams.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to pass the A+ certification by CompTIA Feb. 27 2008
By tmichele - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this set to study for my A+ certification and this was all I used for both the Essentials test and the Remote Support Technician test and I passed both. I mainly used the FastPass book that comes with this set but the Complete Study Guide was very useful as well. I can tell you that when I took the Essentials test, there was an answer to one of the questions that was the exact wording of one of the sentences in the book. This set was full of information and easy to read. I would recommend this to anyone studying for their A+ certification! It worked for me!
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FOR REVIEW, BUT MAYBE NOT FOR THE ACTUAL TEST April 9 2008
By Hack Driver - Published on Amazon.com
I studied using the two CDs in these books. I made sure I past every test with a 90% or better. I took the Essentials on Saturday and failed with a 630 where 675 - 900 is needed to pass. The questions on the actual test do not seem to resemble the ones in this book/CD. The ones on the test will give you a question like, " Which is MOST right?" when all five can work well. Another was "...(Select two)" when only one really seemed like the correct answer. Most of what I felt I got right was more from experience over from what I studied.

This week I am going to go to the book store and exam which books sound more like the test. I would carefully review the customers reviews on amazon. CompTIA has a list of qualified books, and this is one. Now it looks like I am going to need another author and publisher as well. $168 for a lesson in what am I getting into with certification tests! Here is some errata for you all too. Bluetooth is in-fact radio frequency, not infrared like one of the CD tests state. One CD states Class D fire extinguishers do not exist while another says they are for metals. They indeed are for metals.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Those Preparing for A+ Certification Jan. 4 2008
By B.Q.Buys - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent. Very thorough and well-written except for some typos. Comes with "Complete Study Guide" as well as a "Fast Pass" summary of the guide's main points and a "PC Technician Street Smarts" book which presents ninety-four real-world scenarios. The two CD-ROMs feature the entire Study Guide in .pdf format, twelve practice tests (three per exam), flashcards, and a glossary. The purpose of the kit is to help you prepare not simply for the certification test but for employment as well.

Amazon.com sent me the package in less than two days and in excellent condition. At around $65, it was a bargain.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need for A+ Certification May 29 2008
By Mahatma - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking to take the A+ 601 and 602 exams this is all you need. I took both exams today (29 May 08) and passed with plenty to spare on both exams. This kit gets it right on all fronts. The information is clearly presented, the flash cards, chapter tests and cumulative exams are all on the mark in the sense that the questions hit the right areas and are representative of the verbage/presentation you will see on the exams. Again, absolutely nothing else is needed. This one hits the nail on the head.
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