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CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition Hardcover – Dec 21 2006
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Mike Meyers is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world, and a member of CompTIA.
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The book if followed by the instruction of Mike Meyers will lead to a certification of their choice. As an instructor of IT (CTT+) and CISCO IT Essentials programs, I recommend this book.
The chapters clearly outline principals, theory and expectations. What people fail to realize, is that this material with some solid experience, will lead to a promising career in IT. This is the starting point or the foundation of instruction. One must continue on and further enhance their education and experience.
I have believed in the Mike Meyers material and recommend this.
I am lucky that I already work in the computer industry so I understand what he is saying - most of the time. Thank the heavens for the internet or I would be lost. Overall poor editing!
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If you were to only use this book and the disk that came with it, then you should be able to easily pass the IT Technician Exam (220-602). I used ONLY this book and the included disk and I took the IT Technician Exam in March of 2008, and I got a near perfect score of 900 thanks to this book.
However, this book isn't enough to get you through the Essentials Exam unless you already have a vast knowledge of trouble shooting operating systems. I took the Essentials Exam (220-601) in March of 2008, and I would say that 90% of my version of the exam was about trouble shooting. They might as well have called it the "Trouble Shooting Operating Systems Exam". This book can't prepare you for how they're going to ask the questions on the Essentials Exam. I'm just lucky I have 10 years of general computer expericence and a 4-year bachelor's degree in CIS or this Essentials Exam could've been a complete disaster. You will be very disappointed when you see what this Essentials Exam focuses on. Instead of spending all that time reading this 1100+ page book and knowing everything in it from top to bottom, I could have just studied trouble shooting for about 4-5 hours. I took a lot of time learning all the technical aspects of every hardware component on a PC, and basically everything under the sun about the software side & operating systems and it seemed like only 10% of that was on the Essentials. To get prepared for the Essentials Exam all you need to do is focus on operating system trouble shooting, diagnostic procedures, configuring operating systems in general and for networks, and the command line interface commands. And the only commands they asked about were the commands that would help you restore and diagnose problems. They asked a lot about restoring and recovery of operating systems too.
This book is great for the (220-602) IT Technician Exam, but if you don't have much experience in trouble shooting and preventive maintenance of operating systems, then to pass the (220-601) Essentials Exam I would suggest finding some supplemental sample questions off the internet and really focusing on installing, diagnostic procedures, preventive maintenance, and trouble shooting techniques for operating systems and networks.
Next I figured I would come back here and look at the reviews to see what people thought the book missed and I got freaked out that there was no way I would pass these tests based on what the reviews said about the book. And low and behold, I got a 793 on the 601 and a 825 on the 602. I don't know what the other reviews were talking about but I have no experience working in IT and was able to pass by a good margin on both of my tests using only the book.
My school books for A+ are still in plastic wrapping, they have never been opened. The best thing about this book is the practice exams it gives you on the CD. Taking the practice exams prepared me alot, because the questions are very similiar to the real CompTIA exams. If I new what this book was all about before going to school for A+ I could have saved $1500 bucks. Oh well for that I guess. You don't know what's good for you until it smacks you in the face.
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