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CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition [Hardcover]

Michael Meyers
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Dec 21 2006 0072263113 978-0072263114 6

The Number-One CompTIA A+ Exam Guide

"The most comprehensive publication on the market." -Certification Magazine

Completely revised and updated for all four new exams and reviewed and approved by CompTIA, this definitive volume covers everything you need to know to pass the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam and CompTIA A+ Exams 220-602, 220-603, and 220-604. Mike Meyers, the leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training, has helped hundreds of thousands of people pass the CompTIA A+ exams-and now he can help you too. Inside, you'll find detailed coverage of the exam format, helpful exam tips, end-of-chapter practice questions, and hundreds of photographs and illustrations. After you ace the exams, this comprehensive guide will serve as an essential on-the-job reference.

Full details on all exam objectives, including how to:

  • Work with CPUs, RAM, and motherboards
  • Install, partition, and format hard drives
  • Work with portable PCs, PDAs, and wireless technologies
  • Install, upgrade, and troubleshoot Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP
  • Install sound and video cards
  • Manage printers and connect to networks
  • Implement security measures
  • Understand safety and environmental issues
  • Establish good communication skills and adhere to privacy policies

The CD-ROM features:

  • Eight full practice exams covering CompTIA A+ Essentials and Exams 220-602, 220-603, & 220-604
  • One hour of LearnKey video training featuring Mike Meyers teaching key A+ topics
  • Electronic copy of the book
  • Complete exam objective map for all four exams
  • List of official CompTIA A+ acronyms
  • Useful tools and utilities for PC technicians

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect July 21 2009
Format:Hardcover
The product itself is just perfect. It has helped me in many ways and it was easy to pass the CompTIA A+ exams.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Get another book Feb. 10 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have read this book and I can definitively recommend against buying this book. I agree with Micheal Ellis' assessment that this book likes to casually use terms with absolutely no explanation and there are several pictures that are just wrong - and what the hell is up with black and white pictures? I had to fire up Firefox, on several occasions, to get alternate/better explanations because there are some really poor explanations.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A technical book worth its weight in gold Aug. 9 2007
Format:Hardcover
I have personally used the Mike Meyers series of books in instruction as well as a resource. My latest group of students were introduced to the 6th Edition and each has commented that the material was current, accurate and entertaining. Anyone who needs this will not be disappointed.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only study material you'll need Jan. 19 2008
By Steven Holz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I spent over a week agonizing over which book to purchase to prepare for the A+ exam. I ended up choosing this because it seemed to me to be the most material for the money and because Meyers, the author, has a reputation for quality in the industry. After working through the book, I am fully satisfied, and passed the exam on the first try. This guide is extremely comprehensive, and laid out in a very logical and easy-to-use way. Meyers' writing style is very easy to read and engaging. Even dry subjects are quite readable. The included materials are also quite good, but I should mention a few caveats. The book advertises 8 practice exams, but that means two for each of the four tests. Because any one person will only take two tests (Essentials and one elective), there really are only four practice tests (however, there is so much overlap, I found taking all the tests to be helpful). Also, each practice test is only 50 questions, but the real test is 100, so each is only half a test. On the other hand, the practice tests are very accurate and the interface is just like what you'll face on test day. Also, if you purchase your exam vouchers from Meyers' website, you will not only save $30 on each test, but also get an additional two practice tests (100 questions) for each exam. Overall, I definitely recommend this book over any other you might be considering, and I plan to purchase the accompanying Network+ book to study for that test.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book March 28 2009
By M. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
So I bought the book without reading the reviews. Not a good idea, but I saw the book in a store and thought I could get it cheaper here. I have no working experience in IT and this seemed to be the most comprehensive guide. It took me like 2 weeks to read the book, and I mean read the entire book and then go back and reread areas that I wasn't sure about. So I bought the vouchers for the test and went through the included practice exam for the 220-601 & 220-602 and failed them both. So I went back and looked at the areas that I missed on the practice exams and was finally able to pass them.

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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but it doesn't focus on the questions that the Essentials Exam will ask you! March 12 2008
By Maverick Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike Meyers did a great job with this book. It's written to where people of all educational levels can understand, and it's a very good refresher for those who already have a background in computers. It would also be a good "on the job" reference.
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.

Conclusion:
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need! Feb. 21 2007
By Nihonlvr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently passed the Essentials exam with a 835 and the Remote Technician exam with a 850. This is the only book that I used. I highly recommend it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the BOMB!!!! April 25 2007
By CLG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I studied this book for four months and I nailed the exam. I coupled this book with going to school, but I realized all I needed was this 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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