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4.0 out of 5 stars It's an ok book for a general overview
Several questions in the sample tests was not covered in the text. This book is a good general overview of the test. Sad part is the first 2 chapters is pretty much sales pitch for you to take the test. Good info on ideas on troubleshooting and client-services skills
Published on Oct. 23 1997 by lins@gaia.csus.edu

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Evil.
I've read many certification prep books, and this one tops the cake for poorly done work.
It's primary goal is self-promotion, and it's only true usefulness is to get a (very general) feel for what sort of questions to expect.
Much of what was covered in the actual test isn't even touched in this book. The review questions for Chapter 4, "The Core...
Published on Jan. 19 1998 by kcsmith@ssofa.com


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2.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Evil., Jan. 19 1998
I've read many certification prep books, and this one tops the cake for poorly done work.
It's primary goal is self-promotion, and it's only true usefulness is to get a (very general) feel for what sort of questions to expect.
Much of what was covered in the actual test isn't even touched in this book. The review questions for Chapter 4, "The Core Exam", are almost entirely from the author; ambiguous and in at least one case completely wrong; the correct answer to question 19, pg. 156 is B,C,D (You can share only resources, NOT a System). Review for Chapter 5, "The Microsoft Windows/DOS Exam" comes primarily from the Self-Test Software and is somewhat better. Perhaps one question from the reviews actually appeared on the Self-Test Software.

It would be foolish to try the test without looking at the prep work, just don't expect God's Word. You better know your stuff.

One final note: I spoke with my tester about the book before taking the test, concerned the real thing wouldn't be any better than the sample questions. She simply responded "Just wait 'till you take the MSCE tests." (And if you need to know, Yes, I did pass both tests with 92%.)

See you in a couple months, Linda.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book should have been a magazine article, March 24 1998
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This book contains about the depth of material you might expect to find in a magazine article about A+ certification. What success it has had was strictly due to the fact that there was so little available on the topic. Thankfully, that situation has now changed. The David Groth titles "Core Module" and "Windows/DOS" from Sybex are so completely superior to this thin overview as to not even be comparable. The sad part about all this is that now that there are finally outstanding books on the topic, CompTIA is about to change the tests (due out in July or so). Though to be honest, the tests (especially the Windows/DOS test) are greatly in need of updating.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother. This was $25 I should have used elsewhere., Jan. 29 1998
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This book seems to take as its primary focus the "selling" of the A+ certification, and as such is grossly mistitled. The book should instead be titled "Why the A+ certification is good for the computer industry." As far as providing useful information to persons seeking advice and study aids in preparation for the A+ cerification exam, the book is dangerously misleading. Warning! There is a great deal more information covered on the test than is reviewed in this so-called "Success Guide." Of far more value to the certification-seeker would be a bank of study questions, or a different book entirely.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too vague, but worth a look to learn about A+, Jan. 22 1998
The first few chapters of this book contain good information about being A+ Certified. Unfortunately it gives many charts and graphs which I could live without. The chapters which I purchased the book for, the technical chapters, were seriously lacking. I found quite a bit of the information outdated. Even though I am an experienced technician I found much of the information so vague as to be confusing from a beginner's perspective and often misleading. This book is a good reference about the exam and certification, but I wouldn't rely solely on it for taking the test. Definetly wait for the next edition.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be duped into buying this book!, Oct. 15 1998
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No matter for what reason you are considering this text - STOP! No substantiative material is involved, only attempts to suggest other resources or reference points. Completely lacking in tecnical data and much akin to a first rough draft of an English composition thesis statement on factors surrounding issues about information concerning before, during and after A+ cerfication ... see what I mean. It only gets one star because the system does not allow none!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A misguiding title by a Drake Technologies zealot., Jan. 12 1998
Although the title of the book may imply that it could be of use as a study guide, its main focus is to self promote the general acceptance of the A+ certification process. Clearly the bulk and the focus of this book is on why you should make Drake Technologies and Testing richer. The information is weak and is really of no use to anyone who is close enough technically, to need additional study material.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disorder and Early Sorrow., March 20 1999
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A fitting description for this book, even though it is also the name of one of Thomas Mann's novellas. This book should not have even been published, because it is confusing, misleading and contains some outright errors. A scandalous waste of time. Don't even read it from the library. Use other guides. Even "A+ For Dummies" is better than this waste of trees.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disorder and Early Sorrow., March 20 1999
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A fitting description for this book, even though it is also the name of one of Thomas Mann's novellas. This book should not have even been published, because it is confusing, misleading and contains some outright errors. A scandalous waste of time. Don't even read it from the library. Use other guides. Even "A+ For Dummies" is better than this waste of trees.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Guys, I almost threw in the towel, Jan. 11 1999
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After reading this book I told myself 'forget about A+ Certification'but after reading the reviews I feel so much better.This book was very confusing for someone with less than 1 years experience in the computer industry.I agree with another reader who said this should be a news/magz acticle.Anyone have any good recommandation for a good test prep for A+ ?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the updated version (Feb '98), Dec 29 1997
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A good start, but way, way behind the times.
Many questions in sample tests aren't covered in the book.Several of the questions submitted by the authors are very ambiguous, and in one case, probably wrong. Some of their questions were presented in the wrong practice exam, thus hadn't been covered yet. The questions from other sources were much better.
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