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A Necessary Evil.
on January 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.