CompTIA A+ Complete Deluxe Study Guide: Exams 220-701 (Essentials) and 220-702 (Practical Application) Hardcover – Oct 19 2009
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From the Back Cover
Get even more exam prep with the Deluxe Edition of our A+ Study Guide
Prepare for CompTIA's new A+ exams with this Deluxe Edition of Sybex's CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide. The book covers all exam objectives on topics including hardware, software, and operating system essentials and troubleshooting. This special deluxe version provides eight practice exams, over 200 additional electronic flashcards, and over an hour of instructional video from coauthors Emmett Dulaney and Toby Skandier. Start your exam preparation today with:
- Full coverage of all exam objectives in a systematic approach, so you
can be confident you're getting the instruction you need for the exam
Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles
Over an hour of instructional video on key tasks
Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day
More than 400 electronic flashcards to help you practice, practice, practice
Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam
A handy tear card that maps every official exam objective to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective
Look inside for complete coverage of all exam objectives.
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SYBEX TEST ENGINE:
Test your knowledge with advanced testing software. Includes all chapter review questions and bonus exams.
Reinforce your understanding with electronic flashcards.
Learn how to perform key tasks with over an hour of instructional videos on a bonus CD.
Also on CD, you'll find the entire book in searchable and printable PDF. Study anywhere, any time, and approach the exam with confidence.
About the Author
Quentin Docter, A+, MCSE, CNE, CCNA, SCSA, is an IT consultant with over 15 years of IT experience. He has written several books for Sybex, including books on A+, Server+, Windows, and Solaris 9 certifications, as well as coauthoring Mastering Windows XP Professional and The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide.
Emmett Dulaney, A+, Network+, Security+, MCT, is an assistant professor at Anderson University. He has written several certification books and is coauthor of two of Sybex's leading certification titles: CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide and CompTIA Security+ Study Guide. He is also a well-known certification columnist for Redmond magazine and CertCities.com.
Toby Skandier, A+, Network+, i-Net+, Server+, MCSE, CCNP, CCDP, CCSI, is founder of Talskan Technologies, LLC. He has coauthored several books for Sybex, including the bestselling Network Administrator Street Smarts and CompTIA Network+ Study Guide.
Top Customer Reviews
While this book is massive and rather dense, I believe that it needs to be. It does not waste space, or babble on, or spin off into useless information. I knew a good amount about computers beforehand (I have been building my own for years and used to do some technical support), but even if I had known very little, this book does a very good job of describing the technology.
Moreover, this book also outlines the origins, design and goals of the hardware and software it describes. While some of that is not on the test, it serves to deepen the understanding of the material and provide correlations. For example, the section on printers explains not only what makes up each different type of printer and the process of printing, but also what each printer was designed to do, what it does best, what shortcomings it has (like the racket of daisy-wheel printers), and how the development of that type came about. While some would dismiss this as needless, knowing these facts gives the reader the "whys", which will help them remember the "whats", "hows", "whos" and "whens" that are required for the exam.
There is even a little humor in the book at a few points to lighten it a little. As I mentioned before though, this book is dense, hardcover, detailed, and not for the faint of heart.Read more ›
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CDs that come with the book a excellent including a PDF version of the book, which is handy for when I travel.
Covers a great deal of material in good detail.
Includes good visual aides.
Includes several practice tests which were very helpful in determining when I was ready to take the test and pass.
Covers a lot of material which was not on the objectives for the 220-701 and 220-702 exams. It seems like they just took material for the 600 series exams and updated it. As a result, there is a fair amount of information which isn't needed added in. That said, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are still some 9x machines and older machines out there, and a little extra knowledge is a good thing.
Errors - I am very glad I bought multiple books. There were several cases where I ran into contradictory information between this and the Pearson book, did some research, and found this book to be in error. That said, if you took this book, memorized it, made the errors it does, and took the test, you would still pass easily.
Bugs - The software included has some bugs. There were some cases where the practice tests were buggy and it would for example, include part of the text from the previous question's explanation in the question box for the next question. Similarly, there were a couple questions where it was just plain wrong. I distinctly remember one where the correct answer IPCONFIG /ALL was not included in the answer options. Instead, when I clicked the show answer button, it had IPCONFIG /RENEW listed as answer C on the actual test, but said that IPCONFIG /ALL was correct in the show answer box.
Difficult to start with - I started my studies with this book, but struggled with the materials because it does not define the terms it uses clearly in some cases. So, for technologies I was not already familiar with at a basic level, I struggled. I would call this my fault to a degree, but my solution was to go to through the Pearson book first, which explained things much better. I could then go through this book and get a full understanding since the Pearson book I used was just an exam cram and doesn't cover the full set of objectives in significant detail.
So, I gave it 3 stars. Useful, but it dropped the ball too many times for me to recommend it.
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