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A+ Certification Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 220-301, Exam Cram 220-302) (2nd Edition) Paperback – December 13, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0789730435 ISBN-10: 078973043X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Que; 2 edition (December 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078973043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789730435
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,573,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A+ Exam Cram 2 is a study skill enhancement and tutorial, designed to focus on exactly what students need to get A+ certified, with coverage of exams 220-221 and 220-222. It details all the new exam objectives and items in the following areas: Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows NT version 4.0. Because the A+ certification is a core competency of the MCSA program, this book is also helpful for those who are seeking their MCSA certification. This book is not intended to teach new material. Instead it assumes that you have a solid foundation of knowledge but can use a refresher on important concepts as well as a guide to exam topics and objectives. This book focuses exactly on what you need to pass the exam - it features test-taking strategies, time-saving study tips, and a special Cram Sheet that includes tips, acronyms, and memory joggers not available anywhere else. The series is supported online at several Web sites: examcram, informit, and cramsession.

The accompanying CD features PrepLogic™ Practice Tests, Preview Edition. This product includes one complete PrepLogic Practice Test with approximately the same number of questions found on the actual vendor exam. Each question contains full, detailed explanations of the correct and incorrect answers. The engine offers two study modes, Practice Test and Flash Review, full exam customization, and a detailed score report. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James G. Jones

With over 30 years in the information technology and communications industry, Jim has held numerous positions from technician to senior vice president of a Fortune 500 multinational corporation. With a B.S. in Education, and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University, Jim is also Microsoft MCSE certified, Novell CNE certified, and Cisco CCNA and CCDA certified. Additionally, Jim holds certificates in A+, network cabling, fiber optics, and microwave transmission, to name a few. Jim is the president of JGJ & Associates, a consulting firm providing executive seminars pertaining to technology, sales, and marketing to some of the world's largest IT corporations, including (among others): IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett Packard, Compaq, and Siemens. Jim has been deeply involved with the A+ program since its inception, and can be reached by email at jim@jamesgjones.com.

Craig Landes

Craig Landes has over 18 years experience in information technology, holding numerous positions from database programming to Management Information Systems in the field of health care. Craig is A+ certified, and has worked with some of today's largest consulting firms, developing technical and educational programs for clients and employees at all levels. Currently, Craig Landes is the president of Triax Corporation, a consulting business providing freelance technical writing, help systems, and educational materials development. Craig can be reached by email at CLandesAPlus@aol.com.

Customer Reviews

Well organized and interesting.
nick
I am sure the authors know the subject matter but the editing and proofreading of the book are so poor that it is impossible to know when a detail is correct.
Southern Comfort
Dont ever,ever,ever use the Exam Cram 2 Exam Questions book.
Charles Smiles

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Piett on December 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have read numerous A+ books and even though they talk about everything you need to know, most don't piece everything together for you. If you are looking for a book that helps you memorize just the answers to the questions, don't buy this book, it's way more than that. If you want a book that burns a visual image of how everything works and the history of it all, this is the book for you.

And to all of you saying this book sucks because it has too much information, I really hope you never make it into the field because any computer tech that complains about learning more about stuff than they need to doesn't need to be working on people's computers. Sure you can pass the exams by just memorizing all the answers, but how do you expect to be successful when you refuse to learn past that?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Southern Comfort on May 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
I only read about 50 pages of this book so this is not a complete review.
The reason I didn't finish the book is that it is littered with small errors. I am sure the authors know the subject matter but the editing and proofreading of the book are so poor that it is impossible to know when a detail is correct.
If you are studying for the A+ Certification exam, you will want to get the details right so stick with a more reliable book like Michael Meyers' A+ Certification Exam Guide.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron Atkins on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am MCSE, A+, and CCNA certified and used this book as part of my preparation for the CompTia A+ exams.
This book features a cramsheet tear out that is better than most I have seen. It gives good reminders of the basics, such as: "serial cables usually have a DB9-9 pin connector." These tidbits won't get you through the exam, but do provide a quick review of the material. If you can't read and expand on a statement, such as the one above, then you need to study that particular area more thoroughly. The CD for this book includes practice questions that are also good for testing your knowledge of the material, but do not expect to see actual CompTia test questions here. Again, these questions are only good for measuring your progress.
I found the chapter format for this book refreshing and easy to read. Each chapter includes:
An overview of critical terms and concepts.
Plenty of sidebars and graphic illustrations.
10 question practice exam with good explanations of the answers.
This book overall presents an excellent overview of both the hardware and operating system exams and should be used in conjunction with Mueller's "Upgrading and Repairing PCs" classic (ISBN: 0789727455).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Josh on December 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I took the A+ two months ago after roughly one month of self-study with the help of only two books, this Exam Cram 2 preparation book and the A+ Practice Questions that complement it. A short time after purchasing it, I noticed that the CD that was included was cracked, so I sent an e-mail to the publisher and another cd was promptly shipped to my address.

Exceptional service aside, the material covered is fairly comprehensive and with a disciplined reading regime, is more than enough to help you in obtaining the A+ in both OS and Hardware technologies. The practice tests are also an accurate indicator of what to expect on test day. If you are a complete novice to PC hardware and operating systems you may want to consider the A+ Study Guide (also by QUE) for more detailed explanation of each objective; otherwise, this is more than enough for anyone familiar with computers in general to pass the exam.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Woznicki HALL OF FAME on May 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
There are far more books covering the A+ exam certification than any other on the market and with over 500,000 certified technicians this explains why. When the Exam Cram books are release you can and should expect a quality reference manual covering the exam objectives in a clear and condense manner, which is both technically accurate and also technically up to date.
This release of the A+ Exam Cram2 manual is certainly testament to that policy. The authors have spent a great deal of time researching and developing the manual to make sure you have the best possible output there is and judging from the content they have succeeded.
Tackling one of the exams is a job in its self but this book cover both with tips and notes and highlights through out the entire text. There are well over 600 questions to practice with and if there was anything a little short the amount o of questions given would be it.
Overall for an instructor this book is a great tool and for the student this the perfect add on manual to complete the training cycle.
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35 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Steven on October 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
Three weeks ago I read the reviews of this book on Amazon.com, which were mixed, and decided to give it a shot. Oh cruel fate, why me? Why didn't you warn me, faithful reviewers? And why did I open the enclosed software, making it impossible to get my money back?

This book is awful. Number one problem: It's simply too long and has too much useless information. I'm talking 50% - 75% useless. The history of what company invented which cable and what lawsuits they had and why they invented the cable and on and on and on and on and IT NEVER STOPS! Dozens of paragraphs start with the phrase "you won't need to know this for the exam..." Worse still, dozens of paragraphs END with phrases like "you won't be expected to memorize any of this for the exam." Well gee, why did I just read it then?

The second problem is the author's use of analogy to explain concepts. So the parallel port is the yellow brick road, and the data bits are Dorothy and her pals, and the bus is like the gateway to the emerald city, and the port is like the evil gatekeeper, and the CPU is the wizard of Oz ... Are we supposed to rent the movie so we can understand this or what?

The book is darned clever. Oh my it's clever. The author is a regular Dave Barry. I've read dozens of technical books, and sometimes it's nice when the author breaks up the monotony by surprising you with a "zinger." But every page? Quite annoying.

The book has trouble deciding who its audience is. Sometimes it points out the painfully obvious. ("Alcohol is a liquid that evaporates" - No kidding!) Other times the book drifts into obscure acronyms and jargon which even someone with a degree in Computer Science (like myself) would have trouble following.
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