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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2010
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I only have 6 months of real experience. I bought the big Sybex Comptia A+ Study Guide and studied it hard for ~3-4 weeks. I went in to the 220-701 feeling totally prepared and confident. After the first 5 questions I felt helpless, stupid and defeated but somehow I barely passed. I knew right then and there that the Sybex book wasn't working for me so I ordered this book. I got it on a Tuesday afternoon and read the whole thing by Friday to take the test. I passed with total confidence.
The book is a short and to the point. Very concentrated. The practice test it comes with is way better than the one that comes with Sybex. I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2010
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This book is meant to "fill in the gaps" to prepare for the A+ exams. If you've built a couple PCs, installed Windows a couple times, and have set up your own basic home network then this is a good choice for you, as you probably already know about half of what's on the exams. This book will review what you've learned and teach you some things you probably haven't run into yet.

If you've never jumpered a hard drive or edited the registry, then you'll want one of those bigger, comprehensive A+ study guides as this book is a little short to bring you from beginner to expert.

Get it if you're looking to turn your amateur hobby into an industry-recognized certification.
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VINE VOICEon December 10, 2010
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As others have said, this works very well as a review; however, I would not have scored well without using a couple of other books. PASSPORT covers the bulk of the concepts, but the actual test has a lot of quirky, picky questions about differences between versions of Windows, cables, wireless protocols, viruses vs spyware, and troubleshooting "theory," that are just passed over or not present here.

But I did need this as a refreshing review of what would likely show up on the exams. I read this cover to cover in about four days after spending over three weeks studying and reading all of Jean Andrews's IN DEPTH bible. It helped me focus on what was important, mostly.

And, in fact, a few points about file permissions and network concepts were made clearer by Mr. Meyers.

I also, at the last moment, used the big, 800 question Q&A book, and that made the difference between just passing and getting decent scores in the 800's.

The CD in the back has one practice exam for Essentials and one for Practice. It was also very helpful and comes close to the actual exam interface, but the exam questions were generally a little tougher, and in some cases much harder.

In short, this was an essential part in a three pronged attack on the exams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2010
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This book does what it advertises. It offers a rapid solid coverage of the material, perfect for those with prior experience and comfort with the subjects or as overlay on a different book series. Don't get me wrong, this book does cover details (it isn't just "overview")... it is quick about it so if you need more "introduction" or "background" info just use his full A+ book CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition or similar.

If a beginner, maybe use one "thick book" by one author and a "thin book" or "cram" by another author. This book is midway between being a "cram" and a "thick book" and is great in that regard.

A more direct approach to the two book method is working a really thorough practice problem set such as CompTIA A+ 2010 Complete Home Study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2011
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I am probably repeating what others have already said, but I used this book as a two-book approach. I slogged my way through about 3/4 of the Sybex book when I discovered this gem. If you already have a lot of PC experience and just want the certification, this book is for you. The Sybex book had way too much detail needed to pass the exam. I finished that book and went on to this book. What a relief. Mike goes through the exam objectives in order without explaining the extra details of how a computer works or how to perform a simple hardware task. I liked the Checkpoints at the end of each chapter that reviewed the numbered exam objectives. I also liked the ETA's at the beginning of each chapter that estimated the time needed for Newbie, Some Experience, and Expert. There are 688 concise pages of chapter material plus an excellent glossary. I got out my highlighter and dove in. I was under a tight time constraint as I wanted to get the exam taken by the 1/1/11 deadline for lifetime certification. The Sybex book had slowed me down and the end of the year was fast approaching. I procrastinated scheduling the test and when I went to schedule the exam around Christmas, there were no testing centers in the Albuquerque area that were open. I found one open in El Paso, TX, so I drove down there and took the exam on 12/28/2010. I passed with 827 on the Essentials and 848 on the the Practical. The questions I missed were not because of not being covered by the books, but my carelessness in reading the questions and because the wording of some questions were rather odd. I had plenty of time to review the questions but I got too excited to see my score and terminated the test. Don't do that! If you have time, review every question in the exam. So, in summary, maybe not a book for the absolute newbie, but excellent for the experienced.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2011
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I'm a 16 year old junior in high school and I passed my 701 exam with a 800 and my 702 exam with a 805. I have absolutely no job experience and knew nothing about computers before buying this book. I passed both exams on my first try after about 5 months of (extremely lax) studying. This book is wonderful.
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on January 2, 2011
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This book is a slimmed down version of Mike's larger book, CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition. Whereas the larger book contains about 1300 pages, this guide weighs in at slightly more than 800 pages. All the important stuff that's in the larger book is also in this book, it's just that the historical background material and some of the extra good to know, but not really necessary stuff has been left out. For instance, as you go through the chapters you won't find a section titled, Beyond A+, as you do in the larger version. Obviously, anything beyond CompTI A+ isn't necessary for the exam, so Mike cut it out. In short, the Passport Book only contains the meat of the subject, the fat has been surgically removed. Plus, since this book is intended to be a study guide, you'll find many more questions for self-testing.

In my opinion, this book is a must read if you are preparing for the CompTI A+ exam, but only if you are already familiar with the subject beyond the beginner level, or if you have already read the larger, more comprehensive book. You can save a lot of money and get right to the facts with this book. I am a beginner, so I read both of these back to back, and I definitely feel that it helped to solidify the material in my mind. If you are considering buying this book, make sure you get the Fourth Edition.
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on July 22, 2012
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WooHoo!!! Now A+ certified --- I picked up this book as well as the Mike Meyers' All in One Exam guide- big book, and the Win7 companion.

Read this one cover to cover and well as the Win7, and for the big book flipped through and used that one for trouble spots I was having.

The Passport book is good if you have some experience, would not recommend for a newby (The big A+ All in One would be better for someone without much experience).

I really liked the writing style and the little "Travel" tips Mike M. puts in the book, for instance -" Well it says do it that way, but I do it this way...." It would make me chuckle in some spots. This book is not your average boring step by step clinical text.

In any case this little book rocks - took both the 701 and 702 on the same day back to back, passed with a 770 on the 701, and an 866 on the 702.
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on November 30, 2012
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This is a great resource if you are studying for Comptia's A+ certifications. The other resource I was using left a lot of gaps and this book does a great job filling those in. I basically ended up ditching my first resource and using this book as my primary source for preparing for the A+. This book does a good job covering the areas you are tested on for the A+. It does a nice job explaining everything and is easy to understand. It gives a lot of helpful tips for the exam as well, such as on what terminology to expect on the test. I passed both exams without a problem thanks to this book; I highly recommend it.
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on July 21, 2012
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Mike Meyers does a great job of taking all the information that is on the CompTIA A+ Certification test and putting it into condensed easy to read format. While studying for the certification I had purchased this book and had taken out several other "recommended reading" study guides as well. I found myself continuing to return to this one. I managed to pass the certification on the first try -- and I give a lot of that credit to this book!
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