A+, Network+, Security+ Exams in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

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If you’re preparing for the new CompTIA 2006 certification in A+, or the current Network+ and Security+ certifications, you’ll find this book invaluable. It provides all the information you need to get ready for these exams, including the four new A+ exams — the required Essentials exam and three elective exams that pertain to your area of specialization.

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A+, Network+, Security+ Exams in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

5 replies
  1. Brett Abercrombie says:

    I used this guide to study for my A+ exams. It was a decent guide, but there were some pretty large technical errors in the book. This wouldn’t be such a big deal, if it weren’t for the fact that the most glaring of the errors is in there *twice* (once for the A+ Essentials exam, and once for the A+ 602/603/604 exam), and the reader is advised to *memorize* specific voltages which are obviously wrong. Other errors include a few practice questions with wrong answers (including one that directly contradicts an earlier warning in the book), and a couple of errors with regards to inputs commonly found on the back of computers.

    It’s also worth mentioning that I haven’t yet read the Security+ or Network+ portions of the book, and obviously, since I bought the book, I definitely am not intimately familiar with everything it covers, yet I have found 6 major technical errors. If this weren’t a book written as a test prep guide, this wouldn’t be such a big deal, but as it stands, I recommend against purchasing this book.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Daniel McKinnon says:

    Like most of the other O’Reilly exam study guides, ‘A+, Network+, Security+ Exams in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference’ by Pawan Bhardwaj is another great source for better preparation and RESULTS. Nearly 800 pages of material are combined within, broken up into 12 chapters:

    A+ Essentials

    01. Overview of A+ Essentials Exam

    02. A+ Essentials Study Guide

    03. Prep and Practice for the A+ Essentials Exam

    A+ Exams 220-602, 220-603, 220-604

    04. Overview of the A+ Exams 220-602, 220-603, 220-604

    05. Study Guide for A+ Exams 220-602, 220-603, 220-604

    06. Prep and Practice for the A+ Exams 220-602, 220-603, 220-604

    Network+

    07. Overview of the Network+ Exam

    08. Network+ Exam Study Guide

    09. Network+ Exam Prep and Practice

    Security+

    10. Overview of Security+ Exam

    11. Security+ Exam Study Guide

    12. Security+ Exam Prep and Practice

    I find the exam books to be the hardest to review but the material is so good inside these O’Reilly ones. Pick this up to improve your results!!

    **** RECOMMENDED
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Timothy Walker says:

    O’Reilly books are known for their quality and this one (despite a few inaccuracies) is no exception. Anyone interested in adding entry-level networking and PC repair knowledge to their skill set should add this book to their library. That, however, is not the reason for this review.

    At the time of this writing, the CompTIA exams referenced by this book either have been updated or are in the process of being updated. While students and shoppers hoping to purchase one book to pass four tests and earn three certifications are bound to be disappointed by this news, there is a silver lining: the information is still valuable, both on the revised exams and in the real world. As such, I still highly recommend the book.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. C. McDermott says:

    Yes must agree with Brett. The A+ section of this book is woeful and extremely boring! Many Factual inaccuracies which make it impossible to use this book as a passing guide for the A+ exam. For instance the Power connectors to the MB in the A+ section are totally wrong! (it lists most of then as +1v connectors and does not list any 12V connectors) Also the 2nd A+ guide practically repeats the First section of the A+ guide. Don’t bother reading it, my biggest mistake!

    However the Networks+ guide seems to be far superior. I have not seen as many errors (yet still one or two). But the content is quite interesting. It is also on the ball in discussing IPSEC PAP, Chap, MS-Chap, Routing, etc. Most of what you want to know about in Network technology and communication. My recommendation if you know what you are doing forget A+ (saving you $600 in examination fees) go straight to Network+ and security+ Will update when I pass Network+
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. John D. Grow says:

    To best describe this book, I would classify it as a “Good Book for Quick Study”. I would not use it to solely study for the 3 exams. It’s the type of book you would pop out to read for a short study session during a work break, or the like. As mentioned, there are a couple technical inaccuracies in the A+ section – but I can attest that the Network+ section seems relatively solid. I have yet to go into the Sec+ section.

    Bottom Line: Good book. Straight to the point. Good for quick study. Do not use it as the only study material for these exams.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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