Edition Exam Cram 2, by James Jones and Craig Landes,
edited by Ed Tittel
March 2004, send
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The Exam Cram 2 series of books are study guides
for various areas of technology certification. This
book, with accompanying CD, is the study guide for
the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
A+ certification exams. These exams are 220-301 and
220-302. This 2004 copyrighted edition is the latest
information for the latest versions of the test and
is designed to prepare you for certification that
is recognized and highly regarded by government and
This nearly 1000 page book is divided into two parts,
one for each exam, with each section roughly 500
study pages. The first part is the A+ Core Hardware
Exam information and the second part is the Operating
System Exam information. In other words, this book
is all about computers and the operating systems
that run them. Each section of the book also comes
with a 70 question sample test at the end of the
As the Exam Cram name implies, this book is designed
around specific areas of technology where you will
most likely be tested. This book is more than a compilation
of the detailed notes you'd have if you sat through
a large number of classes, but is somewhat similar.
It is a refresher course for those with solid industry
knowledge, as well as a guide and preparation for
the very tough certification exam. So be aware that
the entire Exam Cram 2 series of books, including
this one, are not for beginners wanting to learn
and study their way up to taking the exam. The user
level of this book, as is stated on the back cover,
is intermediate to advanced.
What you are paying for and getting with this book are
short, concisely formatted reviews of all aspects of the
hardware and operating system technology covered by the
test. The book also provides special little highlighted
sidebars that are extremely valuable for exam preparation.
The sidebars contain tips, cautions alerts, and notes.
Especially valuable are the alerts which advise you on
what you may need to memorize for the exam, what are big
deals needing more in-depth study and exam tips such as
To enhance your
knowledge and test preparations, the end of each chapter
features an average of ten sample exam
prep questions. As mentioned above, each major section
also has a 70 question exam prep test as well. And then
there’s also the included CD.
The CD includes one PrepLogic practice exam with about
the same number of questions that are on the actual exam.
The authors do push you to buy the Premium exam tests in
addition to this free one. The Premium Exams have a little
over 200 questions each and there are three available.
Frankly, the best thing about this PrepLogic exam is the
flash card mode. In this mode you get a question and can
prompt for the answer to test your knowledge. I do like
this much better than multiple choice answers to the question
as it actually does force you to examine the depth of your
knowledge and not your ability to pick the right answer
out of three or four provided.
In addition, the complete A+ book is provided in PDF format
so you can study and read right off your computer. This
is great for travelers as they don't have to carry a great
heavy 1000 page book if they're already lugging around
I used the Exam
Cram series of books to obtain my CompTIA IT Project
+ certification and I'm currently using their
Exam Cram 2 PMP book to study for the Project Management
Professional (PMP) Certification test from the Project
Management Institute (PMI). I'll certainly be using this
book and CD as I prepare for the A+ exam as well. They
represent a great material review and exam preparation
resource at a reasonable price. If you're thinking about
certifications to help you get a promotion, a job or an
interview, believe me these books do all of that and more.
They give you a certain amount of respect immediately when
you begin a new project or job. So consider obtaining a
certification in your field of interest by using the Exam
Cram 2 books to help you. This one will certainly help
you obtain the computer A+ certification, that’s
for sure. Highly recommended.
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