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Opinions On A+ Sybex Book

Discussion in 'A+' started by chrism, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. chrism

    chrism Bit Poster

    I am at college on a course that is based on the Comptia A+, Network+ and Security+ (as well as some out of date Windows 2000 MCP modules) and have now decided to brush up my knowledge and get the official certifications as well as my college qualification.

    I just got a good deal on the 2006 version of the Sybex A+ book, I see everyone here rates the Myers books highly and wondered if you could give me some feedback on whether the Sybex book is detailed enough to ensure I don't miss any important info.

    I've been looking over the various '06 A+ books I've seen in bookshops and am comfortable with the majority of the info, just needing to ensure I have the finer detail required for the exams.

    Sorry for the long winded first post, hopefully I'll be around here for a while and won't use so many words in the future! :oops:
    Certifications: MCP, MCDST, ACA
    WIP: Still to be decided!
  2. Malnomates

    Malnomates Megabyte Poster

    Welcome to the forums chrism.

    What I can tell you about Sybex and Meyers is that the Meyers publications tend to be a much easier read for the beginner, whereas the Sybex books tend be be very detailed and assume your understanding of terminology and use of that terminology, in my experience anyway.

    A lot of A+ candidates ask this sort of question and the best answer is to use BOTH publications as study guides. What might be misinterpreted in one book will almost certainly be better interpreted in the other. This may seem like overkill but you will be armed with ALL of the required knowledge and skill sets to pass the exam.

    Anyway, whatever you decide I wish you luck with your studies..8)
    Certifications: A+ Network+
  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    I agree with Mal.
    As a comparison, I found the Network+ by Myers a pleasure to read although I would say the Sybex book is better for pure facts and to keep in your toolbox.
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  4. chrism

    chrism Bit Poster

    Thanks for the quick replies and the welcome.

    I didn't find the Sybex Network+ book too bad to read through, sounds like I will be pleasantly surprised by the Myers books.

    I will endeavour to pick them up (although being a poor student gotta make sure I leave myself enough money for the exams! Glad I found this site as the links to voucher websites will save me a fortune!)
    Certifications: MCP, MCDST, ACA
    WIP: Still to be decided!
  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I usually recommend Meyers book for the A+, and the Sybex book for Network+. But, as was stated above, if you've got the time and money to purchase multiple (quality) books, that'd be even better than just one.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  6. klospros

    klospros Nibble Poster

    I'm using the sybex A+ book at the mo, but also have mike myers 5th edition as well, the sybex is the 2006 exams and they are both very good books, I'm hoping to get mike myers 6th edition next wk though, as it did help me understand things a bit better:)
    Certifications: A+ 2006, MCP, MCDST
  7. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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  8. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

    I bought the A+ book for 2003 by Sybex...found it to be very useful, read it from cover to cover first time round...of course I already knew most of the terminology, but like the others have said Mike Myers is your man... :biggrin of course Mitzs has chosen probably the best book ever...so click on that link and oooh read a certain review by yours truly :biggrin
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: my life
  9. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    I used the Sybex book to pass the exams. Personally I thought it was well laid out and easy to read and understand. I never read Myers book but heard it is also very good.
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
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  10. chrism

    chrism Bit Poster

    Thanks for all the feedback guys.

    When I looked on Amazon I thought the Meyers book was not out until later on this year (the 2006 A+ one) but I found it today in Waterstones.

    I had a read through some of the chapters I had covered in the Sybex book and although it was easy to read I didn't feel it made the information clearer for me - almost as if the making it easier to read made the facts less clear to me (maybe it's just the fact I've read a lot of Sybex books or maybe I'm just weird!)
    Certifications: MCP, MCDST, ACA
    WIP: Still to be decided!

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