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MCTS 70-680 Exam Cram: Microsoft Windows 7, Configuring

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Highly useful

    What the previous reviewers failed to realize is that this is an ExamCram and not an ExamPrep. This book is designed for use once you have either taken a class or used other study material such as the ExamPrep to go back and review before the certification. For that purpose, this is an excellent book. I would like to point the other two reviewers toward Pearson's website to find out more from the ExamCram series. There are actually three different books in the series: the ExamPrep (designed to learn the material), the ExamCram (designed for reviewing the material), and the ExamCram Practice questions (pretty obvious what that is). So, for someone looking to brush up on the material before the exam, this book is perfect. I have all my students read an ExamCram before they take a certification and my success rate is in the upper 90's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    Grossly inadequate

    Learn the material in the book. Pass all review questions and practice exams with flying colors. Fail the actual exam. If you want to use this book to study for the actual exam, you will need additional study materials. Actually doing what is laid out in the book for a living and studying this book is not enough to pass. You may want to save your money for something better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2015

    Not really too useful. I've just taken the test for the first t

    Not really too useful. I've just taken the test for the first time and it's a real killer exam. So far the best single source is the MCTS Self Paced Training Kit. The exam cram isn't too helpful and neither was the MCTS Microsoft Windows7 Configuration Guide. The MCTS 70-680 Cert Guide was no better.
    The best approach is to actually go for all of them. Go through them once and then beef up on the Self-Paced Training Kit. The exam is tough and you won't find any questions from the test in any of these books. The test is a real world, gotta think through it test. Real world experience is the best teacher but most of the material in the test you will never, ever see in anything but a huge company. An all around tough test...example of the test? Know how to edit an autounattend file to add an encrypted password to the file...encrypted...not plain text...I've never had to do that before in the real world but Microsoft wants only the experts in all aspects of Win7 to get that cert. And you better know the switches or modifiers to most of the command-line commands that you use. The exam was using a lot of them without explaining what those switches meant. You had to know them all.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Somewhat useful as a study guide for someone who knows the material inside-out.

    I'll admit that I first approached this book with the wrong frame of mind. I was looking for a book that would focus equally on teaching the topics, and testing on the topics. This book does not. There are several things that this book does wrong, in my opinion, but also many things that this book does very right. Let's start with the problems.
    Other books I've read have a section at the beginning of the book telling you who the target audience for the book is. It seems like it should be obvious who the book should be read by, until you sit down and read it and see the inconsistency in the covering of the subject matter. For example, on page 34, the book uses a whole paragraph to define what "windows" are. This would suggest that the target audience is someone new to Windows that has an interest in certification. On page 179 the book talks about the value of "Mount Points," but never clearly defines what a mount point is. A glossary (which is not in this book) would have been a valuable addition to this book. The very front of the book has a quick-reference-style fold-out that is called a "cram sheet." Aside from a couple typos the information provided is accurate. The problem with the cram sheet is there were questions on the included practice tests that were never even hinted at by the cram sheet. The good news; all three practice tests included with this book tell you what the correct answers are. The practice tests also tell you why the answers are correct, as do all of the "cram savers," "cram quizzes," and "review questions" found throughout the book. In the front of the book is a section that discusses certification in general, but the part that I found really nice was the list with descriptions. There are about 4 pages that list the certifications available from Microsoft with descriptions of each. The descriptions also explain which certifications are "older" and which of the newer certifications replace the corresponding older certifications. (Example: MCTS replaces MCP) Also done very nicely was the very first table in the book (table 1.1) which outlines the major topic areas, objectives (with descriptions), and what percentage of the Exam is covered by each exam topic area. The only issue I have with the table is, when it refers to "percentage of the Exam," does that mean weight or number of questions?
    In the end, how useful is this book? As a study material for someone starting to study for the certification for the first time, I feel, it is lacking. The inconsistency of how the information is presented, as well as the emphasis on testing vs. teaching makes it best suited for the experienced IT professional practicing for the certification test. As a practice test, this book exceeds all expectations. Arguably the most important part of a book like this is its accuracy, and I can say that I didn't find any errors in its content.

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    Posted June 25, 2013

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