PASS-IT A+ Exam Preparation

PASS-IT A+ Exam Preparation

by Charles J. Brooks

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780130973092
Publisher: Prentice Hall Certification
Publication date: 12/19/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 776
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.84(h) x 1.48(d)

Table of Contents

1. Basic Terms and Concepts.
2. Adding and Removing FRU Models.
3. System Resources.
4. Peripherals and Ports.
5. Installing Disk Devices.
6. Installing and Configuring Peripheral Devices.
7. System Upgrading and Optimizing.
8. Symptoms and Troubleshooting.
9. Basic Troubleshooting Techniques.
10. Preventive Maintenance.
11. System Protection.
12. Microprocessors.
13. Random Access Memory.
14. Motherboards.
16. Basic Printer Concepts.
17. Servicing Printers.
18. Basic Networking Concepts.
19. Operating System Fundamentals.
20. Navigating Operating Systems.
21. Creating and Managing Files.
22. Basic Disk Management.
23. Installing and Upgrading Operating Systems.
24. Starting the System.
25. Working with Devices, Applications, and Printers.
26. Troubleshooting OS Setup/Startup Problems.
27. Common OS Operational Problems.
28. Networking with Windows.
29. Internet Concepts.


The PassIT series of books are designed to prepare the reader to pass specific certification exams and typically range from 250 to 320 pages. The A+ Certification exam from CompTIA is a two-test certification designed to ensure minimum competencies with both desktop computer hardware and with stand-alone desktop operating systems. Therefore, this book is considerably larger than a single exam PassIT. However, only the information necessary to pass the exam has been included in this book. It should be used in conjunction with either existing industry expertise or with other text and reference materials.

The book is divided into 29 chapters with individual exam objectives listed at the beginning of each chapter. The subjects that are likely to appear on the test are treated in plain and simple language. The subjects that are most likely to be on the test are highlighted and marked with an asterisk to focus the reader. To reinforce each potential exam question area there is an associated exam tip that defines exactly what must be studied to pass the exam. Each chapter has between 3 and 7 Challenges that provide a scenario-based review environment to develop your understanding of a particular test-related concept. Finally, every chapter also includes a cluster of exam-related review questions. These questions are very good samples that closely resemble actual test content.

This book is accompanied by a comprehensive A+ test bank, which is sealed on the back cover of the book. The ExamGear testing material was developed to simulate the A+ Certification Exam testing process and materials to enable you to complete practice tests, determine your weak points, and study more strategically. We do not believe you will be disappointed when it comes time to take the test.


This book is designed to focus your attention on the testable items of the A+ exam. It is not a substitute for actual job experience. However, it will greatly enhance your chances of passing the exam. With that in mind, let us examine how you can use this book and its associated test bank to help you prepare for both A+ exam modules.

Each chapter begins with an introduction that basically takes the test objectives and defines them in easy to understand terms. As material is presented in the text you may see some of the information highlighted in bold italic letters with an ""preceding it. Pay very close attention to this information. The likelihood of seeing this information on the test is very high. Not only do we highlight the really important information, but we also place this information in what we call the Exam Tips. Exam Tips are just that, tips to pass the exam.

As you encounter Challenges in the chapter, stop to work through them and check your answer with the Challenge answers and explanations at the end of the chapter. If your answer does not coincide with the one in the book, re-examine the material leading up to the Challenge to better comprehend the thoughts and circumstances behind it.

At the end of the chapter, answer the Review Questions and compare them to the answers provided after the questions. Review any missed questions against the material in the chapter and reconcile the answers and the material.

Finally, refer to the additional comprehensive A+ test bank on the CD that is sealed on the back cover of the book. Use the Practice option to select a test of questions focused on the chapter you have been working in. After taking the test, review your results and reconcile the answers to the text material.

After you have completed every chapter, use the Test option on the CD to take simulated Core Hardware and Operating System Technologies tests. When you are consistently scoring in the 90% range on these exams you should be ready to spend the money to take the real A+ exams. Don't worry too much about the Adaptive test option since the other options give you greater access to the question pool.

When you have taken the actual A+ test, we would appreciate an e-mail at Your input will be used to make this book better in the future.

Ideally, this A+ PassIT book should be the last thing you concentrate on before going to take the exam. To use this test preparation tool, you must remember that we have only provided the information necessary to pass the test.


As always, I want to dedicate this book to Robbie my wife for her support in all the things I do. I also want to thank my Mom, who passed away recently, for her love and support through all these years. Also, thanks to Cathy Boulay, Evan Samaritano, and Yu Wen Ho at Marcraft International, as well as Charles Stewart, Bret Workman, Alex Wolf, and the Prentice Hall staff for all their support in making this a truly useful study tool.

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