Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)
||Author: Kirk Hausman, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Ed Tittel|
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Publisher: Que (10 April, 2003)
Sales Rank: 8,403
Average Customer Rating: 3.89 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Excellent Prep Text for S+
I was impressed with the organization of the information. I loved the extensive examples of practice items. The 2 practice exams at the end of the book are right on the mark! Great job by the authors and the editors.
My advice: Do not take the S+ exam without going thru this book!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Adequate Review -- Worth The Bucks
I have never used the Exam Cram series books as a single source to prepare for any certification exam. I believe that their intent is to provide a good final review of the subject matter in preparation for an exam -- sort of like the old Cliff Notes that we used to buy in college. Coupled with the PrepLogic exam on the CD (you would do well to purchase the complete set of questions), it is an adequate preparation tool.
The only criticism that I can offer is that the material in the book (as well as the PrepLogic practice exams) tends to err on the easy side. I found myself scoring consistently in the low 90's on the first take of each practice exam, whereas I passed the actual test with a score of 828.
The Security+ exam is not an overly difficult test, but it is not a pushover either. If you use this book as it was intended to be used, it will probably help you. If you use it as your sole source of study, you will probably be disappointed with the outcome.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Contains the two components of adequate exam preparation
Adequate preparation for difficult exams always includes challenging trials. Reading the appropriate material is always important, but that is only one part of what should be a two-part strategy. The other part is to practice answering a series of questions that are similar in type, numbers and format to what you will find on the real thing. This book contains both parts, but it is the second that makes it worthwhile.
It opens with a brief description of the format of the exam, a topic checklist, where it can be taken, the cost and exam day events. Material that you need to know, but of little use once the seal is popped. The next section is composed of ten chapters that are a synopsis of the most significant facts. They start with a listing of the key terms that you need to learn and the concepts that are key to the chapter. This is followed by a short description of the terms and concepts. In no way should this be considered a way to learn about computer security, as it is by design only a quick review of the material. Each chapter then ends with a short series of practice questions.
The last four chapters are two practice tests of 125 questions each, with the solutions including explanations. I found these tests very challenging and ended up cussing myself a few times when I did not read the problem carefully enough. While frustrating, it does remind you that not reading the question carefully enough will generally end up causing you to miss a few questions that you should get right.
These sample exams are the best way to make your final preparations for the test. They give you a realistic appraisal of how well you know the material as well as how mentally prepared you are for the rigors of reading, thinking and responding. It is foolish to attempt the exam without trying sample tests first.
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