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Review: CompTIA Security+ SY0-301 Authorized Practice Questions Exam Cram,3rd Edition

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by , 12-28-2011 at 09:29 PM (358438 Views)
blogs/jdmurray/attachments/1716-review-comptia-security-sy0-301-authorized-practice-questions-exam-cram-3rd-edition-pearson.secplus.3rded.jpeg Authors : Diane Barrett
Hardback : 400 pages
Release Date : December 2011
ISBN : 0789748282
ISBN 13 : 9780789748287
Language : English
Publisher : Pearson Education, Inc.

Here at TechExams.Net, we have a lot of members looking for practice questions for the IT certifications exams they will be taking. After many hours of reading through books and Web pages, watching online videos, and taking copious notes, an exam candidate will begin to wonder how they will perform on the actual exam. Taking practice exams is not only a good way for a certification candidate to get a rough guesstimate at his or her current level of exam subject knowledge, but is also a great way to study for the exam itself.

Hot off the presses and on to my desk is the book CompTIA Security+ SY0-301 Authorized Practice Questions Exam Cram, 3rd Edition by Pearson Education. This book is the answer to certification candidates looking to practice for the CompTIA Security+ exam. This book offers not only the latest topics that a candidate may find on the Security+ exam, but does so in a variety of hard copy and digital forms.

We Have Questions...

This Security + exam practice questions book is the companion to the CompTIA Security+ SY0-301 Authorized Exam Cram, 3rd Edition book also published by Pearson Education. The 3rd edition of these books covers the latest CompTIA Security+ exam, SY0-301. The previous edition covered the SY0-201 exam, which will only be available until December 31, 2011.

This publication presents information found in the Security+ exam topics as exam questions to both teach the concepts found on the Security+ exam, and to test what the exam candidate (that's you) already knows. The questions are concise, well-written, and don't contain any tricky wording (or bad grammar) that you may have seen on actual certification exams.

The book is organized into practice questions, quick answers, and descriptive answers. This format makes it easy to quickly grade your results, and then go back later to review each question's very detailed description, which explains why each possible answer was correct or not. I really like this attention to detail, as I think teaching why answers are incorrect is equally valuable to learning.

This book is a lot more than just pages and pages of practice questions. At the front of the book is a fold-out, tear-off "cram sheet" that is an aide for memorizing the concepts you may encounter on the Security+ exam. This is useful for helping you determine what concepts and definition you definitely should have memorized for the exam, such as the difference between new and unfamiliar concepts, like "PaaS," "IaaS," and "SaaS."

This books also gives the reader quite a bit of information about the Security+ exam objectives themselves, and without asking the reader to fill out a marketing information form before doing so. (Have a look at the Security+ Exam Objectives page on CompTIA's Web site to know what I'm talking about.) Also offered are the benefits of becoming CompTIA-certified.

A word of note: This is a study preparation guide and not a key to the actual Security+ exam. As the publisher points out, "...the purpose of this book is to help you prepare for this exam, not to provide you with real exam questions." That said, use this study guide as an aide in learning the Security+ exam topics and you should never need actual exam questions to pass.

What's On The CD?

If you don't think the 200 questions on this book's pages will give you enough of a challenge and learning experience, on the CD you will find the Pearson IT Certification Practice Test engine with another 800 Security+ practice questions. The test engine features multiple test modes and gives the save detailed explanations for answers as the book. The test engine is for Windows and .NET only (someone please post in the comments if the test engine works under Mono). Also, if you want to know anything more about the contents of the CD, you will have to look on Pearson's Web site, as the CD isn't mentioned in the book.

This Book Is Online Too?

Pearson IT Certification has also teamed up with O'Reilly's Safari Books Online to make an online version of this Exam Cram book available free to use for 45 days. Just enter the code included with the book, sign up for a Safari account, and begin studying the same material online. If you have never tried Safari Books Online before, you are in for a read treat, as it's a great library and most every Exam Cram IT certification book is on there too.

In Conclusion...

Other than the lack of information about the contents of CD in the book's printed pages, I had a very difficult time finding any fault with this book. The information is very detailed, readable, and highly relevant to the topics covered by the Security+ exam. In my opinion, all Security+ exam candidates should find these many practice questions a worthwhile and entertaining diversion from reading books containing long-winded chapters about information security.

Updated 12-28-2011 at 09:36 PM by JDMurray

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  1. onesaint's Avatar
    Great review JD. I'm planning to sit this exam soon and based on your review am now strongly considering purchasing this book. CDs contained in books are always such a murky subject. You would think publishers would utilize the CD as an added selling point, but more often than not it's a hidden surprise.

    On a side note, I like the new blog format sans the hyperlink formatting. The links are only slightly bolder than the rest of the text and need be rolled over to verify there is actually a link (running on OSX 10.7, FF 8.01). Otherwise, it looks great.
  2. JDMurray's Avatar
    I think the CD was probably a late addition to the book and therefore didn't make it into the book's text, but did make it on to the book's cover art, which came later in the publication process.

    I'll soon be posting reviews of other Security+ books. There's so many out there to choose from now.

    And I'll see what I can do about the hyperlink colors.


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