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The Best Certification Books - Best Author, Best Publisher

By dinotech ·
I am trying to complete some certification and have started with the MCDST. I have the book from Sybex and it seems to be a good book for what I need. This led me on a Google search for what would be considered the best certification books in the field. There are too many hits to look at and some hits are not as useful as I thought. So, I post this question to the Tech Republic community:

What books are considered the best for certification? The format for posting is 1)Certification 2)Author and 3)Publisher. For example, if you took an A+ certification and thought that Mike Myers All In One A+ series is a good series, then put

A+; Mike Myers AIO A+ Series <Publisher, Date, ISBN>

The criteria is 1)Objectives Met; 2)Readability; 3)Chapter Tests 4)CD-ROM Content and 5)Exam Ratio. Also put where you purchased it and for how much - list retail price for comparison.

Objectives Met - Does it meet or exceed the objectives for the certification.

Readability - Is the book written with proper English? Does it have errors? If so, what is the ratio of errors (typo's, jargon, concepts) to content? Can it be used as a reference when you are finished with the Exam?

Chapter Tests - Are the tests challenging? Do they cover enough of the material for the chapter? Are there errors in relation to question and answer?

CD-ROM Content - Does the CD-ROM contain current content? If not, can you go to a website and download the latest content. If there are practice exams, do they challenge you enough to simulate the actual exam (old or new content)?

Exam Ratio - Did the book provide enough coverage on the Exam to make it worth the price you paid for it?

If you think of any other criteria that can be useful, please include it here.

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