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1. CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One
2. The National Board Certification
3. Nurse Practitioner Certification
4. PHR / SPHR Professional in Human
5. Mosby's Review for the Pharmacy
6. A Comprehensive Review for the
7. Springhouse Review for Medical-Surgical
8. ACSM's Certification Review
9. HR Certification Institute Official
10. CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One
11. PCCN Certification Review
12. Accomplished Teaching: The Key
13. Critical Care Nursing Certification:
14. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins'
15. Neonatal Certification Review
16. Delmar's Pharmacy Technician Certification
17. Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+ Certification
18. MySQL 5.0 Certification Study
19. CCNA Official Exam Certification
20. CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One

1. CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition (Exams 220-701 & 220-702)
by Michael Meyers
Hardcover: 1376 Pages (2010-01-21)
list price: US$59.99 -- used & new: US$33.45
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Asin: 0071701338
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Get complete coverage of the latest release of the CompTIA A+ exams inside this fully revised and updated resource. Written by the leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training, this expert guide covers CompTIA A+ exams 220-701 and 220-702. You'll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice exam questions, in-depth explanations, and more than 1,000 photographs and illustrations. Designed to help you pass the CompTIA A+ exams with ease, this definitive volume also serves as an essential on-the-job IT reference.

Covers all exam objectives, including how to:

  • Work with CPUs, RAM, motherboards, power supplies, and other PC components
  • Install, partition, and format hard drives
  • Install, upgrade, and troubleshoot WIndows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista
  • Troubleshoot PCs and implement security measures
  • Install video and multimedia cards
  • Work with portable PCs, PDAs, smartphones, and wireless technologies
  • Manage printers and connect to networks and the Internet
  • Understand safety and environmental issues
  • Establish good communication skills and adhere to privacy policies

The CD-ROM features:

  • Practice exams for 701 & 702
  • 600+ chapter review questions
  • New video introduction to CompTIA A+
  • One-hour video training segment
  • Mike's favorite PC tools and utilities
  • Searchable e-book

Mike Meyers, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, MCP, is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world, and a member of CompTIA. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Passed using just this(814)
I found this guide easy to read and understand and used it as my only reference of study for the A+ exam. Computers have been a minor hobby of mine for years, but with this book and about 80hrs of study I passed with an 814. Not a super score but well above passing. If you want a book to help you pass A+ or just learn more about computers, you can't go wrong with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Want to pass the A+ Exam? - Get this book!!
This is real simple formula:
1) Decide you want to become A+ Certified
2) Have the desire and dedication to study
3) Buy Mike Meyers book
4) Read it- study it- use the included CD
5) Schedule your exam
6) Take the exam and pass
7) Get a better career or a raise at present job
8) Done!

Mike Meyers has been doing training longer than many of the younger techs have been alive. He has the experience and the gift of teaching that makes his books the best of the best of the best, sir(MIB).

Thanks to this book, I took both 220-701 and 220-702 back-to-back yesterday and passed both! I'm in my fifties, never had the chance to go to college and haven't taken a test in 40 years. With Mr. Meyers book, if I can do it, anyone can.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very solid guide
I found this to be a very solid guide in helping me study for the A+ exams.It has a good layout and easy to read.It is best to get this new with the CD.The chapter review questions and the practice tests compliment the book well.

5-0 out of 5 stars good experince
it was my first purchase from this company.and i had a very great experince with them.the product was in great condition,and arrived before time.very good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book has every thing you need to be A+ certified. Meyers really breaks everything down for you and explains it in ways that you can really understand, easily! ... Read more

2. The National Board Certification Workbook, Second Edition: How to Develop Your Portfolio and Prepare for the Assessment Exams
by Adrienne Mack-Kirschner
Paperback: 128 Pages (2005-02-18)
list price: US$23.75 -- used & new: US$23.51
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Asin: 032500787X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The first edition of The National Board Certification Workbook offered you top-notch preparation for the National Board certification process. Now the second edition, with 40% new material, goes even further, taking you through every step of the process, and giving you the guidance you need to achieve certification.

Adrienne Mack-Kirschner's work as a National Board support provider makes her the ideal person to advise certification candidates, and her workbook is the next-best thing to attending her workshops. In addition to the comprehensive forms, checklists, and step-by-step portfolio instructions from the first edition, she's now expanded the workbook to include more guidelines for documenting your instruction with video as well as many useful suggestions on understanding the assessment exams and succeeding on them.

Beginning with Personal Inventory Sheets keyed to the Core Propositions, right through scoring your own work, Mack-Kirschner offers numerous helpful tools, including:
  • best-practices charts
  • guides to videotaping your teaching and analyzing the footage
  • graphic organizers for thinking through your practice
  • data-collection techniques for correlation with student achievement
  • plentiful opportunities for self-reflection and assessment
  • updated information about the new portfolio requirements
  • strategic advice about taking the NB assessment examinations.

The National Board has raised the standards for the profession and brought a new level of distinction to its certified teachers because it requires "clear, consistent, and convincing evidence" of meeting its demanding standards. How do you measure up? Where do you need to stretch and grow? Use The National Board Certification Workbook, Second Edition, in conjunction with The Teacher's Guide to National Board Certification and find out how to examine your teaching practices and present the evidence of your classroom excellence in a way that helps your professionalism shine brightly.

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5-0 out of 5 stars how to develop your portfoilo
Love this book! It will help you sort through all the intimating pages of your instructions. When you decide to start your National Teaching Boards, begin with this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Along with the 'apple book', the two best guides on a short list for NBPTS candidates"
Until the release of "So, You Want to Become a National Board Certified Teacher: Workbook & Evidence Manual" (the 'apple book' as it has come to be known), this was about the only serious workbook NBPTS candidates had. Now, there are two. Both offer writing samples and helpful advice. But if you need a lot of hand-holding, this book--though more expensive--has the edge.

If you want more hands-on worktables and outlines, the Parks book might get the nod. It also includes a nice guide to accomplished teaching which neatly meshes with what the NBPTS expects of teachers.

This book has more researched-based pedagogy. The Parks book is more lean, practical, and checklisted.

Both books will be found helpful to the struggling candidate.

So, You Want to Become a National Board Certified Teacher: Workbook & Evidence Manual: A Candidate's Guide to Successfully Passing the NBPTS Certification Process

2-0 out of 5 stars Warning! Major errors in this title
I'm just wrapping up my National Boards, and have found several major errors is this book. (Sort of a surprise, considering the publishing company and the "New! Updated!" sales pitch.) One is where she comments she's "reluctant to share her own entries with her candidates." Sharing actual entries is against the code of ethics for trainers. On page 42 she references a 15 minute video tape for entry one. Nope, no video for that entry. I did use some of the other pieces, but not as many as some of the other books available.

4-0 out of 5 stars Understanding National Board Certfication procedures in simple language...
I recently embarked on the journey of pursing National Board Certification.After spending weeks studying information about standards, portfolio procedures, etc., I purchased this workbook.It put everything into simple language and also provided helpful hints.If you want to make this process easier for you, buy this book.It just might be a "5" star book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Okay
I don't find it helpful. It seems like this book made more work for me to do.. ... Read more

3. Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and Practice Preparation
by Margaret A. Fitzgerald
Paperback: 392 Pages (2010-04-30)
list price: US$59.95 -- used & new: US$49.90
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Asin: 0803621329
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This review book will help your students hone their diagnostic and treatment-reasoning skills, and enable them to thoroughly prepare for the certification exam and clinical practice. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review
I've used Fitzgerald review books in the past to prepare for ANP boards and found the actual board questions very similar. This book is set up very well. It's broken up into small sections, starting with a few questions (2-10 questions) followed by a small discussion section explaining answers. I highly recommend a Fitzgerald review course as well as it was very beneficial. (I am not affiliated with their group however I've taken other review courses and purchased other review books and feel that Fitzgerald has the best preparation for the exam).

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast Shipment
Am using this book (have also taken Fitzgerald live review)to study for FNP boards. The seller shipped the item fast, book still shrinkwrapped in plastic.
One recommendation, if you are less of a reader/memorizer and benefit from visualization(pics/diagrams), you may benefit more from Marye Kellerman's Necessary NP review, in which they have many many acronyms, pics, colors, etc.
My friend took Kellerman, and we are currently studying together and I find it more helpful than just reading a book of black letters on white pages..... Wish me luck.....

4-0 out of 5 stars Good.Could be great.
Today I passed the FNP AANP certification examination with the aid of this book and Fitzgerald's Audio CDs.Woohoo!So, in summary, it works.However, there are a few things that could be excluded/included in this version (3rd) of Fitzgerald's Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and Practice Preparation that would make it even more superior to other review texts/courses.Hence, that's why I gave it four out of five stars.

1. As one previous reviewer pointed out, the question formatting was less than optimal as the questions were at the beginning of each section and subsequently followed by the answers (hard not to cheat).Suggestion - locate the answers at the end of the chapter/text.Also, this may just be me, but the questions should come after the related section's literature not the other way around.

2. Though she clearly states that the generic and trade names of drugs are given on the ANCC and AANP exams this does not hold true in this text.The majority of her questions listed either the generic or trade name of a drug.Found this distracting as there's only a million different drugs names out there.A little help please.

3. The tables.First let me say that most of the tables were straightforward and concise.However, some of them were cluttered with needless information and hard to follow (i.e., Treatment of Sinusitis).I'm a big fan of algorithms (hint hint).Again, just a suggestion.

4. Very comprehensive but still lacking.When I took the AANP exam I found myself cursing the review book as a great deal of information on the exam was never mentioned in this text.I had to reach into the deep recesses of my mind (scary) to retrieve some gray/foggy/probably incorrect information to answer some of the questions.Now, I know that cramming two years of full time graduate study into just under four hundred pages isn't feasible.So, I would suggest to future candidates to briefly (and I mean briefly) skim their graduate texts before dedicating majority of their time to this text.

5. Which is which? Let me elaborate.I know that the name of the book entails Certification Examination and Practice Preparation but it would be nice if the difference in the material was eluded to in the text.Example - knowing the equiopotency of corticosteroids is great for practice but would that really be on the exam?Perhaps practice preparation material could be labeled as such so that future candidates would not feel so overwhelmed with needless (for the exam that is) information.

With all of that said this book is still far superior to other review texts that i've encountered.I highly recommended utilizing it for exam preparation with a minimum of six weeks preparation (with about two hours a day on average of study).It can be used as a singular study tool for board preparation but must be studied intensely.Also, I wish all of those who will be sitting for the AANP and ANCC exams in the future the best of luck.Study hard. Don't let this test intimidate you (even while you're taking it).Just focus, breathe, chew on a peppermint (worked for me), and push forward while in the exam room and all will end well.Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars fast shipping, good book
Very good book. I like the way this book is laid out. First it quizzes you on your knowledge about the matter, then it provides with the rationale and info about the batter. Pretty concise, good for quick studying. Also, shipped fast. Thanks.

4-0 out of 5 stars More detailed than the exam, but great reivew
Great review, somewhat coincides with her review cds but book does have additional information. I found some of her questions to be more detailed than what I encountered on the test, specifically abx used for CAP, but it's great information to review. My only complaint was the set up of the book. The questions for each discussion are presented before the material and right after the last question are the answers. It's very difficult to attempt to hide the answers when you are taking the questions so I had to spend time putting little slips of paper over the answers through the entire book so I wouldn't be tempted to let my eyes wander. I found her questions to basically be on par with the questions on the AANP FNP exam in terms of difficulty with the exception of her questions about antibiotics. Maybe my test was unusual, but I got few questions about medications and they were much more broad. I certainly would have been prepared if they were more detailed though. At the end of my review, I was scoring about 80% on the Fitzgerald review questions and passed the AANP FNP exam. ... Read more

4. PHR / SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide
by Anne Bogardus
Paperback: 672 Pages (2009-03-03)
list price: US$59.99 -- used & new: US$32.70
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Asin: 0470430966
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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More than 80,000 HR professionals having earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) or Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, and another 20,000 are expected to take the exam in 2009. This complete update of the bestselling guide to HR certification contains additional coverage of new HR policies and standards, as well as updated practice exam questions and real world scenarios. Key topics include strategic management, workforce planning and employment, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. The CD-ROM contains two bonus exams (one each for PHR and SPHR) as well as flashcards and an electronic book.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (106)

2-0 out of 5 stars Book never arrived.First time I had a bad experience on Amazon
I never received my book from the seller HPB-Ohio.This is the first time that this has happened on Amazon and I am disappointed.After waiting over a month to receive the book, I contacted HPB-Ohio.The reason I am giving two stars is because they responded to my email the next day and offered a full refund (they claim the post office lost the book, which rarely happens and I dont know if that is true, but at least they didnt give me a hassle about the money).If you order from HPB-Ohio, know that they ship USPS (slow boat to China) and you need to keep on top of your order.They will not be monitoring it to make sure it arrives.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not The Greatest for What I Needed for SPHR
I bought this and the phr/sphr practice test books to be included in my sphr certification preparation.It was a waste of money as far as I am concerned.I had to get the SHRM learning system and this almost contradicted some of the material I learned.My very first complaint is the way it is set up.There is a lot of talk about what this person's interpretation of the test is.That wasn't helpful.The 2nd big one is the questions offer an option of d) all of the above.The test doesn't have one of those questions among the 225 on the test.Not any of the tests.So that is deceiving and a lazy way to have 4 choices on the tests in the book.

Take it for what it is worth.I am more than willing to sell my used copy if someone is interested.The disk that comes with it is nice to have to use at home or work while preparing.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Bunch
In preparation for the SPHR exam, 3 co-workers and myself held study groups using the SHRM LS for 6 months prior to testing.The closer it got to the test date, the more nervous I got.I ended up purchasing this book about a month before the test and I am so glad that I did!This helps explain the HR processes through case study and the practice questions in this book are much closer to the actual test than SHRM LS.However, I still found myself feeling unprepared for the test.The actual test questions are nothing like anything we practiced in the SHRM LS (for 6 months nonetheless) and I felt sure that I had failed.Alas, I did pass (BTW, two of us passed and 2 of us didn't) and I feel that most of the credit should be given to this book (I was the only one to use this book).

If I had to do it again, knowing what I do now, I would just purchase this book and read it cover to cover and take all the test questions.That's it.The SHRM LS just had me studying and memorizing the wrong things.I was overwhelmed and had a constant feeling of "How am I going to remember all of these laws, amendments, case law, etc.?".Well, my advise is DON'T STRESS.Read this book, understand how things apply in the case study and you should be good to go.


4-0 out of 5 stars The best
I bought a lot of books for this test. This is the one that I liked the best. It was very good. It followed the BOK that you need to take the test. If I would of bought only one book it would of been this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reaource
This was an excellent resource for the PHR test.I just took the test on June 1, 2010 and passed.This was my only study guide.The book was organized very well and helped me to organize my study notes for the test.I also reviewed a friends SHRM book but found this book to be more helpful.I found the test questions are nothing like the practice tests but they do prepare you for the correct answers. ... Read more

5. Mosby's Review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination
by James J. Mizner BSMBARPh
Paperback: 296 Pages (2009-04-16)
list price: US$46.95 -- used & new: US$42.41
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Asin: 1416062041
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This complete review includes everything you need to study for and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and ExCPT exams! Review the content you'll see on the exam with handy outlines and helpful electronic flash cards, then prepare for the exam with a section on test-taking tips. Plus, you can test your knowledge with mock exams in the book and on the companion CD-ROM for even more practice.

  • Tips and suggestions prepare you for test-taking success with helpful strategies and information on what to expect and how to prepare.
  • A convenient outline format helps you to quickly review important information you'll see on the exam.
  • Six printed mock exams feature the same format and content emphasis as the national exam.
  • Ten practice exams on the Companion CD in both timed and untimed modes help you easily recognize important areas for study and identify your weaknesses.
  • Over 600 electronic flash cards that cover the top 200 most prescribed pharmaceuticals, the top 50 herbals, abbreviations, and sound-alike drugs offer a quick practice tool for important information.
  • Evolve Resources include everything from the Companion CD-ROM, plus appendices and internet resources, for more study opportunities.

  • Mock exams have the same 100-question format used on the PTCB and ExCPT exams for a realistic test taking experience.
  • The latest information on HIPPA and the Medicare Modernization Act, plus other recent pharmacy laws, keeps you up-to-date on important content featured on the PTCB exam.
  • Discussions of the United States Pharmacopeia guidelines prepare you for updated material in the Compounding and Regulation sections.
  • Internet resources feature links to pharmacy and PTCB and ExCPT-related web resources for access to more study tools.
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Customer Reviews (24)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
I would definitely recommend this book, besides the mathematical errors and other ones. If you study and familiarize yourself with the material, you will notice them. The rest of the material in this book helps tremendously in preparation for the PTCB.

4-0 out of 5 stars timing is everything
I was waiting for this so I could complete the PTCB test before the end of the summer and instead it came like the last day that the estimated date of arrival but other than that it was in like really good condition and stuff.. so like it was good experience overall.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, basically what you need
This is basically what you need to review for the exam. It's not ALL you need, however.

If you have no previous pharmacy experience:
1. Read an actual text, such as The Pharmacy Technician by Perspective Press
2. Then use a review book, such as Mosby's Review for the Pharmacy Technician

If you have the general gist of pharmacy, the CD that comes with this book is pretty much all you need. The CD contains flashcards, a study mode, and an exam mode for you to practice reviewing and testing in a format similar to the real test.

If you don't know what to study:
1. Calculations and conversions (flow rates, alligations, dosages, etc.--know these solidly)
2. Drug regulation laws/agencies (HIPAA, DEA forms, FDA, etc.)

By taking practice tests, you will pick up on random tidbits of information and begin to recognize drug names. Take a lot, because there were questions on the actual test I had seen before. As for the Top 200 drugs, you don't know which ones will be asked on the test, so just guess on these or familiarize yourself with a few.

Overall, I recommend these 2 books for anyone who wants to take the PTCB Exam:

1. The Pharmacy Technician by Perspective Press
2. Mosby's Review for the Pharmacy Technician

4-0 out of 5 stars very easy to follow, but lots of spelling errors and some calculation errors
I passed with this book. It is a very useful study guide. There were many spelling errors and mistakes on the cd and in the book. If you know your information, you can catch this. I recommend using this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book To Study With, But Still Some Shortcomings
I bought this book after taking a class at a career college for a year, and seeing a copy of it on my pharmacy tech program director's desk. This book is also sold in Barnes and Noble, but I would recommend getting it off Amazon as it is much cheaper! Anyways, on to the review. I wasn't sure what to think of this book when I first got it. There just seemed to be so much information in there, that at times it was hard to know where to start. (Let me also just say that I took the ExCPT exam, not the PTCB as my state will recognize either one, and the ExCPT exam was cheaper and you got your results back right away, go to www.nationaltechexam.org for more info) So I started reading through the chapters one at a time. The book is split up into three sections, each focusing on a different area of the test, with Chapter review questions at the end of each Chapter. The book also contains seven practice exams, and comes with a CD-ROM that has ten more practice exams on it. I would suggest studying everything. I also liked that the practice test format was the same as on the national test, in other words there were 100 multiple choice questions on the practice tests, and 100 on the national test. I also found it helpful that on the CD-ROM there were over 600 flash cards covering brand/generic name drugs, abbreviations, supplement and vitamin information etc. Also the CD-ROM practice tests are good because there are two ways to study. You can either study by taking a timed practice test, which gives you an hour to complete the 100 questions, and you wait till the end of the test to get your feedback, or you can take an untimed test with 100 questions and get immediate feeback on whether your answer was right or wrong, as well as the rationale for why. This book covers everything you need to pass either exam, as long as you study. I also liked that the book itself had an entire section devoted to nothing but pharmacy calculations, as I thought this and the brand/generic name drugs were my weakest areas. It doesn't have the best explanations for how to solve the math problems, so I would probably get another book for that, such as the one used at my school, Calculations: The Pharmacy Technician Series as this other book is very well laid out and explains things in a logical manner. If you don't know how to convert from farenheight to celsius or your metric to household conversions and things like that before you buy the Mosby's book, then it won't help you much. I found the actual practice problems in this Mosby's book to be harder than the ones I got on the national test. The only reason for giving Mosby's four stars instead of five was because the way to solve the math problems was not explained well enough. I took my national test and passed on the first try, so if I can do it, anyone can do it. Overall, an excellent study guide. I studied during a three week break from classes, and still passed on the first attempt. ... Read more

6. A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants: Published in Collaboration with AAPA and PAEA
by Claire Babcock O'Connell, Sarah F. Zarbock
Paperback: 432 Pages (2010-01-21)
list price: US$56.95 -- used & new: US$34.00
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Asin: 1605477265
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This exam review book has been developed and endorsed by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). This new Fourth Edition features "high-yield" outline format review and pre- and post-test questions based on the blueprint drafted by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). The text provides balanced coverage between educational concepts and clinical practice.

A companion website features fully searchable text and a question bank offering a total of 600 pre- and post-test questions. The 300 pretest questions also appear in the book.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Study Guide for Class
I'm a first-year PA student, and I bought this PANCE review as an adjunct to studying for Clin Med exams.It is GGGREEAATTT.It really helps incorporate all the material learned from classes into a neat, succinct study guide.It will definitely help students pass their didactic tests.I won't be taking the PANCE until 2012, so I can't rate it as a study tool for certification.

The only improvement would be adding more study questions (and ORGANIZING these questions by topic).The questions in the beginning are in random order, so it's hard to study for a specific subject.

3-0 out of 5 stars I did not like it
A lot is made of the fact that this was written with the cooperation of the AAPA and PAEA. Its a great selling tool, but this book does not give you the "details "to do well on the boards. I have been practicing as a P.A for 13 years I passed my PANCE in the top 5 % and my first PANRE in the top 1%. I just retook my 2nd PANRE and have not recieved my score yet but this book did not help it, I can tell you that. Fortunately, I didn't use this book soley for the test and that is my saving grace. The best thing about the book was the pre and post test, yet neither one simulated the PANRE well. The PANRE was much harder!! then the questions in this book.
To be fair both the PANCE and PANRE change from test to test so I could have just had a harder test this cycle, however when I think back on the two previous tests, I don't think this would have been a great book to use for either one of them. Why? The boards love most common ,least common symptom or sign type questions. They also like to test you about subtle differences betweensimularly presenting diseases. This - for the most part- dosen't give you that info. It lists the symptoms/signs randomly so you could know everything in it and still do poorly.
This was the first and last time I will use this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's OK
This book is great if you like a simple, down and dirty outline. However, the treatments and
diagnosis sections are lacking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Physician Assistant Board review book
This is a very good book for studying and reviewing for the NCCPA recertification exam. It covers all of the systems and has multiple questions with multiple answers to help understand the aspects of medicine that haven't been concentrated on in awhile. Highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedic but didn't work well for me...
I tend to learn better when engaged in an interactive Q&A type format. This text does include an initial self-assessment followed by system-based chapters in outline format. It is quite complete and for some who prefer this format would be quite helpful. It just didn't work well for me. I found the Davis review text and the Lange Q&A text more helpful. This was my 4th recertification cycle (25 years in Primary Care!) and I scored >99th percentile. ... Read more

7. Springhouse Review for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification (Springhouse Nursing Review Series)
by Springhouse
Paperback: 416 Pages (2006-08-30)
list price: US$54.95 -- used & new: US$38.82
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Asin: 1582555079
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This thoroughly updated review book provides the information nurses need to achieve certification in medical-surgical nursing from the credentialing arms of the American Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the American Nurses Association. It covers all topics found on the exam, including disorders by body system, wound care, perioperative nursing, collaborative practice, nursing research, and legal issues. The book reviews signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, medical treatments, nursing assessments, and interventions for scores of problems. Review questions, posttests, and answers with rationales are included.

This edition reflects current NANDA Taxonomy II nursing diagnoses, arranged by nursing domain, and recent CDC infection prevention and control guidelines. The cardiovascular chapter has been updated to reflect the latest information on acute coronary syndrome differential care and American Heart Association guidelines for emergency cardiovascular care. Also, the appendix on oncology care issues and nursing implications has been expanded.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
I purchased this book thinking it would be full of questions to practice for my upcoming exam, and although it had some decent information in it, just wasn't what I was looking for.If you haven't taken the review course in person and were going to study out of a book, this may be more suitable for you.I wouldn't re-purchase it knowing what I know now.

4-0 out of 5 stars Med Surg certification review study book
Easy to study from with body systems, legal and ethical issues covered chapter by chapter. Good pre-test at the end of the text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent review book
Being a visual learner, this was a perfect review book for me.Pages have great layout, the material is logically organized, and words are used carefully. As a result, the whole review takes less than 400 pages, in a friendly format.At first, I was suspicious about unusual colors of print (green, magenta, etc.), but it turns out to be easy on my eyes, while still very legible. The only drawback to me was the pharmacology info-it is all piled up at the end of the book.It was probably based on exam's percentage of pharmacology questions, but still feels slightly artificial.Otherwise, great book, and reasonably priced, too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Directs your course of study
This book appropriately reflected the content of the Medical Surgical Nursing Certification exam.I read this book, reviewed the content outline on ANCC's webpage and pulled out my old NCLEX books to practice questions and passed on the first try.

5-0 out of 5 stars worth it
had a lot of misgivings buying this material at first. always bought my books online from Lippincott. was surprised how carefully the book was packed (s/h) and certainly was brand new. saved at least $20. will be ordering some more in the near future ... Read more

8. ACSM's Certification Review
by American College of Sports Medicine
Paperback: 320 Pages (2009-01-23)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$30.85
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Asin: 0781769019
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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ACSM's Certification Review is a review manual for candidates wanting an ACSM credential including ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), the ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES), and the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certifications. Content is based on the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) found in ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

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5-0 out of 5 stars exelente
Todavia no lo he empezado a estudiar. Pero estos libros son tan buenos que los usan en estudios universitarios.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Really for Personal Trainer
I bought this preparing for the exam for personal trainer certification. It is more designed for the Health/Fitness cert.I wasted a lot of time in it before I realized its lack of usefulness.The vocab is riduculous in my opinion and as such reduces the practical (non-exam prep) value of the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars very good condition and quick shipping
The book came as quickly as the seller said it would come, and it is in perfect condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product, great seller!
My book was in perfect, brand new condition!It came really fast...much faster than expected!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast and Quality book
This book was delivered quickly and was in perfect condition.I have no complaints and look forward to using Amazon again! ... Read more

9. HR Certification Institute Official PHR and SPHR Certification Guide
by Raymond B. Weinberg
Paperback: 112 Pages (2009-09-01)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$24.80
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Asin: 1586441493
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Updated and revised to reflect the most current body of knowledge from which the exams are drawn, this thorough test-preparation guide is the ideal tool for human resources professionals preparing for certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). As the only guide prepared by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), it features the foremost information on critical exam topics, including management staffing, family and social issues that affect the workplace, employee rights, and international competition. Tips for exam preparation, a practice exam, and a discussion of the exam answers are also included.
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Customer Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Failed the test because this was the main book I used
This was the main book I used to study and even though I knew every question in this book and had the book memorized and even used the information to look up more details on the items in the book for further study, I think I failed the SPHR exam, although I will find out for sure in 2 to 3 weeks.I had easily passed the PHR 3 years before and have never failed any test in my life but I used a series of 6 detailed books with a lot of practice questions and answers to study for the PHR that I could not find this time.If I do have to take again, I will use multiple books and this will not be one of them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good buy
It has helped me create my study plan for the PHR exam.
Also it has a lot of sample questions on the same pattern of the exam!

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
I have got the best review which is direct to the point and explained in a very simple manner that enables the reader to understand and analyze the answers, at the same time, it makes the reader ready for the exam and enables him/her to be confident when attending the exam.

1-0 out of 5 stars No need to get this one
I am studying for the PHR and figured the book put out by HRCI would be helpful, but it isn't at all. There are practice questions, which are always nice, but every other PHR book has those as well.This guide gives you study tips, but presumably you have studied for a test before and know how you study.You can definitely skip this one and go for more specific HR books to prepare.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time and Money
This book did not have anything useful in it that could not be obtained on the PHR/SPHR exam website.Complete waste of money. ... Read more

10. CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One For Dummies
by Glen E. Clarke, Ed Tetz
Paperback: 1200 Pages (2009-10-19)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$21.95
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Asin: 0470487380
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Nine minibooks cover everything you need to earn the A+ certification

CompTIA's A+ certification is the industry-leading entry-level certification for IT professionals, and this guide is the quick, easy way to prepare for the test. 1,200 pages of up-to-date information correlates with both the hardware and operating system exams and serves as a reference after the test-taking is completed.

The minibooks cover each domain of the exam: A+ Groundwork, Inside the Box, Outside the Box, Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Operating System Basics, Managing The Operating System, Recovering Systems, Networking, and Securing Systems. You'll find plenty of sample test questions to get you prepared, too.

  • CompTIA's A+ certification is vendor-neutral and validates the skills of entry-level computer technicians; it can be the ticket to a new or better job
  • Certification requires successful completion of two exams; this prep guide covers all the core competencies required
  • Nine minibooks cover A+ Groundwork, Inside the Box, Outside the Box, Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Operating System Basics, Managing The Operating System, Recovering Systems, Networking, and Securing Systems
  • Covers installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance, and basic networking, with extra information about Vista and a heavier emphasis on hardware
  • Companion CD-ROM include the Dummies Test Engine, an exclusive, fully customizable test-prep software package that includes 400 exam review questions

CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the best study guide to have as you prepare for the A+ exams!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very detailed.
The author includes sample test questions so that you can get a real feel for the exam. The book is very detailed and well organized into comprehensive sections that cover both certification tests. I'm finding it to be very helpful and it seems like a bargain.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very outdated, poor editing
Waste of money, waste of time. I'm sorry to say it because I normally love (and trust) the "Dummies" series of books. But I'm a pretty computer proficient person already, and I knew a TON of the material was just useless and obsolete. To confirm my suspicions, I downloaded the official A+ 2009 exam objectives, and sure enough, about half of what this Dummies book covers isn't even covered at all. Who uses ISA slots or Pentium 2s these days, come on?!

They tried to update the book by throwing in new hardware types and such, but it was such an obvious copy and paste job. You might be reading a paragraph, talking about how new and prevalent X hardware is, only to read a recent paragraph addition about how new and prevalent hardware Y is. Guess what, only one of them is (e.g., X went out of style years ago, everyone uses Y now). This is very common.

Updating a book--especially something so technical--should involve more than pasting in some new material. It should be deleting the useless stuff, and giving the reader a true sense of what's the dominant hardware type and what's going out of style. Reading this, you might have no idea if you didn't have prior knowledge. Plus, there are blatant inaccuracies (e.g., AMD's new AM3 processors have 938 pins, not 941 as written in the book).

Sorry, but I can't recommend this book. Comprehensive, yes. Accurate, up-to-date, and relevant? Not by a mile.

3-0 out of 5 stars Needs better editing
I'm about one day into using the book and I started out trying the exams to get a handle on what I need to focus on.I've already run into some errors, both grammar and incorrect answers (The explanation of their answer says that I'm correct, but then the letter of the correct answer is incorrect.)So far, I'm unimpressed with the fact that the CD material has not been edited.However, there is great material covered in the sections that I have read for reference, therefor, I feel that this warrants three stars.I will re-review when I am done with the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A+
I am very satisfied with this book. A+ certification is very technical material and not intended for "Dummies.":-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
My book arrived in perfect condition.Extremely satisfied with condition, price and qucik service. ... Read more

11. PCCN Certification Review
by Ann Brorsen, Keri Rogelet
Paperback: 448 Pages (2008-12-15)
list price: US$63.95 -- used & new: US$32.74
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Asin: 076375935X
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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PCCN Certification Review is an exceptional resource that takes critical care nurses through the entire PCCN certification process, guiding them through the procedures for registering for the exam, offering test-taking strategies, and providing the various resources and paperwork they need to complete their certification. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Be careful with the contents
This review book has numerous mistakes ranging from incorrect data in the questions, wrong answers or no correct answer available. While the publisher may correct the mistakes for the next printing, they should issue a corrected answer key free! It does push you to find the correct information on your own but it's very frustrating no doubt.So be wary and wise to validate your answers with other resources before taking the test.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Prep and Review
This prep and review book was just what I needed to pass the PCCN exam. Covered more than any other book in question format. When I contacted the authors per the cover contact information, they were prompt in offering additional study advise and clarification of information. Great book as a prep material or as review or reference if you are already certified.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have for PCCN Prep
This book is awesome!!! Even better, when I had questions about the content, I was able to go to the authors directly via e-mail and they answered all my questions. To top it all off, this book helped me pass the PCCN Exam!

4-0 out of 5 stars I recommend to others
I used this book as a supplement to some other study sources.I found all the test questions very helpful and thought provoking.They were more advanced than what I encountered on the actual PCCN exam, so that made the exam easier.However, I will say that a few of the answers were incorrect.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
This is not at all what I expected. The title is misleading. I thought there would be more "review" of systems and less sample questions! ... Read more

12. Accomplished Teaching: The Key to National Board Certification w/ CD
by Bess Jennings, MaryAnn Joseph, Frank J. Orlando
Paperback: 368 Pages (2008-07-30)
list price: US$47.17 -- used & new: US$47.17
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Asin: 0757551882
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Accomplished Teaching: The Key to National Board Certification is the perfect professional development tool for teachers at all stages in their careers.It will help those just entering the education field to understand the Standards of the teaching profession, and will help experienced teachers review and refine their practices against those Standards whether or not they choose to seek National Board Certification.The book provides readers with a systematic approach to studying the Standards, conducting lessons, and providing evidence of the Standards in their actual classroom practices.A CD-ROM packaged with the text contains all exercise forms from the text as well as selected figures. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars accomplished teaching
This book is a good reference if you're trying to get your National Teaching Certificate. If you have questions about certain entries, especially 4, this book can be helpful. However, it is very dry and boring read. Read this book before you attempt your boards, not during, it will stress you out.

4-0 out of 5 stars uuseful book
This is a helpful book for breaking down the NBPTS process and knowing how to write successfully for your portfolio.

5-0 out of 5 stars don't start without reading this
I've attended meetings by professionals that were not as helpful as this very specific info in this book. All of their handouts came from this text! Don't start your NBC process without reading this thoroughly!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Accomplished Teaching Book
I have been looking for books that actually give detailed explanations on how to. This book has everything from web sites to forms. It has sections for everything you will need to begin, proceed and complete the process. Excellent! It comes with a CD, which has templated to use and develop your portfolio. The price is high, but it is a quality book couldn't ask for a better book. I greatly recommend it, it help me in writing and develop ideas.

5-0 out of 5 stars AT Guide
When I first started the NB process I went out and bought a whole bunch of books figuring the more I had the easier it would be. Accomplished Teaching turned out to be the book I used the most and found the most valuable. Very easy to read and the CD with worksheets is great to start brainstorming and organizing ideas. The book basically is a personal support group. Great examples and hints are included on what to do and not to do. I definitely recommend buying this book if you are going through the process. ... Read more

13. Critical Care Nursing Certification: Preparation, Review, and Practice Exams, Sixth Edition (Critical Care Certification (Ahrens))
by Thomas Ahrens, Donna Prentics, Ruth Kleinpell
Paperback: 701 Pages (2010-05-06)
list price: US$69.95 -- used & new: US$44.97
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Asin: 007166789X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The best review available for Critical Care certification--updated to reflect the latest changes in the CCRN exam

Critical Care Nursing Certification is a complete step-by-step guide that thoroughly covers everything you need to know to pass the examination administered by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Following the CCRN blueprint, coverage of each subject has been carefully updated to reflect its level of importance on the actual exam.

Presented in short, easy-to-read chapters, the book includes subject-specific practice exams, allowing you to target your study and quickly identify weak areas. In addition, the handy "Editor's Note" feature explains changes to the exam, highlights what's important, and alerts you to the number of questions you should expect on a given topic.

Everything you need to pass the Critical Care certification exam:

  • NEW! Companion CD-ROM containing two complete practice exams
  • NEW! A section on behavioral and psychological factors in critical care
  • NEW! Expanded neurology section
  • Valuable test-taking tips to help you perform your best ont he exam
  • A practice exam at the end of each part of the book

Content that includes every topic you will see on the exam:
Cardiovascular; Pulmonary; Endocrine; Immunology and Hematology; Neurology; Gastroenterology; Renal; Multiorgan Problems; Synergy; Behavior

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5-0 out of 5 stars CCRN book review
I just passed the CCRN exam, and of all the reference material I used to study with, this book (the 5th edition) was the best. It has enough content to comprehend the subjects that are tested, but not too detailed to be confusing or overwhelming. This should be your priority book for studying. There are a lot of practice questions that test your knowledge. They are more straight forward than the actual CCRN questions (which seem like advanced NCLEX type questions).
The 5th edition book will be a permanent book in my library and for review (or until I'm not cheap enough to buy this or future editions). ... Read more

14. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins' Medical Assisting Exam Review for CMA and RMA Certification
by Helen J. Houser, Janet R. Sesser
Paperback: 367 Pages (2008-02-12)
list price: US$57.95 -- used & new: US$28.80
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Asin: 0781765358
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This text will prepare you to successfully pass the CMA and RMA national medical assisting certification exams. A unique pretest provides analysis of your strong and weak areas, and helps you to develop a tailored and highly effective study plan. The book's format is engaging and comprehensive yet concise, infusing humor and motivational strategies to help you thoroughly review and prepare for certification. This simple and effective approach is purposely designed to keep you focused. And, you are sure to benefit from a full unit devoted to exam day preparation, which provides invaluable practice and review.

Special Features Include—

  • A Study Plan that uncovers your strong and weak areas through pretest results. Based on these scores, you can create a focused and successful strategy for study
  • Answer Rationales are provided that clearly reinforce your understanding of the material immediately. No flipping back and forth to review your answers!
  • A fully updated CD-ROM with two practice exams (one for CMA and one for RMA) that accompany the text for additional practice and review
  • An encouraging tone throughout the chapters with asides, icon-style art, and an open layout, instills confidence to tackle even the most complicated subject matter
  • A tear-out bookmark lets you cover your answers and rationales, and serves as a convenient study aid

This text gives you the tools and information that you'll need to succeed on the CMA or RMA exams!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book is a great book to study for the CMA and RMA exams. I love the practice tests that show you the correct answer and why. The disk with all the practice exams on them is a big help and the book is easy to read. It just goes over the key points you would need to know and you do not have to sit through hours and hours of useless reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Medical assissting Exam Review
Very good condition. Cd was there as well. Thought it took a little long to ship. arrived in well sealed box.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow Great book
Loved the book. You take a practice test before studying the book then there are topics such as A&P and what is important -then after each section is a test on that chapter. At the end of the book is a prectice test like the real CMA certification test. Going through the law and ethics chapter I really realized how much I had forgotten!

1-0 out of 5 stars thought this book would help
But eventually did not i study everything and thought I had enough information to pass my AAMA exam. Turn out I failed not miserably but was very disapointed. The AAMA exam was so different since they changed to 200 hundred questions a lot of administrative information and questions just totally never even thought they would ask. So for now I will find an up to date AAMA review book to help but this is good information but not for the board exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT

15. Neonatal Certification Review for the CCRN and RNC High-Risk Examination
by Keri R. Rogelet, Ann J. Brorsen
Paperback: 400 Pages (2010-05-07)
list price: US$64.95 -- used & new: US$39.15
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Asin: 0763780057
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Neonatal Certification Review for the CCRN and RNC High-Risk Examination is the essential guide for critical care nurses preparing for the Neonatal CCRN and the RNC High Risk exams. With an increasing number of hospitals seeking Magnet status, more critical care nurses will be required to obtain this certification. This unique review guide provides insight into the difference between the CCRN and RNC exams as well as information about the Low Risk Neonatal Intensive Care RNC. By learning through an effective question and answer format with rationale for all answers, critical care nurses will now be able to take the exams with confidence! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic buy!!!!!
I bought this book for a general review. It is challenging and well written. Love the online testing. This is a great book for anyone looking to take either examination or just for review. Other review books I have seen are much older and out of step with current practice. I have one question for someone looking at this book: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? But it today!

5-0 out of 5 stars Used it to pass
Used this book to pass the certification exam. The explanations of the two available cert exams helped me to choose the best certification for me. The online version is a cool bonus. I can make as many personalized exams as I want and cover whatever content I want. Can't get better than that. When I am not next to the computer, I had the book to use. Best of both worlds.

This book covers what's on the exam and more. Although I already have my CCRN, I purchased as a review and reference book. What a great buy! The online feature is a plus. You can create your own exams based on the available questions. I counted, about 930 different questions. Friends are vying to borrow so they can use to study for the RNC exam. Whatever your exam preference, this book covers it. Offers much more than the Core review book that is over 4 years old. ... Read more

16. Delmar's Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review
by Patricia K. Anthony
Paperback: 336 Pages (2003-12-16)
list price: US$78.95 -- used & new: US$54.74
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Asin: 0766814327
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Ideal for review courses and for individual study, this book is a must-have tool for anyone preparing to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Concise reviews of the critical topics outlined by the Pharmacy Certification Training Board, along with review tests at the end of each chapter, assess your current knowledge and identify areas that need further study. In addition to end-of-chapter practice questions, two cumulative tests at the end of the book provide practice for taking the full-length exam. If additional math practice is what you need, you’ll find 14 chapters that focus specifically on math and include additional math questions. This new edition includes greatly expanded information on pharmacology, pharmaceutical agents, the effect of drugs on specific body systems and conditions, and drug interactions. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pharmacy Tech Exam Review
I noticed many errors in the math calculation review answers. Drove me nuts!! Otherwise very good study book.

1-0 out of 5 stars NO NO NO NO!!!!
Don't bother.This book is horrible.There are so many errors in it, and it is very frustrating.The exam questions don't match what the book says, and I had to buy other material.Don't watse your time and money.This is not a good buy in any way!

1-0 out of 5 stars A lot of errors!
This book has *a lot* of errors. Thomson-Delmar has a really bad reputation not only for lack of proofreading books they publish, but for being slow to revise books that are found by customers to have a lot of errors. They seem to have little regard for their customers. They just want to sell books. They don't care if customers are left confused by poor quality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great cramming tool
It's a useful book but it does have some errors. I didn't study for the test until the night before and had never worked in a pharmacy but I easily passed the test.

The PTCB test is broken down into 3 sections:

1. Assisting the Pharmacist in serving patients
2. Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control System
3. Administration and Management of Pharmacy Practice

Don't get bogged down into learning about Pharmacology I didn't have time so I mostly skimmed through those chapters and spent most of my time on the other sections. Pharmacology was part of the 1st section (Assisting the Pharmacist in serving patients) and I did surprising well on it and I lost most of my points in the 2nd section (Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control System). This book doesn't spend much time on the 2nd section so you'll probably have to learn that stuff from another source, but if you're out of time like I was, this book should give you enough info to pass the test.

Make sure you know Chapter 7-9 (math, conversions, and percentages/ratios) especially table 8-1 (common conversion factors). They're a big part of the test and if you can easily do these conversions then it will save you lots of time and it'll help you pass the test. Also google 'Gallon Guy' as it helps memorize some of the conversion factors.

4-0 out of 5 stars Please Help!!
So i bought this book used cause it was a cheaper price.. It has been really helpful to me, but i just finished it and all i have left is the practice exam at the end. But it seems the person before me tore out the answer sheet. So now i have no answers to the questions so i can't score it.. Could someone who has the book still be helpful enough as to email me the answers. It would be greatly appreciated and help me out alot. My email address is austin_L16@hotmail.com

Thank you so much........ ... Read more

17. Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+ Certification Passport, Fourth Edition (Exams 220-701 & 220-702)
by Michael Meyers
Paperback: 832 Pages (2010-06-08)
list price: US$29.99 -- used & new: US$16.97
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Asin: 0071702989
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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From the #1 Name in Professional Certification

Get on the fast track to becoming CompTIA A+ certified with this affordable, portable study tool. Certification training guru Mike Meyers guides you on your career path, providing expert tips and sound advice along the way. With an intensive focus on only what you need to know to pass, CompTIA A+ exams 220-701 and 220-702, this certification passport is your ticket to success on exam day.


  • Itineraries--List of official exam objectives covered
  • ETAs--Amount of time needed to complete each lesson
  • Travel Advisories--Expert advice on critical topics
  • Local Lingo--Concise definitions of key terms and concepts
  • Travel Assistance--Recommended resources for more information
  • Exam Tips--Common exam pitfalls and solutions
  • Checkpoints--End-of-chapter questions, answers, and explanations
  • Career Flight Path--Career options mapped out to maximize the return from your IT journey


  • Practice exams for 220-701 & 220-702
  • Hundreds of practice questions from the book
  • Video training segment
  • Mike's favorite PC tools and utilities
  • E-book
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4-0 out of 5 stars Passport offers good review
This book does what it advertises.It offers a rapid solid coverage of the material, perfect for those with prior experience and comfort with the subjects or as overlay on a different book series.Don't get me wrong, this book does cover details (it isn't just "overview")... it is quick about it so if you need more "introduction" or "background" info just use his full A+ book CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition or similar.

If a beginner, maybe use one "thick book" by one author and a "thin book" or "cram" by another author.This book is midway between being a "cram" and a "thick book" and is great in that regard.

A more direct approach to the two book method is working a really thorough practice problem set such as CompTIA A+ 2010 Complete Home Study.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great if you already have some experience
This book is meant to "fill in the gaps" to prepare for the A+ exams. If you've built a couple PCs, installed Windows a couple times, and have set up your own basic home network then this is a good choice for you, as you probably already know about half of what's on the exams. This book will review what you've learned and teach you some things you probably haven't run into yet.

If you've never jumpered a hard drive or edited the registry, then you'll want one of those bigger, comprehensive A+ study guides as this book is a little short to bring you from beginner to expert.

Get it if you're looking to turn your amateur hobby into an industry-recognized certification.

5-0 out of 5 stars This got me the Cert
I only have 6 months of real experience. I bought the big Sybex Comptia A+ Study Guide and studied it hard for ~3-4 weeks. I went in to the 220-701 feeling totally prepared and confident. After the first 5 questions I felt helpless, stupid and defeated but somehow I barely passed. I knew right then and there that the Sybex book wasn't working for me so I ordered this book. I got it on a Tuesday afternoon and read the whole thing by Friday to take the test. I passed with total confidence.
The book is a short and to the point. Very concentrated. The practice test it comes with is way better than the one that comes with Sybex. I highly recommend this book! ... Read more

18. MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide
by Paul DuBois, Stefan Hinz, Carsten Pedersen
Paperback: 643 Pages (2005-09-03)
list price: US$64.99 -- used & new: US$36.93
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Asin: 0672328127
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This is the official guide to passing the two MySQL certification tests for MySQL 5, the long-awaited major revision of MySQL. The number of MySQL certification exams taken has doubled in the last six months.


Certcities.com lists the MySQL certification as one of the top 10 certifications to grow in 2005. MySQL professionals need a way to distinguish themselves from the vast majority of database administrators and developers. With more than 4 million active installations, MySQL is the world's most popular open-source database. Known for its speed, reliability and case of use, MySQL has become a low-cost alternative to expensive database systems such as Oracle, IBM and Microsoft. MySQL AB has aggressively improved the feature set of MySQL with MySQL 5, making it more suitable for enterprise-level applications and uses. The MySQL certification tests, available at over 3,000 PearsonVUE testing centers, is a key component of this enterprise growth strategy, establishing a base level of skills for database users, administrators and programmers.


The MySQL Core Certification is aimed at the database user who wants proof of his or her abilities in such fundamental areas as SQL, data entry and maintenance, and data extraction. The MySQL Professional Certification test is designed for the advanced user who wants to prove his or her knowledge in such areas as database management, installation, security, disaster prevention and optimization. Both tests are thoroughly covered in the MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide. Written by Paul DuBois, the leading author of books on MySQL topics, and reviewed for technical accuracy by MySQL AB, this book is the fastest, most reliable way for MySQL users, developers, and administrators to prepare for either of the MySQL tests.

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Customer Reviews (18)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good self-study resource
This book is a necessary but not entirely sufficient resource if you plan to complete the 5.x developer and/or DBA exams with self-study.Most of the subject areas present on the exams are covered in enough detail to easily pass if you are experienced with another database product and can apply that experience. (FYI, I have 15+ years working with Oracle/SQL Server and have dabbled with MySQL since 3.x, passed all 4 exams using this guide).

That said, you will likely need to supplement the book by reading the MySQL documentation if you wish to get as much knowledge as possible from the study process.Certainly try out each command on a test MySQL instance multiple times using version 5.x (NOT 5.1 where some behaviors have changed).

The practice questions provided are not all in multiple-choice format as you will encounter on the exam, which can be a good mental exercise for review, but the answer formats can be frustrating in some cases, as in the case of a multiple-choice question with five possible letter choices, wherein the answer is a paragraph that doesn't indicate the correct letter choices.Trivial but annoying.

Be sure you complete all practice questions from the accompanying CD and understand why your answers were right or wrong.There are no labs or practical exercises included, although a sample schema is included from which many of the practice questions are drawn.

If you are not taking the exams, this is still a good primer on MySQL.

4-0 out of 5 stars Learning MySql
If you need to learn MySql, this book is a very good choise, easy to understand, good and clear examples step by step, no just the query they show the query and the response from the server, not like another books that only show the query but don't show you the server response, you must guest or try and try.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nirdesh Mohan
I have been a J2EE Architect/developer using DB2/ORACLE for many years. I always feel that I am lacking in DB so I thought lets do DB certification and I chose mySQL. I have been using mySQL at home for my learning and in this book I found many interesting things that I was unaware. The book has every detail of topic that I need to prepare for the exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars It does exactly what it is for
The book is great not only to get certified, but also to learn about NySQL. It is written in such a manner that you need not to be experienced with the software (I advise you though, to be familiar with it prior to making an exam).

The book is great, CD examples are great, also comes with test evaluations. Only drawback is that the exams are expensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid material for exam or not
This book is a very comprehensive guide to what MySQL offers and can teach you.

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19. CCNA Official Exam Certification Library (Exam 640-802), Third Edition (Containing ICND1 and ICND2 Second Edition Exam Certification Guides)
by Wendell Odom
Hardcover: 1475 Pages (2007-09-14)
list price: US$59.99 -- used & new: US$34.95
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Asin: 1587201836
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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CCNA Official Exam Certification Library, Third Edition, is the newest edition of the all-time best-selling CCNA self-study preparation package. This comprehensive review and practice package is designed for the latest CCNA 640-802 exams. The two books contained in this package, CCENT/CCNA ICND1 Official Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition, and CCNA ICND2 Official Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition, present complete reviews and a more challenging and realistic preparation experience. The books are updated to cover all the new 640-802 exam objectives, such as security, wireless, IPv6, and troubleshooting.

Please note that while this is the Third Edition of the Library, the two books inside are Second Editions. This is correct, and the editions align differently because of changes in the names of the exams, from the old INTRO and ICND to the new ICND1 and ICND2 formats.

What can you do with the CCNA Official Exam Certification Library?

  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-opening quizzes
  • Review key concepts with Exam Preparation Tasks
  • Practice with hundreds of exam questions on the CD-ROM
  • Learn about more complex topics with over one hour of video training

CCNA Official Exam Certification Library, Third Edition, presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already” quizzes open each chapter and allow you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Chapter ending Exam Preparation Tasks sections help drill you on key concepts you must know thoroughly and help increase your speed in answering questions, a difficult hurdle many candidates face on the new exams. Final Preparation chapters guide you through tools and resources to help you craft your final study plan. Special troubleshooting sections help you master the complex scenarios you will face on the exam.

The companion CD-ROMs contain a powerful testing engine with over 400 questions that allow you to focus on individual topic areas or take complete, timed exams. The test engine also includes simulation and testlet questions, and all questions are available in study mode and test mode. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a chapter-by-chapter basis, presenting question-by-question remediation to the text.

The bonus DVDs contain more than 60 minutes of personal video mentoring from the author focused mainly on the topic of subnetting. These videos help bring difficult subnetting concepts to life and make learning easy.
Well-regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging practice questions, this completely revised and updated edition provides you with more detailed information and more realistic practice exercises than any other CCNA study guide, enabling you to succeed on the exam the first time.

 Best-selling author and senior instructor Wendell Odom shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you to identify areas requiring further study and to improve your conceptual and hands-on knowledge. The material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding of exam topics and preparing you for the numerous challenges the exams present.

These official study guides help you master all the topics on the CCNA exams, including:

  • TCP/IP and OSI networking models
  • Operating Cisco routers and LAN switches
  • Ethernet switch configuration and troubleshooting
  • Virtual LANs and Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Wireless LANs
  • IP addressing and subnetting
  • Routing protocols
  • Router configuration and troubleshooting
  • Static and connected routes
  • VLSM and route summarization
  • IP access control lists
  • OSPF and EIGRP configuration
  • WAN configuration and troubleshooting
  • Frame Relay
  • Network Security and VPNs
  • NAT
  • IPv6
  • Troubleshooting
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Customer Reviews (63)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for CCNA students
If you are preparing for the CCNA Exam, this book is the best. I have taken some courses about it, and there were still gray areas of knowledge. the way this book explains them is great. I feel now prepared for the test.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Even Better Boson Engine CD
There are good books that are comparable or even better than these guides out there. However, the practice exam software that comes with the books is what differentiates them from other books. It uses the Boson engine (just as good as Trasncender) and although I would still recommend that you buy the ExSim-Max Exams from Boson to make sure you know everything you need to know, the practice exam that accompanies these 2 books is excellent. I found some errors in a couple of questions but Cisco released many updates that are loaded automatically when you start the engine and the errors were corrected.

I also bought McGraw Hill CCNA Exam 640-802 which also comes with the Boson engine, but the questions are poor compared to the ones that come with the CISCO Press CCNA Official Exam Certification Library. Just to make sure I was prepared, I bought the Boson ExSim Exams and was glad I did. It is loaded on the same engine, so you also have the ones that come with Cisco available together. I got a very good discount because I had the book from McGraw Hill too.

This library has all the topics that you need to study but make sure you know everything very well. If you're not sure, do yourself a favor and buy Transcender or Boson ExSim. It's not just because they help you be prepared for the test format. These tools will not only point out your weaknesses but they will also help you learn as they explain in detail why each answer is or is not correct. You actually learn. Memorizing for CCNA helps very little if it helps at all but Transcender and Boson work like great tutors. Although they are expensive, they are cheaper than taking the test again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent book
I am glad i choosed this book, although I havent finished reading it, I've learn a lot, remembered a lot and trained a lot using this Kit. It is a must to have for anyone pursuing CCNA AND further Cisco Certifications.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best service ever!
I received this item on time and in a good condition. I am happy aubout the service.


5-0 out of 5 stars Great books, great author
Just passed the ICND1 640-822 with flying colors and I owe it to this book.Frankly I've got a couple years on the job experience behind me so that is a huge help but this book fills in all the blanks and theory you don't always get (basically the "why" it works not just the how to configure and make it work).

Great book, easy to read for a dry subject matter and highly recommended.Started reading on the ICND2 to upgrade my CCENT to a CCNA and I can tell its going to be a great book also. ... Read more

20. CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition
by Michael Meyers
Hardcover: 1200 Pages (2006-12-21)
list price: US$59.99 -- used & new: US$35.00
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Asin: 0072263113
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Number-One CompTIA A+ Exam Guide

"The most comprehensive publication on the market." -Certification Magazine

Completely revised and updated for all four new exams and reviewed and approved by CompTIA, this definitive volume covers everything you need to know to pass the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam and CompTIA A+ Exams 220-602, 220-603, and 220-604. Mike Meyers, the leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training, has helped hundreds of thousands of people pass the CompTIA A+ exams-and now he can help you too. Inside, you'll find detailed coverage of the exam format, helpful exam tips, end-of-chapter practice questions, and hundreds of photographs and illustrations. After you ace the exams, this comprehensive guide will serve as an essential on-the-job reference.

Full details on all exam objectives, including how to:

  • Work with CPUs, RAM, and motherboards
  • Install, partition, and format hard drives
  • Work with portable PCs, PDAs, and wireless technologies
  • Install, upgrade, and troubleshoot Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP
  • Install sound and video cards
  • Manage printers and connect to networks
  • Implement security measures
  • Understand safety and environmental issues
  • Establish good communication skills and adhere to privacy policies

The CD-ROM features:

  • Eight full practice exams covering CompTIA A+ Essentials and Exams 220-602, 220-603, & 220-604
  • One hour of LearnKey video training featuring Mike Meyers teaching key A+ topics
  • Electronic copy of the book
  • Complete exam objective map for all four exams
  • List of official CompTIA A+ acronyms
  • Useful tools and utilities for PC technicians
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Customer Reviews (175)

1-0 out of 5 stars Love/Hate
If you're a techno-geek, then I'm sure you'll wet yourself reading through this book.However, I don't have a geeky interest in this stuff, but needed the knowledge to get A+ certified, to keep my job.Despite the enormity of this book, it is greatly useful for achieving certifications in this field.

5-0 out of 5 stars worked for me
i never worked as a tech before and i read this book while taking notes and attending a class (that used this book as a text book) and most of what i know is from the book not the class (the class was mainly on useful programs and beyond a+ topics) and i took the a+ exams and passed them both with 15% or so to spear , just make sure you know your printers and port numbers before taking the test, and this book is all you will need

5-0 out of 5 stars A key text for passing the A+ exam
Myer's book is very good, and he makes it easy to understand the concepts.This book is great for people who have very little knowledge about computers.Having said that, to pass the A+ exam, which I believe is your ultimate goal, I strongly recommend getting a second text book besides Myer's and the reasons are two fold:one, it's good to read about a particular subject from another author to get a different point of view.The other reason is that a second book brings more sample test questions for you to train on which is essential getting familiar with the exams.

Myer's book is strong (perhaps the best) on PC hardware, but not as good on PC support communications and IT security as the second book I purchased for my studies (Sybex, Docter & Dulaney).In fact, Myer's book was too deep on processor families / history and sockets, which was much more than required for the A+ exams, including the depot exam which I took (and passed).I realized this when I looked at the other text book I purchased for my A+ studies.

Also, go to Myer's web site and get more practice exams.I felt that being exposed to a multitude of questions on all A+ subject matters helped me alot as well as letting me know if I was ready or not.Extra practice exams will prep you for the wide range of questions you'll be exposed to on the day of the exam.

My bottomline is, Myers book is great, but to pass the exam with confidence and ease, I recommend a second companion text plus more sample exam questions so that you get a good perspective of the required subject matters.

Good Luck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for helping me pass the 2006 A+ exam.
I love this book. It is full of real world examples, and Mike's writing is not dry like so many other A+ books I read. The CD is also great. I watched the videos, and did all the tests on the CD. What I did not like about the book is the pictures are black and white.

5-0 out of 5 stars Made Me Into A Moneymaking Professional
First, and most important: this book has photographs, pictures, and illustrations.

I got my core knowledge of technical computing from this book when I started out as a newbie techie back in the day.

I studied the very first edition back in the age of the dinosaurs. Back then it covered both Windows and DOS and even had chapters on Windows 3.1.

It was -and still is -a huge book that looked like the compendium of all things known to man, and I consumed every bit it.

It helped me to pass my A+ exam with flying colors. It's not a textbook to be studied just for an exam -at least I didn't take it just as such. I read it also with a pure enjoyment of learning.

I particularly enjoyed the second chapter, on processors. Sometimes I take the book from my book shelf and read over that chapter out of pure fascination.

It starts thus: "in this chapter you will:
1.) Understand the concepts of buses, and the functions of the data bus and the address bus.

2.) Understand the clock, clock speed, the concept of clock doubling

3.) Understand the relationship of RAM to the CPU and RAM caching.

4.) Inspect the different type of processors available in the past and today

5.) Learn how to install and upgrade processors."

Even though my copy is from the age of the gnomes, the same basic information hasn't change. It only got more fascinating.
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