The CompTIA A+ is a beginner certification used to get your foot in the door as a new professional. Most of the people going for this exam are newly working in the information security field or are just out of school and are trying to gain an edge in today’s job market. I first got this certification when I was going through college and before I was working full time. I knew that I had to have some certification to set myself apart from the other fresh college grads looking to break into the Information Technology field. Now, to work for any DoD agency or contractor you have to have AT LEAST this certification just to be able to work in the field. As a new employee entering the job market, people that hold this certification and jump into the Information security field right out of school have reported earning anywhere from $35,000 all the way up to $55,000! I purchased the CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition book based on extensive research from other people who have successfully passed the test and couldn’t be more happy. This book teaches you EXACTLY what you need to pass the A+ test. It was very easy to read and was laid out perfectly. I would highly suggest this book if you are looking to get into the Information Security field and need a certification under your belt.