A+ Certification

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CompTia A Plus Certification

Overview of the A+ Certification

The A+ certification program was designed in 1993 by the Computer Technology Industry Association or CompTIA for short.

The A+ examination is suppose to test and measure a technicians ability to:

  • Build computers
  • Upgrade computers
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot computer problems
  • Repair computers and its peripherals
  • Install and troubleshoot operating systems
  • Perform basic networking
  • Troubleshoot printers

In addition, the knowledge level that is being measured is after six month of on the job training (6-month level).


A+ Test Details

  • Number of questions: 100 for each exam
  • Length of test: 90 minutes each
  • Passing score:  675 for CompTIA A+ Essentials – 700 for CompTIA A+ Practical Application (on a scale of 100-900)

A+ Exam Objectives

What’s on the A+ Certification Exam?
The certification process consists of taking and passing the following two exams:

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-701 or JK0-701)
  • CompTIA A+ Practical Application (220-702 or JK0-702)

Breakdown of Exam Objectives:
Exam Number One – DOMAINS 1.0 – 6.0 (CompTIA A+ 220-701 Essentials)

  1. Domain 1.0 Hardware
  2. Domain 2.0 Troubleshooting, Repair, and Maintenance
  3. Domain 3.0 Operating Systems and Software
  4. Domain 4.0 Networking
  5. Domain 5.0 Security
  6. Domain 6.0 Operational Procedure

Exam Number Two – DOMAINS 1.0 – 4.0 (CompTIA A+ 220-702 Practical Applications)

  1. Domain 1.0 Hardware
  2. Domain 2.0 Operating Systems
  3. Domain 3.0 Networking
  4. Domain 4.0 Security

John’z notes:
I am not sure that it truly test six months worth of knowledge but I do recommend it, particularly if you are new to computers.  For the beginner, it gives them a basic understanding of computer hardware and components of the operating system.

The A+ exam is a good spring-board to passing other certifications. But understand this, becoming A+ certified does not make you an expert in fixing and troubleshooting computers.

Technicians that are good at working on computers did so by gaining years of experience. I have taken an passed the A+ exam but I also have more than 10 years of experience. There were many days when it took hours to diagnose and fix some problems, just passing a couple of exams will not do it for you. But it is a start, so make it happen today…

A+ Study Guide and Test Prep Resources

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Links To A+ Related Sites

CompTIA Home Page

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