A+ Mobile Apps on Android

Learnzapp has recently released practice test question mobile apps for the A+ 220-801 and 220-802 exams on Android devices. If you enjoy studying while on the go, these apps provide you with an easy to use tool where you can squeeze in some study time whenever you have a spare moment.

This release includes some great improvements to their existing mobile apps which improved their performance and the user interface. They have also created some great bundles for people planning on taking multiple CompTIA exams such as Network+ and Security+.

If you search Google Play with “LearnZapp” you’ll find all of their offerings including the following new items:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-801
  • CompTIA A+ 220-802
  • CompTIA A+ Bundle (801 and 802)
  • CompTIA Value Pack (801, 802, Security+ and Network+)

Other apps that have been upgraded with the new platform are:

  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Bundle (Security+ and Network+)

All of these apps are also available for Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones. Search the App Store with “LearnZapp” and you’ll see a similar listing.

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Get Certified Get Ahead Now on Facebook

In response to some recommendations I’ve received from readers, I started a Get Certified Get Ahead page on Facebook. You can view it here: https://www.facebook.com/GetCertifiedGetAhead. I’ll be posting free practice test questions here regularly and will be answering reader questions and queries.

My current plan is to post questions on A+, Network+, and Security+ topics. There already a few practice test questions posted there.

It’s new, but I love the interaction that is possible through Facebook. I’ll have the ability to provide assistance directly to people that post queries, while also providing the same information to anyone else that just wants to visit and view the answers.

If you have a moment, check it out. Feel free to post me a note about what you’d like to see me post on this page.I’d love to hear from you.

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New Mobile Apps for A+

Learnzapp has been producing outstanding mobile apps with practice test questions for awhile now. For people that enjoy studying while on the go, these apps provide them with an easy to use tool where they can squeeze in some study just about any time they have a spare moment.

They have released some new mobile apps with practice test questions and are improving the platform for some existing apps. They’ve added apps for A+ practice test questions (both the 801 and 802 exams) and have made some changes to Network+ and Security+ apps. The changes include implementing recommendations they’ve received by users, improving the performance of the apps, and making the user interface more fluid.

The following apps have been launched on Apple iTunes and are available for Apple devices such as Apple iPhones and iPads. If you search the Apple App Store with “LearnZapp” you’ll find the following new selections are now available:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-801
  • CompTIA A+ 220-802
  • CompTIA A+ Bundle (801 and 802)
  • CompTIA Value Pack (801, 802, Security+ and Network+)

Other apps that have been upgraded with the new platform are:

  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Bundle (Security+ and Network+)

All of these apps will also be available on Google Play for Android devices within the next two weeks.

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CompTIA A+ Training Kit (220-801 and 220-802) Excerpt

If you’re planning on taking the new A+ exams (220-801 and 220-802), you know that they cover an extensive amount of knowledge and will take you some time to prepare. Your best bet is to get a comprehensive book such as the CompTIA A+ Training Kit (Exam 220-801 and Exam 220-802) (ISBN- 978-0735662681) by Darril Gibson. The book covers all five domains of the 220-801 exam and all four domains of the 220-802 exam. It includes a CD with practice test questions and the entire book in a searchable PDF format.

The book takes you through the inner workings of a computer in simple to understand language. Chapters 1 through 10 focus primarily on hardware components. Chapters 11 through 17 cover the specific Windows operating systems mentioned in the objectives. Networking topics are covered in chapters 18 through 24. Last, chapters 25 and 26 cover some security topics.

Each chapter includes a list of the specific objectives covered in the chapter to help you remember what is important for each exam. At the beginning of the book, you’ll find a listing of all the objectives along with the specific chapter where the objective is covered.

Most chapters start with a real world scenario illustrating how some of the knowledge directly relates to real world and on-the-job situations. Exam tips are sprinkled throughout to remind you of key information you’ll need for the exams and notes are occasionally used to provide amplifying information about a topic. At the end of most sections, you’ll find two or three Quick Check questions and Quick Check answers to help you test your knowledge of the key information in the topic.

At the end of the chapter, you’ll find a chapter summary along with some practice test questions. All of the practice test questions (on the CD and in the chapters) include detailed explanations so you’ll know why the correct answer is correct, and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.

Of course, there are also some great courses that many people find valuable to help them prepare. Infosec Institute hosts a five-day CompTIA A+ Boot Camp which includes the cost of the exams and on-site testing. They also have A+ Online Training in two separate formats depending on your needs.

You can view the full excerpt on the Infosec Institute site.

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Comparing Decimal, Hexadecimal, and Binary

Comparing Decimal, Hexadecimal, and Binary

If you’re working on a certification exam such as the CompTIA A+Network+, or Security+ certification, you might need to review your knowledge of decimal, hexadecimal, and binary numbering systems. This is basic knowledge, but it’s important. If you haven’t used these numbering systems in a while, they might be a little foggy.

Decimal

Decimal numbers use a base of ten and include the numbers 0 to 9.

Hexadecimal

Hexadecimal numbers use a base of 16 and include the numbers 0 to 9 and the characters A to F.

Binary

Binary numbers use a base of 2 and include only the numbers 0 and 1. The following table shows how binary is raised to different powers to give different values in a four bit binary number.

2^3 2^2 2^1 2^0
8 4 2 1
  • Any number raised to the power of 0 is 1 so 2^0 is 1.
  • Any number raised to the power of 1 is itself so 2^1 is 2
  • 2 raised to the power of 2 is the same as 2 x 2 (2 squared or 4)
  • 2 raised to the power of 3 is the same as 2 x 2 x 2 (2 cubed or 8)

Comparing Numbers

The following table compares each of these number systems side by side.

Decimal Hexadcimal Binary
2^3 2^2 2^1 2^0
0 0 0 0 0 0
1 1 0 0 0 1
2 2 0 0 1 0
3 3 0 0 1 1
4 4 0 1 0 0
5 5 0 1 0 1
6 6 0 1 1 0
7 7 0 1 1 1
8 8 1 0 0 0
9 9 1 0 0 1
10 A 1 0 1 0
11 B 1 0 1 1
12 C 1 1 0 0
13 D 1 1 0 1
14 E 1 1 1 0
15 F 1 1 1 1

Try This

See if you convert the following hexadecimal numbers to four binary bits:

  • 5
  • 7
  • B
  • E

See if you convert the following decimal numbers to hexadecimal:

  • A
  • C
  • D
  • F

See if you convert the following decimal numbers to four binary bits:

  • 4
  • 8
  • 9
  • 14

Other Resources

If you plan on taking the A+, Network+ or Security+ exams to give yourself the CompTIA Trio, check out these resources:

A+

Network+

Security+

Conversion Answers

The following hexadecimal numbers converted to four binary bits are:

  • 5 is 0101
  • 7 is 0111
  • B is 1011
  • E is 1110

The following hexadecimal numbers converted to decimal are:

  • A is 1010
  • C is 1100
  • D is 1101
  • F is 1111

The following decimal numbers converted to four binary bits are:

  • 4 is 0100
  • 8 is 1000
  • 9 is 1001
  • 14 is 1110
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CompTIA CEUs

If you have the CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Storage+, or CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification, you’re required to complete and register continuing education units (CEUs). This blog covers many of the common questions surrounding CEUs.

Common Questions About CompTIA CEUs

Here are some of the common questions related to CEUs. You can also view content on the CompTIA site at this page:

Which Certifications Require CEUs?

Only the following certifications are currently in the CompTIA CEU program.

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Storage+
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)

How Much Does it Cost?

The following list shows the annual fee and cost for each of these certifications.

  • CompTIA A+ $25 (Total $75)
  • CompTIA Network+ $49 (Total $147)
  • CompTIA Security+ $49 (Total $147)
  • CompTIA Storage+ 49 (Total $147)
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) $49 (Total $147)

Do I Have to Earn CEUs for All CompTIA Certifications

No. You only need to earn certifications for the highest level of certification. The following list shows the order of lowest to highest level of certification.

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Storage+
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)

In other words, if you have A+, Network+, and Storage+, you only need to meet the requirements of Security+.

How Many CEUs Do I Need

The following list shows how many CEUs you need for each certification.

  • CompTIA A+ 20 CEUs
  • CompTIA Network+ 30 CEUs
  • CompTIA Security+ 50 CEUs
  • CompTIA Storage+ 50CEUs
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) 75CEUs

What Can I Do To Earn CEUs?

The most common way to earn CEUs is to pass the most current version of the exam or a higher level exam. For example, if you have the A+, you’re required to gain 20 CEUs. If you then pass the Network+, you earn 30 CEUs and met the requirement for the A+.

You can also meet the requirement taking and passing another vendor’s higher level certification. For example, if you have the CompTIA Security+, you’ll meet he requirement by taking and passing the ISC2 SSCP or CISSP. This page lists the other certifications that give full credit. Click on the [+] to view the qualifying certifications for each group.

Some other activities that qualify are:

  • Teaching or lecturing on relevant topics.
  • Attending courses or computer based training
  • Attending relevant conferences or events
  • Attending a CompTIA exam development workshop
  • Publishing, books, blogs, articles, or whitepapers

A full list of qualifying activities including how many credits for each are listed here.

Do I Need To Pay If I’m In The DoD?

No. If you’re in the United States Department of Defense (DoD), these fees are paid for by the DoD. This does not apply to DoD contractors but instead only active duty and civil service employees.

How Do I Register my CEUs?

You first need to register with the CompTIA site. You can do so from here. If you’ve registered before, you can log in from here.

You are required to comply with the CompTIA Code of Ethics Policy and be up to date for the required maintenance fees before you can register.

Summary

The following list summarizes the order of the CompTIA certifications requiring CEUs, the annual and total cost of each, and how many CEUs are required.

  • CompTIA A+ $25 (Total $75), 20 CEUs required
  • CompTIA Network+ $49 (Total $147), 30 CEUs required
  • CompTIA Security+ $49 (Total $147), 50 CEUs required
  • CompTIA Storage+ 49 (Total $147), 50 CEUs required
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) $49 (Total $147), 75CEUs required
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