You Can Become A+ Certified!
|If you’re pursuing the CompTIA A+ certification, you need to pass two exams.
You can take both exams on the same day but most people take them on different days.
Join over 900,000 people around the world who have earned this certification.
IT professionals commonly move on to higher-level certifications and better paying jobs after starting with this certification and laying a solid foundation of IT knowledge.
This blog outlines the requirements and the domains of the CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 exams while the blog about the new A+ 900 Series Exams mentions the objectives at a high level.
Check out the CompTIA A+ Certification page for additional details on the exams including:
- Length of the exams
- Passing scores
- Price of the vouchers (Discounted vouchers available here)
- More in-depth information on the A+ objectives
CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 Requirements
To become A+ certified, you only need to take and pass the two exams. There aren’t any prerequisites. However, CompTIA recommends test takers have a minimum of 12 months of lab or field work. In other words, they expect you to have been studying computers (lab work) for at least 12 months or working in an IT job (field work) for at least 12 months.
Some of the significant differences in the CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 series exams compared with previous versions are:
- Windows 7 Enterprise is included
- Mobile devices (such as iPads) are included
- Virtualization is new
- Troubleshooting wireless is new
- A significant amount of security is added (including wireless security, troubleshooting security, and SOHO security)
Performance Based Testing
These exams also include performance based testing. Instead of just selecting an answer from multiple choices, test takers will have to actually perform a task.
As an example, the question may state this as the question.
“Navigate to the c:\Data folder and change the StudyNotes.txt file to read only. ”
When you click the Simulate button, you’ll have a command prompt that you need to use to perform the task. Note that you may be familiar with how to do this with Windows Explorer, but it’s possible that the question will only give you the command prompt.
You would then need to enter the following two commands:
attrib +R study.txt
If you’re able to answer this successfully, it demonstrates that you know how to change the directory with the cd command and you know how to change attributes with the attrib command.
You can expect anywhere from two to ten performance based questions on an exam. Some of these might be beta questions which don’t count in the score until CompTIA has finished testing them.
You can read more about performance based testing here.
CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 Study Resources
Many people use self-study materials to prepare for these exams. With the right materials almost anyone can master the objectives, take the exams, and become A+ certified. If this is the path you’re taking, these resources can help you.
|CompTIA A+ Training Kit (Exam 220-801 and Exam 220-802)
|LearnZapp Mobile Apps for your mobile Device
|CompTIA A+ Rapid Review (Exam 220-801 and Exam 220-802)
|This comprehensive book covers all of the objectives of the CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 exams. Book includes CD with in-depth practice test questions to help you test your readiness.
|Quality practice test questions with in-depth explanations for your mobile devices from LearnZapp.
|Late stage review book. It provides short snippets of information on the objectives to remind you what is important and is an ideal complement to the in-depth A+ Training Kit.
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