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A+ Exam Facts

Required exams: 220-801
220-802
Number of questions: Maximum of 90 for each exam
Type of questions: Multiple choice and
performance-based
Length of test: 90 minutes for each exam
Passing score: 220-801: 675
(scale of 100-900)
220-802: 700
(scale of 100-900)
Test codes: 220-801 and 220-802
Cert timeframe: Valid for three years from the date of certification. Certified for life if certified on or before Dec 31, 2010.
Cert Renewal: See CompTIA Continuing Ed Program

Exam News

A+ Certification exams 220-801 and 220-802 were released October 9, 2012.

Changes include, but are not limited to:

  • removal of Windows 2000
  • full incorporation of Windows 7
  • virtual computing
  • expanded coverage of wireless networking
  • SOHO Security issues in depth
  • SOHO: designing/building computers for:
    • CAD workstation
    • video editing
    • gaming
    • home theater, etc.
  • mobile devices: iPad and other tablets
    • iOS v. Android
    • connectivity with wireless networks
    • security
  • increased troubleshooting coverage:
    • graphical and command line tools
    • all troubleshooting in one exam (802)

Exams 220-701 and 220-702 retire August 31, 2013.

Vouchers may be used for either set of exams.

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801/802 Performance-Based Questions. The candidate will be given a scenario/problem, and will be prompted to push a button to launch a simulated environment that is created via software.

The simulated environment should be familiar to a PC support professional with the level of hands-on experience recommended.

Once the simulation is launched, the candidate will need to perform whatever tasks s/he believes appropriate, based on the given scenario and the tools/information provided in the question.

What about a JOB?

Companies such as Dell, Intel, Lenovo, and Ricoh require their computer technicians to have their A+ Certification.

The Dept of Homeland Security requires A+ Certification in their computer forensics programs. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, also seek candidates who have their A+ Certification.

If a company has computers, they may need your skills. Make sure employers know you’re certified.

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220-801: Domain and Percentage of Examination

  • PC Hardware 40%
  • Networking 27%
  • Laptops 11%
  • Printers 11%
  • Operational Procedures 11%

220-802: Domain and Percentage of Examination

  • Operating Systems 33%
  • Security 22%
  • Mobile Devices 9%
  • Troubleshooting 36%

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Prior to the significant A+ Certification programs introduced by CompTIA, IT educational documentations were company related and company regulated. Most major manufacturers including IBM and Dell required prospective employees to participate in precision training programs specific to their brand name. Corporations that had shaped an IT department around the skills of self-taught individuals remained outside the loop. They were vulnerable to the introduction of new technologies that may have reached beyond the scope of their self-taught IT employees.

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The second part of the test determines if the applicant is capable of installing and configuring operating systems and configuring standard features such as email, printers, scanners, etc. The exam also covers configuring standard settings such as email and networking on mobile operating systems such as the Android or Apple iOS.

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The CompTIA A+ CompTIA certification is geared to the maintenance of desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, and printers. This means that the A+ certification is valuable for anyone who is interested in the user-support aspect of computer technology. Many large corporations require that their technicians have A+ certification for precisely this reason. While the CompTIA A+ certification focuses on general technology, the emphasis is more on PC computers running Windows systems than Apple operating systems or Linux operating systems.

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What Does A+ Certification Cover?

At the most basic level, A+ certification declares that you are a competent computer technician. A+ certification is a vendor-indepdendent certification that allows you to state that you are familiar with computer software and hardware and that you have had some training when it comes troubleshooting. The test covers everything from hardware to computer safety to networking to personal devices like laptops and PDAs. Having an A+ certification states that you have a broad and generalized amount of information about computers and networks.

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