1. What is A+ Certification?
A+ Certification is awarded by
CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) and signifies the competency
achieved in configuring and troubleshooting PC hardware and software (Operating
Systems). The certification exams are computer based, and conducted by
Sylvan Prometric and VUE testing centers. The certification is recognized by
leading hardware, software, and firmware manufacturers, resellers, and support
centers. The certification, being widely recognized, offers improved job
prospects in the field of computer assembly, and servicing. There are no
pre-requisites for taking this exam. The only requirement being payment of exam fee,
which is about US$ 90 to US$ 225 (Depending on membership discounts). The
A+ certification is composed of 2 individual exams. A+ Essentials exam, and
A+ Practical Application exam. The exam code for the A+ Essentials exam is
220-701. The exam code for the A+ Practical Application exam is 220-702. The tests
contain identification and situational questions in an adaptive format.
2. What are the test
As mentioned previously, to attain
A+ certification, you must pass two exams. A+ Essentials exam (Previously known
as A+ Core Hardware), and A+ Practical (previously known as Operating Systems
exam). Broadly, the exam objectives for each exam are given
A+ Essentials Exam Objectives:
Configuration, and Upgrading
A+ Practical Application Exam
Configuration, and Upgrading
The practice tests provided by
SimulationExams.com covers the exam objectives thoroughly, and help in passing
the exams first time. You can down load the A+
practice test here.
3. Other A+ Certification FAQ:
How long will
it take to prepare for A+ certification exams?
are preparing for A+ exams yourself (self learning), it is likely to take about
2-3 months of preparation (Assuming 3-4 hours of study per day). However, please
note that the preparation time greatly depends on the background. If you are
already involved in the assembly, and servicing of computers, you may find it
easy, and may require almost no preparation. On the other hand, if you are new
to computer hardware and software, it may take about 6 months (assuming you
don't take any formal classroom coaching).
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What is the exam fee and who
conduct the exams?
The exam fee for each of the exams
(A+ Essentials and A+ Practical) may range from US$90 up to US$ 225. If you are a member of
CompTIA, the exam fee discounts apply. The exams are computer based, and Sylvan
Prommetric (and VUE) conduct these exams.
What is the format in which the
exams are delivered?
The exams are computer based, and
adaptive. Adaptive tests adjust the next question based on the answer to your
current question, and helpful in greatly reducing the exam time.
Is it available in German or
Yes, A+ exam is available in
English, Japanese, Spanish, French and German.
How long the certification is
The certifications offered by
CompTIA are valid for a life time. Though, it is recommended that you retake
your certification when new exams are available, it is not compulsory.
What other certifications are
available from CompTIA?
The other certification available
are Server+, Network+, iNet+, Linux+, etc.