Certification: CompTIA A+ - A+
A+ Certification is a vendor-free certification program supported by CompTIA organization. A+ Certification exams are worldwide accredited and popular for their industry standard curricula and vendor neutral system. CompTIA A+ certification has been designed for the professionals, who aim to perform the roles the computer technicians. This certification validates the knowledge-level and expertise of the technicians regarding hardware as well as software products. Besides playing role of a global skill measurement standard, there are many other perks of obtaining A+ certification.
The A+ certification was first launched in the year of 1993. Since then about five updates of exams had been released for 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012 respectively. This article highlights upon the major attributes of the different versions of the updated A+ certification exams.
A+ exam Version of 2012
According to the latest update of 2012, the current structure of the CompTIA A+ certification process is consisted of two versions of exams. Those are: CompTIA A+ 220-801 exam and CompTIA A+ 220-802 exam. To pass both of these exam-versions is obligatory in order to obtain CompTIA A+ certification.
Version one: CompTIA A+ 220-801 Exam
The structure of the CompTIA A+220-801 exam is composed of 90 questions. The exam questions of CompTIA A+ 220-801 measures the knowledge-level of the candidates on the fundamental level computer technology, basic networking, installation of desktop PCs, laptops, hardware, etc.; configuration of hardware, desktops, laptops, etc.
The CompTIA A+ 220-801 certification exam has been designed on five objectives. They are: PC Hardware, Networking, Laptops, Printers and Operational Procedures. About forty percentages of the total 90 questions would cover the PC Hardware related issues. The Networking is the second important domain that covers about twenty-seven percentages share of the questions. Besides these, about eleven percentages of questions are drawn from each of the three domains, namely, Laptops, Printers and Operational Procedures.
In the CompTIA A+ 220-801 certification exam, the question-types are Multiple choice as well as performance-based. Performance-based questions aim to measure the knowledge and proficiency levels of the candidates through performing several tasks or solving fixed number of problems within a specially simulated environment. The exam structure will instruct the candidates to perform a precise task or resolve a special problem. The candidates are required to end up the necessary steps within the simulated environment. At the starting period of the test considerable amount of performance based questions come into view that allows the candidates more time for answering the entire questions. The candidates should manage their time wisely. Though a clock is visible while working on the multiple choice questions, it is not visible during the appearances of the performance based questions. However, if any candidate feels less confident to attain any of the performance based questions, then s/he can shift into the succeeding question. When a candidate finishes any answer, then s/he needs to click on the “Done” box. Moreover, s/he can mark any particular question for further review for later. The system will save the answers as well as review notification.
In the CompTIA A+ 220-801 certification exam, the total duration of the test is about 90 minutes. To overcome this test with success, the candidates are recommended to undergo about 6 - 12 months of practical experiences either in the field or in the lab. To pass the CompTIA A+ 220-801 exam the minimum required marks is 675 on a scale of 900. This exam can be taken in several languages, such as, English, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Brazilian, German, Arabic, Thai, French, Spanish, etc. CompTIA A+ 220-801 exam is valid for three years.
Version two: CompTIA A+ 220-802 Exam
CompTIA A+ certification 220-802 exam contains 90 questions. The exam questions of CompTIA A+ 220-802measures the knowledge-level of the candidates on the installation of the PC operating systems; configuration of the PC operating systems, configuration of common features including network connectivity, email, etc. for different mobile-based operating systems like, Android, Apple iOS, etc.
The CompTIA A+ 220-801 certification exam has been designed on four objectives. They are: Operating Systems, Security, Mobile Devices and Troubleshooting. About thirty-six percentages of the total 90 questions would cover the Troubleshooting related issues. The Operating Systems is the second important domain that covers about thirty-three percentages share of the questions. Besides these, about twenty-two percentages of questions are drawn from another significant domain, namely, Security. And the rest nine percentages share of the questions come from mobile device related issues.
In the CompTIA A+ 220-802 certification exam, some questions are multiple choice and the others are performance-based. Performance-based questions aim to measure the knowledge and proficiency levels of the candidates through performing several tasks or solving fixed number of problems within a specially simulated environment. The performance based questions will appear from the beginning time to allow the candidates answering more questions. The candidates should manage their time wisely. No clock is visible during the appearances of the performance based questions. However, a candidate can skip a performance based question, and shift to the succeeding ones. After ending any answer, a candidate needs to click on the “Done” box. Moreover, to review any particular question at the end of the exam, the candidate can mark it. The system saves the answers.
In the CompTIA A+ 220-802 certification exam, the total duration of the test is about 90 minutes. The candidates are recommended to undergo about 6 - 12 months of practical experiences either in the field or in the lab to overcome is test successfully. To pass the CompTIA A+ 220-802 exam the minimum required marks is 700 on a scale of 900. This exam can be taken in several languages, such as, English, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Brazilian, German, Arabic, Thai, French, Spanish, etc. CompTIA A+ 220-802 exam is valid for three years.
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