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A person who wishes to take the A+ exam should have prior work experience in the computer field (500 hours of hands-on experience as recommended by CompTIA). It is recommended that the person have some networking experience as well.

Every examinee should first look at the CompTIA objectives for the A+ exams, which are listed later in this article. (They can also be downloaded from CompTIA’s website). In a nutshell, the A+ objectives are divided into two exams. Each exam is then broken up into sections known as domains. They include:

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Domain

% of Examination

1.0 Hardware

27%

2.0 Troubleshooting, Repair and Maintenance

20%

3.0 Operating System and Software

20%

4.0 Networking

15%

5.0 Security

8%

6.0 Operational Procedures

10%

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Domain

% of Examination

1.0 Hardware

38%

2.0 Operating Systems

34%

3.0 Networking

15%

4.0 Security

13%

When preparing for the A+ exam, it is wise to use more than one study resource. Using just one study guide might provide you with a narrow view of security. By using various forms of study materials, including books, videos, and practice questions, you will become a much more well-rounded examinee, and increase your chances of passing the exam greatly.

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