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Preparation Hints

A person who wishes to take the A+ exams should have at least the equivalent knowledge of 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or in the field. CompTIA and the exam questions expect candidates to be able to:

  • Assemble components based on customer requirements
  • Install, configure, and maintain PCs, mobile devices, and software for end users
  • Understand the basics of networking and security forensics
  • Properly and safely diagnose, resolve, and document common hardware and software issues
  • Apply troubleshooting skills
  • Provide appropriate customer support
  • Understand the basics of scripting, virtualization, desktop imaging, and deployment

Every examinee should first look at the CompTIA objectives for the A+ exams. The objectives can be downloaded from the CompTIA site.

In a nutshell, the A+ objectives are divided into two exams. Each exam is then broken up into sections known as domains. They include:

220-1001 (Core 1)

DomainPercentage of Examination
1.0 Mobile Devices14%
2.0 Networking20%
3.0 Hardware27%
4.0 Virtualization and
Cloud Computing
5.0 Hardware and
Network Troubleshooting

220-1002 (Core 2)

DomainPercentage of Examination
1.0 Operating Systems27%
2.0 Security24%
3.0 Software Troubleshooting26%
4.0 Operational Procedures23%

When preparing for the A+ exams, it is wise to use more than one study resource. Using just one study guide might provide you with a narrow view of the concepts. 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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