Comptia A+


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CompTIA A+ 220-901 Certification covers the topics of PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues.

CompTIA A+ 220-902 Certification covers the topics of installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux. It also addresses security, the fundamentals of cloud computing and operational procedures.

Exam Details

Required Exam(s) : CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902
Associated Exams : -----
Durations :90 Questions (60 Mins)
Question Types : Multiple choice, drag and drop and Performance Based.
Passing Score : 220-901: 675 (on a scale of 900) and 220-902: 700 (on a scale of 900)
Exam Fees : $112
Prerequired Exams :6 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field.
Exam Policy : Click here to read the Exam policies.
Recommended Training :CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902

Exam Pattern

Below are the exam objectives of CompTIA A+ 220-901

1.0 Hardware 34%
  • 1.1 Given a scenario, configure settings and use BIOS/UEFI tools on a PC
  • 1.2 Explain the importance of motherboard components, their purpose and properties
  • 1.3 Compare and contrast various RAM types and their features.
  • 1.4 Install and configure PC expansion cards..
  • 1.5 Install and configure storage devices and use appropriate media.
  • 1.6 Install various types of CPUs and apply the appropriate cooling methods.
  • 1.7 Compare and contrast various PC connection interfaces, their characteristics and purpose
  • 1.8 Install a power supply based on given specifications
  • 1.9 Given a scenario, select the appropriate components for a custom PC configuration to meet customer specifications or needs
  • 1.10 Compare and contrast types of display devices and their features.
  • 1.11 Identify common PC connector types and associated cables
  • 1.12 Install and configure common peripheral devices
  • 1.13 Install SOHO multifunction device/printers and configure appropriate settings
  • 1.14 Compare and contrast differences between the various print technologies and the associated imaging process.
  • 1.15 Given a scenario, perform appropriate printer maintenance
2.0 Networking 21%
  • 2.1 Identify the various types of network cables and connectors
  • 2.2 Compare and contrast the characteristics of connectors and cabling
  • 2.3 Explain the properties and characteristics of TCP/IP.
  • 2.4 Explain common TCP and UDP ports, protocols and their purpose
  • 2.5 Compare and contrast various WiFi networking standards and encryption types.
  • 2.6 Given a scenario, install and configure SOHO wireless/ wired router and apply appropriate settings.
  • 2.7 Compare and contrast Internet connection types, network types and their features
  • 2.8 Compare and contrast network architecture devices, their functions and features
  • 2.9 Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools.
3.0 Mobile Devices 17%
  • 3.1 Install and configure laptop hardware and components
  • 3.2 Explain the function of components within the display of a laptop.
  • 3.3 Given a scenario, use appropriate laptop features
  • 3.4 Explain the characteristics of various types of other mobile devices
  • 3.5 Compare and contrast accessories and ports of other mobile devices.
4.0 Hardware and Networking Troubleshooting 28%
  • 4.1 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPU and power with appropriate tools.
  • 4.2 Given a scenario, troubleshoot hard drives and RAID arrays with appropriate tools.
  • 4.3 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common video, projector and display issues
  • 4.4 Given a scenario, troubleshoot wired and wireless networks with appropriate tools
  • 4.5 Given a scenario, troubleshoot and repair common mobile device issues while adhering to the appropriate procedures.
  • 4.6 Given a scenario, troubleshoot printers with appropriate tools.

Below are the exam objectives of CompTIA A+ 220-902

1.0 Windows Operating Systems 29%
  • 1.1 Compare and contrast various features and requirements of Microsoft Operating Systems (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1).
  • 1.2 Given a scenario, install Windows PC operating systems using appropriate methods
  • 1.3 Given a scenario, apply appropriate Microsoft command line tools.
  • 1.4 Given a scenario, use appropriate Microsoft operating system features and tools.
  • 1.5 Given a scenario, use Windows Control Panel utilities.
  • 1.6 Given a scenario, install and configure Windows networking on a client/desktop.
  • 1.7 Perform common preventive maintenance procedures using the appropriate Windows OS tools.
2.0 Other Operating Systems & Technologies 12%
  • 2.1 Identify common features and functionality of the Mac OS and Linux operating systems.
  • 2.2 Given a scenario, set up and use client-side virtualization
  • 2.3 Identify basic cloud concepts
  • 2.4 Summarize the properties and purpose of services provided by networked hosts.
  • 2.5 Identify basic features of mobile operating systems.
  • 2.6 Install and configure basic mobile device network connectivity and email.
  • 2.7 Summarize methods and data related to mobile device synchronization
3.0 Security 22%
  • 3.1 Identify common security threats and vulnerabilities.
  • 3.2 Compare and contrast common prevention methods
  • 3.3 Compare and contrast differences of basic Windows OS security settings.
  • 3.4 Given a scenario, deploy and enforce security best practices to secure a workstation
  • 3.5 Compare and contrast various methods for securing mobile devices
  • 3.6 Given a scenario, use appropriate data destruction and disposal methods.
  • 3.7 Given a scenario, secure SOHO wireless and wired networks.
4.0 Software Troubleshooting 24%
  • 4.1 Given a scenario, troubleshoot PC operating system problems with appropriate tools.
  • 4.2 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common PC security issues with appropriate tools and best practices.
  • 4.3 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common mobile OS and application issues with appropriate tools.
  • 4.4 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common mobile OS and application security issues with appropriate tools
5.0 Operational Procedures 13%
  • 5.1 Given a scenario, use appropriate safety procedures
  • 5.2 Given a scenario with potential environmental impacts, apply the appropriate controls
  • 5.3 Summarize the process of addressing prohibited content/activity, and explain privacy, licensing and policy concepts
  • 5.4 Demonstrate proper communication techniques and professionalism
  • 5.5 Given a scenario, explain the troubleshooting theory.

Books to Prepare

Below are the recommended books for preparing Comptia A+ Certifications Exam

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Book Name : CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide: Exams 220-901 and 220-902, 3rd Edition

Author Name : Quentin Docter, Emmett Dulaney, Toby Skandier

Publisher : Wiley

Topics Covered in this book:

This books Covers the topics for both 220-901 and 220-902 exams.

Part : 1 (220-901)

  • Chapter 1 : Motherboards, Processors, and Memory
  • Chapter 2 : Storage Devices and Power Supplies
  • Chapter 3 : Peripherals and Expansion
  • Chapter 4 : Display Devices
  • Chapter 5 : Custom Configurations
  • Chapter 6 : Networking Fundamentals
  • Chapter 7 : Introduction to TCP/IP
  • Chapter 8 : Installing Wireless and SOHO Networks
  • Chapter 9 : Understanding Laptops
  • Chapter 10 : Understanding Mobile Devices
  • Chapter 11 : Installing and Configuring Printers
  • Chapter 12 : Hardware and Network Troubleshooting

Part : 2 (220-902)

  • Chapter 13 : Operating System Basics
  • Chapter 14 : Operating System Administration
  • Chapter 15 : Working with Windows 8/8.1
  • Chapter 16 : Working with Windows 7
  • Chapter 17 : Working with Windows Vista
  • Chapter 18 : Working with Mac OS and Linux
  • Chapter 19 : Security
  • Chapter 20 : Network Services, Cloud Computing, and Virtualization
  • Chapter 21 : Mobile Operating Systems and Connectivity
  • Chapter 22 : Troubleshooting Theory, OSs, and Security
  • Chapter 23 : Understanding Operational Procedures

Softwares for Practice

There is no separate simulators available for practice Comptia IT Fundamentals Exam. This Exam covers the basic knowledge of installation and configuration of hardware, softwares, printers, modems, routers and etc.. So no need a special softwares or hardware to practice. You can utilize your own hardware and softwares in you home and below are some of them.

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          • Apple tablet/smartphone
          • Android tablet/smartphone
          • Windows tablet/smartphone
          • Windowslaptop/Mac laptop/Linux laptop
          • Windows desktop/Mac desktop/ Linux desktop
          • Monitors
          • Projectors
          • SOHO router/switch
          • Access point
          • VoIP phone
          • Printer
             - Laser/inkjet
             - Wireless
          • Surge suppressor
          • UPS