Sunday, March 9, 2014

CompTIA A+ 220-701 Certification Exam Expectations and Course Syllabus

CompTia A+ Certification Exam 220-701

Many people are looking to expand their employment opportunities by going back to school and learning a new trade or improving skills of their current trade. Personally, I went back to school for IT certification, specifically CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ Certification.
This hub is about the first exam for the A+ certification (220-701). The certification requires a total of two final exams, 220-701 and 220-702. There will be a follow up hub on the second exam (220-702).
Many take the exam simply by purchasing an examination book such as the A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition by Mike Myers, which is the book I bought. After studying the book you would contact a testing center and schedule your exam. This works well for those who have a good understanding of what is covered below. But for those who do not have a technical understanding, a school will benefit you well. I attended TechSkills and received one on one guidance, on-hands lab experience as well as study assistance and exam prep. With this assistance, I successfully passed both exams.
The exams are not easy. There is a lot of required studying and it takes time. Some folks will expect that they can run through it all rather quickly, but I assure you, that this is not the case.
To me it was like learning a new language. Technical language is very much different than "normal" English!
Exam Objective Coverage:
Below you will find a breakdown of the testing categories, the percentage that they are covered on the exam, and the percentage of activities that will help you to master these concepts. To read the "complete" syllabus breakdown, click here.
DOMAIN 1.0 HARDWARE
  • 27% of exam
  • 28% of coverage
DOMAIN 2.0 TROUBLESHOOTING, REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE
  • 20% of exam
  • 12% of coverage
DOMAIN 3.0 Operating Systems and Software - Unless otherwise noted, operating systems referred to within include Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, XP Home, XP MediaCenter, Windows Vista Home, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate
  • 20% of exam
  • 22% of coverage
DOMAIN 4.0 NETWORKING
  • 15% of exam
  • 19% of coverage
DOMAIN 5.0 SECURITY
  • 8% of exam
  • 9% of coverage
  • 10% of exam
  • 10% of coverage
Test Details
  • The length of the exam is 90 minutes.
  • Approximately 100 questions.
  • The passing score on a scale of 100-900 is 700.
  • Exam code is N10-005
  • The exams are administered by CompTIA through Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers.
The benefits of receiving CompTIA A+ Certification are numerous. New doors of opportunity will be opened for you with a new job, or advancement at your existing job that will advance you for receiving certification. This would of course include receiving a higher salary, give evidence that you are serious and will also benefit your employer.
If self-employed, this will give you credibility as you bid on contracts for individuals or companies.

Some Coaching By Mike Myers For CompTIA A+ Certification