In order to receive CompTIA A+ certification a candidate must pass two exams. The first exam is CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam number 220-701. The CompTIA A+ Essentials examination measures necessary competencies for an entry-level IT professional with the equivalent knowledge of at least 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. Successful candidates will have the knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security, and will have the skills required to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components. Successful candidates will understand the basic functionality of the operating system and basic troubleshooting methodology, practice proper safety procedures, and will effectively interact with customers and peers. CompTIA A+ is ISO 17024 Accredited (Personnel Certification Accreditation) and, as such, undergoes regular reviews and updates to the exam objectives. The following CompTIA A+ Essentials objectives reflect the subject areas in the 2009 Edition of the exam and result from subject matter expert workshops and industry-wide survey results regarding the skills and knowledge required of an entry-level IT professional. The percentages in this document represent the relative importance of the subject areas (domains) in the associated body of knowledge, and together establish the foundation of an entry-level IT professional. This examination blueprint includes domain weighting, test objectives, and example content. Example topics and concepts are included to clarify the test objectives and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of all the content of this examination. Candidates are encouraged to use this document to guide their studies. The contents of the examination blueprint help prioritize topics and provide a guide of what to expect on the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam. The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented. The CompTIA A+ Essentials (2009 Edition) exam is based on these objectives.
Domain 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 Hardware Troubleshooting, Repair & Maintenance Operating System and Software Networking Security Operational Procedure
Percentage of Examination 27% 20% 20% 15% 8% 10% 100%
**Note: The lists of examples provided in bulleted format below each objective are not exhaustive lists. Other examples of technologies, processes or tasks pertaining to each objective may also be included on the exam although not listed or covered in this objectives document.
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CompTIA A+ 220-701 Objectives
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1.1 Categorize storage devices and backup media FDD HDD o Solid state vs. magnetic Optical drives o CD / DVD / RW / Blu-Ray Removable storage o Tape drive o Solid state (e.g. thumb drive, flash, SD cards, USB) o External CD-RW and hard drive o Hot swappable devices and non-hot swappable devices 1.2 Explain motherboard components, types and features Form Factor o ATX / BTX, o micro ATX o NLX I/O interfaces o Sound o Video o USB 1.1 and 2.0 o Serial o IEEE 1394 / Firewire o Parallel o NIC o Modem o PS/2 Memory slots o RIMM o DIMM o SODIMM o SIMM Processor sockets Bus architecture Bus slots o PCI o AGP o PCIe o AMR o CNR o PCMCIA PATA o IDE o EIDE SATA, eSATA Contrast RAID (levels 0, 1, 5) Chipsets BIOS / CMOS / Firmware o POST o CMOS...