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How many questions are on the A+ exams? The Essentials (601) exam consists of 100 questions. The Technician (602) exam consists of 90 questions. The Remote Support Technician (603) consists of 90 questions. The Depot Technician (604) consists of 90 questions. 2. How long are the exams? You have a 90 minute time limit to complete each exam. 3. What are the minimum scores for pass for each exam? Essentials (601) minimum pass score is 675. Technician (602) minimum pass score is 700. Remote Support Technician (603) minimum pass score is 700. Depot Technician (604) minimum pass score is 700. 4. What format are the exams taken in? The Comptia exams are linear format, computer based exams. 5. How do I schedule the exams? There are two companies that deal with scheduling for the exams Prometric (1-800-776-4276) and Vue (1-877-551-7587) you must call one of the two companies to find a testing center near you and schedule your exams. Payment will be taken at the time you schedule your exams either by credit card, debit card, etc. If for some reason you have to reschedule your exams, you must do it no later than 24 hours before you are scheduled to take the exams or you risk forfeit of your payment. Comptia customer service number is (1-630-678-8300) if you have indepth questions or need assistance. 6. How long does it take to receive my certifications from Comptia? On average it take between 4-6 weeks to receive your certs. via mail. 7. Should I do self study or take a class to prepare for the exams? This is an individual choice. You can study and pass the exams without attending a formal class if you have the motivation, dedication, and good study habbits. Some people learn better in a structured class but it is not required. A structured class can give you hands on experience if you do not have any or very little. If you have the time and fincacial means to attend a college, it is always a good investment towards your future. 8. What kind of job will I be able to get once I have obtained my certs? The A+ certs. prepare you for an entry level postition in the IT field. Many employers are requiring their employees to be certified before hiring or requiring them to obtain their certs to maintain employement. If you already have your certifications, you will have the advantage over someone that does not applying for the same position. 9. What is the cost of the exams? The A+ exams cost $163.00 per exam. 10. How much will the exams cost if I obtain a voucher?
Prices of vouchers varies depending on where you obtain your voucher. If obtained through Prometric or Vue you the exams will cost you around $128.00 but this price could vary at times. You should shop around to find the best price possible. 11. How long are the certification good for? The certification are good for life. You will not have to renew them once you have completed the certifications. 12. What are the requirements to complete certification? You must take the Essentials exam, then you can choose either the 602, 603, or 604 as your elective exam. You must pass both the Essentials and the elective exam you chose in order to complete the certification. 13. What book or study guide is the best? It does not really matter which book you use as long as it covers the exam objectives for the specific exam you are going to take. The book or study guide must be up to date and should be the latest version published. You should always choose a study resource that is easy for you to understand, has good illustrations, is concise and well written, and one that you feel comfortable with. 14. How long should I study before taking the exams? This is another individual deceision. Everyone studies and learns at different rates. On average you should spend about 3 months preparing for your exams, but you can take as little or as much time as you need to prepare. Remember it is not a race. 15. How Again you are some of hard are the exams? this is an individual deceision. It depends on how well prepared and it helps to have real world experience. Some people think the exams are easier than others.
16. Is the 601 and 602 similiar? The exams are similiar in knowledge base, but the 602 has some differences. Every exam is different because comptia has thousands of questions to pull from, so no two exams will ever be exactly alike. Knowing the content of the exam objectives is where you will see the difference between the two exams. 17. How long between exams do I have to take each exam? There is no time period between the exams. You can take the Essentials one month then take your elective exam 3-6-9 months later. The only time you would have to complete the certification in a time period is if comptia revises their exams, so if you do not want to have to start all over you must complete them before the revision takes effect. Comptia on average revises their exams about every 2-3 years. 18. Are there any vista operating system questions on the exams? At this specific time there are no vista questions on the exams. You will probably not see any until the next revision. 19. Can I take my two exams on the same day? Yes you can schedule both your exams on the same day, but you need to make sure you are fully prepared. It is sometimes better to take one exam then the other a few days later.
20. If I take the exam and fail do I have to pay for the retake? Yes, everytime you take the exams you will have to pay the same price as you did the first time. 21. What is the difference between the 2006, 2007, and 2008 version? There is not difference between them, they all are the 2006 standard of the exams. Some people just put the year down they took the exam, they all are still considered the 2006 standard version. 22. What certifications should I work towards after A+? Most people start working on Networking + and Security + usually in that order. It really depends on where you want your career to progress but Net+ and Sec+ can be used as electives on the Microsoft certs. 23. Is the Comptia certifications recognized world wide? For the most part Comptia certifications are recognized world wide. 24. Will being A+ certified help in starting my own business? In a sense yes it will help if you start your own business because it will demonstrate to your customers that you have the skills and technical knowledge to be proficient in your job, therefore gaining your customers trust. 25. Is it worth getting certified? With out a doubt the answer is yes. It helps show your proficient and knowledgable and employers are requiring employees to be certified now. 26. Can I pass the exams without practical experience? Yes, you can still pass the exams without having no or little hands on experience. It would be extremely helpful if you did have some hands on experience though. 27. What are the differences between the certification? Essential prepares you to have a general knowledge base. (602) Technician prepares you to work on systems, deal with customers, troubleshoot, etc. (603) Remote Support Assistant prepares you to deliver technical support to customers via online and phone. (604) Depot Technician prepares you for indepth hardware support more so than dealing with operating systems, but you must still know technical information about operating systems. 28. Do I really need to know all the information coverd in the objectives? Yes, the objectives covers the areas that a technician must be proficient in, in order to pass the exams and deliver real world technical support. 29. How much will I be making when I obtain my A+ certs? That really depends on the area you live in. Every place offers different salaries and such for different jobs. You will have to do some research in your local area to find what jobs are available and what these jobs rate of pay are. 30. Where can I find good practice exams for A+? ProProf has the quizschool feature that offers a variety of practice exams to help in your A+ preparation. 31. What are braindumps?
Braindumps are companies or websites that sell real exam questions basically stolen from Comptia by test takers. This practice is illegal and could cause you considerable damage if you are caught using them, so the best policy is to stay away from them and earn your certs honestly instead of cheating by memorizing the answers to questions. 32. Are the questions and answers on the exams multiple choice? Yes the computer based exams have multiple choice answers. Some questions are tricky and must be read carefully in order to find what exactly the question is asking for. There are a lot of instances where you must choose the BEST question from the choices you have. 33. Are there any IRQ or CPU questions on the exams? Every exam is different so it is important to remeber that. While a majority of the questions may not be on these subjects, do not be surprised if you see 1-2 related to them. It is important to at least be familiar with the IRQs and the most currently used CPU and sockets. 34. Do employers really care about exam scores? The majority of employers do not care about your exam score and will usually not ask what it was. Their main concern are that you have the certification and you know what you are doing. 35. If I have a 2003 standard book will I need to buy a 2006 standard book? You need to have a study guide or book that covers the 2006 standard objectives. The 2003 will still be useful in some areas, but it will not cover everything you need to know. It would be to your advantage to buy a updated study resource. 36. Do I have to take the Essentials first or can I take my elective first? You do not have to take the Essentials first although it would probably be better if you did, but you can take any exam first. 37. If I have passed one section of the old 2003 standards will I have to start over and retake the new 2006 standard exams or will the section I took and passed still count? No, you will have to retake the entire 2006 standards if you only completed one section of the old 2003 standards. Every time Comptia revises their exams if you have not completed the required 2 exams, you will have to retake the new revision standards. 38. If I am A+ certified from 2003 standards will I have to retake the 2006 standards? No, when you complete the exam requirements for a standard you do not have to retake the exams with the new standards unless you just wish to do so. 39. Is OS and Hardware combined on the 2006 standards or are they seperate? Yes, the 2006 standards combine both hardware and operating systems together on the exams. The hardware and operating system exams were the old 2003 standards. 40. Is Windows 9x/me on the 2006 exam standards? No, Windows 9x/me are no covered on the 2006 exam standards so you will not see questions covering them. Windows xp/2000 are
both covered on the 2006 exam standards. 41. What is the url for Comptia's official website? The official website for Comptia is http://www.comptia.org These are the most commonly asked questions concerning the A+ exams and certifications. I hope this helps members find answers to the questions they may have concerning this topic. Good luck to everyone on their exams! Created by bobby1234 3/2/08 and uploaded to http://www.ProProf.com A+ forum section
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