December: CompTIA A+ Certification Exams – New Exams
CompTIA has launched two new exams to its A+ certification track: CompTIA 220-901 & 220-902. CompTIA implements new tests in its A+ credential to keep up with technology trends and verify all the skills needed for qualified IT Technical Support Professionals.
The 900 A+ Series is designed for professionals in IT Technical Support and Operations. CompTIA A+ 220-901 Exams and 220-902 Exams must be taken in order to become certified. They will replace the CompTIA A+ 220-801 or CompTIA A+ 220-802 corresponding exams. Candidates can still take the 800 and 900 Series Exams. However, beginning in July 2016, 220-801 exams and 220-802 exams are going to be retired.
CompTIA A+ certification has become one of the most sought-after and popular credentials in the IT Industry. It has helped over 1 million IT professionals around the globe to improve their careers. CompTIA A+ certification will allow you to validate your technical skills and make yourself stand out from the rest. It will allow you to get both entry-level jobs if you are just starting out or a desired raise in your company. CompTIA A+, a vendor neutral certification, proves your ability with all types of hardware/software. Often A+ Credential is required to obtain more advanced vendor certifications.
It is important to remember that you cannot mix old and current exams if you are currently studying for 220-801 exam or 220-802 exam. You can start your studies with 220-901 exam or 220-902 exam immediately if you are not yet ready.
At the moment, CompTIA A+ 220-901 exams and 220-902 exam and 220-801 and 220-802 global exams can be taken at Pearson VUE Testing Centers. Visit their official website to register and purchase your exam voucher through the CompTIA Marketplace. Each exam is 199$ and lasts 90 minutes. It contains maximum 90 multiple-choice and performance-based questions. CompTIA A+ Certification is valid for three years following the completion of the exams.
These are the passing scores for both new and old exams:
– 220-801 : 675 (on a 900 scale).
– 220-802 700 (on the scale of 900)
– 220-901 : 675 (on a 900 scale).
– 220-902 700 (on the scale of 900)
The new CompTIA+ Exams are very similar and 75% of the objectives mirror the old versions. The obsolete technologies have been removed and new ones added. You won’t be required to prove your skills with Rambus, CRTs, Windows XP or Rambus. Instead, you will be asked to show your knowledge in Windows 8, Mac OS Linux, Linux, and Windows Phone.
The main difference between the old and new exams’ compositions is that the 900 Series is more independent than 800 exams. For the 220-802 exam, you were expected to be familiar with all the troubleshooting procedures from 220-801 and 220-802 exams. However, in 220-901 exams and 220-902 exams, the troubleshooting domains of 220-901 exams are not interconnected. You don’t need to study more than one exam curriculum before you start studying for the next.
CompTIA A+ Exam Objectives
CompTIA’s A+ 220-801 & CompTIA 220-802 assess candidates’ basic technology skills. They can install, configure and manage software on PCs and mobile devices, as well as their knowledge of security, cloud computing, and customer support. It also covers security, cloud computing, and operations topi.