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    Anyone who wants an internationally recognise credential as a competent entry-level computer service professional can take the A+ examination. Major computer hardware and software vendors, distributors, resellers and publications back this program and earning A+ certification means that the individual possesses the knowledge and skills essential for a successful entry-level computer service technician, as defined by experts from companies across the industry. The test covers a broad range of hardware and software technologies, but is not related to any vendor-specific products.

    Taking the Exams
    Two exams are taken to become certified - the Core Hardware and the Operating Systems Technologies exam. When both the Core and the Operating Systems exams are passed within 90 calendar days, the candidate receives the A+ designation. Once someone is A+ certified, they retain this designation for life and do not need to become re-certified when an updated exam is released.

    Exam Format
    The exams are in adaptive format and you are presented with 20 - 30 questions. You will have 30 minutes to complete the exam. A score determination can be made before the maximum number of questions is presented. Once a score determination is made, the exam will shut off.

    On September 12, 2003 the A+ exams will be available in a conventional linear format.

    The table below lists the area measured by the exams and the extent to which they are represented in the exam.

    <table class="bodyText" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="5" width="285" border="1" bgcolor="#B8D0DC" bordercolordark="#FFFFFF" bordercolorlight="#C0C0C0"> <tr> <td width="222" align="center"><font face="Arial" size="1">Domain (A+ Operating System Technologies exam)</font></td> <td width="43" align="center"> <div align="center"> <font face="Arial" size="1">% of Exam</font> </div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="222"><font face="Arial" size="1">1.0 OS Fundamentals</font></td> <td align="center" width="43"><font face="Arial" size="1">30%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="222"><font face="Arial" size="1">2.0 Installation, Configuration and Upgrading</font></td> <td align="center" width="43"><font face="Arial" size="1">15%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="222"><font face="Arial" size="1">3.0 Diagnosing and Troubleshooting</font></td> <td align="center" width="43"><font face="Arial" size="1">40%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="222"><font face="Arial" size="1">4.0 Networks</font></td> <td align="center" width="43"><font face="Arial" size="1">15%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" width="222"><font face="Arial" size="1">Total</font></td> <td align="center" width="43"><font face="Arial" size="1">100%</font></td> </tr></table>

    </p><table class="bodyText" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="5" width="273" border="1" bgcolor="#B8D0DC" bordercolordark="#FFFFFF" bordercolorlight="#C0C0C0"> <tr> <td width="216" align="center"><font face="Arial" size="1">Domain (A+ Core Hardware exam)</font></td> <td width="37" align="center"> <div align="center"> <font face="Arial" size="1">% of Exam</font> </div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216"><font face="Arial" size="1">1.0 Installation, Configuration and Upgrading</font></td> <td align="center" width="37"><font face="Arial" size="1">30%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216"><font face="Arial" size="1">2.0 Diagnosing and Troubleshooting</font></td> <td align="center" width="37"><font face="Arial" size="1">30%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216"><font face="Arial" size="1">3.0 Preventive Maintenance</font></td> <td align="center" width="37"><font face="Arial" size="1">5%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216"><font face="Arial" size="1">4.0 Motherboard/Processors/Memory</font></td> <td align="center" width="37"><font face="Arial" size="1">15%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216"><font face="Arial" size="1">5.0 Printers</font></td> <td align="center" width="37"><font face="Arial" size="1">10%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216"><font face="Arial" size="1">6.0 Basic Networking</font></td> <td align="center" width="37"><font face="Arial" size="1">10%</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" width="216"><font face="Arial" size="1">Total</font></td> <td align="center" width="37"><font face="Arial" size="1">100%</font></td> </tr></table> Click here for official exam objectives.

    The CompTIA A+ exam will be upgraded in November 26, 2003, more information on the 2003 A+ Upgrade exam objectives visit http://www.comptia.org/certification/A/objectives.asp


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