CompTIA A+

700 series
A+ Certification The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in IT. The exam covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers.


Why CompTIA A+?

  • Dell, Intel and Lenovo require it for service techs
  • Recognized by U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • Vendor-neutral
  • Held by 900,000 IT professionals

Jobs that use CompTIA A+

  • Technical support specialist
  • Field service technician
  • IT support technician
  • IT support administrator
  • IT support specialist

Certification Information

In order to receive the CompTIA A+ certification, you must pass two exams.

CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam code 220-701, measures the necessary competencies of an entry-level IT professional with a recommended 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. It tests for technical understanding of computer technology, networking and security, as well as communication skills and professionalism.

CompTIA A+ Practical Application, exam code 220-702, is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, with more of a "hands-on" orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems.

The current version of the CompTIA A+ certification exam is the 800 series. You can take either the two 700 series exams or the two 800 series exams to become CompTIA A+ certified.

Test Details

Required exams CompTIA A+ Essentials
CompTIA A+ Practical Application
Number of questions 100 for each exam
Type of questions Multiple choice
Length of test 90 minutes each
Passing score CompTIA A+ Essentials: 675
CompTIA A+ Practical Application: 700
(on a scale of 100-900)
Languages English, Spanish, German, Turkish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic
Exam codes 220-701 or JK0-701 for CompTIA A+ Essentials
220-702 or JK0-702 for CompTIA A+ Practical Application
Retirement dates English language and academic versions: Aug. 31, 2013
All other languages: Dec. 31, 2013
After receiving a CompTIA A+ certification, I immediately got my first job with a good salary. Having this certification gives me more confidence.
Sonani Bhavesh Kumar Parsottam Bhai
System Administrator, Radiant

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