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
Passing the exam made it possible for me to earn 17 college credits. That enabled me to take advanced courses in college much sooner, which reduced the time it took to graduate by one and a half semesters. I saved over $3,000 in tuition and books.
Christian Johnson
Hill International

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