About Testing

Go into your CompTIA certification exam with poise and confidence. Here’s how you get ready for your exam day, what to expect during the test and what you need to know when you’ve completed the test.

What is a CompTIA Exam?

Watch the video below to get an overview of the test environment, the features of the test as well as the type of questions that are included, and how long the test will take.

Before the test

The better you’re prepared for your exam, the higher the chances that you’ll pass.

Studying tips

  • Download the exam objectives for your CompTIA exam to see exactly what the exam covers.
  • Download a list of sample questions to give you a general idea of how questions on CompTIA exams are structured.
  • Practice on home equipment, read tech forums, visit vendor websites, and watch tutorials online to find valuable information.
  • Try to get real world experience to help you use what you learn during studying.
  • Use practice exams to see the kinds of questions you’ll encounter during the test. Practice exams are available on the CompTIA Marketplace.
  • Organize what you learn and thoroughly review what you’ve learned.
  • Do not use “brain dump” websites that claim to provide actual exam questions. Not only does CompTIA regularly refresh the exam questions, you may also run the risk that CompTIA will revoke your certification (see Exam Policies).

The logistics of your exam

During the test

You’ll be answering different types of questions during your certification exam, such as:

  • Multiple choice
  • Multiple response
  • Fill in the blank
  • Drag and drop
  • Exhibits
  • Performance-based (Learn more)

Each certification exam uses different types of questions and you may see some or all of these question types during your test.

Prior to starting your exam, you’ll learn how much time you have to complete the test and what score you’ll need to achieve to pass your exam. For example, you can take up to 90 minutes to answer the questions in each of the two CompTIA A+ exams and you'll need a score of 850 or higher to pass.

After the test

Your exam score will be shown on your screen immediately after you’ve completed your exam. If you’ve passed the exam, please make sure that you keep records of

  • Your score report with your exam registration number.
  • The email address that you used to register for your exam.

You will need this information to be able to log in to your certification account.

If you did not pass your exam

Don’t give up! It’s not the end of your certification path and you can take your certification exam again. Here are ideas how to prepare for your retake.

  • Keep your score report to understand in which areas you are doing well and which areas need improvement. Focus your study on these areas.
  • Use CompTIA CertMaster to address your knowledge gaps.

When you’re ready and feel confident about what you’ve added to your knowledge, purchase a voucher and schedule your exam.


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