Exam Study Tips for Passing the CompTIA A+ Exams

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There are two main goals for students who take Career Step’s Computer Technician course:

1. Gain the skills needed for a successful career as a computer and IT support professional.
2. Develop the knowledge and skills needed to pass the two CompTIA A+ exams to earn the A+ Certification.

No matter how far along you are in the Computer Technician course, it’s always good to prepare for the time when you will take the CompTIA A+ exams. Here are a few tips that will help you be well prepared for the exams:

Tip 1: Become familiar with the CompTIA A+ Exam Objectives
One of the first things you can do to prepare long before test day is to download the CompTIA Exam Objectives. Read through the official exam objectives as outlined by CompTIA. They can be downloaded directly from the CompTIA website at http://certification.comptia.org/Training/testingcenters/examobjectives.aspx

This document is more than an explanation of the exam requirements; it can be considered a master guide as you go through the Computer Technician program. Use it as the ultimate checklist for your studies.

Students currently enrolled in the Career Step Computer Technician training program will want to register for the 220-701 and 220-702 exams since our current course has been designed around the 701 and 702 objectives. These exams will continue to be available until August 31, 2013. Career Step is currently revising the Computer Technician training program to meet the new 220-801 and 220-802 objectives and prepare students for the new exams. We’ll keep you posted on the revised program’s availability.

Tip 2: Become familiar with the inside of a computer
Knowing what the inside of a computer looks like and how all the parts connect to each other is very important. Take apart a computer, and practice taking adapter cards out of the computer, unscrewing hard drives and optical drives, and examining individual components. This works best if you have a desktop computer, and preferably one that you can use for practice (not the main computer you need for day-to-day use, or the one you are using to complete your online computer training course). Become familiar with the cabling, connectors, and how everything fits together.

Tip 3: Use additional study resources available on the Internet
Use additional study resources available online. While the Computer Technician course has been designed as a comprehensive training course with all of the information needed to pass the CompTIA A+ exams, it is also helpful to supplement your studies with additional online resources. Good review materials can be found for free online, and include tutorials, video clips, pictures, and other resources to help provide a well-rounded approach to your studies.

Tip 4: Take a few practice exams
The Computer Technician course has been designed with evaluation points along the way, including unit reviews, quizzes, and a midterm and final exam after each major section. Review these sections and make sure you did well. Review these quizzes as needed, and take them again for practice. The midterm and final are also designed to provide a practice experience. You can take the midterm as many times as you would like and the final up to 3 times. In addition to information in the course, you can also go online and search for various free practice exams or quizzes to test your knowledge of materials presented on the A+ exams. Sample questions can be downloaded from the CompTIA website at http://certification.comptia.org/Training/testingcenters/samplequestions.aspx

On test day, get a good night’s sleep, eat a good meal before taking the test, arrive a few minutes early, and go in with a positive attitude. You will want to schedule both sections of the exams back to back on the same day. Be confident in your first “gut reaction” to the questions, and try and eliminate possible answers through process of elimination. By narrowing down the choices, you can focus on the remaining choices to help select the best answer.

By following these simple steps you will find yourself well prepared for the test. Passing the CompTIA A+ exams and earning the CompTIA A+ Certification will be great for your resume and your career and will give you the knowledge and credentials needed for a successful career as a computer technician and an IT support professional.


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  1. raquel mendoza May 05, 2013

    Students currently enrolled in the Career Step Computer Technician training program will want to register for the 220-701 and 220-702 exams since our current course has been designed around the 701 and 702 objectives. These exams will continue to be available until August 31, 2013

    I was concerned with this because I just joined the program and have until November to finish, But the above statement mentions the comptia test that I would be prepared to take is only available until august. what will happen if I am not finish by august?

  2. Career Step May 06, 2013

    Don’t worry, Raquel. We’ve actually updated our program, so students are now being prepared for the 801 and 802 exams. (This is an old blog post—published in November of 2012.) Any student who has enrolled since February is enrolled in our new course, so you don’t need to worry about finishing by August. The 801 and 802 exams are available for you to take whenever you finish the course. Good luck studying!

  3. Michael March 04, 2014

    I am enrolled in an IT class at my high school. I was wondering if you knew of any free study materials that I could use for the new 801 & 802 exams that I have to take in April. I took some practice exams and failed them because they require more knowledge about certain components in computers that aren’t taught in basic courses. Let me know. THX

  4. Career Step March 06, 2014

    Hi Michael,

    I checked with our instructors, but they are not aware of any free study resources that they would recommend. Sorry we couldn’t be more helpful!

    Best wishes!

  5. Malisa Baptiste May 30, 2014

    Taking test on monday dont feel confident

  6. Career Step June 04, 2014

    Hi Malisa,

    How did the test go? Fingers crossed that it went well!

    Best wishes!

  7. Brent August 29, 2014

    http://www.professormesser.com is the bomb!
    Just about everything you need is there.

  8. Terrance July 04, 2015

    Hope this works


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