CompTIA A+: What You Need To Know

Exam Requirements

The CompTIA A+ exam is an introductory certification. It prepares students for entry-level I.T. positions.  Your exam will be broken down into two parts. These two parts can be taken together or at separately. Let’s delve into what’s required of a test taker to pass the A+ exam!

1. Price

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Firstly, lets take about how much the exam will costs you. Unlike many other CompTIA, exams the CompTIA A+  exam is broken down into two parts:

  •  Exam 901 – Focuses on hardware 170$ US
  •  Exam 902- Focuses on software 170$ US

*Update*

The current version is 1001 and 1002 priced at 205$ per exam. Learn what’s changed here .

Total examination costs =330$ US (varies depending on location).  

Fully certified students successfully complete both exams. Moreover, completion of exams does not have to be in any particular order.

2. Time

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You have 90 minutes / hour and a half to complete the exam. There will be a timer on the exam, to remind you of how much time has lapsed. However, this timer is not shown during your simulations.   Lastly, once the exam has started there are no breaks given unless there is a malfunction with the test.

3. Questions

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The exam has a maximum of 90 questions.  There is a myriad of questions types such as:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Multiple Answer
  • Drag & Drop
  • Simulation

4. Passing Score

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The passing score for each test is as follows:

  • 901- 675 out of 900
  • 902- 700 OUT OF 900

5. Recertification

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Students must recertify every three years.  Students can waive recertification, by enrolling into CompTIA’s continuing education for an annual fee.  Another route to recertification is by simply acquiring a higher level certification.  For example, a student who is A+ certified, can get security+ certified as well.  In doing so they not only obtain the Security+ certification but also renew their A+ certification. This certification is made easier when studying with groups like this one.

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