CompTIA has been providing tests for basic IT certification (the CompTIA A+ certification) since 1993. Beginning in 2001, they have issued a new version of the test every three years to make their evaluation consistent with current IT practices and the newest technology available. The newest version, for which our test prep is designed, is called the CompTIA A+ Core Series and it was first offered in January 2019. It contains two separate tests and you must pass both to be certified. They are numbered 220-1001 and 220-1002. Be sure you are using the appropriate preparation materials for the test you are taking.
The previous version of the test was numbered 220-901 and 220-902. It will continue to be administered through July 2019. After that, only the newest version will be available for testing. Please note that you cannot combine tests from the two versions (e.g. #901 with #1002)—both tests must be from the same version for you to become certified. For more information about the two versions, look at this resource.
Like its predecessors, the new exams contain up to 90 questions each, including these question types:
The basic differences between the two tests (900 series vs. 1000 or “Core” series) are reflected in these main additions to the new version of the test:
The CompTIA A+ test content is driven by industry, not vendors. If a specific identifying word of a device or system is not mentioned in study materials, it does not mean you won’t be tested on that system or device. It just means that questions won’t cover things unique to that device. The two tests and the competencies they cover are:
Mobile Devices (14%)
Virtualization and Cloud Computing (12%)
Hardware and Network Troubleshooting (27%)
Operating Systems (27%)
Software Troubleshooting (26%)
Operational Procedures (23%)