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What’s New With the CompTIA A+ Certification

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Joy Dark Shelton is the creator of COMPTIA A+ Information to Info Technological know-how


CompTIA has at the time again taken the A+ certification in a terrific direction with the most modern update: 220-1101 and 220-1102 examinations. Let us look at how domains have shifted, what’s been expanded and included and what was taken off. Then let’s examine how we at Cengage accommodated the alterations to finest match instructors and learners in our extensive text. At the close of this report, you are going to uncover links to CompTIA so you can critique all the objectives in detail.


Changes in Main 1

In Core 1, the 5 area weights have shifted as follows:

  1. Cellular Units a little bit elevated from 14% to 15%
  2. Networking remained at 20%
  3. Hardware decreased from 27% to 25%
  4. Virtualization and Cloud Computing a little bit lowered from 12% to 11%
  5. Hardware and Network Troubleshooting increased from 27% to 29%

If you examine each specific aim, you could possibly imagine that hardware is all but absent. But if you look nearer, you are going to see that the particulars are even now there, they’re just hiding beneath broader subject areas. You will also notice a shift from hardware information to troubleshooting awareness. CompTIA updated targets on processor, socket and memory technologies. Redundant ability supply and 3D printers were being expanded from former targets.

New targets contain the components security module (HSM), seize card for streaming and badging and printer protection. Goals retired from Main 1 include older technological know-how (this sort of as DDR2 RAM, older connector sorts and hybrid drives), distinct enlargement cards, quite a few peripheral gadgets, digital printing and the complete tailor made Personal computer configuration section.


Adjustments in Core 2

In Core 2, the 4 domains have shifted as follows:

  1. Functioning Methods improved from 27% to 31%.
  2. Security a little bit improved from 24% to 25%.
  3. Program Troubleshooting lessened from 26% to 22%.
  4. Operational Processes a little lessened from 23% to 22%.

Some of the most recognizable expansions contain running techniques, which include things like Windows 10 and Windows 11, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS. Mobile working units consist of Android, iOS and iPadOS. One particular noticeable change is the inclusion of further written content on Apple merchandise. The macOS portion extra than doubled in written content and stepped up a amount in Bloom’s Taxonomy from identifying to performing. Additional Linux commands ended up included, and scripting targets stepped up a degree in Bloom’s Taxonomy from identifying a script file variety to knowing when to implement a script. In Main 2, anything similar to Home windows 7 or 8 has been pulled, and troubleshooting has been streamlined.


Improvements to the Cengage CompTIA A+ Tutorial to IT Specialized Assistance

Now how did all this alter affect the CompTIA A+ Guidebook to IT Specialized Support guide? The to start with significant improve you will discover is that we only have a solitary title now as an alternative of dividing articles into two Main publications. Due to the fact ALL the information is accessible to ALL students, we won’t have to repeat articles coverage in buy to place all the things into context. We additional a Main-to-Main aspect so you know specifically in which to leap to in a further module to come across connected information in the other Core. This also indicates we are in a position to generate a clean up split in modules for Main 1 (Modules 1-10) and Core 2 (Modules 11-21, Appendix A). The most substantial alterations in our module titles in Main 1 involve the Networking Fundamentals module and the Network Infrastructure and Cloud Computing module, which are offered in an purchase that tends to make better sense for instruction.

Also, Printers has its individual module once again. In Core 2, we separated security modules from two chapters into 4 modules, and macOS bought its own module since articles grew significantly. Several persons ask why we set Main 2 aims in Appendix A: Safety Procedures and Environmental Problems, relatively than in a module. This Main 2 content material is about how to maintain by yourself and your tools harmless although functioning inside of a pc, and that comes about in Main 1. We place this articles in an appendix because we truly preferred these protection steps to be effortlessly observed for evaluation just before starting up Core 1 modules.

CompTIA is bringing the A+ exam into continued relevancy in the IT marketplace with this update to the certification. Technologies that you proceed to see and are starting to discover in an IT technician’s vocation are integrated with a depth that obviously demonstrates a specialist level of knowledge.


Review every of the objectives in depth for you:

A+ Main 1 Targets

A+ Core 2 Objectives