This 2016, CompTIA revised its A+ certification credentials. The IT certification program will still be covering computer troubleshooting and maintenance of hardware and software components, but the exams now cover a broader scope of subjects. Below is a quick overview of the differences between the 220-801/802 and the new 220-901/902 exams.
To earn your A+ certificate today, CertBlaster explains that you need to pass two exams: the hardware components (220-901) section and the software components (220-902) section. Like its predecessors, the 900 series A+ exam includes 90 multiple-choice and performance-based questions with a 90-minute time limit. A score of 675 or 700 out of 900 is required to pass.
The 801 exams covered PC hardware (40%), networking (27%), laptops (11%), printers (11%), and operational procedures (11%). The revised 901 exams are broader, covering hardware (34%), hardware and network troubleshooting (28%), networking (21%), and mobile devices (17%). It accommodates the rise of the use of mobile devices today, as well as the now more complex networking systems. In addition, CompTIA moved the operational procedures content in the 901 series to the 902 (software) exams.
The 802 (software exams) focused on troubleshooting (36%), operating systems (33%), security (22%), and mobile devices (9%). The new 902 exams, meanwhile, are more specific. It covers Windows operating systems (29%), software troubleshooting (24%), security (22%), operational procedures (13%), and other operating systems and technologies (12%). The biggest change, however, is the inclusion of other operating systems, such as Apple OS X and Linux.
With the IT field experiencing major changes in the past few years, the revision was inevitable. Exam-takers just need to adjust their preparation if they want to earn a certificate and advance their career. Take note, though: although the 800 series retired last June for English tests, it will still be valid for other languages until December 31, 2016.