On August 31, 2013, CompTIA will retire A+ certification exams 220-701 and 220-702. Since the 800 exams are available now, why bother with the 700s? The best reason: You’ve taken exam 220-701 but haven’t taken the second exam (220-702) to complete your A+ certification process.
Starting September 1, 2013, even if you have completed Exam 220-701 but you haven’t taken Exam 220-702, you will need to take both 800 series exams to earn your CompTIA A+ certification. You cannot combine the 700 series and 800 series exams to earn A+ certification.
About the 800 Series Exams
CompTIA A+ 220-801 covers the fundamentals of computer technology, basic networking, and installing and configuring PCs, laptops, and related hardware.
CompTIA A+ 220-802 covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems as well as configuring common features, such as network connectivity and e-mail, for Android and Apple iOS mobile operating systems.
Each has a max of 90 multiple-choice and performance-based questions, and you’ll have 90 minutes to complete each exam. A passing score on CompTIA A+ 220-801 is 675 out of 900. For CompTIA A+ 220-802, it’s 700 out of 900.
About the 700 Series Exams
Exam 220-701 (CompTIA A+ Essentials), tests an entry-level IT professional’s technical understanding of computer technology, networking and security, and communication skills and professionalism.
Exam 220-702 (CompTIA A+ Practical Application) covers the same knowledge and skills with a hands-on focus that includes scenarios that require you to troubleshoot and use tools to resolve problems.
Each 90-minute exam has 100 multiple-choice questions. As with the 800 exams, a passing score on CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-701) is 675 out of 900, and it’s 700 out of 900 on CompTIA A+ Practical Application ( 220-702).
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