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PostSubject: CompTIA A+ Exam History   Sat May 23, 2009 2:00 am

The CompTIA A+ certification exam was developed in 1993 at the request of the IT industry; major corporations needed a way to validate the skills of entry-level technicians. CompTIA recruited Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from more than 20 companies to create the standards and objectives of CompTIA A+. Hands-on service technicians used their real-world experience to define the test content, while computer service experts developed the exam questions.

Thirteen years later, more than 700,000 technicians certified worldwide, CompTIA A+ is still seen by the technology community as the perfect entry into an IT career.

CompTIA A+ validates knowledge and competency in core hardware and operating system technologies, including installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. CompTIA A+ certification also confirms awareness of security, safety and environmental issues, as well as basic communication skills and professional etiquette. The certification objectives were updated in 2003 and also in 2006.

CompTIA A+ 2003 Exam ( RETIRED)
220-301 CompTIA A+ 2003 Linear Core Exam (Retired December 31, 2007)
220-302 CompTIA A+ 2003 Linear OS Exam (Retired December 31, 2007)

No of Exam Part Two : 220-301 CompTIA A+ 2003 Linear Core Exam
220-302 CompTIA A+ 2003 Linear OS Exam
No of Questions:100 (only 80 of which counted)
Passing Score : 515 (Hardware) , 505 (Software)
Total Marks per exam : 900
Allocated time per paper 90 mins


CompTIA A+ 2006/2007 Exam (Current)

No of Exam Part Two - CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-601)
and one of the following: 220-602 or 220-603 or 220-604
Number of Questions CompTIA A+ Essentials 100
220-602 (IT Technician) 90
220-603 (Remote Support Technician) 90
220-604 (Depot Technician) 90
Exam Duration 90 minutes to complete each exam
Minimum Passing Score (scale of 100-900) CompTIA A+ Essentials 675
220-602 (IT Technician) 700
220-603 (Remote Support Technician) 700
220-604 (Depot Technician) 700
Languages Available English, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic
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Once you pass your CompTIA A+ Exam, it's valid for a lifetime. There is no need for re-certification on new exam objectives available unless specified by employer.
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