HOUSTON, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In October of 2012, the CompTIA A+ exams 220-801 and 220-802 were released. These new tests include changes that can affect the quality of A+ preparation programs. In anticipation of these changes, Total Seminars has changed its A+ certification materials to reflect the modifications to the examination.
What is on the New Test?
The new A+ exams have made some significant changes to content and format. These changes include:
• The removal of Windows 2000. Due to outdating, Windows 2000 is no longer supported by most systems and is not included on the A+ exam.
• The full incorporation of Windows 7. Windows 7 has become the new standard for Windows-based systems, so the new A+ exam includes several items related to this update.
• The inclusion of questions on virtual computing. Virtual environments have grown tremendously in popularity since the last version of the A+ test so this version contains items about this growing area of technology.
• Greater coverage of wireless networking. The current A+ tests focus more forcefully on the integration of wireless networking into computer systems.
• Current A+ exams focus on in-depth SOHO Security issues.
• There are questions on the SOHO method of designing and building computers for CAD workstation, video editing, gaming, and home theater.
• Questions on mobile devices such as iPads and other tablets include items on iOS versus Android platforms, connectivity with wireless networks, and security.
• New exams have increased troubleshooting questions about graphical and command line tools. All troubleshooting questions are contained in exam 802.
The old tests will be retired as of August 31, 2013. Up until that time, vouchers can be used for either test. There are 90 questions on each of the new tests, and candidates have 90 minutes to complete each section.
Another major change in the exams is the scenario or problem type of question. The candidate is prompted to launch a simulated environment that should be familiar to professionals in the PC area. This virtual environment tests the candidate's level of performance in hands-on situations. The candidate is prompted to complete tasks by making choices he or she believes appropriate based on the given scenario and tools available.
Is A+ Certification Important?
Many companies such as Dell, Intel, Lenovo, and Ricoh require CompTIA+ certification for all of their computer technicians. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI also require A+ certification for job candidates wishing to work in the computer field. Most of the high-paying jobs in the computer industry require A+ certification, as this marks an IT professional as having the knowledge and skills needed for today's challenging computer environments. A+ certified candidates automatically have an edge in today's competitive job market.
Total Seminars helps to prepare candidates for these jobs by providing relevant and user-friendly test preparation materials. Total Seminars provides not only the materials to study for the test but practice tests so that candidates can have a chance to experience a realistic facsimile of the test itself. Total Seminars provides the most complete A+ Practice Test materials, and up-to-date A+ certification testing materials available to those who are studying for this important exam. More information about A+ Certification, practice tests and exam vouchers may be found online at www.totalsem.com, or by calling (877) 687-2768.
SOURCE Total Seminars