Exam Requirements

CompTIA A+® Certification Overview: 2006 version

CompTIA A+certification is an international industry credential that validates the knowledge of networking professionals with at least nine months of experience in network support or administration.

Number of Exam Parts
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 Format
Linear format; computer-based test (CBT)
Exam Duration
90 minutes to complete each exam
Recommended Experience Entry-level
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


CompTIA A+® Certification Overview: 2003 version

Number of Exam Parts
Two - CompTIA A+ Core hardware and A+ OS Technologies
Number of Questions
Approx. 100 questions on each part
Exam Format
Linear format; computer-based test (CBT)
Exam Duration
90 minutes to complete each exam
Recommended Experience
Minimum Passing Score (scale of 100-900)
  • CompTIA A+ Core: 515
  • CompTIA A+ OS: 505
Languages Available
Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish
Current English Exam Codes
  • CompTIA A+ 2003 Linear Core Exam: 220-301
  • CompTIA A+ 2003 Linear OS Exam: 220-302
  • CompTIA A+ 2003 E2C Core Exam: JK0-301
  • CompTIA A+ 2003 E2C OS Exam: JK0-302

Exam Fees

Standard Registration Fee: $292

Preparing for the Exam

It is vital that you understand the big picture and concepts. Memorize facts – cram sessions can get you through the test but cannot give you the knowledge you will need to truly become a security professional. The key is the ability to recognize the meaning, context and use of all relevant concepts in the 4 domains.

Where Do I Begin?

IP3 has included many learning resources in your A+™ kit, so the logical question is “Where do I begin?”

The answer is only you can determine that. Our recommendation is that you group the course materials and domains into three categories; Domains that I feel that I know very well, domains that I know somewhat, and domains that I know little about.

After you have grouped the domains in this or a similar order, we recommend spending 50% of your time studying the middle group of domains that you know somewhat well, and 25% of your time on each of the other two groups.

Once you have grouped the domains you can use the online sessions, Thompson Course Technologies textbook, and IP3 workbook and reference materials to study the domains and chapters in the above mentioned fashion.

Learn your Learning Style

Different people learn in different ways. It is beneficial to determine the way in which you learn best. Are you a visual, auditory, or Tactile/Kinesthetic learner?

Visual Learners learn through seeing……

These learners need to see the teacher's body language and facial expression to fully understand the content of a lesson. They tend to prefer sitting at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions. They may think in pictures and learn best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flipcharts and hand-outs. During a lecture or classroom discussion, visual learners often prefer to take detailed notes to absorb the information.

Auditory Learners learn through hearing……

They learn best through verbal lectures, discussions, talking things through and listening to what others have to say. Auditory learners interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed and other nuances. Written information may have little meaning until it is heard. These learners often benefit from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder.

Tactile/Kinesthetic learners learn through touching and moving things……

Tactile/Kinesthetic persons learn best through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world around them. They may find it hard to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration.