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CompTIA “Big 3” Exam Retirement Dates CompTIA certification for any exam with the ce suffix (for continuing education) is valid three years from the date you take your exam if only one exam required. If two exams are required (as is the case for A+ 220-901 and 220-902) it’s the date[…] Read more »

Published January 14, 2017 in CertBlaster Test EngineCompTIA

CompTIA A+ Exam 220-902 sub-objective 1.3: Given a scenario, apply appropriate Microsoft command line tools Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 1.3: 1.3 Given a scenario, apply appropriate Microsoft command line tools. TASKKILL BOOTREC SHUTDOWN TASKLIST MD RD CD DEL FORMAT COPY XCOPY ROBOCOPY DISKPART SFC CHKDSK GPUPDATE GPRESULT DIR EXIT HELP EXTRACT [command name] /? Commands[…] Read more »

Published January 9, 2017 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

CompTIA Security+ practice test for SY0-501 Click Here for more info about our Security+ Practice Tests for Exam SY0-401 This is an exam that will be coming out this year and we are getting ready because we want to release our CertBlaster for Security+ SY0-501 as the exam goes live at the[…] Read more »

Published January 8, 2017 in CertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesSecurity+ SY0-401Security+ SY0-501

CompTIA A+ Exam 220-902 sub-objective 1.2: Given a scenario, install Windows PC operating systems using appropriate methods Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 1.2: 1.2 Given a scenario, install Windows PC operating systems using[…] Read more »

Published January 5, 2017 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam Objectives

CompTIA A+ Exam 220-902 sub-objective 1.1: Compare and contrast various features and requirements of Microsoft Operating Systems (Part 2/2) Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 1.1: 1.1 Compare and contrast various features and requirements of Microsoft Operating Systems (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1) Click here for more info[…] Read more »

Published January 3, 2017 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam Objectives

Given a scenario, troubleshoot printers with appropriate tools: CompTIA A+ Exam 220-901 sub-objective 4.6 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 4.6: 4.6 Given a scenario, troubleshoot printers with appropriate tools. Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 Common symptoms Streaks Faded prints Ghost images Toner[…] Read more »

Published December 6, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesJust Added

Given a scenario, troubleshoot and repair common mobile device issues while adhering to the appropriate procedure: CompTIA A+ Exam 220-901 sub-objective 4.5 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 4.5: 4.5 Given a scenario, troubleshoot and repair common mobile device issues while adhering to the appropriate procedures. Click here for more[…] Read more »

Published December 1, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Given a scenario, troubleshoot wired and wireless networks with appropriate tools: CompTIA A+ Exam 220-901 sub-objective 4.4 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 4.4: Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 4.4 Given a scenario, troubleshoot wired and wireless networks with[…] Read more »

Published November 23, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Given a scenario, troubleshoot common video, projector and display issues: CompTIA A+ Exam 220-901 sub-objective 4.3 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 4.3: 4.3 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common video, projector and display issues. Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 &[…] Read more »

Published November 21, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Given a scenario, troubleshoot hard drives and RAID arrays with appropriate tools: CompTIA A+ Exam 220-901 sub-objective 4.2 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 4.2: 4.2 Given a scenario, troubleshoot hard drives and RAID arrays with appropriate tools. Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for[…] Read more »

Published November 21, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Given a scenario, troubleshoot common problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPU and power with appropriate tools: CompTIA A+ Exam 220-901 sub-objective 4.1 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 4.1: Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 4.1 Given a scenario, troubleshoot[…] Read more »

Published November 16, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCompTIAExam Objectives

What should you expect of a CompTIA A+ Practice Test? First is First: The Exam Objectives This includes two “firsts” (can you really have more than one first?):The first commandment in our Ten Commandments to IT Cert Prep.First comes the exam objectives as there can’t be a meaningful A+ practice without first[…] Read more »

Published November 14, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Compare and contrast accessories & parts of mobile devices: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 3.5 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 3.5: 3.5 Compare and contrast accessories & parts of mobile devices. > Connection types - NFC - Proprietary vendor specific ports (communication /power) - MicroUSB/miniUSB - Bluetooth - IR - Hotspot/tethering > Accessories - Headsets - Speakers - Game pad - Docking[…] Read more »

Published November 10, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Explain the characteristics of various types of other mobile devices: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 3.4 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 3.4: 3.4 Explain the characteristics of various types of other mobile devices. > Tablets > Smart phones > Wearable technology devices - Smart watches - Fitness Monitors - Glasses and headsets > Phablets > e-Reader > Smart camera >[…] Read more »

Published November 9, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Given a scenario, use appropriate laptop features: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 3.3 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 3.3: 3.3 Given a scenario, use appropriate laptop features.> Special function keys - Dual displays - Wireless (on/off) - Cellular (on/off) - Volume settings - Screen brightness - Bluetooth (on/off) - Keyboard backlight - Touch pad (on/off) - Screen[…] Read more »

Published November 9, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIA

Explain the function of components within the display of a laptop: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 3.2 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 3.2: 3.2 Explain the function of components within the display of a laptop.Types LCD TTL vs. IPS Fluorescent vs. LED backlighting OLEDWi-Fi antenna connector/placement Webcam Microphone Inverter Digitizer Click here for more info about our A+ Practice[…] Read more »

Published November 3, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Install and configure laptop hardware and components: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 3.1 – Part 2 of 2 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 3.1: 3.1 Install and configure laptop hardware and components.As this sub-objective covers a lot of ground we decided to break thos post up in a Part I[…] Read more »

Published November 1, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Install and configure laptop hardware and components: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 3.1 – Part 1 of 2 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 3.1: 3.1 Install and configure laptop hardware and components. The items in blue font are covered in Part I of this post and the ones in red font[…] Read more »

Published October 25, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 2.9 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 2.9: 2.9 Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools. - Crimper - Cable stripper - Multimeter - Tone generator & probe - Cable tester - Loopback plug - Punchdown tool - WiFi analyzer Click here for more info about our A+[…] Read more »

Published October 19, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Compare and contrast architecture devices, their functions, and features: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 2.8 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 2.8 A+ Sub-objective 2.8: "Compare and contrast network architecture devices, their functions, and features" > Hub > Switch > Router > Access point > Bridge > Modem > Firewall > Patch panel > Repeaters/extenders > Ethernet over Power > Power over[…] Read more »

Published October 12, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCertBlaster Test EngineCompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Compare and contrast Internet connection types, network types, and their features: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 2.7 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 2.7 2.7 Compare and contrast Internet connection types, network types, and their features.> Internet Connection Types Cable DSL Dial-up Fiber Satellite ISDN Cellular Tethering Mobile hotspot Line of sight wireless internet service> Network Types LAN WAN PAN MAN Click here[…] Read more »

Published October 5, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ BundleCompTIAExam Objectives

Given a scenario, install and configure SOHO wireless/wired router and apply appropriate settings: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 2.6 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 2.6 Sub objective 2.6: "Given a scenario, install and configure SOHO wireless/wired router and apply appropriate settings"> Channels > Port forwarding, port triggering > DHCP (on/off) > DMZ > NAT[…] Read more »

Published October 4, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIAExam Objectives

Compare and contrast various WiFi networking standards and encryption types: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 2.5 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 2.5 Sub Objective 2.5 “Compare and contrast various WiFi networking standards and encryption types”> Standards - 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac - Speeds, distances and frequencies> Encryption types - WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AESIn this[…] Read more »

Published September 26, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Explain common TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purpose: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 2.4 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 2.4 Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 2.4 Explain common TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purpose.>Ports -[…] Read more »

Published September 20, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Explain the properties and characteristics of TCP/IP: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 2.3 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 2.3 Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 2.3 Explain the properties and characteristics of TCP/IP. > IPv4 vs. IPv6 > Public vs. private[…] Read more »

Published September 14, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIALearning resources

Compare and contrast the characteristics of connectors and cabling: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 2.2 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 2.2 2.2 Compare and contrast the characteristics of connectors and cabling.> Fiber - Types (single-mode vs. multi-mode) - Speed and transmission limitations> Twisted pair - Types: STP, UTP, CAT3, CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6,[…] Read more »

Published September 9, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIALearning resources

Identify the various types of network cables and connectors: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 2.1 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 2.1 Sub-Objective 2.1: “Identify the various types of network cables and connectors”> Fiber - Connectors: SC, ST and LC> Twisted Pair - Connectors: RJ-11, RJ-45> Wiring standards: T568A, T568B - Coaxial - Connectors:[…] Read more »

Published September 8, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Compare and contrast the various print technologies & printer maintenance: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objectives 1.14 & 1.15 Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 Detailed (and official) description of CompTIA A+ sub-objective 1.14: “Compare and contrast differences between the various print technologies[…] Read more »

Published September 6, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIALearning resources

Install SOHO multifunction device / printers and configure appropriate settings: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 1.13 First and foremost we have to say it even if you already know it: SOHO stands for Small Office - Home Office (a growing trend these days). Here are the details of A+ Hardware 1.0 sub-objective[…] Read more »

Published August 30, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIAExam ObjectivesLearning resources

Install and configure common peripheral devices: CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 1.12 Items covered in this post: CompTIA A+ 220-901 Exam Objective 1.12 “Install and configure common peripheral devices.”    > Input devices - Mouse - Keyboard - Scanner - Barcode reader - Biometric devices - Game pads - Joysticks - Digitizer - Motion sensor - Touch pads - Smart card readers - Digital cameras - Microphone -[…] Read more »

Published August 26, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIALearning resources

Identify PC connector types and cables: CompTIA A+ 901 sub-objective 1.11 (Part II) NOTE: This is installment two (click here for part I). We here will look at device cables & connectors as well as adapters and convertors as per CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 1.11. Click here for more info about our[…] Read more »

Published August 17, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIALearning resources

Identify PC connector types and cables: CompTIA A+ 901 sub-objective 1.11 (Part I) NOTE: In this section we will look at the various connector types on PCs and other devices including the cable types they use as defined by CompTIA A+ 220-901 sub-objective 1.11. This is Part I and will cover[…] Read more »

Published August 15, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIALearning resources

Display Devices: A+ 901 sub-objective 1.10 When looking at monitor types the main two types to consider are 1) LCDs, more precisely the TN - Twisted Nematic, and 2) IPS for In-Plane Switching. Although outwardly looking identical these two types offer vastly different image quality. TN - Twisted Nematic TN panels have the most attractive[…] Read more »

Published August 4, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

The Power Supply & Connectors The main function of a power supply is to provide the correct amount of power to the motherboard. The connection between the power supply and the motherboard has evolved from a single connector into a two part connector: The 20+4 pin connector. This connector will supply[…] Read more »

Published August 1, 2016 in AA+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

PC connection interfaces: A+ 901 sub-objective 1.7 USB Connectors There are various PC connection interfaces and here we are starting with the physical connections. In this category USB has the largest share of the market due to its ease of use and device compatibility. Here is a quick breakdown of the evolution[…] Read more »

Published July 29, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIAExam Objectives

PC Expansion Cards: CompTIA A+ 220-901 Sub-objective 1.4 Today’s PCs have evolved from very humble beginnings where the motherboard was the central connection point for all devices. A new PC could be configured with no additional features, then upon specification, components could be added using the expansion slots to create a[…] Read more »

Published July 27, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

What Should be Required of a CompTIA Network+ Practice Test? Click here for more info on the Network+ N10-006 Certification Practice Tests A) First is First: Follow the Exam Objectives This is the first commandment in our Ten Commandments to IT Cert Prep. You can’t embark on meaningful Network+ practice tests without first starting by[…] Read more »

Published July 26, 2016 in CompTIANetworkNetwork+ N10-006

Motherboard Components: CompTIA A+ 220-901 Sub-objective 1.2 Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 A+ exam sub-objective 1.2 “Explain the importance of motherboard components, their purpose, and properties” covers motherboard components and so is one of the very central exam objectives of[…] Read more »

Published July 25, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

BIOS & UEFI: CompTIA A+ 220-901 Sub-objective 1.1 Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 Readers with long or deep knowledge of PC hardware remember a world where an IBM Compatible PC’s (the first PC was by IBM) BIOS was the only[…] Read more »

Published July 19, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

Processor Selection and Protection: CompTIA A+ 220-901 Sub-objective 1.6 Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 The Sockets CompTIA A+ 220-901 Sub-objective 1.6 ”Install various types of CPU and apply the appropriate cooling methods” addresses sockets, processors they support and the technologies they[…] Read more »

Published July 18, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

The salaries of PC Support and CompTIA A+ Certified Technicians This is the CertBlaster “Meta Study” on the subject. A Meta study is a study of studies. These are useful exercises as they end up relying on a lot more data than its individual components (studies). The more data, the more[…] Read more »

Published July 13, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

CompTIA A+ Objectives 220-901 & 220-902 Tips and Tricks - Part 1 Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 Here are a few remarks on the CompTIA A+ exam objectives for 220-901 and 220-902. These remarks are based on feedback and questions[…] Read more »

Published June 29, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

2016 CertBlaster® IT Certification InfographicThis is our second "annual" infographic and this one is based on larger sample sizes than last year's. The data below is based on a total population sample size of  7,315 individuals distributed per certification track as follows:> 1,998 individuals for A+ > 1951 for Network+ > 1,835 for Security+ > 68[…] Read more »

Published June 17, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIAExam 70-410Exam 70-411Exam 70-412MCSA 2012MicrosoftNetwork+ N10-006Security+ SY0-401

Example of CompTIA Network+ practice test: Performance Based Question More info on the Network+ N10-006 Certification Practice Tests In this article we will look at an example of a performance based question found on our Network+ N10-006 practice test. The focus here will be on firewall controls and best practices.The scenario this Performance Based[…] Read more »

Published June 13, 2016 in CompTIANetworkNetwork+ N10-006

CompTIA A+ 220-902 Test Strategy The CompTIA A+ Multiple Choice Question By: Robert J. Miller, A+, Network+, Server+, CWNA, MCP. Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 Compared to the A+ 220-802 the 220-902 objectives reflect the enhancements to mobile communications, including the operating[…] Read more »

Published June 8, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

Using A+ Practice Test for Test Strategy A+ 220-901 example questions and what you need to beat them! By: Robert J. Miller, A+, Network+, Server+, MCP. Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 It is important to understand that in the evolution of the A+ exam[…] Read more »

Published June 6, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902CompTIA

CompTIA Network+ Exam Objective Review: Aligning technical knowledge with business strategy By Brian K. Arrowood, A+, Network+, Project+, ITIL V3 Foundation, PRINCE2 Foundation More info on the Network+ N10-006 Certification Practice Tests Enhancing IT/business relationships with the Network+ certification Whether used to describe social media or the arrangement of devices within a given topology, the term “networking” has[…] Read more »

Published June 3, 2016 in CompTIANetwork+ N10-006

Security+ Practice Test – Performance Based Question Click Here for more info about our Security+ Practice Tests for Exam SY0-401 The performance based questions on the Security+ exam are by now somewhat notorious. Fundamentally the navigational aspect of it is no more than an enhanced drag and drop or list-and-reorder type question.[…] Read more »

Published May 31, 2016 in SecuritySecurity+ SY0-401Security+ SY0-501

Performance Based Question in an A+ Practice Test for exam 220-902 We will here take a look at an example of a Performance Based Question  (PBQ) taken from a CertBlaster A+ practice test.  This performance based question addresses exam objective 1.4 on the CompTIA  A+ 220-902 exam. Click here for more info[…] Read more »

Published May 24, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902

Network+ Exam Objective Review: The 802 standards By Brian K. Arrowood, A+, Network+, Project+, ITIL V3 Foundation, PRINCE2 Foundation More info on the Network+ N10-006 Certification Practice Tests Crazy Eights: Associating 802 standards and terms for CompTIA’s Network+ certification exam Navigating through the different 802 standards in the Network+ exam’s objectives can seem more like playing Crazy Eights[…] Read more »

Published May 16, 2016 in CompTIANetwork+ N10-006

Understanding the CompTIA Network+ exam More info on the Network+ N10-006 Certification Practice Tests When we design the CertBlaster Network+ practice test products we of course pay a lot of attention to the question formats. Although not our very first concern (that would be the exam objectives) it is a close second. That[…] Read more »

Published May 11, 2016 in CompTIANetworkNetwork+ N10-006

CompTIA A+ 220-901 Performance Based Practice Test Question Click here for more info about our A+ Practice Test Bundle for A+ Exams 220-901 & 220-902 We will here look at a performance based question and explore how that question type can address exam objective 1.9 in the A+ 220-901 exam. A+ exam[…] Read more »

Published May 9, 2016 in A+ 220-901 & 220-902A+ Bundle

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