Expected difference between the A plus 220-1101 and A plus 220-1001 exams
The new A plus 220-1101 and A+ 220-1102 are coming within the next six months or so. Here we are taking a quick look, Main Domain by Main Domain, at the difference we expect to see between the A plus 220-1101 and A+ 220-1001 exams. We are soon going to post another one covering the expected differences between A plus 220-1102 and A+ 220-1002 so stay tuned!
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The main domains listed below are the ones found in A+ 220-1001 but we discuss, from that vantage point, the areas we expect CompTIA to add for the new A plus 1101.
Main Domain 1.0 – Mobile Devices
Laptop hardware has always been covered, but now we can expect to see additional changes surrounding the security of these devices. In one of those changes, you can expect CompTIA to add the installation and configuration of biometric security features including fingerprint scanners and facial recognition covered in more depth. You will likely also need to understand how to safely and optimally migrate data from traditional Hard disks to newer faster SSD drives.
The display technologies you will need to know are no longer confined to laptop displays. Expect to see a deeper look at the mobile device display technologies. Not only are the types of display like LCD and OLED covered but expect to see comparisons of the technologies involved that affect latency, color accuracy, and viewing angle.
We anticipate considerable changes to the area of mobile device connectivity. The 220-1001 covers wireless/cellular data network connectivity. This will almost certainly be expanded to include the configuration for 3G/4G/5G cellular networks as well as the apps used by these networks and conventional wireless networks. We believe mobile device synchronization will be covered in more depth, including the apps that used any possible limitations like data caps.
Main Domain 2.0 Networking
There should not be very significant changes concerning ports and protocols. They are important enough to re-emphasize. You will, in all likelihood, still need to know the port numbers, the associated protocols, and their purpose.
The typical SOHO network has evolved to include IoT devices and fiber optic devices like the optical network terminal (ONT) so expect to see more of this in the new A+ 220-1101 exam objectives too.
Expect the standard 802.11 based protocols to be expanded to include 802.11ax i.e. WiFi 6.
You can also expect deeper coverage of network configuration protocols like DNS and DHCP.
Main Domain 3.0 Hardware
The network cabling in A+ 220-1101 should remain largely unchanged from the A+ 220-1001 with the probable addition of Cat 6a which doubles the bandwidth provided by Cat 6 from 250MHz to 500MHz.
The fastest RAM that is widely available is DDR4. We believe that when the 220-1101 test is available there will be a new DDR choice. DDR5 will effectively double today’s best DDR4, at a price, of course. Provided CompTIA squeezes this in time, it should be on the new exam.
3-D printers should be on the test. They have now become ubiquitous and are deployed in many companies while the prices are falling into the affordable range for consumers. Be familiar with the terminology used to describe the components, consumables, and process.
Main domain 4.0 Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Virtualization is a familiar topic and will not be new to A plus 220-1101. We expect to see increased emphasis on desktop virtualization. You should see Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in local deployments and in the cloud.
We also expect client-side virtualization to be included in the A plus 220-1101. Virtual Machines (VM) are useful in testing and development. The concept of a sandbox creates an environment where there is no interaction with the host.
Main Domain 5.0 Hardware and Network Troubleshooting
In this domain, we are not expecting too many differences with the A plus 220-1101 exam. The processes of hardware and network troubleshooting are well established.
When is the A plus 220-1101 going live?
We expect this exam to go live at the end of quarter 4, 2021. It could possibly be delayed by a bit but, if so, not by much.
Should I take the A plus 220-1001 now or wait for the new A+ 220-1101 exam?
The default is typically to just take the version available at the time you need to get certified, generally, there is no good reason to wait around for a future version. No matter what A+ version you sit for, you will be just as certified for three years from the date of the exam irrespective of “new” vs. “old”.
As with every major CompTIA exam release, there will be a six months “grace period” between the introduction of the new A plus 220-1101 and the retirement of the A+ 220-1001 exam. During this period, and only this period, you will be able to pick between the A plus 1101 and the A+ 1001 exam objectives.
What should then guide that choice? Mainly your state of training. If at the time of the grace period you have been training for A+ 220-1001, and are ready to go up for the test, then without hesitation sit for that exam. If you have not trained specifically for the A+ 220-1001, then just take a long hard look at both exam objectives and just pick the one you feel the most comfortable with.
No matter which version you pick, you will still remain certified for three years. One reason you may want to take the A+ 220-1001 over A plus 1101 is “the devil we know…”. Right now, there is more predictability in committing to A+ 220-1001…
Free A+ Study Guides
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Five Steps to the CompTIA A+ Exam
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