Suggested Exercises for the A+ Essentials Exam

The A+ Essentials exam expects you to have a good understanding of concepts related to computer hardware and software. Hands-on experience is recommended and is good to have. You should be very conversant with hardware terminology, operating systems, and basic security concepts, and you should have the basic skills to troubleshoot problems. You will need to review the Study Guide and pay close attention to the areas that are new for you and with which you feel uncomfortable.

This section includes some exercises that you can perform either on a standalone computer or in a network to gain some hands-on experience. Since the A+ Essentials exam mainly covers basic knowledge and skills in installing, configuring, and troubleshooting computer hardware and software, you will need plenty of experience in completing these tasks. You must know what specifications to look for when selecting a component and how to correctly install the hardware and configure device drivers.


It is recommended that you do not perform any of the suggested exercises in your organization or on any computer running in a production network. Create a test environment for completing these exercises. Even if you just want to view configuration settings for different components of a personal computer in a production environment, make sure a senior administrator accompanies you or you get permissions from your supervisor. In any case, you should follow the policies of ...

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