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CompTIA A+Essentials 220-601 Exam Guide by Christopher A. Crayton

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Am I a Candidate for This Exam?

The A+ Essentials exam has no real prerequisites. The exam tests the necessary skill competencies for entry-level computer professionals with the equivalent knowledge of at least 500 hours hands-on experience in the lab or in the field (this is a highly suggested prerequisite). This hands-on experience or equivalent knowledge includes building, installing, upgrading, repairing, configuring, troubleshooting, optimizing, diagnosing, and performing preventive maintenance of basic computer hardware and operating systems. Whether you are a computer enthusiast and are new to the certification arena, or you currently hold a position as a help-desk technician, computer support professional, or IT technician and are seeking certification to better your career, this exam is for you.

For a candidate to become CompTIA A+ certified, he must pass two tough exams. The first exam is the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam. It is one of two exams required to gain A+ certification as an IT Technician, Remote Support Technician, or a Depot Technician. (Each exam costs a whopping $158!) Each title has its own separate exam that one must pass in addition to Essentials in order to gain those specific certification credentials. In other words, Essentials (220-601) + IT Technician (220-602) = A+ IT Technician Certification. Essentials (220-601) + Remote Support Technician (220-603) = A+ Remote Support Technician certification, and finally, Essentials (220-601) + Depot Technician (220-604) ...

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