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How an A+ Practice Test Can Best Help You Prepare for The Comptia A+ Exam

The A+ certification track is the world leading entry level certification for jobs in information systems (IT) support and help desk. It is the only certification track that has reached over one million certifications and as such it has launched a large number of IT careers.

Here we are looking at how to prepare for that exam. Let’s first define what “practicing for an exam” includes and excludes. Test prep is not properly speaking what we mean by “studying”, it is what comes after you have studied the content that the exam sponsor (in this case CompTIA) has published. It involves taking the knowledge of the content you have studied and getting you “formatted” for the exam. This means learning how to answer very pointed questions about the content you have learned and also mastering the specifics of the exam i.e., time available and the types of questions (multiple-choice question, drag and drop, performance-based questions, etc.). The first and most obvious way to do that is to use an A+ practice test.

How to distinguish a good A+ practice test from a lesser one

There are five characteristics any relevant A+ practice test must possess:

  • Clearly formulated questions
  • Credible detractors (wrong answer choices)
  • A unique choice for the correct answer
  • An explanation for the correct answer
  • Listing the precise A+ exam sub-objective the question belongs to

These characteristics are what makes a thorough a thoughtful test preparation possible. Going through the A+ practice test, you need to analyze everything you do in terms of how you answer the questions. If you pick the correct choice, then you must be sure you know exactly why you did. Looking at the detractors you must be able to not only understand why they are incorrect but also why they are credible detractors within the context of the question. Finally, if you felt any hesitation at all when answering, then go to the content of A+ exam sub-objective the question belongs to and brush up on that content. This is how you make sure that on exam date you can answer a similar question correctly even if it is slightly modified. This is the difference between dumb rote memorization (which will fail) and deep knowledge-based preparation. So far, we have exclusively analyzed the multiple-choice question (MCQ) type. There are other types of questions on this exam.

Question Types of the CompTIA A+ Exam

On the A+ exam you will face, in addition to MCQ: drag and drop, scenario-based questions, and performance-based questions. Of these the Performance Based Questions (PBQ) are to most advanced. CompTIA can offer these question types because they have outsourced the proctoring of the exam to Pearson VUE which has a solid software-based test engine (you will take your exam on a computer). Now, for you to prepare for those types of questions will require you to go to the he next step up and use an exam simulator. Although there are a fair amount of free A+ practice tests online, exam simulators will be a premium product that you would have to buy. If you decide to go that route, then make sure it includes the performance-based question type. The best way to make sure of that, is to just google “A+ performance-based question” and find out who includes these and who doesn’t.

An additional online resource is the free A+ study guide:

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