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How to Pass: CompTIA A+ Practice Test

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By: Olivia

June 8, 2017

Did you know that the CompTIA A+ course has been taken on Cybrary over 150,000 times? If you’re not familiar with the content of the A+ course or why it may be so popular, I suggest you start by reading ‘A Complete Guide to Earning Your A+ Certification.’ For those already invested in learning the fundamentals covered by this course and who are interested in getting A+ certified, this blog will offer an overview and some reviews of a helpful tool: The CompTIA A+ Practice Test.Once you’ve decided the A+ certification is the credential you’re going to pursue, most likely your next question is ‘How Do I Pass?’ While there’s not a straightforward answer to the best study techniques for you, there is one thing that’s required for all test takers, and that’s confidence.Whether you have the hands-on experience, have been doing an instructor guided course or self-guided study, feel comfortable with the material in a test environment is key. And that doesn’t mean going to a test dump and memorizing all the answers. Because let’s face it, if earning your certification lands you a job, (and we sure hope it does) having memorized test answers isn’t going to help.Test anxiety can tend to hit even the most prepared professional, and many will even admit to failing their exam the first time when they shouldn’t have for lack of knowledge.

Confidence is Key

One of the biggest issues I dealt with was misplaced confidence. I actually failed the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam the first time I took it.Now, this was the first certification exam I had ever taken, but that really didn't have much to do with why I didn't pass. I have been working with computers all of my life so I kind of felt like I could walk in and knock out this exam no problem.The reality was that there is a lot more to this than knowing how to put together and work on a computer, and I had to find this out the hard way… You have to know the origins of certain PC components, not only what they do but how they affect the system as a whole. What is the best hardware or software to use in a certain PC in a certain situation? You need to know the details of why one component is different than the other and what each one would be used for.
  • Zach Monroe, Technical Support Specialist
Zach’s story resonates with many because even those who are very familiar with a certain task or topic may have a heard explaining that topic. Don't let the format of an exam disprove your knowledge. Prepare different types of test questions so that you are able to answer in a variety of ways. Not only will this help you pass, but it will also improve the knowledge you retain long-term.

What is a Practice Test?

With the A+ practice test, you gain 6 month access to a world of information that can help you succeed on the exam, including analytics on your strengths and weaknesses.  This Practice Test has a few options available to enhance your learning experience:
  1. Customize your testing experience by configuring your practice test to suit your specific study needs. Select items by test objective, set study preferences and control how your answers are accessed.
  2. Select preset tests. These tests are made to provide a testing experience similar to a real testing environment. They are timed and filter questions like the certification exam. This option will help you determine your readiness for the certification exam.
  3. Flashcard review allows you to review concepts in a self-graded and unlimited environment. With hundreds of questions, these premade flashcards will help you understand concepts covered on the actual certification exam.

How Will it Help Me Pass?

If used correctly, the practice test will help you pass because it will ultimately give you a simulated exam in the same format with the same timing as a real exam. Often, we’re not used to taking an exam in this manner, so it helps us feel comfortable that the material, not the environment, is the focus. It all goes back to confidence.Similarly, you get feedback specific to topic areas that need improvement so you can spend time reviewing what you don’t know rather than wasting time going over all the content.We recommend first going through the exam in assessment mode (option 2, as listed above) to see what you know and don’t know going into the exam. Then, use options 1 and 3 to hone in on specific topics that need improvement. Lastly, go through option 2 as many times as needed until you feel comfortable going into the real test.Transcender A+ Practice Test Reviews
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  • K.E.
Thanks for a terrific product. Without a doubt, your exam simulations have made the difference for me in obtaining certification. Not only did the simulations prepare me for the actual A+ test, but they also significantly strengthened some of my weaker areas by letting me know where I was weak and then providing the appropriate references for further study. Now it's on to my next exam....but not without the Transcender simulations!
  • J.F.
*Note: These are real testimonials taken from the Transcender website. For more information, please visit their page.

Where Can I Get Mine?

A+ practice tests are available for the 222-901 and 220-902 in the new Cybrary marketplace. You can find additional study materials for this exam and a variety of others there as well.

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Olivia Lynch (@Cybrary_Olivia) is the Marketing Manager at Cybrary. Like many of you, she is just getting her toes wet in the field of cyber security. A firm believer that the pen is mightier than the sword, Olivia considers corny puns and an honest voice essential to any worthwhile blog.
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