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CompTIA A+ Practice Test Core 2 (220-1102)

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About this book
The CompTIA A+ Core 2 certification validates the knowledge you need to support common operating systems and software installations. This book tests the skills essential for you to secure computing environments and troubleshoot common computing issues, while adhering to operational procedures through practice questions. Using proven techniques to test a candidate's knowledge of Core 2 (220-1102) exam objectives, this book will ensure that you're well-prepared to pass the exam on your first attempt. The chapters in this book comprise multiple-choice questions at the same level of difficulty as those you’ll find in the official exam. All the questions are broken down into different chapters according to each exam domain, finishing with a 90-question mock exam to prepare you to confidently take the real exam. The chapters are designed in a way to not only test your knowledge, but also your ability to handle pressure during the exam. By the end of this practice test book, you’ll be well-prepared to pass the CompTIA A+ Core 2 exam with confidence.
Publication date:
October 2023
Publisher
Packt
Pages
282
ISBN
9781837638895

 

How to Use This Book

The purpose of having a practice test book is to facilitate your preparation for the CompTIA A+ Core 2 (220-1102) exams. Prior to attempting a practice test, it’s advisable to have either a digital document or a blank sheet of paper at your disposal. While taking the test, it’s beneficial to jot down any subjects that are unfamiliar to you or questions you’ve answered incorrectly. This practice will help pinpoint areas where your understanding is lacking. Following the test, it is recommended that you revisit your study guide to address the identified gaps.

 

Approach for Navigating Multiple-Choice Queries

Embrace this strategy to effectively tackle multiple-choice queries:

  • Thorough reading: Immerse yourself in the questions and absorb their nuances
  • Elimination game: Discard incorrect choices, systematically narrowing your options
  • Refinement process: Evolve from a 50-50 stance to a 60-40 perspective through a meticulous review
  • Unveil the optimal: Opt for the finest or most plausible choices when multiple correct answers exist
  • Precision in choice: Align your selection with the specific query at hand
 

Exercising Caution in Testing

Avoid these counterproductive actions during your testing endeavor:

  • Overthinking pitfall: Steer clear of overanalyzing; maintain a balanced mindset
  • Rushing dilemma: Eschew hasty scanning or racing through the test; maintain a composed pace
  • Doubt’s detriment: Refrain from second-guessing or doubling back; trust your initial instincts
  • Choice constancy: Resist altering your answers; initial choices often prove sound
  • Comprehensive consistency: Spare yourself from re-reading the entire test; stay focused on the task at hand
 

Advice on Additional Resources – Practical Exercise

An additional preparatory resource that could prove valuable is the CompTIA Official Labs. These cloud-based labs offer a practical approach to exam readiness by directly addressing the topics covered in the exam. Particularly beneficial for individuals with minimal or no prior IT experience, these labs serve as excellent tools for gaining hands-on familiarity.

In the context of CompTIA A+ Core 2 (220-1102), a solid grasp of hardware concepts is essential, and the labs effectively facilitate this understanding. A noteworthy aspect is the 12-month access granted, allowing ample time for exploration and learning. Notably, Packt Publishing has secured a substantial discount on the CompTIA official labs and the exam voucher, the details for which are at the back of the book.

What You Will Learn in the CompTIA Official Labs

Once you have paid and signed up for the CompTIA CertMaster Labs for A+ Core 2 (220-1102), you will have access to hands-on practice and skills development using real equipment and software accessed through a remote, browser-based lab environment. Aligned with Official CompTIA courseware and the CompTIA A+ Core 2 (220-1102) exam objectives, CertMaster Labs make it easy for learners to practice and apply their skills in real workplace scenarios in preparation for the certification exam. All lab activities include gradable assessments, offer feedback and hints, and provide a score based on learner inputs, ultimately guiding you to the most correct and efficient path through job tasks.

There are two types of labs in the course:

  • Virtual Workbench Labs provide learners with valuable hands-on practice installing, configuring, and troubleshooting computer hardware in an immersive 3D environment. Each scenario features a Tutorial Mode to guide the learner through step-by-step instructions, allowing learners to understand and practice 3D controls; an Explore Mode that enables learners to identify and manipulate hardware components in a sandbox environment; and an Assisted Mode that takes learners step by step through a procedure, offering help when needed. This hands-on environment gives learners the ability to learn the tangible aspects of IT and gain real-world experience. Learners can explore how the different components of a desktop, a laptop, and peripherals work together, and will get experience of working through different processes for installing and configuring computer components.
  • Virtual Machine Labs utilize virtual machines built to simulate a server network so a learner can gain real-world, hands-on experience with tools, applications, and operating systems they would utilize in a job environment, such as Microsoft Windows or Kali Linux. Learners can compare network hardware using the GNS3 network simulator and configure a home router using OpenWRT.

Virtual Machine Labs are also available in different modes:

  • Assisted Labs guide the learner step by step through tasks, offering assessment and feedback throughout a 10-15 minute experience, allowing the learner to correct any misunderstandings as they proceed through the activity.
  • Applied Labs present a series of goal-oriented scenarios in a 20-30 minute experience covering multiple topics, scoring the learner’s work at the end of the activity based on their ability to successfully complete each scenario. As a result, learners are forced to think critically about how to approach problems without a prescribed set of steps. Currently, Applied Labs are only available for Virtual Machine Lab activities.

The following labs are available:

  • Assisted Lab: Manage User Settings in Windows
  • Assisted Lab: Support Windows 11
  • Assisted Lab: Configure Windows System Settings
  • Assisted Lab: Use Management Consoles
  • Assisted Lab: Use Task Manager
  • Assisted Lab: Monitor Performance and Event Logs
  • Assisted Lab: Use Command-line Tools
  • APPLIED Lab: Support Windows 10
  • Assisted Lab: Perform Windows 10 OS Installation
  • Assisted Lab: Perform Ubuntu Linux OS Installation
  • Assisted Lab: Install and Configure an Application
  • Assisted Lab: Troubleshoot a Windows OS Issue
  • Assisted Lab: Configure Windows Networking
  • Assisted Lab: Configure Folder Sharing in a Workgroup
  • Assisted Lab: Manage Linux using Command-line Tools
  • Assisted Lab: Manage Files using Linux Command-line Tools
  • APPLIED Lab: Support and Troubleshoot Network Hosts
  • Assisted Lab: Configure SOHO Router Security
  • Assisted Lab: Configure Workstation Security
  • Assisted Lab: Configure Browser Security
  • Assisted Lab: Troubleshoot Security Issues Scenario #1
  • APPLIED Lab: Troubleshoot Security Issues Scenario #2
  • Assisted Lab: Use Remote Access Technologies
  • Assisted Lab: Implement Backup and Recovery
  • Assisted Lab: Implement a PowerShell Script
  • Assisted Lab: Implement Bash Script
  • Assisted Lab: Manage a Support Ticket

Accessing the Course Materials

You will receive an access key and registration instructions via email once you have paid and signed up for the CompTIA CertMaster Labs for A+ Core 2 (220-1102).

About the Authors
  • Mark Birch

    Mark Birch is an experienced courseware developer and teacher in both information systems and cyber-security. Mark has been developing content and teaching CompTIA A+ classes for more than 20 years and understands the subject area in great depth. Mark began his career working within the aerospace industry (for a major defense contractor) and has over 30 years' experience consulting, engineering, and deploying secure information systems. He has spent over 20 years working with the United States Military and United Kingdom Armed Forces, helping many students attain their learning goals. Mark has ensured that soldiers, officers, and civilians have had the best opportunities to gain cyber-security accreditation.

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  • Ian Neil

    Ian Neil is one of the world's top trainers of Security+. He is able to break down information into manageable chunks so that people with no background knowledge can gain the skills required to become certified. He has recently worked for the US Army in Europe and designed a Security+ course that catered to people from all backgrounds (not just IT professionals), with an extremely successful pass rate. He is an MCT, MCSE, A+, Network+, Security+, CASP, and RESILIA practitioner that has worked with high-end training providers over the past 23 years and was one of the first technical trainers to train Microsoft internal staff when they opened their Bucharest Office in 2006.

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