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Difference between New and Old A+ certs (901 and 1001)
« on: January 30, 2019, 02:19:33 AM »
Check out this article for the differences:

Difference between the new A+ 220-1001 and the CompTIA A+ 220-901 certification

First, about the exam number, 220-1001 is the exam number replacing 220-901. The new exam also gets a name and that is Core 1.

A+ being an entry-level certification, it is a rather wider than deep credential. It is to some extent stating the obvious to say that the Exam Objectives for A+ 220-1001 will aim at reflecting technologies dominant today that were not included, or at least not prevalent, in the objectives as stated three years ago.
Click here for the A+ 1001 & 1002 Exam Simulator

Here is a list of topics we expect to either see an enhanced focus on or to come in as an outright addition to the new A+ 220-1001 exam objectives:

– Various types of hardware that support cloud technologies
– Expansion of Virtualization
– More varied mobile devices
– More on monitoring tools and analysis of metrics obtained from monitoring and tracking tools
– Deepening of the understanding of network access and setup
– Sideloaded applications and management of the process
– As cybersecurity is increasingly of concern, expect security to occupy an even larger part of the A+ objectives
UPDATE: We now know what those changes are so you can take a look below and compare and see how close we were when we did above “guesstimate”…
Summary of the most significant changes to A+ 220-1001 Core 1 compared to the 220-901 exam
Main Domain 1.0 – Mobile Devices

Adding or replacing laptop components like memory or the motherboard have always been covered. Now you’ll also need to know how to install and configure video cards, Bluetooth modules, and cellular cards. Port replicators have been added but docking stations have not been dropped, you will need to know both. The USB-C cable / connector specification has been added in the mobile category and you will find it is addressed in the PC sections as well. Know its capabilities.

Mobile device synchronization adds a new concept to the existing ones by requiring you to perform synchronization with the automobile. You will need to know the connection types used as well as the types of data. Passwords have been added to the Synch data. You will also need to know how SSO authentication applies in the mobile environment.
Main Domain 2.0 – Networking

Networking hardware knowledge will now need to include managed and unmanaged switches along with PoE switches. Cloud-based network controllers have also been added.

The installation and configuration of IoT devices are new and includes controlled devices like locks, lights, cameras and climate controls. You will also need to know voice-enabled devices like digital assistants and smart speakers.

Firewall settings have been expanded to include whitelists and blacklists.

Wireless networking protocols now include RFID, Zigbee, Z-Wave. You will need to know 3G, 4G, 5G and LTE cellular protocols.

You will need to know the properties and purpose of the syslog service on network servers.

IP address configuration has been expanded to include IPv6 link-local addresses.

DHCP reservations are new. Knowledge of VLAN configuration is now required knowledge.

The wireless mesh topology (WMN) is now included.
Main Domain 3.0 – Hardware

Your hardware cabling and connectors knowledge now require you to be able to identify USB-C, RS-232, and SCSI.

Ram installation now includes DDR4.

Storage device selection, installation, and configuration have been updated to cover the solid-state SATA 2.5, M2 and NVME.

For magnetic hard drives, the 15,000rpm speed has been added

eSATA cards have been added to the install and configure objective.

New to the uses and purposes of peripheral cards are QR scanners, VR headsets, and signature pads.

Regarding the install and configure new devices objective you will need to know Application installations/configurations, synchronization settings, and account setup and settings.

3D printers and plastic filament have been added to printers. The rest is unchanged from the previous objectives.
Main Domain 4.0 – Virtualization and Cloud Computing

While cloud concepts have been covered in previous A+ releases the new content focuses additionally on shared resources and Internal vs. External cloud computing.
Main Domain 5.0 – Hardware and Network Troubleshooting

The new A+ hardware and troubleshooting objectives are largely unchanged. The only exception relates to log entries. You should now be able to interpret log entries and error messages and analyze multiple failed jobs in the logs.
Click here for the A+ 220-1001 Core 1 Exam Objectives