So this didn’t really take long. The CompTIA A+ went through some changes back about a year ago. The age old A+ Hardware and A+ Operating Systems tests were replaced by an A+ Essentials test and then a series of options, the A+ IT Tech, A+ Remote Support Techinician or A+ Depot Techinician (working the bench).

Well, the options are going away and the A+ is going back to a two test series, A+ Essentials and A+ IT Technician. The IT Tech was by far the popular option over the last year anyways. Its more well rounded, which always used to be the purpose of the A+ originally. So that makes sense.

There are some other changes with the A+ material coming about as well. These changes are significant and reflect the latest trends in IT. Here are some of the A+ changes and additions.

Some of the topics that were added to the 2009 A+ Objectives include:

· Blu-ray
· SD cards
· Express cards
· DDR3
· TV tuner/capture cards
· Backup and restore center
· Sidebar
· Encryption
· Authentication technologies
· Updated Biometric technologies

Some other changes to note are printing and scanning objectives, which have been scaled back and printing processes have been completely removed. Laptop objectives have been expanded and the laptop disassembly process has been added.

We’ll have more info as it becomes available.


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  1. told me it was the only thing they needed to pass the A+ with flniyg colors. Obviously, none of them had passed the 2003 Objectives with the 5th Edition though. I’ve spent the past 2 months studying and taking notes from the book and eagerly signed up to take the test as soon as I finished. I felt fairly confident that the book had prepared me, and after taking the exams in the back of the book, I also felt fairly prepared. I went ahead and downloaded a few PDF files from the site where I bought my voucher from, but they only went over the 2001 Objectives. Needless to say, there was a *LOT* of information missing from the 5th Edition book that was covered in those PDFs. Specific command line diagnostic tools and switches, modem diagnostic codes, a lot more in detailed stuff, etc. Mainly, the book in general was too broad. It covered and hit all the topics, but nothing in-depth detail, except for maybe SCSI, the history of CPUs, and network types. Granted, if you’re trying to become A+ certified, you should obviously at least be somewhat decent with computers and know some of the information. However, the A+ is all about testing you on a wide variety of different scenarios, with scenarios being the key word here. Meyers claims the A+ is for a tech with less than 6 months of experience. I’ll throw the book at any tech with less than 6 months of experience, and can guarantee 85% will not pass. The A+ consists of John Doe has a problem with component X, what’s wrong with it? along that sort of lines. The book only really prepares you for the conceptual information. The conceptual in turn does help you with those scenario questions, but much more emphasis could have been placed onto that than just concepts. A very good way to describe this book is as follows: imagine picking up a book to become a mechanic. If this Meyers book was a book about cars, it would teach you the history of cars the big block high HP days of the ’60s and early ’70s, the need for fuel efficiency in the late ’70s, the SUV/truck boom in the ’90s, and the return of high HP/high performance cars in today’s world. It would teach you what a tire does. It would teach you what springs and shocks do, and what aftermarket coilovers do. It would teach you how to work the radio, and how to identify the coolant reservoir, the radiator, the AC compressor, the engine, the engine mounts, the rear sway bar, the driveshaft, headers, etc. You read the book, you take the test, and your heart drops in your throat when the questions are about how to diagnose the car not starting up, what the clicking sound is coming from the right front wheel well when you turn, why the car drips water when you turn it off on a hot day, etc. You’re unprepared because the book decided to focus more on the basics than the bread and butter. The book covers the basic troubleshooting, but the number of pages devoted to it a 1100 page book is probably less than 75. That is exactly what the Meyers book does in terms of computers and the A+. It is NOT to say that every troubleshooting question you have no idea about. Obviously, through practical and real world experience, you will know how to do a lot of troubleshooting, or else you wouldn’t be trying for your A+. Some of the more in-depth ones or ones you don’t deal with on an everyday basis, or ones with a particular solution you’d only know about if you read about it, are the ones I am speaking of. To give a fair assessment of how much in particular the book applied to the test: my breakdown is: 2003 OS Core Objectives: 30% 2003 Hardware Core Objectives: 50% That is my honest assessment of what the book covers and/or is useful to the exam. It’s a nice reference tool and taught me a lot (historically speaking) about computers that I wasn’t aware of, and even taught me a few things I should have known but didn’t. But the book is seemingly useless to the exam. The passing scores were a 505 and a 515 on the OS and Hardware, respectively. I received a 652 on the OS and a 696 on the Hardware. I can honestly say I would *NOT* have passed if I had not done outside studying. I spent this entire week cramming and learning so much from the few other sources I had access to. I would have taken the test later; unfortunately, the vouchers I bought were set to expire in less than 2 weeks after purchase, so I couldn’t put off taking the test because Mr. Meyer’s book ill-prepared me for the test. I crammed for the test as much as I could using other resources. Given time, with those other resources/other books, I would have done a lot better. The OS portion my score was expected, but not the hardware. I only had to stop and think about maybe 7 of the

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