CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902 Cert Guide, Academic Edition

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/25/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification

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In this best-of-breed full-color study guide, a leading expert helps you master

all the topics you need to know to succeed on your CompTIA 220-901 and 902

exams and move into a successful career as an IT technician. The Academic

Edition is ideal for the classroom and self study and includes bonus content

such as exam objectives table for easy navigation by chapter, a full objectives

index for each exam, and a master list of key topics, each of which give you the

page number where the objective/topic can be found.


Every feature of this book is designed to support both efficient exam preparation

and long-term mastery:


  • Includes coverage of the new performance-based questions
  • Exam Objectives Summary and Index make it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for and track what you’ve learned
  • Opening Topics Lists define the topics you’ll need to learn in each chapter, including a list of the official exam objectives covered in that chapter
  • Key Topics call attention to the information that’s most crucial to know for the exam
  • Exam Preparation Tasks include reviewing key topics, completing memory tables, defining key terms, working through scenarios, and answering review questions—all designed to help you go beyond simple facts to make sure you master concepts crucial to both passing the exam and enhancing your career
  • Key Terms defined in a complete glossary explain all the field’s essential terminology


The companion website contains access to the powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test Engine and two complete exams with access to a large library of exam-realistic questions.


This study guide helps you master all the topics on the new A+ 901 and 902 exams, including


  • Motherboards, processors, RAM, and BIOS
  • Power supplies and system cooling
  • I/O, input ports, and devices
  • Video displays and video cards
  • Customized PCs
  • Laptops, mobile and wearable devices
  • Printers
  • Storage devices including SSDs
  • Installing, using, and troubleshooting Windows, Linux, and OS X
  • Virtualization
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Operational procedures and communications methods

Author Biography

Mark Edward Soper has been working with PCs since the days of the IBM PC/XT and AT as a salesperson, technology advisor, consultant, experimenter, and technology writer and content creator. Since 1992, he has taught thousands of students across the country how to repair, manage, and troubleshoot the hardware, software, operating systems, and firmware inside their PCs. He has created many versions of his experimental computer known as “FrankenPC” for this and previous books. Mark earned his CompTIA A+ Certification in 1999 and has written five other A+ Certification books covering previous versions of the A+ Certification exams for Pearson imprints. Mark is also the creator of Building and Repairing PCs (Que Video).


Mark has contributed to many editions of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, working on the 11th through 18th and 20th through 22nd editions; co-authored Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Fifth Edition; and has written two books about digital photography, Easy Digital Cameras and The Shot Doctor: The Amateur’s Guide to Taking Great Digital Photos.


In addition, Mark has written Easy Windows 10, Easy Windows 8.1, Easy Windows 8, Easy Microsoft Windows 7, and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows 7 in 10 Minutes. He also wrote two books about Windows Vista: Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed and Unleashing Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center.


Mark has also contributed to Que’s Special Edition Using series on Windows Me, Windows XP, and Windows Vista and to Que’s Windows 7 In Depth. Mark has also created a number of hardware tutorial videos available from the OnGadgets&Hardware podcast channel at www.quepublishing.



Mark has also written many blog entries and articles for MaximumPC.com and Maximum PC magazine. He currently teaches Microsoft Office for University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Corporate College in Evansville, Indiana, and also has taught A+ Certification and other technology-related subjects at Ivy Tech Community College. See Mark’s website at www.markesoper. com for news and information about upcoming projects.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Technician Essentials and PC Anatomy 101
Chapter 2: Motherboards and Processors
Chapter 3: BIOS
Chapter 4: Power Supplies and System Cooling
Chapter 5: RAM
Chapter 6: I/O and Input Ports and Devices
Chapter 7: Video Displays and Graphics Cards
Chapter 8: Customized PCs and Multimedia Devices
Chapter 9: Laptop and Notebook Computers
Chapter 10: Mobile Devices
Chapter 11: Printers
Chapter 12: Storage Devices
Chapter 13: Installing and Upgrading Windows
Chapter 14: Using and Managing Windows
Chapter 15: Troubleshooting and Maintaining Windows
Chapter 16: Networking
Chapter 17: Security
Chapter 18: Operational Procedures and Communication Methods         

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