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How to Study for CompTIA A+ Exam (& Pass It)

April 27, 2021

A Walkthrough Guide For Passing The CompTIA A+ (220-1001 & 220-1002)

Based on personal experience and testimonials from others who successfully passed the A+ exam, there are two major sources of education/prep that will help you pass the CompTIA A+. In this guide, you will figure out the best learning material and strategy for passing the CompTIA. Without any more introduction, let's get right to it!

What is CompTIA A+ Certification?

For those who are new to the field of IT, the CompTIA A+ certification is the most basic certification you will likely need to enter the field of IT (Information Technology). This is perfect for those without college degrees or only minimal education. This certification is meant to replace and supplement your educational background. With this certification, you can expect to land entry-level IT positions ranging from:

     • IT Helpdesk

     • Desktop/Tech Support

     • IT Technician (Level 1 & 2)

How I passed the CompTIA A+ in 2 months?

If you are like me and only have a few hours a day to dedicate towards studying, you can realistically pass the exam in about 2 months, which is quite short. Also good news, I found that there are only two crucial sources of educational prep for those with no tech background. While they aren't free, they are extremely cheap compared to other courses. I recommend you use Udemy and purchase the only two courses you'll need to pass both exams.

     • Professor Messer

     • Mike Meyers

1.) Mike Meyers (Udemy Course)

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers is the most effective way for newcomers to learn the basics. He also is the most fun professor to watch and makes learning IT very entertaining. Meyers breaks down the more complicated topics into analogies that even my grandma can understand. Meyers is definitely the most fun and least-boring way to learn about IT. Here's a list of educational resource he offers:

     • Lecture Videos

     • Study Guides

Mike Meyers is the most fun and entertaining way to study IT and prepare for the CompTIA A+. I definitely recommend you check him out first so you have a good introduction to each exam topic.
You can find his courses on Udemy.

https://www.udemy.com/course/new-comptia-a-2019-certification-1001-the-total-course/

2.) Professor Messer (Free on Youtube)

Professor Messer is another one of the two best instructors for those who want to prepare for the CompTIA A+ Exam. Although he is not as fun to watch as Meyers, he goes more in depth towards each topic. This is a good option for those who already have a foundational knowledge of computers. Below are some of his many educational resources he offers.

     • Lecture Videos

     • Exam Notes

     • Quizzes

     • Study Guides

Professor Messer is the most in-depth way to study IT and prepare for the CompTIA A+. I recommend you check him out after Mike Meyers.
You can find his free lectures & courses on Youtube or his Website linked below:

https://www.professormesser.com/

Prepared for Exam in 2 Months

Whether you are a beginner or already have some basic knowledge on the topic, I believe anyone can ace the tests in as little as 2 months.

Starting off, I recommend you start with Mike Meyers to get you through the basics and introduce yourself to each topic on the test. This will get you familiar with the terms, concepts, and general expectations.

After finishing Meyers' videos, you should then review the topics by watching Professor Messer's videos and quizzing yourself using his practice testing material. By then, you should be 95% ready to take the test. The rest is all practice and iteration.

Scheduling a CompTIA test

The testing fee is about $232 per test last I checked, however if you have or know someone with a student email, you can purchase a voucher for around $100. That is quite the deal.