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CompTIA A+ Core 2 (220-1002) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

Is CompTIA A+ Core 1 or Core 2 harder?

It’s hard to say whether CompTIA A+ Core 1 or Core 2 is harder. The A+ Core 1 focuses on network and system hardware configuration, while CompTIA A+ Core 2 focuses on operating systems and software. If you have no experience managing software and operating systems through the command line, you might find Core 2 harder. On the other hand, if you don’t know anything about cabling or routers, you might find Core 1 harder.

Is the CompTIA A+ Core 2 worth it?

Yes, the CompTIA A+ Core 2 is worth it. The A+ Core 2 is one half of the entire A+ certification, and while the A+ itself is worth it, the A+ Core 2 alone is also definitely worth it. A+ Core 2 is worth it because it focuses on configuring operating systems, dealing with security concerns and troubleshooting and managing software. The A+ Core 2 is especially worth it for new IT professionals who need to prove their knowledge managing the software that makes computers and networks function properly.

How much does CompTIA A+ Core 2 cost?

The CompTIA A+ Core 2 costs $232. Both halves of the A+ -- Core 2 and Core 1 -- cost $232 each, which means the total cost of the CompTIA A+ is $464. You can take Core 2 without taking Core 1, but you won’t earn the A+ without both. Although the cost of CompTIA A+ Core 2 is $232, you shouldn’t attempt the exam if you’re not prepared, so you might want to add the cost of a training course to that.

Is the CompTIA A+ Core 2 difficult?

The CompTIA A+ Core 2 is difficult if you’re not prepared for it. If you have a few years of experience installing and configuring operating systems and troubleshooting basic software issues, the CompTIA A+ Core 2 will be pretty easy. The CompTIA A+ Core 2 exam can be difficult because it doesn’t focus on one software provider -- it’s vendor-agnostic. So if you only know one operating system, you might not find the A+ Core 2 easy.

Does the CompTIA A+ Core 2 expire?

The CompTIA A+ Core 2 itself doesn’t expire, but the overall certification it applies to, the A+, does. The CompTIA A+ certification expires three years after you pass the test that earns it for you. You can complete continuing education from CompTIA, retake the exam or earn a higher certification during those three years to recertify before the CompTIA A+ Core 2 expires.
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