CompTIA A+ 220-901 (Practice Test)

CompTIA A+ 220-901 covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues. The official exam objectives are 1.0 hardware, 2.0 networking, 3.0 mobile devices and 4.0 hardware & network troubleshooting. Passing both the 220-901 and 220-902 exams are required for the CompTIA A+ certification.

  • Questions: 20
  • Time: 60 seconds per question (0 hours, 20 minutes, 0 seconds)
  • Included Objectives:
    • Hardware
    • Networking
    • Mobile Devices
    • Hardware and Network Troubleshooting

A 64-bit CPU can be used either with a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

  • False
  • True

What is the name of the reversible connector used by Apple mobile handheld devices?

  • Thunderbolt v3
  • Micro-USB
  • Thunderbolt
  • Lightning

What is the name used for the bus between the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and the northbridge?

  • Front-side bus (FSB)
  • I/O Controller Hub (ICH)
  • Universal Serial Bus (USB)
  • Back-side bus (BSB)

You are building a new, high performance personal desktop PC and are deciding on a motherboard. Not considering overclock-ability, to maximize performance and future capacity to upgrade, you should choose a motherboard with the following supported RAM slots:


Which of the following connector types would not be used as an internal PC component?

  • BNC
  • SATA
  • PATA
  • Molex

Which component can you install to link a computer to the network cable system?

  • NIC
  • PCI
  • USB port
  • Serial port

Your supervisor decides he wants to transition the office from a fiber connection to a satellite connection. The office relies on the connection for VoIP, email and cloud storage. You find that the prices for satellite connections are cheaper. Why would you advise against this change?

  • Encryption is not available over satellite connections this could be a compliance/security issue
  • The latency from the satellite connection would adversely impact VoIP
  • This would likely require re-wiring the whole network, outweighing any cost savings
  • You don't, saving money and no performance change is a great idea

Your company is planning on issuing all management employees an iPhone 6S and an iPad pro. All of the work stations in the office have USB ports; what type of cable is needed to connect these new devices to their work station?

  • USB to USB C cable
  • USB to MicroUSB cable
  • USB to USB mini cable
  • USB to Lightning cable

One of your users travels often for work, utilizing their laptop as their main device. When in the office they desire more full functionality such as using additional monitors, a full-sized keyboard and a conventional mouse. Which of the following would best allow the user to have these things?

  • Cords to plug these devices into the laptop.
  • A larger laptop.
  • A separate Desktop PC for in-office use.
  • A docking station.

You have been tasked by the Network Team to assign a server a new static IP address. You are receiving an error when attempting to apply the IP with a subnet mask of What is the issue causing the error?

  • There is not enough information provided to determine the problem
  • The DHCP server isn't assigning an IP address, so it has generated an APIPA address
  • The IP address is invalid
  • 172 is a class bravo IP but the subnet is class alpha

Laptops use a form of PCI slot similar to desktop PC's. These smaller form-factor slots are called:

  • macroPCI
  • shortPCI
  • miniPCI
  • microPCI

Your supervisor has given you a replacement inked ribbon to install into a printer. What type of printer is this replacement for?

  • Thermal
  • Laser
  • Impact
  • InkJet

You have been assigned to configure a new enterprise wireless router for your employer's network. Which of the following settings should be changed first?

  • Configure encryption
  • Manufacturer password
  • Default SSID
  • MAC address filters

What is the purpose of the No-eXecute (NX bit) technology used in Intel CPUs?

  • Parity checks
  • Data backup
  • Malware protection
  • Biometric authentication

Which of the following ports belongs to a standard protocol used to query data from an Active Directory server?

  • 143
  • 443
  • 389
  • 23

When installing a new CPU or cleaning a computer case as part of regular maintenance, where is thermal compound applied?

  • Between the fan and the heat sink fins.
  • Inside each heat sink mounting point on the motherboard.
  • Between the CPU and heat sink.
  • Between the CPU and the socket.

A type of Central Processing Unit (CPU) architecture where a single physical CPU contains more than one execution core on a single die or chip is known as:

  • Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP)
  • Parallel processing
  • Hyperthreading (HTT)
  • Multicore

You are called to look at a co-workers computer. It is not powering on, no fans start, there is no sound, and no lights turn on when the power button is pushed. What should you do first?

  • Check the boot sequence in the BIOS/UEFI
  • Replace the power supply
  • Replace the CMOS battery
  • Check the power cable

Which option is a feature of cabling that uses an RJ-11 connector?

  • Used with Coaxial cabling
  • Copper based cabling
  • 8 wires making 4 twisted pairs
  • Fiber-optic based cabling

You are in charge of purchasing new computers for the office, they need to "boot fast and store large video files for editing, don't blow your budget either." The systems only have room for one type of storage device and one type of optical device. What is the best drive to meet these requirements?

  • SSD
  • Tape Drive
  • HDD
  • Hybrid Drive