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Passing Score for A+

Passing Score for A+

I have practice questions that do not have the CompTIA scale---only percentage of correct answers. I understand it is on a scale of 100-900, and 550 is passing. On this scale, does that mean 500=50%, so 550=55%? Or is 450=50%, so 550=61% ? In other words, is it equivalent to an 800 total point scale, or a 900 total point scale with an automatic 100 points? On a true 800 point scale, 550=69%.

RE: Passing Score for A+

CompTIA keeps it vague on purpose. Some psychometric voodoo.  Don't concern yourself with "how many can I miss?"  Strive for 100%.

I know if you miss them all you get a 100.  

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RE: Passing Score for A+

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I understand it is on a scale of 100-900, and 550 is passing.

The CompTIA A+ upgraded exams covering the 2003 objectives are graded on a scale of 100 – 900. The minimum score for the CompTIA A+ Core Hardware exam is 515 and the minimum score for the CompTIA A+ OS exam is 505.

This is not to dispute the psychometric voodoo, but rather to correct the passing score of 550.

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RE: Passing Score for A+

I was just wondering because the Network+ practice software I bought does have a scale, and I scored a bit above passing each time I took it. The amount of ?'s required to pass seems to be around 65%. This does not seem like a very high standard, but I'm comparing it to Canon and Cisco certs. I need to pass A+ and N+ for this job I'm going for. I do understand most of the concepts, and I'm a CCNA (believe me--you MUST understand OSI layer and general networking concepts to pass that one!), but it seems there's simply a lot of memorization. Before the past 2 years, I haven't done anything with computers since I owned a Commodore 64 and was programming in BASIC. I miss that!

RE: Passing Score for A+

Most certification exams seem to be on a sliding scale, so not all questions count the same amount of points.. Just remember the Passing score will always be 1 more then you study for if you study to make anything less then 100%

RE: Passing Score for A+

Already passed the hardware with a 683---I plan to take the OS next week. Thanks for all the feedback. After that, I think I will begin down the MCSA path. Hopefully SOMEBODY will look at my resume with a CCNA, CompTIA Network+, A+, and MCP/MCSA certs.

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I suspect that you already have enough certs to get somebody to look at your resume, but more can't hurt.

Unless you have no experience in the field whatsoever, but that really only limits the starting positions that you'll be able to get. Once you've got some experience in the field, those certs will fill out your resume nicely.

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RE: Passing Score for A+

I only have the CCNA, Net+ and 1/2 of the A+ with very little experience---I fix copiers, which involves a certain amount of connectivity. I've built plenty of computers, though...

RE: Passing Score for A+

We seem to be in the same boat, I came around today as today I took the 220-301.I could not believe that we have the exact same certs. I too have my CCNA,I also have the Network+.

Today when I took the A+ hardware and passed with a 629. Lower than I hoped for, but a pass nonetheless. I am planning as well for the OS 220-302 next week.
I would suggest trying to find a level 1 help desk position anywhere to get your foot in the door.

I currenlty work as a Level 2 help desk but I feel that my CCNA and computer networking degree is wasting.I have no networking experience. I look everyday for an entry level network position. Experience is a must. Try to get some anywhere you can. Best of Luck to you.I will let you know when I take the 302.


RE: Passing Score for A+

It seems that with what I have seen and all of the contacts I have been able to acquire through going and fixing copiers the Microsoft networking certs are what people are looking for. Hardware networking (firewalls, routers, switches, etc.) seem to be more fitting at an ISP sort of place, and the server and workstation networking solutions and implementations are everywhere else, like how to update the entire system through a server, redundancy (it would be great if RAID worked as worry-free as the Spanning-Tree Protocol), keep Sue from reading Johnnie's email, etc. That's why I am going for the MCSA/MCSE next, first concentrating on security (maybe Security+ and/or Cisco PIX Firewall and Concentrator classes). I plan to start my own networking business for the home and small business owner, so that they would not have to rely on a huge conglomerate that may provide mediocre non-personable service that would cost a fortune. Well, I've said a mouthful!

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