Hardware & Software Fundamentals
A+ 220-1101 & 1102
This course prepares you for the workplace by introducing you to the basics of hardware, operating systems, troubleshooting, networking and more. We designed this A+ course with two primary goals: to help you excel in your career and to prepare you for the necessary certification exams. Equipped with our text lessons, videos, assessments and virtual labs you can better prepare yourself for challenges you may encounter in the workplace as an IT professional.
In the IT industry there are often multiple ways to reach a solution. That’s why we provide advanced simulated labs (for the hardware portion of the course) and virtual labs (for the software portion) that allow you to make decisions and solve problems in a variety of ways. These labs give you an opportunity to make mistakes and see how your actions affect a real system, just like it would on the job.
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Not only does the visual and hands-on learning improve your ability to learn and retain information, it also provides you with experience that helps you excel in your career. Many other A+ courses offer labs that only have one solution. At Ascend Education, we understand that there’s more than one way to achieve results. Our course’s advanced design allows you to make decisions and solve problems the same way you would on the job. Obtain the knowledge you need to excel in your IT career with this all-inclusive A+ course.
An A+ certification proves base-line competence as an IT professional. Our A+ course helps prepare those pursuing certification to take the CompTIA A+ 1101 and 1102 certification exams. This course will prepare you to pass the A+ exam with a high degree of confidence on the first try. A+ is the entry level IT certification industry-standard, with more than 1 million certification tests administered. One of the fundamental DoD certifications, A+ is taught at thousands of colleges and Universities across the country and throughout the world. Individuals who want an A+ certification are required to pass two exams: Core 1 (1101) and Core 2 (1102). Those with this certification can qualify for several different jobs including, technical support specialist, field service technician, associate network engineer, data support technician, desktop support administrator, and many more.
Virtual labs give you experience practicing and implementing the skills you’ll learn about in this A+ course. These labs run on real hardware that enable you to develop the hands-on hardware and operating system skills required to work in the IT industry. Within the sandbox environment, you can make mistakes and see how their actions affect a real system. This is different from a simulated lab where participants are led through a simulated environment that has only one solution and a single path to accomplish a given task. Your access to a complete software and hardware resource helps you fully engage in discovery, solution finding, and problem solving. You will be able to earn your A+ certification or final grade with a truly hands-on approach that prepares you for the workforce.
Written by leading industry experts, our online A+ text material is designed to replace your textbook. The detailed text lessons cover all the crucial topics necessary for you to pass the A+ certification exams and gain the computer hardware and operating systems knowledge needed in order to advance in your career. The written content (along with all other course material) is delivered on a professionally designed LMS that automatically tracks your progress as you complete a given section.
Ascend Education’s videos are engaging and present the most current content available in computer hardware and operating systems training. The format of our videos was designed by expert instructional designers in order to increase learning absorption; studies have shown that instructional videos that are less than 6 minutes in length result in improved learning.
The video content for this course includes definitions, examples, comparisons, an overview of difficult topics found in the text and thorough demonstrations of what is covered in the material. This format enhances your learning experience and retention, preparing you for your A+ certification exams and challenges that you may encounter on the job.
This A+ course includes practice quizzes and a final exam prepared by industry experts. Practice quiz questions are found in each section of the course and will help you know which areas you are understanding well, and which areas you may need to work on before taking their final exam.
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Our number one priority is helping you excel in your IT career. Purchase access to our full A+ course curriculum and try all the features. If within 30 days (and less than 10 hours spent in the course) you’re not satisfied with the course, reach out to us to request a full refund. Whether you’re looking for technical assistance, access to a different course, or simply have a question – whatever the problem, Ascend Education is here to provide a courseware solution.