CompTIA A+ Essentials Trivia Quiz For It Technician!

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This Trivia quiz on CompTIA A+ IT technician has been created to test whether you are completely prepared for the real exam. This test will help you pass by familiarizing you with the material and the ensuring that you know the structure of the CompTIA A+ Essentials format. Questions are based on networking, hardware and software. Read the questions carefully and answer. So, let's try out the quiz. Good Luck!


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  • 1. 
    Which of the following ports will support surround sound?
    • A. 

      DB-25

    • B. 

      S/PDIF

    • C. 

      Firewire

    • D. 

      DB-15

    • E. 

      USB 2.0

  • 2. 
    On a Windows XP system, which of the following commands will provide you with information on the route your packets take on the way to a destination host?
    • A. 

      IPConfig /Hostname

    • B. 

      Ping Hostname

    • C. 

      NSLookup Hostname

    • D. 

      Tracert Hostname

  • 3. 
    What is the single biggest reason for the technological advancements of the Video Card?
    • A. 

      The advent of Adobe Photoshop

    • B. 

      Digital Photography

    • C. 

      CAD

    • D. 

      Windows XP and WIndows Vista

    • E. 

      Video Games

  • 4. 
    Which of these components of a laser printer might be at fault if your pages are getting stuck to the photosensitive drum and will not come out?
    • A. 

      The Fuser Assembly

    • B. 

      The Primary Corona

    • C. 

      The Static Charge Eliminator

    • D. 

      The Conditioning Unit

  • 5. 
    A customer is explaining her computer issue when you receive a message on your beeper from your boss. What should you do?
    • A. 

      Listen to her full explanation, go over some quick possibilities, then inform her that you must make a quick call to your boss, and you will step out of her office.

    • B. 

      Listen to her full explanation, go over some quick possibilities, then inform her that you must make a quick call to your boss, and quickly dial him up on her phone.

    • C. 

      Listen to her then tell her you need to make a quick call, and dialing up your boss on your cell phone in the office.

    • D. 

      Interrupt her immediately, and inform her that you regret it but must make a quick call to your boss.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following units may cause serious injury or even death to an unwary technician even when unplugged? (Choose 2)
    • A. 

      A CRT

    • B. 

      A Motherboard

    • C. 

      A SCSI Adapter Card

    • D. 

      A Laser Printer

    • E. 

      A Multimeter

  • 7. 
    Why would one ever want to use a infrared port for networking?
    • A. 

      Fast and reliable transfer of files over long distances

    • B. 

      Secure transfer of files

    • C. 

      Easy transfer of small files over a short distance

    • D. 

      Transfer of OS patches from an application server closet to workstations down the hall

    • E. 

      To transfer files without a risk of data interception

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is a big reason why plasma screens are not used on desktop units?
    • A. 

      They provide too low of a resolution for most applications.

    • B. 

      They produce a lot of glare when viewed from close-up.

    • C. 

      They are very prone to burn-ins.

    • D. 

      They are not compatible with HD signals.

    • E. 

      They conflict with most Video Cards.

  • 9. 
    It is generally safe to assume that the ground of a power outlet is indeed grounded, because the building would not have passed inspection with out it.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    What is a major disadvantage to the bus network topology?
    • A. 

      There is zero network fault tolerance

    • B. 

      Traffic on a bus is not routable

    • C. 

      CSMA/CD has too little overhead

    • D. 

      Only 10 users can simultaneously use any one segment

  • 11. 
    If you want to speed up your system, which of the following components typically will provide the most noticeable difference?
    • A. 

      A CPU with a faster clock rate

    • B. 

      Formatting a HDD with NTFS

    • C. 

      Creating smaller partition sizes on your HDD

    • D. 

      Upgrading all drivers and flashing your BIOS

    • E. 

      Installing more RAM

  • 12. 
    When troubleshooting a non responsive network printer, which of the following choices represents the best thing to check first.
    • A. 

      The Printer BIOS

    • B. 

      The Printer Drivers

    • C. 

      The Print Server Configuration

    • D. 

      The Print Spooler

    • E. 

      The Platten Assembly

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is a major flaw with peer-to-peer networking?
    • A. 

      There is too much overhead on the network

    • B. 

      Security is decentralized and networks are hard to maintain

    • C. 

      Workgroups don't support Access Control Lists on NTFS drives

    • D. 

      There is no security for shares in a workgroup

  • 14. 
    Which of the following technologies supplies data to the CPU the fastest?
    • A. 

      An SATA HDD

    • B. 

      L1 Cache

    • C. 

      L2 Cache

    • D. 

      DDR SDRAM

    • E. 

      A 40x CD-RW

  • 15. 
    The more circuits that are added to a CPU: (Choose 2)
    • A. 

      The more wattage the CPU will use

    • B. 

      The more voltage the CPU will use

    • C. 

      The more powerful a CPU will become

    • D. 

      The more L3 Cache a CPU will require

  • 16. 
    Which of the following network protocols must you install on a Windows Client to Access a Novell Netware 6.0 Server?
    • A. 

      IPX/SPX

    • B. 

      NetBEUI

    • C. 

      TCP/IP

    • D. 

      NWLink

  • 17. 
    Which of the following CPU makers has implemented a Land Grid Array (LGA) package?
    • A. 

      AMD

    • B. 

      Pentium

    • C. 

      Cyrix

    • D. 

      NVidia

  • 18. 
    List, in the correct order, the layers of the OSI Model.
    • A. 

      Physical, Data-Link, Transfer, Network, Session, Presentation, Application

    • B. 

      Physical, Data-Link, Transfer, Network, Presentation, Session, Application

    • C. 

      Physical, Data-Link, Network, Transfer, Session, Presentation, Application

    • D. 

      Physical, Transfer, Data-Link, Network, Session, Presentation, Application

    • E. 

      Physical, Network, Data-Link, Transfer, Session, Presentation, Application

  • 19. 
    How does DDR2 RAM make drastic speed increases over previous technologies?
    • A. 

      By Increasing internal or core speeds

    • B. 

      By Double pumping the FSB

    • C. 

      By Quad Pumping the FSB

    • D. 

      By Increasing the I/O Circuitry Speeds

    • E. 

      By enhanced paging, or virtual memory technology

  • 20. 
    In which of these situations is ESD a major threat to hardware integrity? (Choose the best 2)
    • A. 

      Cleaning the screen of a CRT

    • B. 

      Installing new RAM

    • C. 

      Replacing a CPU's fan and heat sink

    • D. 

      Swapping out a DVD +R

    • E. 

      Unplugging a Soft Power switch

  • 21. 
    Which of the following 802.11 Standards are compatible?
    • A. 

      802.11a and 802.11b

    • B. 

      802.11a and 802.11g

    • C. 

      802. 11b and 802.11g

    • D. 

      802.11g and 802.11f

  • 22. 
    What is the safest way to ensure proper functionality when installing new RAM? (Choose all that apply)
    • A. 

      Always use the latest technology

    • B. 

      Ensure that your Motherboard supports the RAM

    • C. 

      Make sure your RAM is of the same quality

    • D. 

      Make sure each unit is of the same speed

    • E. 

      Make sure each unit holds the same amount of data

  • 23. 
    Which of the following is most valuable to an IT department and the hardest to replace?
    • A. 

      System boards

    • B. 

      Windows OS CD's

    • C. 

      Site Licenses

    • D. 

      User Data

    • E. 

      Event Logs

  • 24. 
    Which of the following would be considered a consumable of a dot-matrix printer? (Choose 2)
    • A. 

      Ink Cartridge

    • B. 

      Toner Cartridge

    • C. 

      Ribbon

    • D. 

      Platen assembly

    • E. 

      Paper

  • 25. 
    Which of the following represents the biggest security breach?
    • A. 

      Forgetting your username/password

    • B. 

      Keeping your account locked out for several days

    • C. 

      Leaving files encrypted permanently because you changed your password

    • D. 

      Writing your password down so as never to forget it

    • E. 

      Accidentally blocking extra ports on your firewall

  • 26. 
    A User has accidentally plugged a molex connection to his IDE HDD in backwards! Consequently his PC is now on fire. Which of the following extinguisher ratings is safe to use to put out that fire?
    • A. 

      Class A

    • B. 

      Class B

    • C. 

      Class C

    • D. 

      Class D

  • 27. 
    Which of the following is a Transport-layer protocol?
    • A. 

      IP

    • B. 

      DNS

    • C. 

      TCP

    • D. 

      Telnet

    • E. 

      FTP

  • 28. 
    What is the purpose of a MAC address?
    • A. 

      To provide each NIC with a unique identifier for access at the physical level of a network.

    • B. 

      To provide each NIC with a unique identifier for access at the data-link level of a network.

    • C. 

      To provide each NIC with the same identifier for access at the physical level of a network.

    • D. 

      To provide each NIC with the same identifier for access at the data-link level of a network.

  • 29. 
    Which of the following protocols is secure?
    • A. 

      HTTP

    • B. 

      HTTPS

    • C. 

      FTP

    • D. 

      Telnet

  • 30. 
    Why would you want to consider cleaning your Laser Printer outdoors?
    • A. 

      There is less chance of ESD outside

    • B. 

      Laser printers can benefit from some occasional direct sunlight

    • C. 

      Toner gets everywhere when cleaned with condensed air

    • D. 

      The noise from your dry/wet Vacuum is less invasive to clients

    • E. 

      Wind power can be used to clean toner

  • 31. 
    What represents a physical threat to network servers?
    • A. 

      Unblocked Ports on a Firewall

    • B. 

      Buffer overflow bugs in the OS

    • C. 

      Unlocked Server Closet

    • D. 

      Non-Authoritative Directory Service restores

  • 32. 
    Your boss calls to tell you that as of today all of the company's WAPs must be made as secure as can be. Which of these steps would you take on each WAP? (Choose all that apply)
    • A. 

      Upgrade to WEP encryption

    • B. 

      Upgrade to WPA2 encryption

    • C. 

      Disable the SSID broadcasts

    • D. 

      Use the Default SSID

    • E. 

      Use MAC filtering

  • 33. 
    What advantage does Bluetooth have over Infrared technology?
    • A. 

      It boasts the exact same specifications of IR

    • B. 

      It has a faster data rate

    • C. 

      It is an older more supported technology

    • D. 

      It is easier to configure and use

  • 34. 
    Which of the following operating systems would most likely be installed on a slate PC?
    • A. 

      Windows 2000 Professional

    • B. 

      Windows XP Media Center

    • C. 

      Windows Tablet PC Edition

    • D. 

      Windows CE

    • E. 

      Windows Vista

  • 35. 
    What happens to the bandwidth and power usage of a USB Hub when you install new USB devices?
    • A. 

      Bandwidth goes down, Power usage goes down

    • B. 

      Bandwidth goes down, Power usage goes up

    • C. 

      Bandwidth goes up, Power usage goes down

    • D. 

      Bandwidth goes up, Power usage goes up

    • E. 

      Nothing, these remain constant regardless of how many devices are plugged in

  • 36. 
    Your Hard Drive has recently been partitioned, reformatted, and equipped with a new version of Windows. You wish that all of the free space remaining on the drive could be wiped of any data remnants from the previous installation. Sadly this is not possible and one must simply learn to secure your hard drive.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 37. 
    Which of these describes the definition of a thread?
    • A. 

      One chunk of data

    • B. 

      The smallest useable block on a hard drive

    • C. 

      Portions of processes than can be run by the CPU

    • D. 

      The largest amount of data the RAM can output at any one time

    • E. 

      What seems to be holding your Pentium Pro machine together to this day

  • 38. 
    Sally, a user in Human Resources complains that her user logon isn't allowing her to access her PC. Upon checking the account in Active Directory you see that she has been locked out for a week. The Director of HR has told you that this is not necessary and is not allowing her staff to remain productive. Which tool should you use to change the account lockout duration?
    • A. 

      Local Security Policy on your Help Desk PC

    • B. 

      The Group Policy Object that is applied to Sally's Group

    • C. 

      Local Security Policy on Sally's PC

    • D. 

      The Group Policy Object that is applied to all user's of the domain

    • E. 

      Force a registry patch directly to Sally's Machine

  • 39. 
    You recently discover that your e-mail server is being flooded by Spam from multiple sources. You suspect some users may not be aware of what their actions on the internet are doing to the network. You decide to send out a memo; which of these precautions should be urged to help eliminate some of the spam.
    • A. 

      Tell users to install a toolbar such a Google's or Yahoo's

    • B. 

      Tell users to never give out their company e-mail ID unless it is for/with company clientele or associates.

    • C. 

      Tell users to never go outside the company intranet

    • D. 

      Tell users that the IT department is watching their every move

    • E. 

      Tell users to use their e-mail program sparingly

  • 40. 
    Which of the following is a major reason why FDD's are finally becoming obsolete?
    • A. 

      They are not portable

    • B. 

      They are not suitable for all Platforms

    • C. 

      The Advent of Infrared data ports

    • D. 

      The liftoff of portable flash ROM technology

  • 41. 
    Which utility could you use to tell your computer to boot off of a CD?
    • A. 

      Windows Recovery Console

    • B. 

      Windows Safe Mode

    • C. 

      CMOS Setup

    • D. 

      Your PC manufacturers diagnostic utility

    • E. 

      Windows Last Known Good Configuration

  • 42. 
    Which format is required by a BIOS to recognize a bootable CD?
    • A. 

      CSMA/CD

    • B. 

      CDFS

    • C. 

      ISO

    • D. 

      NTFS

    • E. 

      Bootable HPFS

  • 43. 
    Which resource can you check to find out the acceptable disposal procedures for hazardous materials around the office?
    • A. 

      The OSHA website

    • B. 

      The BBB website

    • C. 

      An MSDS

    • D. 

      Call Misdig

    • E. 

      Call your senator

  • 44. 
    Which of the following has the fastest real world data rate?
    • A. 

      USB 1.1

    • B. 

      USB 2.0

    • C. 

      Firewire 400

  • 45. 
    Which of these situations might require the involvement of your supervisor? (Choose 2)
    • A. 

      A customer who is unhappy with the way their computer is running.

    • B. 

      A customer who is being disrespectful or profane.

    • C. 

      A customer who refuses to listen to you or insists you are not going to help them.

    • D. 

      A customer who has downloaded a virus on to their PC.

    • E. 

      A customer who keeps getting disconnected from the support desk.

  • 46. 
    Which of the following recovery console commands will allow you to view all installed services?
    • A. 

      -ls

    • B. 

      Listsvc

    • C. 

      System root

    • D. 

      Enable

    • E. 

      Services

  • 47. 
    Which of these battery types boasts long battery lives with no memory effect?
    • A. 

      NI-Cd

    • B. 

      NI-Mh

    • C. 

      LI-ION

    • D. 

      Cd - Ion

  • 48. 
    Which of these Windows components will allow you to monitor security access items?
    • A. 

      COM+

    • B. 

      Event Viewer

    • C. 

      Performance logs and alerts

    • D. 

      System Information

  • 49. 
    Which of these IP addresses belongs to a Class C Subnet?
    • A. 

      10.20.11.92

    • B. 

      102.111.48.22

    • C. 

      197.89.12.10

    • D. 

      144.190.78.62

  • 50. 
    Which of these integrated components is capable of storing an electric charge?
    • A. 

      Integrated Circuit

    • B. 

      Transistor

    • C. 

      Resistor

    • D. 

      Capacitor

    • E. 

      An electric switch

  • 51. 
    DHCP stands for:
    • A. 

      Dynamic Hostname Control Protocol

    • B. 

      Dynamic Host Configuration Process

    • C. 

      Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

    • D. 

      Dynamic Hosting Capabilities Program

  • 52. 
    When working in a dry cool room while inside a PC, you should take special precaution to:
    • A. 

      Not get the board too hot while running it

    • B. 

      Not allow transfers of ESD

    • C. 

      Not unplug cables or boards to quickly

    • D. 

      Not let anyone else too close to the system chassis

  • 53. 
    Which of these Windows Utilities allows a user to reset their password without losing keys to valuable encrypted user documents?
    • A. 

      The Recovery Console|listsvc

    • B. 

      Go to Safe Mode|log in as an Administrator|Go to user accounts|Change User Password

    • C. 

      A Password Reset Disk

    • D. 

      A Startup Diskette

  • 54. 
    CSMA/CD is a method of doing what on an ethernet network?
    • A. 

      Detecting Buffer Overrun Errors

    • B. 

      Determining the Time to Live attributes of DNS requests

    • C. 

      Detecting Bi-Directional Signals

    • D. 

      Detecting Data Collisions

    • E. 

      Assigning IP addresses to requesting nodes

  • 55. 
    Which portion of the web address: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads represents the top level domain?
    • A. 

      Www

    • B. 

      Microsoft

    • C. 

      Com

    • D. 

      Downloads

  • 56. 
    Which of the following TCP/IP protocols is absolutely crucial in the running of Microsoft Windows 2003 Active Directory?
    • A. 

      DNS

    • B. 

      DHCP

    • C. 

      WINS

    • D. 

      SSL

    • E. 

      Html

  • 57. 
    Why is it important to listen to the user, and let them finish their explanations when troubleshooting computer problems over the phone?
    • A. 

      They are always correct

    • B. 

      They typically know most of the problems that can face their PC

    • C. 

      They may be system administrators

    • D. 

      They are your eyes and ears, and every little detail may provide clues to the answer they seek

    • E. 

      They may report you if you are rude

  • 58. 
    In which of the following situations would you want to degauss a Cathode Ray Tube?
    • A. 

      When the horizontal sync must be reset

    • B. 

      When the vertical sync must be reset

    • C. 

      When the shadow mask is producing discoloration

    • D. 

      When the frame rate has gone too high

  • 59. 
    Which of the following batteries could explode if over-charged?
    • A. 

      Ni-CD

    • B. 

      AAA

    • C. 

      NI-MH

    • D. 

      LI-ION

    • E. 

      UPS battery units

  • 60. 
    Which kind of backup is to be performed if your supervisor tells you to back up only the changes from yesterday's copy?
    • A. 

      A differential backup

    • B. 

      An Incremental Backup

    • C. 

      A Copy

    • D. 

      A Normal Backup

    • E. 

      A Volume Shadow Copy

  • 61. 
    Which of the following utilities should you use to search through Windows 2000 configuration information?
    • A. 

      The System Event Viewer Log

    • B. 

      Winipcfg

    • C. 

      Regedit

    • D. 

      Regedt32

    • E. 

      Regedit32

  • 62. 
    Which type of fiber optic light signal is suited for travel over long distances?
    • A. 

      LED

    • B. 

      Infrared

    • C. 

      Ultraviolet

    • D. 

      Semiconductor laser