CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam Practice Test

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A Plus Essential Quizzes & Trivia

The following practice questions are taken from CompTIA A+ 2006 In-Depth book by Jean Andrews. I have set the pass rate to which you must score above 75% to pass, this is done to better help you prepare for the real exams. So, without any further ado, let's get started.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following accurately reflects the purpose of secondary storage?
    • A. 

      Secondary storage is used for permanent storage.

    • B. 

      Secondary storage holds data during processing.

    • C. 

      Secondary storage holds instructions during processing.

    • D. 

      Secondary storage is located inside the case.

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is true about RAM?
    • A. 

      RAM stands for read only memory.

    • B. 

      RAM is non-volatile.

    • C. 

      RAM can be installed in banks of several chips on a small board that plugs into the motherboard.

    • D. 

      RAM refers to software that can be purchased and loaded onto a computer.

  • 3. 
    The windows operating system uses which of the following to keep hardware and software configuration information, user preferences, and application settings that are used when the Os is first being loaded?
    • A. 

      Kernel

    • B. 

      Registry

    • C. 

      Shell

    • D. 

      Hard drive

  • 4. 
    The file extension identifies which of the following?
    • A. 

      File type

    • B. 

      Subdirectory to the root directory

    • C. 

      Folder

    • D. 

      Root directory

  • 5. 
    CPU's operate in how many different modes?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is the primary Windows tool that can be used when solving problems with hardware?
    • A. 

      System properties

    • B. 

      Windows explorer

    • C. 

      File attributes

    • D. 

      Device manager

  • 7. 
    Which of the following steps can be used to manually discharge a monitor?
    • A. 

      Vacuum the dust

    • B. 

      Unplug the monitor

    • C. 

      Use a monitor cleaner on the screen

    • D. 

      Use a high voltage probe with the monitor case open

  • 8. 
    Which of the following best describes an upset failure caused by ESD?
    • A. 

      Upset failures are easy to detect.

    • B. 

      The failure destroys the component beyond use.

    • C. 

      The damage component may continue to function, but it deos not perform well.

    • D. 

      An upset failure prevents the computer from booting.

  • 9. 
    Which memory address is always assigned to the first instruction in the ROM BIOS startup program?
    • A. 

      000000

    • B. 

      000001

    • C. 

      FFFF0H

    • D. 

      FFFFFF

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is the first question to answer in troubleshooting a pc problem?
    • A. 

      Is the problem related to reading from the hard drive.

    • B. 

      Does the pc boot to the windows desktop with no errors.

    • C. 

      Is the screen blank.

    • D. 

      Can you hear a single beep during the boot.

  • 11. 
    Which of the following is the latest from factor?
    • A. 

      Nlx

    • B. 

      Atx

    • C. 

      Btx

    • D. 

      Baby at

  • 12. 
    Which of the following is a reason that a riser card is used with the nlx form factor?
    • A. 

      Fewer cables are needed.

    • B. 

      It reduces heat with better airflow.

    • C. 

      It allows for a smaller case.

    • D. 

      It can remove the motherboard without using tools.

  • 13. 
    Motherboards that support the PCI express and have the 24 pin P1 connector are sometimes called________________boards?
    • A. 

      Atx

    • B. 

      Baby atx

    • C. 

      Full at

    • D. 

      Enhanced atx

  • 14. 
    When replacing a damaged motherboard with a good one, you should first test the?
    • A. 

      Bios

    • B. 

      Cmos settings

    • C. 

      Power supply

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 15. 
    What is the best way when working inside a computer to protect against ESD? (choose 2)
    • A. 

      Grounding mat

    • B. 

      Touch chassis before touching components

    • C. 

      Esd wrist strap

    • D. 

      Unplug all power cords

  • 16. 
    Which of the following terms refers to the largest number of bits the processor can process in one operation?
    • A. 

      Data path

    • B. 

      Overclocking

    • C. 

      Word size

    • D. 

      Throttle

  • 17. 
    Which of the following is the memory cache on the processor chip?
    • A. 

      Level 2

    • B. 

      Primary

    • C. 

      Secondary

    • D. 

      DRAM

  • 18. 
    Which of the following best describes a PGA socket?
    • A. 

      The pins are staggered over the socket.

    • B. 

      The socket uses lands.

    • C. 

      It's a cartridge for a processor that lays flat.

    • D. 

      The pins are aligned in uniform rows around the socket.

  • 19. 
    All I/O devices, except display and memory, connect to the hub by using which of the following?
    • A. 

      South bridge

    • B. 

      PCI bus

    • C. 

      Accelerated Hub Architecture

    • D. 

      North bridge

  • 20. 
    A cooler is a combination of a cooling fan and which of the following?
    • A. 

      Riser card

    • B. 

      Heat sink

    • C. 

      Resistor

    • D. 

      Housing

  • 21. 
    The BTX form factor has up to home many expansion slots?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      7

    • D. 

      10

  • 22. 
    The PCI Express bus currently comes in how many different slot sizes?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 23. 
    Where is the CMOS RAM typically located?
    • A. 

      On a RAM (RTC/NVRAM) chip.

    • B. 

      On a floppy drive.

    • C. 

      On a CD.

    • D. 

      On an external storage.

  • 24. 
    Which of the following statements best describes how to access the setup program stored in ROM BIOS on a newer computers?
    • A. 

      Use the start menu from desktop.

    • B. 

      Press a key or combination of keys during the boot process.

    • C. 

      Download a program from the manufacturer's website.

    • D. 

      Use a boot disk.

  • 25. 
    Which of the following best describes a start up password?
    • A. 

      The password is different from the power on password.

    • B. 

      The password is the same as the OS password.

    • C. 

      The password is changed by accessing the setup screen.

    • D. 

      Start up passwords can never be disabled by using a jumper.