CompTIA A+ Essentials Practice Test (100 Questions)

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A Plus Essential Quizzes & Trivia

CompTIA A+ is an extremely important qualifying credential for roles in technical support and Information Technology operation. Some look at it as the first step in a successful career in computing. Do you have what it takes to acquire this credential? Take this quiz to find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    On a computer that is running Windows XP, which is the local user which has the MOST authority?
    • A. 

      BCM User

    • B. 

      Network Configuration Operator

    • C. 

      Power User

    • D. 

      Administrator

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Replace the Fan

    • B. 

      Oil the Fan

    • C. 

      Replace the Entire Power Supply

    • D. 

      Open Up the Power Supply

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is the best way to change which drive the computer first seeks when booting, so that the computer does not seek the A: drive as the first to boot from?
    • A. 

      Disconnect the floppy drive’s cable

    • B. 

      Change to SDRAM from RAM

    • C. 

      Change the Boot Order in CMOS

    • D. 

      Pull the Battery

  • 4. 
    How many pins does a SCSI-2 cable have?
    • A. 

      24

    • B. 

      40

    • C. 

      50

    • D. 

      72

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      Try burning at a slower speed.

    • B. 

      Replace a broken CD burner.

    • C. 

      Shut down all open applications.

    • D. 

      Make sure that there are no scratches or dirt on the CD-ROM surface.

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      RAID Card

    • B. 

      NIC Card

    • C. 

      Sound Card

    • D. 

      Video Card

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      Adding a USB device requires you to turn your computer off.

    • B. 

      Your computer does not need to be restarted in order to add a USB device.

    • C. 

      USB is a disappearing technology.

    • D. 

      USB devices can only be connected in large networks.

  • 8. 
    Which of the following arrows is pointing at a PCI slot?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      Hyperdrive

    • B. 

      Turbo

    • C. 

      Overdrive

    • D. 

      Overclocking

  • 10. 
    Which type of connector is being shown in the image?
    • A. 

      SATA

    • B. 

      P1

    • C. 

      Molex

    • D. 

      Berg

  • 11. 
    The track location which cuts across all platters within a hard drive is known as a:
    • A. 

      Cylinder

    • B. 

      Sector

    • C. 

      Track

    • D. 

      Head

  • 12. 
    If you have a system with 2 IDE controllers, how many hard drives can you have?
    • A. 

      4

    • B. 

      2

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Your RAM is bad

    • B. 

      Your motherboard needs replacing

    • C. 

      Your hard drive needs reformatting

    • D. 

      Your CMOS battery is low

  • 14. 
    Where do you connect the red edge of a 40-pin ribbon cable to an IDE hard drive?
    • A. 

      IDE hard drive

    • B. 

      RAM

  • 15. 
    Which of the following problems may occur if your CPU's fan fails?
    • A. 

      Overheat

    • B. 

      Destroy

  • 16. 
    What two types of partitions can be found on basic disks?
    • A. 

      Primary and Extended

    • B. 

      Primary and Expanded

    • C. 

      First and Second

    • D. 

      Primary and Secondary

  • 17. 
    If you install an ATA/66 hard drive on a computer that is ATA/100 capable, what will happen?
    • A. 

      The computer will crash!

    • B. 

      The hard drive will function at the ATA/100 speed

    • C. 

      The hard drive will function at the ATA/66 speed

    • D. 

      The hard drive will not be recognized by the computer system.

  • 18. 
    Which of the following will allow you to access your CompactFlash card directly from your PC?
    • A. 

      USB Port

    • B. 

      Thumb Drive

    • C. 

      Scanner

    • D. 

      Card Reader

  • 19. 
    When a computer with an Award BIOS is booting, it outputs a single long beep. Of the causes listed, which is the most likely to have resulted in this response?
    • A. 

      Processor

    • B. 

      Video Adapter

    • C. 

      CMOS battery

    • D. 

      Memory

  • 20. 
    What do you have when two processors are combined into a single CPU together?
    • A. 

      A Dual Core Processor

    • B. 

      A 2-processor supporting motherboard

    • C. 

      A processor which can use 2 L2 caches

    • D. 

      A processor which can use 2 L1 caches

  • 21. 
    When cooling a CPU, which is the most effective method?
    • A. 

      Liquid Cooling System

    • B. 

      CPU Fan

    • C. 

      Case Fan

    • D. 

      Leaving the Case Open

  • 22. 
    What does PCMCIA stand for?
    • A. 

      Personal Card Memory Computing Internet Association

    • B. 

      Personal Computer Memory Card International Association

    • C. 

      Private Computing Memory Card International America

    • D. 

      People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms

  • 23. 
    Which of the following is the range for blue tooth headsets?
    • A. 

      20 meters

    • B. 

      50 meters

    • C. 

      100 meters

    • D. 

      10 meters

  • 24. 
    Which of the following types of PCMCIA cards is used when working with expansion devices like network interface cards?
    • A. 

      II PCMCIA

    • B. 

      I PCMCIA

  • 25. 
    Which of these modes requires the least amount of time to boot up in order to retrieve a previous computing session?
    • A. 

      Shutdown

    • B. 

      Hibernate

    • C. 

      Standby

    • D. 

      Restart