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Ready to test your knowledge on hardware and software? Introducing the Hardware And Software Certification Test Quiz! This quiz is all about checking how much you know about the nuts and bolts of computers - both the hardware and software sides of things.
In this quiz, you'll find questions covering various aspects of computer hardware and software, from basic components like the motherboard and CPU to software applications and operating systems. We'll throw in some questions about peripherals, input and output devices, and maybe even a few tricky ones about networking and troubleshooting. Whether you're a tech whiz or Read morejust dipping your toes into the world of computers, this quiz is a fun way to challenge yourself and maybe even learn something new along the way.


Hardware and Software Certification Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    Which of the following is an operating system you would be using on a computer?

    • A.

      Internet Explorer

    • B.

      Microsoft Windows XP

    • C.

      Netscape

    • D.

      Google

    • E.

      Dreamweaver

    Correct Answer
    B. Microsoft Windows XP
    Explanation
    An operating system (OS) is an interface between hardware and user which is responsible for the management and coordination of activities and the sharing of the resources of the computer that acts as a host for computing applications run on the machine. Microsoft Windows XP is an example of an operating system used on personal computers.

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  • 2. 

    What does RAM stand for?

    • A.

      Random Access Mechanism

    • B.

      Read Access Memory

    • C.

      Remote Authorisation Mechanism

    • D.

      Random Access Memory

    • E.

      Remote Access Memory

    Correct Answer
    D. Random Access Memory
    Explanation
    Random Access Memory (usually known by its acronym, RAM) is a form of computer data storage. It allows data items to be read or written in almost the same amount of time irrespective of the physical location of data inside the memory. It is a type of volatile memory that stores data temporarily while the computer is on.

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  • 3. 

    Physical components that make up your computer are known as

    • A.

      Software

    • B.

      Hardware

    • C.

      Operating System

    • D.

      Browser

    • E.

      Processor

    Correct Answer
    B. Hardware
    Explanation
    Hardware encompasses all physical components integral to a computer's operation or connected to it. These components include the fundamental building blocks like the motherboard, CPU, RAM, and hard disk, which form the core infrastructure. Additionally, hardware extends to peripherals such as input devices like keyboards and mice, output devices like monitors and printers, and expansion cards like graphics cards, network adapters, and sound cards. This comprehensive range of physical elements collectively enables a computer system to function effectively.

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  • 4. 

    What is 3?

    • A.

      CPU

    • B.

      Power Unit

    • C.

      RAM

    • D.

      ROM

    • E.

      Expansion Card

    Correct Answer
    A. CPU
    Explanation
    The Central Processing Unit (CPU) performs most of the calculations which enable a computer to function, and is sometimes referred to as the "brain" of the computer. It executes instructions, performs calculations, and manages data movement within the computer system.

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  • 5. 

    What is 2?

    • A.

      Expansion Card

    • B.

      Motherboard

    • C.

      RAM

    • D.

      Hard Disk

    • E.

      Computer Casing

    Correct Answer
    B. Motherboard
    Explanation
    The motherboard is the main component inside the case. It is a large rectangular board with integrated circuitry that connects the rest of the parts of the computer including the CPU, the RAM, the disk drives (CD, DVD, hard disk, or any others) as well as any peripherals connected via the ports or the expansion slots.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following is required to hear music on your computer?

    • A.

      Graphics Card

    • B.

      Microphone

    • C.

      Stereo Speakers

    • D.

      Sound Card

    • E.

      Sound Drivers

    Correct Answer
    D. Sound Card
    Explanation
    A sound card (also known as an audio card) is a computer expansion card that facilitates the input and output of audio signals to and from a computer under control of computer programs. It is essential for producing sound output from a computer, including music, speech, and other audio signals.

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  • 7. 

    What is Virtual Memory?

    • A.

      As primary memory fills the system moves the least-used chunks to secondary storage devices, retrieving when they are needed.

    • B.

      Organizes data into files and directories

    • C.

      Computer data storage on a medium or a device that is not under the control of a processing unit.

    • D.

      Will retain stored information even if it is not constantly supplied with electric power.

    • E.

      Memory which requires stored Information to be periodically refreshed, otherwise it would vanish.

    Correct Answer
    A. As primary memory fills the system moves the least-used chunks to secondary storage devices, retrieving when they are needed.
    Explanation
    Virtual memory is a memory management capability of an operating system (OS) that uses hardware and software to allow a computer to compensate for physical memory shortages by temporarily transferring data from random access memory (RAM) to disk storage. As primary memory fills up, the system moves the least-used chunks to secondary storage devices, retrieving them when they are needed again.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following is not an input device?

    • A.

      Optical Mark Reader

    • B.

      Optical Plotter

    • C.

      Optical Character Reader

    • D.

      Bar Code Scanner

    • E.

      Touch Pad

    Correct Answer
    B. Optical Plotter
    Explanation
    An input device is any peripheral used to provide data and control signals to a computer. Optical plotters, unlike traditional input devices, are primarily output devices employed to produce high-resolution graphical outputs on paper or other media based on digital data input. They are commonly used in engineering and design for large-format printing and drawing.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following is not an output device?

    • A.

      Web Cam

    • B.

      Laser Printer

    • C.

      Speakers

    • D.

      Ink Jet Printer

    • E.

      Monitor

    Correct Answer
    A. Web Cam
    Explanation
    An output device is any peripheral device that communicates information or data from a computer system to the user or to other devices. Common output devices include laser printers, speakers, inkjet printers, and monitors. However, a webcam is primarily used for inputting video and audio data into a computer system, making it an input device rather than an output device. It captures video and audio signals for transmission over networks or recording for playback, rather than presenting information to the user.

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  • 10. 

    Which one of these is not an Application Program?

    • A.

      Google Calendar

    • B.

      Spreadsheet

    • C.

      PowerPoint

    • D.

      Database

    • E.

      Turbo Pascal

    Correct Answer
    E. Turbo Pascal
    Explanation
    Application software, commonly known as applications or apps, is computer software designed to perform specific tasks or functions for end-users. Turbo Pascal, however, is an integrated development environment (IDE) and a programming language primarily used for software development, particularly in the realm of procedural and object-oriented programming.

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  • 11. 

    What is a Peripheral?

    • A.

      A device that controls the Motherboard

    • B.

      A device that controls the CPU

    • C.

      A device that maintains power to the Motherboard

    • D.

      A device that is connected to a computer

    • E.

      A device that controls computer processing

    Correct Answer
    D. A device that is connected to a computer
    Explanation
    A peripheral device is any external hardware device connected to a computer that expands its capabilities or serves as an interface for interaction. These devices include input peripherals like keyboards, mice, scanners, and joysticks, as well as output peripherals like monitors, printers, speakers, and projectors. Peripherals enhance the functionality and usability of a computer system.

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  • 12. 

    What does BIOS stand for?

    • A.

      Basic Input Output Storage

    • B.

      Basic Internal Organisational System

    • C.

      Basic Input Output Standards

    • D.

      Basic Input Output System

    • E.

      Basic Internal Output System

    Correct Answer
    D. Basic Input Output System
    Explanation
    The BIOS, or Basic Input Output System, is a fundamental firmware embedded in the motherboard of a computer. It provides essential low-level functionality to initialize and control hardware components during the boot process. The BIOS also facilitates communication between the operating system and hardware, manages system configuration settings, and performs power-on self-tests (POST) to ensure hardware integrity.

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  • 13. 

    Which of the following is not found on the Motherboard?

    • A.

      CPU

    • B.

      Power Supply

    • C.

      Expansion Cards

    • D.

      RAM

    • E.

      ROM

    Correct Answer
    B. Power Supply
    Explanation
    The motherboard, also referred to as the mainboard or logic board, is a crucial circuit board in modern computers that houses essential components and facilitates their communication. While the power supply unit (PSU) is a critical component of a computer system, providing electrical power to the motherboard and other hardware components, it is typically located external to the motherboard within the computer case.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following is not one of the four main steps of a CPU?

    • A.

      Fetch

    • B.

      Store

    • C.

      Decode

    • D.

      Organise

    • E.

      Execute

    Correct Answer
    D. Organise
    Explanation
    The central processing unit (CPU) of a computer executes instructions through a series of steps known as the fetch-decode-execute cycle, also called the instruction cycle. These steps include fetching the instruction from memory, decoding it into a set of commands, executing the commands, and storing the result if necessary. "Organize" is not a distinct step in this process but rather an overarching concept encompassing the CPU's coordination and control of operations.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following is not connected to Computer Storage?

    • A.

      CD-ROM

    • B.

      USB Flash Drive

    • C.

      DVD Flash Drive

    • D.

      BD-Writer

    • E.

      Hard Disk

    Correct Answer
    C. DVD Flash Drive
    Explanation
    DVD flash drives are not a common form of computer storage medium. However, CD-ROMs, USB flash drives, DVD discs, Blu-ray writers (BD-Writers), and hard disks are widely used for storing and retrieving digital data. These storage devices vary in capacity, speed, and durability, catering to diverse storage needs ranging from data backup and file transfer to multimedia content distribution and archival storage.

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