What’s on the CompTIA N+ exam?
The exam for the certification combines multiple-choice questions and performance-based questions. The exam broadly tests your knowledge of various IT basics in categories including hardware, software, networking, operating systems, and security. Expect questions to cover the following domains:
Domains for exam 220-1001
- Mobile devices: Installing and configuring laptops and mobile devices
- Networking: Types of networks and connections (TCP/IP, wifi, SOHO, etc.)
- Hardware: Identifying, using, and connecting devices and hardware components
- Virtualization and cloud computing: Comparing cloud concepts and setting up client-side virtualization
- Hardware and network troubleshooting: Solving issues with devices and networks
Domains for exam 220-1002
- Operating systems: Installing and configuring Windows OS, and understanding Mac OS, Linux, and mobile OS
- Security: Identifying and protecting against vulnerabilities in both devices and networks
- Software troubleshooting: Resolving issues with applications on PC and mobile devices, including security support
- Operational procedures: Best practices for safety, sustainability, communication, and professionalism
How to get a CompTIA N+ certification
There are several ways you can prepare for the CompTIA N+ exam:
- Online, instructor led-courses can prepare you for the exam.
- Community colleges in your area might offer preparatory courses.
- Self-study—learning through online videos or books without an instructor—can also work.
Whatever method you choose, CompTIA recommends dedicating 120 hours to prepare for the test.