CompTIA A+ Core 2 Literacy Benchmark (Beginner Level)

  • 19m
  • 19 questions
The CompTIA A+ Core 2 Literacy Benchmark (Beginner Level) benchmark measures your ability to identify core mobile desktop technologies and actively participate in conversations about said technologies. Learners who score high on this benchmark demonstrate that they have a more literate and experienced understanding of computing.

Topics covered

  • differentiate between Master Boot Record (MBR) and GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks
  • differentiate between phishing and vishing social engineering attacks
  • discuss how the NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, ext3 and ext4, and APFS file systems work
  • identify common physical security devices such as key fobs, smart cards, keys, biometrics, lighting, and magnetometers
  • list security login options such as usernames and passwords, personal identification number (pin), fingerprint, facial recognition and single sign-on (SSO)
  • list Windows OS requirements, Windows edition features, and end-of-life (EOL) support
  • outline Chrome and Android OS requirements and features
  • outline iOS and iPadOS requirements and features
  • outline Linux OS requirements and features
  • outline macOS requirements and features
  • outline what computer viruses are and how they are designed to spread
  • outline what trojan malware is and how it can mislead users regarding its true intent
  • provide an overview of the wi-fi protected access 2 (WPA2) wireless protocol
  • recall how IPv4 and IPv6 addressing works
  • recall various methods that can be used to install operating systems
  • recognize how DHCP and DNS are used to provide IP network connectivity
  • recognize how to implement traditional physical security measures including video surveillance, alarm systems, and motion sensors
  • recognize key features of the wi-fi protected access 3 (WPA3) wireless protocol
  • recognize the benefits of mobile device encryption features