SKILL BENCHMARK

CompTIA A+ Proficiency Benchmark (Advanced Level)

  • 28m
  • 28 questions
The CompTIA A+ Proficiency Benchmark (Advanced Level) benchmark measures your ability to identify, explain, and solution-design core mobile and desktop computing technologies and participate in conversations about said technologies. A learner who scores high on this benchmark demonstrates that they have an advanced understanding of computing and are generally considered a subject matter expert on the topic.

Topics covered

  • define the Internet of Things and identify its essential components and their impact on society
  • describe rapid elasticity
  • describe the differences between internal and external sharing and file synchronization
  • determine the next steps to resolve a problem
  • differentiate between cable and DSL modems
  • differentiate between hubs and bridges
  • identify common online activities they can be used for internet appliances
  • identify risks associated with outdated computing software and hardware commonly found on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • identify scenarios in which to use loopback plugs
  • identify the general purpose of virtual machines including how they can be used for sandboxing, application virtualization, and cross-platform virtualization
  • identify the purpose of toner probes and cable testers
  • list features of the domain name system (DNS)
  • list steps for identifying a problem, such as questioning the user and inquiring about environmental and infrastructure changes
  • list the benefits and security features of firewalls
  • outline a plan of action to resolve the problem and implement the solution
  • outline PoE standards and injector and switch features
  • provide an overview of authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) framework
  • provide an overview of punch down tools and network taps
  • provide an overview of the syslog server role
  • provide an overview of virtualization
  • provide an overview of Wi-Fi analyzers and identify scenarios in which to use them
  • recognize and consider corporate policies, procedures, and impacts before implementing changes
  • recognize how to conduct external or internal research based on symptoms
  • recognize the benefits of high availability cloud solutions
  • recognize virtual machine resource requirements
  • recognize when and where to implement print, mail, and web servers
  • recognize when to implement dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP)
  • recognize when to use crimpers and cable strippers