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Hey @Andrei-C I am sorry for a delayed response, the practice exams are managed and released by Kaplan. We have not received any information on availability for the 1000 series exams. We have heard from the company that is responsible for the Practice Labs and the labs are due for availability in Q1 of 2019. I also talked with the backend team on the video error and it should be corrected. Thank you for keeping me on my toes!
Great questions, I apologize if I have not answered them in completeness. We are working with CompTIA to create the content according to a format that they provided. All of the exam objectives will be covered in the single format. The study guides you have mentioned follow the individual exam format. We will have somewhere around 90 hours of content filmed for the A+ series upon completion. The new exams went live on Jan. 15th 2019 and we have a good bit of the content already filmed and we are still in production. In the past when we have followed a two exam format each exam was around 40 hours of content. We will be recording the same amount of content under a single series.
As far as the practice exams and labs I will get back with you on these as I do not have that information, but I am more than happy to get it for you and post it here. Thank you so much for being a member and we will work hard to get the show completed very soon. I hope this helps to answer your questions.
The new CompTIA A+ series (2019) will be a big change in the familiar naming convention.
1 - In the past the series have followed the 600, 700, 800 and 900 series
2 - Each exam would be labeled 220-701/220-702, 220-801/220-802, 220-901/220-902
The new structure will be different:
1- Core 1 content will map to the exam 220-1001
2- Core 2 content will map to the exam 220-1002
In the future you will probably see them continue with this naming convention.
We are recording the first edition according to CompTIA's single book format. It will be comprehensive and include both Core 1 and Core 2 content. We will be shooting all new content with no "carry-over" videos from the 900 series.
In the future we will be going back and recording a two book format as well. This format will break the Core 1 (220-1001 exam) and the Core 2 (220-1002) into separate shows. The two exam format is pending.
A great majority of the objectives that were relevant to the 900 series are still relevant in the 1000 series exams. Some information will be removed and there will be new material as is on par with past exam series releases.
I am not sure as to the practice exams availability, but they are usually ready to go shortly after the official announcement from CompTIA that the new exams have been released. I hope this helps and please ask any questions you might still have.
That is a great question, let's see if we can help you. If you want to study Cloud Essentials, you are right we do not have that in our library. However, like you mentioned, we do have Cloud+ which is the next step up after Cloud Essentials. You could study Cloud+ which will prepare you for the Essentials exam. As far as practice exams anything testing you on Cloud+ will do the job. I hope this helps and if you have follow up questions, please do no hesitate to ask!
@ADEBAYO-AKINSIPE that is a couple of great questions, let us see if we can help you with them.
Q1 - I need a little more context as to what you mean about "the faith of the current students". Can you clarify this for me?
I am going to try to answer this one, if a student is currently studying for the 900 series, they will have a great body of knowledge already for the 1000 series exams. The student/exam candidate will be responsible for supplementing the additional (new) topics as required by the CompTIA issued objectives. Now with that said usually when CompTIA issues the new objectives they will also set a retirement date for the prior series exam. This is usually 6 months after the new exam series is released, the existing 900 series in this case will still have a valid exam until around July 2019 (This is always subject to change by CompTIA) if the trend of prior series releases stay true.
Q2- We will have the 220-1000 (Core 1, Core 2) on the site ready to go Jan. 15th 2019.
If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.
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