CompTIA Is Changing the Language Used on All Certification Exams.
CompTIA Is Changing the Language Used on All Certification Exams: Here’s Why
Summary of a CompTIA post published on Monday, October 11, 2021
Inclusive language has been a hot topic this year, and rightfully so. Leaders across all sectors are aware of this and recognize their organization’s use of language that is unintentionally exclusive and/or promotes bias. In the IT industry, as well as many others, the use of language that is not inclusive is changing.
“There’s a big adjustment happening in our industry toward using more inclusive language,” CompTIA Senior Director, Exam Services, Carl Bowman explained. “Large and small vendors alike are reconsidering what terms they use to describe technical functions.”
Exclusive language is wording that promotes inequality. It undermines humanity by minimizing the worth and capabilities of individuals from marginalized groups.
The ‘What you Must Know’ bit
Spend a little time to learn what new terminology to expect in your next CompTIA exam.
Primary/secondary (or host/client if used in a network context vs. drives)
Network context: Blocklist or deny list
Software context: Unapproved list
Network context: Allow list
Software context: Approved list
Specific countries considered enemies of a country
Built-in, default, inherent, standard
Unknown environment testing
Known environment testing
Partially known environment testing
Sinkhole, process vacuum
Power loss/power failure
I hope this helps you in your exam efforts.
CompTIA Achievement Specialist