A+ 901 and 902??

jst688jst688 Posts: 5Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
Good Evening,
I am planning on starting on my cert for A+ and thought there was one exam.
Is there actually 2? 901 and 902, if so does this mean the exam cost is $205 x 2??

If so also what about certmaster? I was going to try that because they have a good deal for that and 2 attempts for 299...

any info would be much helpful!
Jay Thomas


  • ScyphnScyphn Posts: 51Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Hello jst688,
    Yes there are 2 exams and thats 205x2. And from reading the Certmaster website, it seems their bundle deal is only for 1 voucher for 300 (and their included study material etc etc). I think you'd be better off on your own. A lot of people (including myself) used Exam Cram by David Prowse. And of course Professor Messer on youtube as his material is free. I'm aiming to take my test the last week of Jan and this is what I'm using. And varies testing websites: Examcompass, crucialexams
  • Cameron MCameron M Member Posts: 68Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I used CertMaster and Professor Messer when I took the A+ (I took the 901 and 902). Both resources were extremely helpful to me. I found CertMaster to be a lot less useful with Network+ and Security+.
  • RoyaltyRoyalty Posts: 6Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
    Yes, there are two exams you need to pass in order to become A+ certified, and it does indeed cost $205.00 per exam.

    Each exam objective list signifies a separate exam which you must pay for;


    Make sure you know everything on the exam objectives, and I'd also recommend doing the practice questions provided by CompTIA as they are very similar to the ones on the exam;


    CertMaster is a bit expensive in my opinion, although I have never used it and not needed to in order to pass the exams. However, that is not to say you shouldn't try it!

    The materials I used to study and pass both tests are as follows;

    Professor Messer's videos that are free on YouTube - very worthy of your time.
    Measure-Up practice tests - questions are harder than on the actual exam and provide a detailed explanation for each question/answer, very good training material.
    CBT Nuggets - 220-901 and 220-902 course.
    PluralSight's 220-901 and 220-902 course.

    I'd recommend watching Professor Messer's videos, buying a good book and definitely getting some good practice tests - they will give you an idea of what to look out for when studying in relation to the questions asked.
    One final piece of advice is to take the 220-901 and 220-902 on separate months. You should prioritise studying for one exam first. And I would certainly advise you briefly touch on all objectives on the 902 before taking your first exam (which should be 901), there could definitely be some material that crosses over between the two exams.

    Don't hesitate to ask if you have any more queries.
  • jst688jst688 Posts: 5Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    okay! Thanks for all the advice. I wish CompTIA was a bit more transparent about it. From their website it looks as if there is one test only.
    I am going to start on the videos, and get the exam cram books. For the first test I am going to get the certmaster for the bundle because I can get that for 299 and it gives me one free retake (if I need it since I really don't know what to expect on the exam) the $99 insurance might be good!

    Thanks for all the info!
  • jst688jst688 Posts: 5Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Sorry forgot to as, with the professor messer YouTube videos, there's like 77 or so for 901?
  • duta74duta74 Posts: 143Member
    Buy the Premium Edition of this book:
    CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902 Cert Guide Premium Edition and Practice Tests, 4th Edition | Pearson IT Certification
    It is come with practice test software.
    Also you will receive 30 day access to safaribooksonline. Take these courses there:


    After 30 day, you can buy few month subscription for finish of that courses.

    On safari you can found Exam Cram and Practice Exam Cram books too:

    Happy New Year and good luck...
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Gielinor, UKPosts: 696Mod Mod
    Here is the link to all of the 901 and 902 videos from Professor Messer:


    I wouldn't advise spending too much money on the study materials. Each exam is expensive enough without having to spend more on resources. The Professor Messer videos are free and well worth the time. You will see his name recommended a lot on this site.

    I also agree with using MeasureUps for your practice exams at the end of your training. They are highly recommended and usually have deals going on every few weeks or so.


    I was able to pass with the two resources above as it's a fairly easy couple of exams. However, if you feel that you do need additional study materials, I recommend Darril Gibsons A+ book.

    - Free video course
    - Cheap book
    - Discounted practice exam(s)

    Good luck.
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  • Nate367Nate367 Junior Member Posts: 1Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
    If you are a student and use a student email you can purchase the vouchers for 50% through CompTIA Academic Marketplace
  • jst688jst688 Posts: 5Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    When measure up has specials, what is the cost of the practice exams? I saw they were $119 each...
  • KGlenn1008KGlenn1008 Posts: 4Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    I can verify this, I paid for both of mine with the Student Voucher. Half the Price!
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