Product Review: CertBlaster A+ Practice Bundle 220-801 and 220-802

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CertBlaster study materials can help you get A+ certified.Logging in at CertBlaster is simple and you only have to do it once. The interface is basic and has nothing but the list of certifications that they train toward. (I didn’t even see a logout button.)

In evaluating the CertBlaster A+ Practice Bundle (801 & 802), we are given a couple of study options.


The first option presented is Exams. CertBlaster has eight exams (four each for the two A+ certifications) ready for users to take in one of three test modes: Study, Assessment and Certification.

Assessment Mode

As per CertBlaster’s documentation, Assessment mode is used to determine the baseline knowledge of a student. The timer is set to 90 minutes for the exam, and answers are not available during the assessment exam.

Study Mode

In Study mode, you can choose to include 90 questions, as well as whether or not there is a timer. Answers are available if needed.

Certification Mode

Certification mode simulates the actual exam environment. The timer and number of questions are set as the exam would be arranged at a testing center.


CertBlaster also has a Drills section to help students learn. In the Drills section, questions are divided into domains that correlate with different sections of CompTIA’s A+ certification. The number of questions per domain are listed in the table below.

A+ Certification Exam 220-801A+ Certification Exam 220-802
Domain 1.0 PC Hardware190Domain 1.0 Operating Systems224
Domain 2.0 Networking157Domain 2.0 Security85
Domain 3.0 Laptops55Domain 3.0 Mobile Devices45
Domain 4.0 Printers48Domain 4.0 Troubleshooting178
Domain 5.0 Operational Procedures47


At the beginning of a drill, you can determine how many questions you want to use and whether or not you want to use a timer, with a time limit of your choice. During the drill you can advance through the questions at your convenience, marking questions for review later if needed. Other navigation options include navigating to a specific question number, as well as navigating to the next marked or next unanswered question.

While in Drills mode, clicking on the answer button at the top of the screen will tell you the correct answer and whether the answer you selected is correct or incorrect (if an answer is selected).

After finishing the final question of your drill you are given the option to see a list of unanswered or marked questions. After reviewing the list, you see your final score both in number of correct answers and as a percentage. You are given a list of the questions that you answered incorrectly, along with the correct answers. You are then given the option to print.

Finally, CertBlaster provides a Personal Testing Plan (PTP). The PTP recommends a study plan aligned with CompTIA A+ objectives based on the questions you missed. Also, by pressing the Options button on this screen, you can create a custom exam using only the questions that you haven’t answered correctly.

Simulation Questions

One big advantage of both Exams and Drills in CertBlaster is that they contain different question types to aid student learning. Besides multiple choice questions, the Exams and Drills sections both contain Drag and Drop questions — this allows students to choose between several different options and their answers — and Simulation questions which ask students to perform a task. Below are the number of drag and drop and simulation questions that are in each drill:

A+ Certification Exam 220-801A+ Certification Exam 220-802
1.0 PC Hardware701.0 Operating Systems15
2.0 Networking912.0 Security2
3.0 Laptops113.0 Mobile Devices0
4.0 Printers014.0 Troubleshooting3
5.0 Operational Procedures10


These question types (especially the Simulation questions) are an advantage to students because they are the exact type of simulation questions a student would see in CompTIA’s A+ 220-802 certification exam. The simulated questions are closed path — meaning that the simulated environment only reacts if the user clicks or types the correct option.

Additional information and instructions from CertBlaster are available online.

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14 thoughts on “Product Review: CertBlaster A+ Practice Bundle 220-801 and 220-802”

  1. I like the practice exams and drills BUT everytime I use a different browser/computer I can’t get in without contacting. This is FRUSTRATING because I have problem at 9pm Eastern Time and I think the office is closed – now I can’t use the product.

  2. I recently took a class on 901 and 902. I tried to pass 901 and failed it. Now I am trying to figure out what to use to study the report with the objectives that I was provided.

    My score was 566 so it was not really bad. I am really frustrated now and lost on what program and/or step to restudy to retake the test. There is CertMaster and CertBlaster, unfortunately both of them have bad reviews. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Wkman,

      Sorry to hear you missed your 901.

      As for any particular study materials or classes, we suggest that you ask others who have recently cleared the 901. Get on some discussion boards and ask what prep materials others have used. Remember that it is a personal preference–what works for one may not work for another. Keep asking around and reading reviews. Also, we frequently post practice exams on They have been used by a great many aspiring IT professionals.

      The good news is that you appear committed to completing your 901 exam–and that is what’s most important: If there’s a will, there’s a way!

      Best of luck, and let us know how you do on the retake.

  3. I tried CertBlaster for my security+ exam, its way far from the real exam. I don’t think it covers 15% of the real exam questions. It was a big disappointment. When I tried to get my money back they said I must have screen shots from my test exam showing that I got 95%. It’s a trap for stupid people

      • I didn’t see any satisfied customer in any forum about this product. And as i told you its a wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy far from the real exam.

        I asked for a refund and they didn’t accept my request. They showed me “conditions about refund” that I hadn’t seen when I bought this useless product.

        It’s still a trap for me and I won’t advise anyone to use it

        • We do encourage people to stay out of traps–they can be very nasty (like when you accidentally date your best friend’s ex, but that’s another story).

          Seriously, CompTIA puts out solid stuff–not sure why you found it unhelpful. Maybe keep pounding on their door for a refund. They just might answer.

          • thanks for reply
            i asked for a refund but they told me they need a screenshot for the exam practice showed that i got 90 form 100
            this wasnt mentioned when i bought the product, they only said the refund is guaranteed
            i talked to them a lot with no result, they were refused to refund

  4. I would recommend CertBlaster to anyone regardless of experience or background. No matter what your background is the A+ exam covers so much information it’s almost impossible without a thorough exam prep to know everything going into it. I have some experience and gave myself six weeks of prep time. I used the net and prof. Messer videos but my main study tool was CertBlaster. I would do exam simulations in assessment mode and then use the study plan I would get at the end of the session for guidance. I would then use the focus drills in study mode and see answers and explanations. When I felt I needed more detail I would either Google it or check out the Messer videos (they are really good and free). I also used the Exam Cram book and that gave me an additional way to look at the CertBlaster questions. By the time I had gone through these steps a few time I felt very confident taking my exams. For me it worked out great. I agree with the reviewer, the simulator questions helped a lot because they can be awkward and having done them in CertBlaster saved me some time on exam day. I am next going to prep for Network+ and I will go back to CertBlaster for that one too.

  5. I’ve Used CertBlaster products to help hundreds of students through the tests. As an instructor I’ve found the CertBlaster products to be on target. They get updated when the test objectives change and both versions are available throughout the transition.
    I completely agree with Brian, below. You don’t buy the certifications, you earn them. Training products are not poured onto the student to make them pass. It’s up to the student to do the work. There is considerable amount of work involved. You have to study, read and get as much information from as many places as you can. You have to immerse yourself in the material for as long as it takes to be comfortable. No one product will do it all, but CertBlaster is top 5 in my book. I think these people have their finger on the pulse of the certifications their products address.

  6. I’m sorry to hear that someone had a bad experience with CertBlaster.

    However, in my case, CertBlaster and its A+ study tools provided a well-rounded package for becoming familiar with CompTIA’s core objectives. The drills especially were numerous in quantity and more than ample for guiding my attempt to pass the exam. For the 802, specific information on securing a SOHO proved invaluable.

    I’ve found, however, that too much reliance on one source, in conjunction with a rush to be successful, only leads to failure. I speak extremely highly of CertBlaster because it is a useful tool, and I passed with it and other means that covered the material. It wasn’t my only source but merely one that I am glad I had. There is no reason why someone should be discouraged from purchasing CertBlaster’s A+ prep package.

  7. Just took the A+ using this as a study guide and failed the test. The test was NOTHING like what is covered in these materials. Questions were out of date and did not cover test materials AT ALL. Do not purchase this. I unfortunately purchased their bundle so I am out 150 plus the 200 for the test.

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