The folks at SelfTest Software were kind enough
to give me access to both their online and downloadable versions
of the CompTIA i-Net+ practice test. This review covers both
versions. The features explained below hold true for all of
SeflTest's products. SelfTest offers practice tests for
Microsoft, CIW, CompTIA, Novell, Cisco, Lotus, Oracle, & Sun for
The online version costs $79 and is valid 30 days
from the first time you activate the exam with the option to add
a 10 day extension for $10 and a 30 extension for $20. The
interface is very intuitive and clean. I had no problems with
terminology or navigation through the various options.
Information and options are presented compactly, are visually
pleasing without being flashy, and provide an excellent study
environment. The software makes good use of tooltips (the
helpful instructions that appear when my mouse rests on a
button) throughout, thus making a help feature unnecessary.
There is a live mentor available at all times if you have any
trouble using the software, if you have difficulty with a
question, or if you simply need encouragement.
The download is available for $99 and includes a
test engine. There is also a CD-ROM available for $99. Once you
download and install both the test engine and the practice test,
you will be asked to create a profile to be used for the Online
Mentor feature. Then you will be asked to activate your account.
Overall, the installation is smooth and simple, if a bit long.
Once installed, the Download version of the
practice exam is identical to the online in features and
Learning mode and the Flashcard feature both
offer 291 questions and allow numerous test-taking options. You
- Two Modes of study - Learning Mode and
- Online Flash Cards
- Live Mentoring
- Wide range of features to customize
- Enter the number of random questions you
would like to review Select the number of questions you
would like to review from each test objective
- Test on only single answer or multiple
- Select only questions containing
- Test only on questions you have answered
incorrectly in the past (specify 1 to 10 times)
- Test only on questions for which you have
SelfTest Software has reason to brag about their
product. No amount of free practice questions culled from around
the Web will prepare you for an exam as well as this reasonably
priced software. However, as with most test prep software, you
should also use a combination of books and practical experience
to prepare for your exams.