How difficult is the exam usually?
Is it worth buying the A+ exam with a retake, or should I buy just the exam?
Use all the free practice tests online and the free resources found on the internet especially on YouTube, the down side to using YouTube its not structure like a paid online course like ITProTV or VTC.com where these instructors have years of experience with the technology they use, plus they offer practice tests or labs that you can use.
If your aiming for the A+ certification, here's my suggestions
- ITPro.tv (premium user) use the labs and the IT Kaplan Test
- Measureup Practice tests
- gocertify.com (search for the A+)
6)Testout/Labssims use this and the CBT Nuggets in the past for my A+ Cert (700 and 800 Series) and passed both exams.
I for one wouldn't waste the money on the A+ Retake Exam, maybe on the Microsoft and or Cisco Exam since these exams are more harder and expensive, but not so much on the CompTIA Exams. Make sure to read and review the A+ Objectives and check off the sections that you are 90-100 % sure of . I hope these suggestions help and best of luck on your A+ Exams and Studies.