If you are competing in the national contest, and you have considered scheduling (or have already scheduled) A+ exams on your own time, we recommend that you do not. Instead, take the free A+ exams at the National Contest. The reason being is that the A+ exams at the national contest are provided free of charge. Pearson VUE offers a full refund if you cancel your exam at least a minimum of 7 days prior to your appointment.
Please Note: This answer applies only to the National Contest. Your state, local, or regional contest may operate differently.