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Would You Use an iPhone App for IT Certification Study?

By  Sep 29, 2009

Topics: Certification

Hey there. I have a question for those of you who own either the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch device: would you purchase an app to help you prepare for your IT certification exams?

Current Content Delivery Platforms

Desktop Applications. You may have purchased IT certification practice exam software from the likes of Transcender, Boson, MeasureUp, PrepLogic, or ExamForce to help prepare for your next certification exam.

Desktop-based certification software allows for a rich and robust user experience. However, its chief downside is its inherent lack of portability (which can be mitigated somewhat if you have the software installed on your laptop, of course).

Web Applications. Pearson’s own Cert Prep Online and Cert Flash Cards Online are great examples of Web-based certification preparation tools. These products offer anywhere, anytime access to cert study materials. Again, an ‘Achilles Heel’ is present, but is different from that of desktop applications. With Web applications, the certification candidate must have a live Internet connection in order to access the product.

Mobile/Apple iPhone/iPod Touch Apps. What I’m asking your feedback on today is this third cert tool classification, which represents an admixture of the desktop and web application categories.

To me what is so compelling about an iPhone app-based IT certification study product is that the iPhone is capable of giving you (the cert candidate) almost as rich of an experience as you’d get with a desktop application product, yet with the portability of a Web application. Moreover, because you have a cell signal (and, hence, a data signal) most wherever you are in the world, you would have access to the cert tool presumably anywhere, anytime.

So What Do You Think?

Please feel free to share your feedback in the comments portion of this post. Alternatively, you can contact me directly at timothy.warner@pearson.com. Thanks very much.

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