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TestOut provides industry-leading IT certification training through interactive, hands-on lab exercises, video training, written lessons, custom quizzes, and certification exams all in one integrated training package. We are dedicated to helping individuals advance in their IT careers through effective training courses that prepare them to pass their IT certification exams and learn skills to help them be successful on the job. Knowing that educators are key to student success, we provide educator tools that make student management and progress assessment much easier.

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TestOut is a certification company offering TestOut Pro Certifications and LabSim, innovative courseware solutions, in information technology.


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TestOut Corporation
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Year Founded
1991
HQ Location
Pleasant Grove, UT
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113 employees on LinkedIn®

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

testOut makes it easy for me to pace my instruction and give independent lessons to my students. It truly has been a blessing to have it during virtual learning. It's hard to teach when you don't have the hardware in front of you, but with TestOut, you can activate those scenarios and at least give the students a fighting chance! Kudos! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The webpage needs to be more adaptive and a mobile app should be created! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure you take your student through the settings and score reports and odel how you want them to complete each section. It will help in the long run! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to provide valuable knowledge to my students all while having the flexibility to teach from anywhere makes TestOut stand out! The benefits are numerous from validation of skills to smiles on my student's faces. Even those students who have learning disabilities can benefit from a TestOut program. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I went into the 20-21 school year teaching a class that I have never taught before. I also had to find a curriculum to go with the course. I looked at multiple courses but chose TestOut IT Fundamentals Pro and I am so glad I did. The foundation for the course is already done, pacing is complete and section quizzes. TestOut allows me to focus more on assessment data and planning vs figuring out what to teach. It has been a great curriculum, especially for a new teacher that was nervous about teaching a new course. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that you cannot "lock" sections until you are ready to use them. If my students wanted to they could technically go backward and redo tests that would change their grade in TestOut, they could also work forward if they wanted to. It would be really beneficial if TestOut would create a way for teachers to "lock" sections after completion or until we're ready to use the. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The simulations work well and seem to be beneficial. The students enjoy the labs and find them very beneficial. We've even brought in some actual hardware and the students are excited to see it because they recognize it from the simulations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I like that the skills labs allow the students to 'skip' training if they know how to do the task but provides training (hints, etc.) if needed. I also like that it gives the tasks that students used help with to the students again so they have to actually pay attention to the help. I also like that I can create custom exams for each module with simulations and my own questions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would prefer that the Challenge and Applied Labs would allow students to stop and pick up where they left off. I also would prefer if the custom exams had more simulations to choose from for each module or if there was a task list for each module instead of complete simulations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

TestOut allows my students to work at their own pace (with deadlines). The system helps students stay on track. I 'm excited to see how well students do with MOS certifications after using TestOut this semester. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The learning system is very well structured, using a mixture of several different teaching methods. From videos, recorded screen videos, virtual laboratories and much more. It accompanies the learning process from the basics to the deepening, self-study and assessments. The multiplechoice tests are well structured and can be created quickly. You can also create and import them externally. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It would often be helpful if learners could continue their courses where they left off, i.e. set a kind of bookmark. In addition, it happens from time to time that the connection gets lost, and thus all progress is lost. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To provide learners with basic IT knowledge in a fun and sometimes interactive way. At the end of the course there is a certification to acknowlege these learned skills and competencies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

graphics are better than other similar services. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I've submitted to my professor 3x now screenshots demonstrating the labs that just are not recording my (correct) entries which should complete the lab. Step by Step, I show the instructions, and my completing the task. At the end, labsim doesn't record/ cannot "see"/ can't tell that I've done what is asked.

Also, the videos, which I presume are supposed to replace in class (actual) learning and education are well produced, and I like the presenters, but really fall short of what I imagine will be needed in an actual career. they do not prepare the student in a way that comes near to my own experience with a live human instructor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a OS Security class. I'm not sure what benefits I'm getting, other than getting a required class completed and added to my transcript. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Information Systems and Facility Administrator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The hands on skillset development and interactive methods, the quizzes, and the video and text detail Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The scroll methods to view the screen at times. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Your students will realize significant benefits when they present their certificates at any job interview. Testout has received significant acceptance from industry representatives interviewing candidates with real-world exposure to how servers, networks, Linux, windows, and security operate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Enabling students in college to develop technical skills that will carry them in to their future careers. Benefits include the placing of highly qualified people in to stable positions that represent WSBU and our teaching with Testout. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The Reports section. You can track the students usage and progress of the students. I really like their certification process too. I also like that they keep their courses up-to-date. They put in quality of product instead of quantity of courses (so not a lot of courses, but the ones they have are good). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing I can think of. They cover the material well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use their free trial offer to check it out. In addition to their virtual labs, I would recommend some hands on labs to compliment the course material. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

TestOut has been very responsive to our suggestions and corrections. Very good customer service. The benefits are that the students get real world experience by using TestOut. It prepares them better than any other product we have used. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Thoroughness of the lessons! The lessons are great and do a great job of getting the students ready for the certification exams! Makes it easy for the teacher to grade, too! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I wish they would give the names of the students for the Challenge Labs so we could all see the progress of the students in all of my classes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

They can use this product on their Chromebooks even though they don't have Microsoft installed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
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What do you like best?

I like that it gives you the objectives for each chapter that corresponds with the actual exam certification objectives. You can also redo labs and quizzes to help clarify wrong or missed answers. I also liked that there are certification exam practice test at the very end of the chapter. They will really help you pass the real life certification exam. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can be kind of boring. Watching the lectures is slightly redundant. The labs are cool, but become redundant after while. I also don't like that sometimes while you are taking exams it times out and then your information gets erased. It just makes you start all over again. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It’s a great learning tool for top it industry certifications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Learning vital information in hopes to advance my career in the Information Technology sector. TestOut software also helps many students who are still in high school obtain industry certifications before they graduate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

A good balance of text, videos, labs, and quizzes. Their technical support is very responsive.Ddiscussions with people at all levels of the organization have always demonstrated they are committed not just to a good product but also to the people they serve. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. They are exceptional people who deliver a great product line. I look forward to seeing addition product offerings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

They have very open communication within their organization, and leadership values maintaining a tight-knit culture. This makes it very easy to get deeper answers to questions and to influence their priorities. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Comprehensive and thorough lessons for all parts of Microsoft Suite. Students who do lessons properly and as assigned are likely to pass the certification test. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

TestOut needs to develop practice tests for Microsoft Access software. Practice tests are important information for high school students trying to certify in this software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

TestOut helped so much with Learning @ Home emergency teaching. Depending on how things go for the 2020-21 school year, they are probably going to get put to good use again. Students were frustrated at first going from a PC at school with a big screen and a mouse to switching to a Chromebook with a mouse pad for Excel and Access softwares. If they stuck with it, many were successful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The instructional material is well-organized and concise. It allows the learner to move through at their own pace. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some of the tools in mouse-driven assignments seemed to operate awkwardly. It may have been a result of using my touchpad instead of an external mouse. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try it, you'll like it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using TestOut Desktop Pro Plus with Office 2016 in place of a textbook and online access to other vendors' simulations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

That assignments were graded and there was easy download to Canvas. Also, I liked that there were step-by-step instructions in the labs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some students struggles with the fact you had to "score lab" and did all of the work but didn't get credit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Switching to online learning so quickly was crazy but the staff at TestOut is amazing and helped me quickly with any issues. The biggest plus is that the students don't have to have the software on their device and there is nothing to download or upload. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The combination of Videos/Reading/Labs for students to use in combination with one another. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For instructional purposes (we teachers) it would be nice to have PowerPoint Presentations as well as the other parts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The availability of the software to students online is a major plus factor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

For online learning in particular, there is no better tool for students. Topics are covered in-depth and students are able to complete labs until they are comfortable with the skills. The courseware is great preparation for Microsoft, CompTIA, and Cisco exams. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

My only concern with TestOut is that support is not available on weekends. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You won't find a better product or experience better customer service than what TestOut provides. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

TestOut products have enabled my students to practice new skills in a simulated lab environment. Without these products, my students would study IT through theory-only courses which is undesirable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Self paced curriculum; great videos and tutorials Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Generating reports to check progress - sort of cumbersome Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Teaching online because of COVID-19; the curriculum is easy to follow Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Information Technology/CTE Teacher
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

What I find the most helpful about TestOut is the one on one customer service I receive. From ordering and setting up licenses, to technical assistance with their LabSim software; TestOut always answers the call. I also like how TestOut updates their certification software every year, ensuring my students are learning the most current and relevant skills and knowledge required in the industry. TestOut is a must for anyone seeking a platform that will prepare them for success in taking information technology certifications like CompTIA A+, Net + and Sec +. I also like how TestOut continues to add certifications every year like Cyber Security and Ethical Hacker! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about TestOut is that it is currently not on our states list of certifications that can be reimbursed by Perkins V. We need more educators in Texas advocating to have TestOut added. Currently in Texas, CompTIA is the only recognized certifications for the classes I teach. The closest testing center is 90 minutes away so my students only have access to TestOut which is not funded through Perkins V. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

My advice to others would be to give TestOut a trial run. They are worth the cost! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

TestOut gives each of my high school students a platform to work real world simulations that would not be possible in my classroom otherwise. An example would be networking students using TestOut Net Pro to learn how to manage switches and routers I don't have access too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

They have high quality products and care about customers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No complaints at all on the use of this online platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Our experience using Test Out products and services for more than 10 years has been always excellent, in terms of Test Out providing us with tips and resources to better fulfill our learner's needs. All the students love interacting with Test Out. I use it for online days in a blended instruction model, with very good results. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Test Out products and services have been instrumental for our students to get a technical certification. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Adjunct Faculty
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Quality of LabSim products, phone support by knowledgeable employees who answer by the third ring, students prefer the product over any other (e.g. Cengage Mindtap), Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is no downside to TestOut. This company's values and goals are outstanding. Each employee that I have dealt with has integrity and in-depth product knowledge. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ask your account executive to provide complimentary student licenses for one section of your class, then evaluate the results. Use TestOut's excellent Teacher Resources to plan your syllabus using the specific LabSim which you are evaluating. Consider making the course section a boot camp for earning the TestOut Pro cert during the final exam which you will proctor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Flipped learning for students, resulting in IT certifications and IT jobs. 72%of students taught with Linux Pro earned Linux Pro cert (18/25 students) in the past three semesters. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Instructional Designer
Information Technology and Services
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Almost never is one tool the only tool you can use and may need others. When you start out in TestOut you see videos by real people, you know, just like you and me, practice simulations and fact sheets. Between the three you have a wealth of information to go through, and you can go back to find out what you missed. I was impressed by it. There are review questions, practice exams and so on. I have regular books as well to go through but TestOut on its own would have gotten me to my certification. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is no substitute for real hardware and some student complain. Looking back, you really do not need the hardware but if you do, you find it all dirt cheap on eBay. You do need a wide screen, and the wider the better to be able to maneuver through the simulation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Certainly review what they have. I was surprised how good en compete it is. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting student to certifications. Education is great but if you want employment, you need certifications. It validates that the people you hire have a basic understanding of the subject studies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The videos are prepared by professional presenters that are able to explain the course material very clearly in simple layman terms Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The price could be somewhat on the expensive side when students have to take multiple course they don't get a break of some sort like a package deal Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

TestOut provides a lot material it is a great resource to use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I like the fact the students get a certificate from TestOut at the end of each course. I make the certification an optional item and most students are happy to put a good list of certifications instead of putting only the list of classes they took. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The video lessons are very well done and digestible. The fact that some info in the videos is not in the fact sheet and vice versa makes reviewing both a need. As an instructor, pushing students to review this complex material is ideal. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some of the videos are odd. The labs are very slow to react to clicks sometimes, especially if the student's PC is low on RAM. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get this software! Competitively priced yet still the best test prep software you can buy Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having a platform where reliable tests can be created and performed is great for a higher learning facility. Using TestOut has allowed our business to be more efficient in the delivery and reinforcement of the material we are transferring to the student. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AH
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The TestOut account executive, Jared Skelton, has gone above and beyond to provide information and answer questions regarding use of the software and providing assistance to students. The Tech Support answers quickly and is always helpful. The program provides students have the opportunities to review the training through seeing it, practicing the skills, and receiving the necessary feedback. In addition, the students can complete the training around their own schedule. The program doesn't require downloading or uploading and the course can be completed from anywhere. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I feel the MS Office training is too broad from beginning skills to more intermediate and advanced levels. For students with little prior knowledge, this can be challenging to learn. My one recommendation would be to have the ability to easily view test scores without downloading them. I would also like to be able to schedule all the exams prior to the course starting so students can see all the pending exams immediately. Currently, the instructor has to schedule groups of students to an exam since they are not all purchasing the software at the same time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Excellent way to train students and employees to better their MS Office skills. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Students gain confidence in understanding MS Office and computer concepts for their jobs, college coursework, and future careers. Students who are working and unable to attend class in person can take these courses and work on them at home. This provides flexibility to online users and allows more students to complete the course. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Without a doubt, the best thing about Testout is the customer service. Our account executive is fantastic, and I couldn't ask for a better person to work with. He is prompt and attentive and goes out of his way to help meet our needs however he can. I try and encourage my instructors to reach out to the customer service department for help. They are always willing to help however they can. Unlike many vendors, Testout doesn't "make excuses", they make "solutions." Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Possibly more content areas - some of the higher level networking concepts would be good - but I can also see that there would be a lower customer base for this content so it's understandable. However, Cloud Computing and maybe some software development content would be intriguing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Infrastructure and content design is very helpful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Convenience of online experience and potential for certification at the end of each course. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not so much myself as it is the students' constant complaining about the "talking head." Not much interaction, scenery doesn't change, teacher doesn't change shirt, back ground is constant. Biggest complaint - Too Plain Wrapper. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a great resource to either use as a stand alone course or to supplement courses already offered. Certification practice tests and exams at the end are always helpful as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Lack of faculty at college to support broad spectrum of courses offered while preventing teacher burnout rate. With only two active faculty and a host of adjuncts, the potential is high for attrition and as such, TestOut alleviates this issue allowing us more time for other objectives while sustaining current class offerings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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