My Experience with Acquia Certification
Preparing for the exam:
- Review this great guide: Five Steps to Get Ready for the Acquia Certified Developer Exam (pdf)
- As the guide says, review topics (in the pdf appendix) and identify your weaknesses, read up on your weaknesses.
- This isn't an exam to cram for, you'll do well if you have experience. Though reviewing API and d.o documentation doesn't hurt.
Taking the exam:
- Reading lots of scenarios can be exhausting, so if a scenario/question is confusing or difficult, flag it and come back to it later.
- Also, go with your instinct. If some answers seem similar, don't overthink it. Your first choice is most often the right one.
- You have 90 minutes for 60 questions. That's 1.5 minutes per question. Monitor yourself, you should be at 20 questions after 30 minutes, 40 questions at 60 minutes, etc.. If you find yourself falling behind, flag harder questions for review and return to them later.
In general, the exam format is very straightforward: there are four sections of varying toughness, and they progress in difficulty as you make your way to the end of the exam. You can get through the first section, all about fundamentals, in no time so that leaves you plenty of time to tackle the more difficult questions posed at the back end of the exam. There are a few questions with confusing or ambiguous language. Again, if you find yourself spending too much time on any of these questions you may want to flag them for review and then return to them later. I flagged ~22 questions for review, then whittled that down to ~8 questions that I thought were confusing.
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