In Part 1 of this sequence, you got the required assets to get you began in your Citrix certification journey. In this article, I provide you with my private observations into making ready for and taking Citrix certification exams.
Get Set, Ready, Go
Now that you just studied in your examination, what now? You most likely have a number of questions.
What is an effective method to get ready to take the examination?
What must you do the day of the examination?
What do you have to do the day earlier than the examination?
What do you have to do throughout the examination?
What are the exams like?
These are my viewpoints, so before I begin answering the above questions, I have a couple of statements. Don’t ask me about any particular examination. Don’t ask me about any examination questions. I cannot reply to these questions. Don’t inform me about what you noticed on an examination or any query you noticed on an examination or any query sort you noticed on an examination. You comply with a Non-Disclosure Agreement before you begin your examination. Honor that settlement. I don't need to know or have to know what was in your examination and I can't let you know what was on my examination.
What is an effective strategy to get ready to take the examination?
Spend an enormous time in your computer lab, learn the product documentation, research, start thinking like an exam developer and provide you with your individual questions and don’t use a brain dump. Know the defaults for putting in a product. If installed in utilizing all of the default choices, what menu options can be found? What menu should choices not accessible?
Schedule the examination after which decide to a study schedule. I'm a morning individual so I wish to schedule my exams for mornings. The kind of examination and the period of time the examination permits for will have an effect on your scheduling. The 1Y0-456 Build/Test permits 4 hours to take the examination. Most examination facilities are not going to enable that examination to be scheduled after 1 PM.
Have a look at the Examination Prep Guide for the examination you take and have a look at the number of questions on the examination and the period of time allowed. In case your examination has 50 inquiries to be answered in 70 minutes, that's roughly 1 minute and 20 seconds per query. Do you assume you'll be able to reply 50 questions in 70 minutes? Or do you suppose you possibly can complete the 1Y0-456 examination in less than 4 hours?
If you're stressed in regards to the time and the number of questions, you are probably not ready to take the examination Or you possibly can be somebody who simply stresses out about taking exams. Settle down, take a deep breath and simply loosen up. It's simply an examination and life will go on. Simply bear in mind, the one that makes an ideal rating is simply as licensed as the one that makes the minimal rating. Examination scores usually are not posted to your examination profile. Examination scores are usually not out there to a possible employer or to your present employer.
What to do on the day of the examination?
Go over you examine material as an overview.
Eat a meal without too many carbs. You don't want your blood sugar spiking after which dropping through the examination.
Go away early for the testing center. Better to be early and relaxed than working late and wired.
If you arrive at the testing center, go forward and ensure you will discover the right building or workplace. Ensure you know the place the remainder rooms and water fountains are. Some testing facilities could have their very own personal services. It's possible you'll wish to go forward and make a fast journey to the remainder room earlier than signing in.
All you have to take into the testing center are your two types of identification and your car keys. Go away the whole lot else locked up in your vehicle. You might want a jacket or coat as some testing facilities are as chilly as a meat locker. Simply be certain that to empty all of the pockets of any jacket or coat you carry.
What must you do the day earlier than the examination?
The day earlier to your observation, ought to be a soothing day. Go through over the Examination Prep Guide in your examination. Go through over the variety of questions, the time allowed, the passing score percentage and the objectives. In case you are utilizing the examination prep guide from citrixschool.com, it is best to be capable of just reply the questions and work via any simulations.
Don’t have any caffeine after lunch. Don’t devour an excessive amount of sugar or carbs after lunch. Earlier than supper time, go over your examine sheets and examine guides ONE LAST time for at present. Don't research after dinner. Watch some TV, go for a stroll and simply loosen up. Go to mattress early. Calm down. Sleep properly. You're able to knock the examination out of the park and beat my rating.
What do you have to do through the examination?
In the course of the examination — RELAX. You will have to conform to the NDA and you'll have the choice to pattern the varied sorts of examination questions that could be in your examination. i.e. A number of alternatives, drag-and-drop, decisive tree, full-screen simulation, embedded simulation.
You're free to rise up and use the remainder room or get a drink throughout your examination however your time allowed for the examination will hold operating.
Don't spend an excessive amount of time on a query. In case you are caught and the examination permits it, mark the query for assessment and are available again to it. On the finish of the examination, the examination assessment will help you see which questions you didn't reply and or have marked for assessment. Every examination is totally different is what you might be allowed to evaluate or change. That is normally described in Part 6 of the Examination Prep Guide. Some exams are designed in an approach that going again to overview or change a solution will not be allowed.
After you finish the examination, you'll know in a brief period of time whether or not you handed and the way properly you probably did. If you weren't profitable this time, take the rating sheet and see what examination sections it is advisable to perceive higher. You could need to make some notes on what areas within the examination you didn't really feel sufficiently ready for. That method you may return to your lab and brush up on these regions earlier than trying the examination once more.
What are the exams like?
Contrary to what you could consider, certification exams will not be designed to trick you or deceive you. Examination questions are designed to find out for those who meet the minimal required requirements for the targets set for the examination you're taking. If you happen to imagine a query is a trick question, make a remark through the examination on that query.
The questions are usually not designed to trick you however you could take note of the wording of the questions. A few of the phrases to concentrate to are “ought to”, “might”, “should”, “require/required/requires”. Examples embrace:
What ought to the administrator do?
What may the administrator do?
What should the administrator do?
What's the administrator required to do?
Sooner or later, I hope more exams begin utilizing reside lab simulations. That is the place you might be given a goal after which dropped into an actual dwell lab atmosphere. This setting is loaded with all of the software programs you're being examined on. This fashion, you may show your stuff and it is going to be very tough to “pretend it ‘til you make it”. This may also make it extraordinarily tough for exams to point out upon braindump websites.
An examination shouldn't be the conclusion to your studying a few product. You must proceed to make use of your lab to broaden your product data. With the various merchandise Citrix now makes obtainable and the merchandise accessible for Tech Preview, it ought to take you a very long time to expire of products and parts to play within your lab.
I additionally encourage you to actively take part within the Citrix Assist Boards, Brian Madden’s boards and Specialists Change. Helping others and making an attempt to reply questions are glorious methods to present again to the Citrix group, improve your information and prepare in your subsequent examination.
Within the ultimate article on this sequence, Half three, I will provide you with some Random Ideas about:
How are exams scored?
Why get certified?
How do I research for exams (since I’ve taken so many)?
What to search for in an examination center
My favorite examination facilities
One other phrase on coping with not passing an examination