Saturday, October 22, 2011

VCAP-DCA: now I wait...

And now I wait.  I think the test went better than I had expected, but I would still be surprised if I passed.  Overall it was a great test and I actually had fun doing it.  I am very much a hands on learner and I work best when I am told to just get it done, and that is 100% the nature of this test.  Everything was very relavent to real life with no real abstract scenarios or trick questions that I could see.  My test was 34 questions/scenarios and in the end I counted about 6 total that I knew I had missed, didn't finish, or didn't even start.  Even though 3.5 hours seems like a lot of time, it really isn't.  You either know it or you don't and if you don't, move on and come back if time permits.  Having VMware documents available for reference was nice, but you cannot rely on them due to the time limitations.

Regardless of if I passed or not, I learned a lot in studying for this and will be able to apply everything to my job role.

I wanted to give a shoutout to the following people who's blogs about their experiences, their study notes, or just generally good articles helped get me to a point where I felt more confident and ready to try:

Sean Crookston:
David Davis:
Edward Grigson:
Kendrick Coleman:
Eric Sloof:
"Virtual Vargi":
Duncan Epping:
Ray Heffer:

And everyone who has posted their experiences on the VMware Community Forums:

Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I will be able to post that I passed!  And if not, I will post that I am scheduling my re-take!

Also wanted to say thanks to Brad Butler and Acropolis for rolling the dice with me :)

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