Road to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Architect Associate 1Z0-932

I have recently applied (and fortunately passed) to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Architect Associate 1Z0-932 certification exam.

Oracle Cloud Certificate Associated

This is the first level of certification available (and to date only) for the second generation Oracle Cloud (OCI), with which as you know and because of my work I spend a lot of time :-).

If you are evaluating a Cloud-type certification focused on Oracle technology, or simply want to broaden your knowledge about why OCI is the first Second Generation Cloud on the market, this certification may be of interest to you.

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I tell you next, what you can find during the exam and how you can prepare it.

The Exam:

The exam is very similar to other certifications, it ‘s done in a Pearson Vue center and it will be useful to know that:

  • 70 questions
  • 68% of well answered questions to pass the exam
  • There are 3 types of questions:
    • multiple options, with a little help, yes, it tells you the number of answers that are correct
    • Opción simple: Simple option: a single answer is the correct one
    • Best option: There may be several correct answers, but only one is the best (and right)
  • Errors don’t penalize
  • Exam duration 105 minutes
  • Language: English

Before the exam:

I have to say that my main preparation source for the exam has been my own work. Performing Cloud Architect tasks on OCI has given me a practical experience that, unlike other certifications, is important here.

My recommendation would be that you start by taking a look at the material that I already collected in this blog in previous posts and that I summarize below:

in them you can find the official YouTube channel with a lot of additional information (here) and the official OCI User Guide (here), this one will be your main resource to answer any doubt.

This one is a new certification, so there isn’t much material published about it, but it is possible to find a guide wrote by Walter Goerner’s:

OCI certification Book

It is a very interesting book, but very focused on the management part of the infrastructure as a code, for something it has “Infraestrucuture as a code” in the title. In my opinion it is a complementary book that will help you improve, but that doesn’t replace the intake of the resources discussed above.

Tips & Tricks:

You have to keep in mind that it is an eminently practical certification, so having some knowledge in main operations of Cloud management is mandatory. Please, practice and in case you don’t have access to an environment, register for a demo account (here) and again, practice.

The content of automation and orchestration has a pretty big weight, so make sure you feel reasonably comfortable with Terraform (you can also have questions related to Chef and similar).

In the questions where you don’t know the right answer, apply the logic and your experience (even if it isn’t from the Oracle Cloud), the questions are quite clear and except for some translation that may be improved, I have not appreciated any folds or intentions to confuse.

I think is a very up to date certification, so it’s important to be also up to date with the changes and new features on OCI

Good Luck in your exam!!

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