Sure, it was just a beta, but it cost me $200 so I feel entitled to opine
The bad... there's a bunch :
- Errors in terminology. For example, "set option A" appears in the GUI, "set option A and tell it to do B on a regular basis" might appear. The "tell it to do option B" is entirely redundant and throws you for a loop. Kinda makes you wonder if you've been missing something for years.
- At least one question which has a typo and is so grammatically incorrect I couldn't work out what the question actually was. There's a bunch of grammatical issues in general. Put it this way, if I studied for the next week and took the exam again, I still wouldn't know the answer as the original question was so poorly phrased. This isn't a "throw irrelevant info at the candidate to confuse them" phrasing, just poorly phrased all round.
- No "back" button or ability to mark questions for review. This is a nightmare. The way I do exams is run through once and answer the questions I know immediately and don't have to think about. Anything else gets marked for review. This way I know how many questions which will take some time, figure out how much time is left and allocate the time accordingly. Without a back button and not knowing how many case study type questions there are this makes time management impossible.
- Speaking of time management, it would be much easier if the exam was split into two parts - multiple choice and case-study type items. If not split into 2 parts, at least let us know how many of each type of question we're going to get.
- The Visio style questions... still not quite sure what should have been a container and what needed a link created. And screen size... I gave up on one Visio question altogether because I just couldn't fit it all on the screen in a decipherable fashion.
- Drag and drop questions... the markers don't always correctly snap into place. On one Q I couldn't get it to snap where I thought it should altogether.
There were a couple of questions which quite surprised me as I'd have thought they were more appropriate for the VCAP-DCA, but that's not a biggy.
The good... it definitely touches all the bases. If I were looking to hire someone to do design and they had this cert, I'd be confident they could do the job.
A couple of things I'd really like to know are :
- Is partial credit given for partially correct answers ? Not the "choose two" type things, but more the drag and drop and VIsios. If I've got 9 items right out of a 10 part question, do I get a 90% score on that Q or a 0 ?
- Is there more than one right answer to some of the questions ? I'll sit down and do a design one way, and if I give exactly the same criteria to 2 other guys I work with they'll both do things a little differently. All 3 designs are perfectly valid.
I don't really expect to pass this but I certainly hope I do. Don't really want to have to do it again