I sat the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD) exam on Wednesday of last week, so I thought I’d put my thoughts on the exam down on paper.
Organizationally, this exam is a lot like the VCAP-DCD, as expected. If you’ve done the VCAP-DCD, you’ll definitely have a good feel for how the exam is laid out. As referenced in the blueprint, the exam contains 115 questions, consisting of multiple choice (single and multiple answer), drag and drop, and six design items.
The first half of the exam felt like it took forever to me. I got three or four really in depth design items in the first half of the exam, so I felt like I was getting pressed for time. At that point, I had probably an hour and fifteen minutes left, so I started limiting myself to a minute per multiple choice question and two or three per matching question, leaving as much time as possible for my design items. As it turns out, I really didn’t need to rush. My last few design items were much easier to me than the first, so I got through them a lot quicker than I did the first few. I ended up finishing with 30 minutes to spare.
When I ended the exam, I wasn’t really sure what to expect – I really didn’t think I’d do very well on my first attempt. The exam had a lot of questions on Local Mode and ThinApp, both of which I’m pretty weak on. I was, however, pleasantly surprised to see that I’d passed with a 377/500, with a score of 300 being a passing grade.
Here are some great VCAP-DTD exam resources if you’re considering taking the exam:
- VCAP-DTD Document Bundle from Jason Langer (@jaslanger) – This bundle has all of the referenced documents from the exam blueprint, including the blueprint itself.
- Exam Experience from Steven Dunne (@stevied_82). Lots of good points about the exam, especially about writing down info and requirements on the more in depth questions.
vBrownBag recently covered each part of the exam blueprint. (@vbrownbag)