On Passing All Google Cloud Certifications

How long did it take you to do all the exams?

Sounds like it was easy if you finished it that quick, was it?

How long did I study?

What is the key takeaway across all exams?

So why take any or all certifications?

What online courses were useful?

So how good are you at GCP now?

GCP P&S in 4 words or less. Is it possible to be an expert in all of this?

Bonus Notes

  • Another odd thing I noticed across all the regular exams (i.e. not the beta one) was that the first few questions were super tough. Or oddly worded. Or too convoluted. Or the options were tough to decide among. It took me about 3 or 4 minutes per question. Ideally you should be averaging about 2 minutes per question given 50 questions and 120 minutes. I wondered after each exam whether those were the trial questions — i.e. they are not scored for me but are experimental ones. So if you find the exam starts of real tough and you are taking more time in the beginning, don’t panic. Keep your focus and calm. Soldier on.
  • Only in one exam (bPCD) out of four was I given a sheet of blank paper and a pencil. So you’ll have to do all calculations in your head. Keep some regular calculations pre-computed. E.g. Theoretically, how much time does it take to transfer 10GB over a 10Mbps connection? Ans: 8000 seconds~=2+ hours. Note that GB refers to Giga Bytes while Mb in Mbps refers to Mega Bits. You will have to decide among different storage transfer options depending on customer requirements for which you need to have a rough estimate of how much time it takes. You don’t have to be exact — assume 1GB~=1000MB. Given the rough calculation of 2 hours for 10GB over 10Mbps, you can scale that for different numbers. Usually data to be transferred will be in 100s of GBs or Terabytes (1000 GBs) or Petabytes (1000 TBs) and network speeds will be 10Mbps or 100Mbps. Given the time it takes to transfer data and the frequency at which it is needed, you might have to choose among various options — Storage Transfer Service, Transfer Appliance, gsutil, Direct Interconnect.
  • Thoroughly go through decision flowcharts for GCP. A bunch of questions are about following the decision process to match requirements with GCP products. ( ̶h̶̶̶t̶̶̶t̶̶̶p̶̶̶s̶̶̶:̶̶̶/̶/̶g̶̶̶r̶̶̶u̶̶̶m̶̶̶p̶̶̶y̶̶̶g̶̶̶r̶̶̶a̶̶̶c̶̶̶e̶̶̶.̶d̶̶̶e̶̶̶v̶̶̶/̶p̶̶̶o̶̶̶s̶̶̶t̶̶̶s̶̶̶/̶g̶̶̶c̶̶̶p̶̶̶-̶̶̶f̶̶̶l̶̶̶o̶̶̶w̶̶̶c̶̶̶h̶̶̶a̶̶̶r̶̶̶t̶̶̶s̶̶̶/̶) Edit: Grace has collated all the flowcharts here: https://grumpygrace.dev/posts/gcp-flowcharts/
  • If you take a break, it does not pause the exam. Plan accordingly.
  • This might work differently for you … If you use special keys like Ctrl+A during the exam, it temporarily locks you out. The test center person has to come and unlock it for you. I don’t know if the exam time pauses during this period. So maybe if you do that, your break time won’t be counted as part of the exam. Don’t take my word on it though.
  • Remember to carry two government IDs that have your photo. Yes, two IDs; one isn’t enough.
  • Ridiculously, the test center did not allow me to eat anything during my 4 hour beta Professional Cloud Developer! I was allowed to take a break if I wanted, come out, use the restroom, and drink water. But absolutely no eating a snack. WTH! I had had my breakfast around 9am, then got ready and traveled to the test center and reached there about 11:15am. I’d carried a sliced apple in a box for a snack knowing that this was going to be a long process from 11:30am to 3:30pm. When I went for my previous exams, I’d noticed that other test takers (doing their GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, Adobe, Salesforce, AWS, etc.) had brought a snack and kept it outside to have during their break. When I tried to do the same, he said I couldn’t keep any food out. What about all those other snacks and plantains there? Oh, they are allowed but not you, because you are taking the Google Certification. (insert multiple “huh, wth!” memes) And that’s how I ended up taking a 4 hour test without eating anything for a stretch of about 7 hours. If this is actually a rule, it is inconsiderate and needs to be stopped. If it is not, that test center needs to be belted; they anyways messed up other things also.

Some Responses to Questions about the Exams

  1. The ACE exam covers technologies and solutions that are common to all the certifications and is thus a good base to take others.
  2. Every exam thereafter will be an incremental delta of learning specific to that exam.
  3. The ACE exam is easier, and passing it will boost your confidence once you pass.
  4. It will expose you to the type of questions you will encounter and prepare you for other tougher exams.

Notes from each of my exams

Github Repo

Practice Labs

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