Passed this exam today.

Hello!

Today I successfully passed the Cloud Essentials exam. I would like to express my gratitude toward Stephen Smith and Linux Academy for the materials provided. They certainly were helpful toward passing this test.

Course Highlights:
  • This course's video library has a lot of valuable information consended into a very consumable <3 hours.
  • The official Linux Academy Cloud Essentials study guide. It's an attractive document that is easy to read. If you can pace yourself and read the document in between lectures, you might get through it 2 times - which would be plenty.
Course critique:
  • Steven Smith. Great instructor, but a little past paced for me. Some of the courses seemed a little short (<3min).
  • Slide deck. It's downloadable, but it would have been helpful to have more useful information on them. Some slides just refer to the names of topics that will be discussed iwth little to no actual content.
  • Practice tests. I felt great when taking them! I was able to make steady progress, and they assisted me in taking other practice tests from another provider as that test date grew nearer. However, as was mentioned by someone in the study group, I encountered a real flurry of ITIL questions that weren't covered heavily enough in the practice exam.
Summary:
Be prepared to be annoyed at the questions asked by the testing suite.  The questions asked are complicated business organization scenarios. If you are taking this course in order as prescribed by the Linux Academy Linux track, or AWS track, you might not be prepared to answer so many business related questions. The questions and the answers themselves are half-baked, or I have serious reading comprehension problems.. I literally felt as if I was failing the entire time... It was very frustrating. Luckily, it was a positive outcome!

Thanks Linux Academy!
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    Shahan K
    12-20-2016

    Awesome news and thanks for leaving feedback  @lordpenguin !

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    James M
    12-20-2016

    Well done, Dean!

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    Johnny J
    12-20-2016

     @lordpenguin: Great write-up! Congrats on your accomplishment :D. How may people were in your study group?

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    Emily M
    12-20-2016

    Congratulations, Dean, thanks for the feedback!

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    Hunter F
    12-20-2016

    Congratulations! 

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    Christopher G
    12-20-2016

    Thanks so much, Dean! And congrats!

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    Stephen S
    12-20-2016

    Congrats  @lordpenguin !  Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback as it always helps us to make our content the best it can be.

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    Dean H
    12-20-2016

    Johnny - not very many. It is not an active study group - only a few threads. Many thanks to @stephen for creating the group. I'm sure it will gain traction as more and more learners begin to use the course.

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    Shiraz K
    12-20-2016

    congrats!

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    Davis E
    12-20-2016

    I love when people take the time to give detailed feedback about things like this. It seems clear that you're astute and working hard. Keep it up!

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    George S
    12-20-2016

    Feedback is always good to have. Thank you for that -- but most importantly, congratulations!

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    Sean G
    12-20-2016

    Congrats and thanks for the feedback!

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    Dawn O
    12-20-2016

    Thanks for the feedback, Dean. Congrats!!

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    Colette W
    12-20-2016

    Congrats!!

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    Doug V
    12-20-2016

    Great feedback, Dean. Way to go!

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    Justin O
    12-20-2016

    Appreciate the intel. Thank you for taking the time to write a thought out review. Congrats on the certification!!!

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    Manisha S
    12-20-2016

    That is great feedback, thanks for sharing!

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    Thomas H
    12-21-2016

    Woohoo!  Congrats, on passing the exam!

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    Michelle G
    12-21-2016

    CONGRATULATIONS Dean! Thank you for the feedback, it's super helpful!

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    Richard L
    12-21-2016

    Awesome job Dean!

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    Elle K
    12-21-2016

    Congratulations, Dean! Thank you for sharing your experience and suggestions. :D

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    Terrence C
    12-21-2016

    Way to go!

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