i just passed the CKA exam and as i stated i'll share a few things which hopefully will encourage others preparing to take the certification.
This maybe a little long, so here goes:
--> I used 3-4 materials to prepare for the certification which are:
i. the CKA course here on LA (duh)
ii. the free course on edx.org for introduction to kubernetes
iii. kelsey hightower's kubernetes the hardway tutorial on Github & kubernetes.io/docs/tasks
I find that the 3 courses above compliment each other very well and all very essential to strengthening one's knowledge on kubernetes and prepare for the cert as well.
A few days before the exam, i ensured that i could solve all the exercises and exam prep questions from the CKA course in about an hour. Try to time yourself and see to it that you can solve these questions quickly and really understand the basics to the solutions.
Read the candidate handbook, its very important as it explains the clusters you'll be working with.
During the exam:
- work with an editor you are very familiar with, common ones are vim and nano
- unless you're comfortable with tmux, i discourage you to use it
- the candidate handbook explains how you should navigate the kubernetes environments so ensure you understand that
- i had 11mins remaining because i answered all questions apart from 1 which i knew i could not answer anyway. So i used the remaining 11mins i had and went through some questions to make sure i did the right thing. Speed is essential and if you practice enough before the exam, you can finish before time, its very possible. That way, you can go through your work.
- and you're allowed to user kubernetes.io/docs during the exam. only 1 extra tab for it is allowed.
Lastly, before i took the exam, i read from quite a number of people online that it is a difficult exam and perhaps the hardest one they've sat for.
This almost discouraged me and made me feel i am not ready for it even though i've practiced alot and really put time into understanding kubernetes.
Is the exam challenging? yes but do not be discouraged, if other people have passed it, so can you, if its what you want.
Good luck to others.
And Thank you humans of Linux Academy for making high quality courses through and through and changing lives !!!