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I got an email about the Jenkins certification. I replied to the first two by email. Then I realized I should have replied online so copying it in here:

email wrote:I am going to be taking the Jenkins Certification exam on 1st June and I can across your article of how you had prepared for the exam.

I would like to get a heads-up on the tough-ness of questions as compared to the 5 sample questions they gave in the study guide. If you could re-call a handful of them and send them it would be great.

I also wanted to know what is the passing score? There will be 60 questions, but no declaration of how much you have to get right to pass.

Would really appreciate it if you could spare some time and guide me.



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I found the exam to be significantly harder than the 5 sample questions. In particular, I felt they asked a lot of "edge cases". When taking the exam, I signed I wouldn't disclose the questions.

They didn't announce the passing score. The exam is pass/fail though and you don't get a score so the score doesn't really matter.



email wrote:Thank you very much for the reply. I understand that you won't be able to disclose the questions, no problem.
Could you help me understand what you mean by "edge cases". If you could give an example say by creating your own question(s) which they may not have asked. That way I get a comparison between sample vs actual. It's been only a year for me in the IT industry so still trying to get familiar with terms.

Also, are the contents of the book "Jenkins the definitive guide" helpful? I mean, should I read the whole book or concentrate on a sub-set of chapters.

I might be asking for much but is it possible for you to spare some time and come up with some questions (say 20) to the toughness level of the exam? That way you won't be breaching as you won't be disclosing their questions and I also get a practice and guidance from an expert.

And how soon do you get the results (pass/fail). in the blog it seemed it took a day or 2, now that it's prometric, is it instant?



 
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email wrote:Thank you very much for the reply. I understand that you won't be able to disclose the questions, no problem. Could you help me understand what you mean by "edge cases". If you could give an example say by creating your own question(s) which they may not have asked. That way I get a comparison between sample vs actual. It's been only a year for me in the IT industry so still trying to get familiar with terms.


"Edge cases" means "what happens if". For example, that happens to a job if you restart jenkins while it is running? Does the job crash? Complete graceful? Re-run on startup?". That one is easier because I know the answer . And therein lies the catch. If you use a feature a lot, it doesn't seem hard. One way you could go about this is to pretend that you are testing the plugins mentioned in the study guide. What might go wrong.

email wrote:Also, are the contents of the book "Jenkins the definitive guide" helpful? I mean, should I read the whole book or concentrate on a sub-set of chapters.


Keep in mind the book is 5 years old so much has changed. I read it because I was trying to study on the train and I had it already. If you were very solid on Jenkins, I'd say to skip it. Since you indicated you need practice with terminology/vocabulary, I definitely think you should read it. Especially the first 10 chapters.

email wrote:I might be asking for much but is it possible for you to spare some time and come up with some questions (say 20) to the toughness level of the exam? That way you won't be breaching as you won't be disclosing their questions and I also get a practice and guidance from an expert.


I'm not creating mock questions now or in the foreseeable future. I wrote a cert book (for Java) and know just how hard writing mock questions can be. I enjoy doing it, but it isn't even on my list of priorities at this time let alone near the top. It is also challenging with a beta because there is no way to know how hard the questions are. When you take a beta, you see questions they decide not to use. Plus difficulty is subjective. If you know the answer to something, it is easy. If you don't, it is hard.

email wrote:And how soon do you get the results (pass/fail). in the blog it seemed it took a day or 2, now that it's prometric, is it instant?


I took a beta exam so it took weeks to know the result. Now that the exam is out of beta, you'll get results same day.
 
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Someone on Twitter passed with a 72% yesterday. He got his score and how he did by section on the computer right after the exam.
 
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