Fun and a little mental.
you’ve been following
along the DevCentral team’s journey
toward F5 Certification, then you may be aware that we were in Chicago last
week for F5’s
Agility 2016 conference and took our 101
Application Delivery Fundamentals exam. I am happy to report that all of
us, Jason, John, Chase and I, passed our exams. I gotta
tell you, it’s a relief since I didn’t want to title this article, 'Two Out
of Three Ain’t Bad.' Good song but wanted to avoid that.
We started this excursion back in
in March) with the team deciding to create a study group. Each week we’d
tackle a topic with the guidance of Eric
Mitchell’s excellent Study Guide. We worked through the sections and
decided to test our luck with the Certification Team’s mobile
testing center...with the pressure of passing during an F5 event. Imagine the
slight pre-test anxiety going through our minds if we didn’t pass. ‘How long
have you been at F5?’ the questions would have started. My mouth covering,
embarrassing, face-palming, muffled response of, ’12 years,’ would not
have been sufficient.
Well, we were prepared and we all passed!
Jason, John and I took the exam Tuesday morning. After registering and
scheduling with Pearson Vue, we
arrived at the mobile test center. You need to sign in and present two forms of
ID, one with your picture. Even though the Certification team knew all of us,
we still needed to follow the procedure, no exceptions. We liked that we had no
special treatment – other than the ‘hello’ hugs – and had to process and pass
fair and square.
We were seated in different areas since the exam room was fairly full when
we entered. The moderator helped each of us get to the proper test associated
with our registration and the timer started. For the 101, you have
90 minutes to answer 80 questions. At 23 minutes in, Jason got up and
was finished. ‘Wa?!?’ as I look up seeing him walk by, ‘I’m only on
question 28!’ I lamented. At least John was still there and I kept an eye
on my time and question count the rest of the way. But I also told myself, ‘I’m
in no hurry and if I need the full 90 minutes, I’ll take it to the last tick.’
When you are done, you walk back to the registration room and your
preliminary results are already waiting. I felt a quiver when Heidi glanced at
my results and gave that ‘I’m sorry,’ look. But that was soon turned to
glee as I read, ‘you have Passed.’ We were 3 for 3. Chase took the
test on Wednesday and also passed.
feel it was a very fair test to determine one’s basic application delivery
knowledge. Some networking, some security, some infrastructure.
And although we did prepare, it was still a challenging
test. These exams are not supposed to be cake-walks but a good way to
measure your knowledge around a certain topic.
Administration exam is the second exam required to achieve Certified F5
BIG-IP Administrator status. Candidates must have passed the 101-Application
Delivery Fundamentals exam in order to be eligible for the 201 exam.
And wouldn’t you know it, we’re all now shooting for the 201. We plan on
doing the team study again but we’ll also need to dig into some on box time for
this one. I plan on keeping you posted for the 201 but for now, I’ll just bask
in my 101 glory.