Hadoop Administrator – Cloudera Certified

I had some drama yesterday when I was trying to setup my laptop for Cloudera’s Hadoop Administrator Exam with Innovative Exams (http://examslocal.com/). I was unable to share my screen inside Chrome with the examiner. I spent about 20 minutes trying different ways and finally it worked, but I had no idea what the problem was and how I fixed, it just happened.

Anyway, the exam went smoothly afterwards and it took 90 minutes. I had taken the practical exams lots of times before this and I have to say that there are lots more trickier questions in the actual exam than the practical one. And some of the questions, although not many, that you can not find in the course note, meaning you will have to do lots of practical work with Hadoop by hand to know the answer.

I got the score back straightaway after the exam, and guess what, the result was PASS. I will get the actual certification confirmation in about 2 business days. Oh Yeah!

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Now next one is the Developer certification. Cloudera is in the process of changing the exam structure for the Developer course, and there will be some practical questions, meaning you will have to actually write some code, rather than pure single/multiple choice questions.

Wish us luck!!

Booked in Cloudera’s Hadoop Administrator Certification Exam

I booked in the certification exam for Cloudera’s Hadoop Administrator to be done this Tuesday morning at 10AM. Cloudera recently changed the way the exam is conducted. Students used to need to go to a specific exam centre and sit inside a classroom for the test, but now it is all done online through a partner called Innovative Exams.

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The way it works is to install a chrome extension from Innovative Exams, and allow them to watch you, both your face and desktop monitors remotely, via web cam and the chrome extension. They will catch you if you try to cheat. It is very convenience since you don’t have to physically go to another place for the test, but it does feel a bit odd when someone is watching all your movements for the whole one and half hours.

Anyway, I have studied hard and now ready for the exam. Wow, the very first exam since I graduated from Uni almost 10 years ago. Fingers crossed.