How to Prepare for the VCP-DCV Exam

Students seeking to certify on VMware vSphere need to be properly prepared.  The VCP-DCV exam is difficult, if not impossible to pass on the first attempt without some hands-on experience, formal training, test prep, and dusting off those good old-fashioned test taking skills. Question on the exam require the use of critical thinking skills and understanding multiple components of the software defined datacenter and how they work in concert with each other.  Additionally, VMware Certified Professionals are required to have a working understanding of the licensing aspects and specific features included in different versions of VMware’s products.  It is this part of the exam that catches most test takers off guard.

Hands On Experience

Ideal candidates will have 1-3 years minimum experience working with vSphere in a real world production environment.  IT CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED HOW IMPORTANT HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IS TO PASSING THE VCP-DCV EXAM.

Formal Training

In addition to hands on experience, to attain the VMware Certified Professional designation, VMware has mandated that all new VCP testers take an authorized VMware class.  Learn More

Test Preparation (Test Prep)

Preparing for the test is very different than preparing to work with VMware in the real world.  Experience working on VMware alone will not ensure success on the first attempt.  Likewise, just cramming and passing the exam will not prepare you for the real world.  VMware wants all VCPs to demonstrate on the exam a minimum knowledge base covering 7 main categories.  Based on exit polling results and tester feedback, VCP exam takers with years of experience indicate that without a working knowledge of how questions will be presented, worded, and asked, the passing rate on this exam is significantly diminished.

Test Taking skills

Testing Anxiety is real, and walking into a proctored exam can be nerve racking and costly if you are not prepared.  The test environment can derail success if opportunity and preparedness are not present.  Knowing how to read questions, isolate what is being asked, and eliminating blatant incorrect answers can improve the chances of passing exams on the first attempt.