My perspective & prep for the CKA exam.

Hi there all,
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 !!!
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    Rob M
    09-17-2018

    Great job passing your exam and some awesome study tips as well!

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    Bob S
    09-17-2018

    Well done Hamza, congrats!

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    Will B
    09-17-2018

    Congrats, Hamza!!

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    Broadus P
    09-17-2018

    Well Done!

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    Anthony J
    09-17-2018

    Congratulations Hamza!

    I’d love to endorse/recommend you on LinkedIn if you want. All you have to do is add me as a connection and add Linux Academy as your school. Once you do that, post a picture of your cert about passing in your feed and reference me within the original post. Once I see this, I’ll be able to recommend you for your hard work on your LinkedIn profile.

    Thanks,

    Anthony

    Founder/CEO LinuxAcademy.com 

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    Ermin K
    09-17-2018

    AWESOME!

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    Hamza Y
    09-18-2018

     @anthony  thank you, i will do that on linkedin :-)

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    Tia W
    09-18-2018

    Great job! Congrats.

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    Craig A
    09-18-2018

    Congrats, Hamza!

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    Michael M
    09-18-2018

    Fantastic!

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    James J
    09-18-2018

    Hamza, this is really good insight.  Thanks so much for sharing your experience and for being an amazing Linux Academy  student!

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    Kenneth A
    09-18-2018

    Good job, Hamza!  Great feedback as well!

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    Doug R
    09-18-2018

    Thank you for the encouragement to other students.  And congrats on your accomplishment!

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    Joseph L
    09-18-2018

    Happiness, Hamza! Congratulations!

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    Keith T
    09-18-2018

    Congrats and thanks for the advice!

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    Justin M
    09-18-2018

    Good feedback, Hamza! Congrats on your accomplishment!

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    Roberto V
    09-18-2018

    Congratulations on passing the CKA exam, Hamza! Thank you so much for your extensive review and your encouragement to others taking the exam in the future. Best of luck on your next path!

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    Ryan B
    09-18-2018

    Congrats Hamza.  We really do appreciate your feedback.

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    Brian A
    09-18-2018

    Congrats Hamza!

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    Patrick S
    09-18-2018

    congrats

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    Matthew P
    09-18-2018

    Excellent work! Congrats!

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    Fernando M
    09-18-2018

    Congrats! And thank you for your thoughts on this! Hopefully, they are helpful to others taking the exam!

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    Sean G
    09-18-2018

    Yay

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    Travis T
    09-18-2018

    Awesome job!

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    Treva W
    09-18-2018

    Congrats, Hamza!

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    Brandon B
    09-18-2018

    Nicely Done!

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    Johnna W
    09-18-2018

    Awesomeness!!  Thank you for the feedback!!

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    Michael C
    09-18-2018

    Fantastic!

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    Johnna W
    09-19-2018

    Congrats and thank you for the great feedback!

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    Terrence C
    09-19-2018

    Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing your preparation and experience!

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    Andres E
    09-20-2018

    Congratulations!


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    Chad C
    09-20-2018

    Thanks Hamza! That was very helpful! I'm glad you didn't get discouraged, you are a great role model! Congratulations!

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    Michael H
    09-20-2018

    Congrats!

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    Tony S
    09-20-2018

    Well done, Hamza!  Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience.

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    Patrick S
    09-22-2018

    Congrats!

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    Emmanuel A
    09-22-2018

    Congratulations!

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    Myles Y
    09-26-2018

    Way to go!

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    Donna J
    09-27-2018

    Nice job, Hamza!  Thanks for making us part of your learning path. 

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    Ell M
    09-28-2018

    Thank you and we appreciate you writing up your experience. 

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    Amy M
    09-30-2018

    Congrats and thanks for the feedback!

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    ychetankumarsarma-6ac2c4f3
    12-04-2018

    Thanks for sharing this. I have been through Kubernetes the hard way and understood the concepts but it is humanly impossible to remember everything and configuration of each systemd file. How should I go about this? 


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    John M
    12-04-2018

    Congratulations and thanks for the input.

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