This document discusses exams in Cloud Academy. Exams are available individual and enterprise accounts, outside of the free trial period.
What Is an Exam
An exam is a tool to check your knowledge of a topic. Exams are an effective way to assess your skills in a particular focus area. Exams can help you understand critical areas to invest in training.
When you start an exam, you see a question and multiple-choice answers. You also see a Question Index.
You can move among the questions in the exam using the Previous and Next buttons. You do not need to answer a question before moving to another, but the platform counts unanswered questions as incorrect when you submit the exam. When you submit an answer to a question, a frame appears around the question number in the Question index. You can easily identify unanswered questions by the lack of frame.
Regardless of whether you submit an answer to a question, you can select the Review later check box for the question. When you select this check box, a red dot appears next to the question number in the Question index. The red dot remains there until you deselect Review later.
When you have answered all the questions, click Submit exam in the bottom right. If you have left any of the questions unanswered, the system reminds you to answer them. If you decide to submit the exam anyway, the score counts unanswered questions as wrong answers.
Note: It might make sense to guess on questions you don't know when you're sitting a real certification exam, but while using Cloud Academy, you should skip questions that you don't know rather than guess. This gives you a more meaningful score and understanding of your progress in understanding the topic.
At the end of each exam, your Skill Profile shows your progress. Check this article for information about how Skill Profile scoring works. If you begin an exam and then decide you don't want the results to affect your Skill Profile, you can discard the exam before you submit it.
Though Cloud Academy does not issue certifications directly, Cloud Academy exams in the Certification category are designed to mimic the certification exams, with the same areas of emphasis, number of questions, and time allotted to complete each exam. Most exams present you with questions from a larger pool of questions. You can review your exam results to help you prepare for your certification test.
Tip: Consider re-taking exams, even exams that you pass, so that you can be exposed to more of the questions and further solidify your knowledge.