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Associate Cloud Engineer (ACE)
Rob has written very helpful tips about some key topics to study before your exam.
Stoja10 has written many tips on what to focus on for the ACE exam and described how to use my GCP courses to support that goal
Saedalav described his experience in taking the ACE exam–using my intro to GCP course, an early preview version of this ACE course, and his background with K8s to come away certified!
Karlitos wrote about how he leveraged my courses and a few other things (including a strong background with Kubernetes) to achieve the certification in only three days! He then also posted this helpful list of specific things you should know before your exam.
Luis passed his exam and passed along some tips of what to make sure you study. He and a commenter also reported feeling that GCP ACE is more challenging than AWS SA-A.
legalph has offered advice on the four biggest topics they saw when clearing their exam.
Anurag described his background and successful path to passing both ACE and PCA in the same week!
Deepak also passed both ACE and PCA, and wrote up his assessment and excellent study tips for both exams!
Kelvin offers good advice on some areas to study could help you pass your ACE, too.
Owen passed his exam with a key shout-out to the Kubernetes Deep Dive, and offered exam tips and hope to those struggling with our ACE practice exam.
Prasad gave credit to this course and this mega-thread for passing ACE, and suggested people (including me!) should pay more attention to App Engine, as it had more presence on the exam than we’d expected.
Shadja also passed ACE and suggested more attention be paid to App Engine–and also gave many more useful tips on revising for the exam.
Daniel found this mega-thread and our ACE practice exam questions particularly helpful to pass his exam, and shared several more tips about key topics to study.
Hemant shared his experience of how he rather quickly training for and passed the ACE exam, based on a cloud foundation of mostly AWS.
Majek also added GCP ACE to a number of AWS certs and offered excellent tips for breaking down Google’s exam questions.
Simon offered lots of helpful study tips in his report of how he passed his exam–like choosing to use the CLI more often than needed, just for practice.
Dhaval gives a great list of topics he saw on his ACE exam and described how he studied for and overcame both ACE and PCA.
Jerry really appreciated this thread and course–especially the practice questions and explanations–to prepare for and pass ACE.
Reuben warns against ignoring the console UI, because both it and the CLI were important to his pass.
Nek also shared his approach to passing ACE and reiterated the importance of eliminating bad response options.
Dariusz warns people not to take the ACE exam and studying too lightly–and especially to pay attention to every word in each exam question–but shows how it can be overcome!
Gary–a self-described "sales geezer" (his words! 😂)–wrote about his path, having gone through AWS SA-A and now studying and passing the GCP ACE (which he describes as "slightly more complicated and detailed").
FayeCloudGuru (yes, that Faye! 😁) used our courses to advance herself in GCP. Do not miss all the super-helpful advice and perspective she offers in her write-up!
Shashank pointed out the six key areas of focus he saw on his exam, and how he studied.
Simon found this ACE course and practice questions helpful and reiterated the importance of Nigel’s Kubernetes Deep Dive.
Despite failing the ACE exam before finding A Cloud Guru, yclin turned things around and passed ACE–recommending that people keep practicing the questions and do hands-on labs (in addition to our courses, of course).
Rajanand didn’t start out caring about any certification but found ACE and used it to effectively focus his GCP learning. He also gave a great list of exam topics seen.
John particularly liked this course’s IAM and Networking sections, and also really liked Google’s official study guide book.
Teambob found this course "a huge help" to pass ACE, offered tips on key exam areas seen, and offered his pre-exam exam simulator score as a data point.
GK passed ACE a few months ago but recently recorded an excellent YouTube video explaining his really solid approach to studying what you need.
Tim lists some very useful key things you must understand before your exam.
Denis (ADV-IT) gave a topic by topic breakdown of things you must know how to do, points out that he only saw single-response questions on his exam, and also likens the level of Google’s ACE exam to AWS’s Sysops Administrator Associate.
Chris likes to learn more on his own, so he really leveraged our Exam Simulator questions and did labs to drive his hands-on exploration.
Greg provides a huge list of documentation resources he found helpful, and rated GCP ACE as a combination of AWS’s Solutions Architect and Sysops Administrator Associate exams.
Matt started with a multi-cloud background (AWS/Azure) and listed the key learning resources and process he used to add GCP to his list of accomplishments.
Thiam passed within three months of study and passed along study topics to overcome the tricky questions–emphasizing gcloud syntax and K8s.
Umapathy also passed and passed along a good list of product and feature topics you should ensure you know.
Vighnesh used data flow thinking to come out on top of the ACE exam–noting focuses on IAM, K8s, Google-recommended (best) practices, and a few more things.
Pedro pulled off an excellent result–both for the ACE exam and beyond–by following my ACE course advice. Vote for Pedro! 😁
Leonard is successfully charging ahead on his awesome goal to get the Professional Architect certs for both AWS and GCP, starting with AWS SA-A and GCP ACE! 🙌
More to come!
Professional Cloud Architect (PCA)
Keep being awesome, cloud gurus!
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Thanks Mattias for putting this together, it is very useful … i wonder if something like this could be a best practice for other classes
You’re very welcome! And I will pass along your suggestion! 😁👍
Great compilation Mattias.
I also passed my ACE and PCA this month. In addition to your lists. Here are my learnings.
1. Youtube Channel of "Google Cloud Platforms" is a must. There are playlist there that discuss GCP services and it put emphasis on what is the latest and what is new
2. Decision tree and data flows are sooo important. I saw one that is really good. https://www.gcp.solutions
3. The beta/preview of Acloud Guru ( Google network engineer and Data Engineer course). It added knowledge to the "what if" and covers some information to PCA exams.
Thanks Mattias for the help. #salute.
Preparing for this certification. I hope this thread is still relevant. I’ll appreciate a feedback.
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Thanks Mattias! Great topic! I
😁 I’m glad you’re both getting value from it!
You’re welcome! 🙂
Amazing post (y)
I have a small internal Web App on AWS built with AppSync. To get my hands dirty, I’m making a clone of the Web App but using GCP techs (and honestly, Azure too, I want to at least know the differences and options amongst them) I found very useful the SRE book from Google, it helps to understand how it is architected, similar to the AWS Well Architected Framework, so I do recommend that the book and the workbook are used, if you really want to learn and do, not just pass.
Passed the exam today. Thanks for all the information listed.
Thank you Mattias for sharing this important information, it will be very helpful to anyone who is new to Google Cloud Platform.