Earlier this week, I passed the GPC Associate Cloud Engineer exam. Here are some things that I hope will help others also pass:
Understand the basic structure of CIDR notation (how big or small a range is)
Understand how to separate workloads using VPC subnets and CIDR ranges
Understand how to apply least privilege principle both within the same account / project and across accounts / projects
Understand the difference between service accounts and user accounts and when to use them
Understand how to design self-healing deployments (e.g. GCE)
Understand basic Kubernetes concepts (nodes, pods, deployments – also StatefulSets, DaemonSets)
Understand how to secure credentials in Kubernetes
Understand which data solution to use in given a scenario – e.g. Cloud SQL vs. Cloud Spanner or which Cloud Storage class is most suitable
A lot of the questions were about understanding which solution to use in a given scenario. I would say you can work out the answer to most questions if you understand how GCE, GKE, IAM and the different data storage solutions work.
Hope this helps!
Congratulations on passing the exam and thanks for providing your feedback to help others preparing to sit ACE!
Nice job, Tim! Congrats on taking down the ACE! 🎉 And that’s a great list of tips, so I’m happy to link here from my ACE Exam Report Mega-Thread so other students can find them. Thanks!
Keep being awesome!