Are there ACP-100 prep resources available OTHER than Atlassian University?

Having taken the beta exam and missing passing BY A HAIR I can tell you that studying the admin guide is useful but it is NOT the end, nor is being an admin for a long time - why?  Because realistically, unless you need to utilize every function JIRA offers, you're most likely going to be focused on only what you need to use in your time as admin.  

So now I'm looking for prep material, but the only thing I can find is a $150 pre-recorded course from Atlassian University.  BUT WAIT, it gets better!  For your $150 you only get access for 120 days!

So... are there any alternatives before I break down and shell out the cash, out of pocket?

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Atlassian built the Certification Prep OnDemand Courses specifically to set expectations and give you a structured preparation path to increase your chance of success on the first try.   The instructor counsels you about how best to prepare for every section of the exam. The Certification Prep course also discusses sample questions in depth, and provides additional sample questions for practice.  In addition, we provide case studies based on real business problems – if you work through them you'll touch on all the topics on the exam.   The Certification Prep course is for people who have the recommended level of experience with the product (as shown on the exam page on the Atlassian Certification website); it's not designed to replace the recommended real-world experience, but to supplement it, so that you can increase your knowledge and proficiency, especially with aspects of the product that you encounter infrequently in your day to day work.  

Hey Robert,

I am also planning to take the ACP-100 in a few days, really I dint find any information much about the exam. I could not even find some sample questions so that we have a idea of the standard of exam.

Could you please take some time and share your experience about how the exam was and also standard of question. If you feel like I am not asking much can you share one sample question that you encountered in the test.

 

Thank You

Well, now I'm curious.

It gave some of the material that's in the exams, so it was removed.

Thanks Julia,

Beyond violating the terms I agreed to under threat of Atlassian showing up at my door, taking all my beer, and kicking me in the junk on the way out, I probably could not even come close to remembering a single question since I took the test in April, which from a subjective perspective feels like roughly 35 years ago.

There are three major problems with the on demand classes.

  1. Pricey for what it is, especially for someone paying out of pocket.
  2. Once you pay you have only a very short time to utilize the training.
  3. Video, not written, which means being tethered to a computer or some device requiring streaming.  (no train study time)

Granted, if I had gotten the handful of points I needed to pass the beta I'd likely not be as cranky, but if you look at other exams (PMP, Cisco, etc) there are tons of written prep materials available, with practice exams, etc, all which cost considerably less.  The bare minimum one can pay is $150, and that only allows for 120 days of access to video resources.  That's why my question is about alternatives to the Prep On Demand Courses.

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Robert, here are some great tips from an ACP who prepared without the benefit of the Atlassian Cert Prep course:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-study-jira-administrator-certification-rachel-wright  It sounds like her prep path cost close to nothing.  We think the study group idea is an excellent one.

Gonchik Tsymzhitov Community Champion Jul 20, 2017

Julia, any changes about a free prep test? 

Do you have a statistic about this exam? Just interesting, it is so hard exam or not?

 

Hi Gonchik,

There are some example questions found here:  https://www.atlassian.com/university/certification/certifications/exam-acp-100

We don't have other free prep.  Our Certification Prep course is USD $150.  Regardless of whether or not you use the Prep course, Atlassian subsidizes your retake of the exam, so if you don't pass the first time, your retake will be USD $150.50.  So you'd save USD $199.50 on the retake. 

The exam is definitely very challenging. Learn everything you can about JIRA administration from the Atlassian documentation.  We recommend having at least 2-3 years' experience administering JIRA.   When taking the exam, don't leave any questions unanswered -- there are no negative points for incorrect responses.  

Will Atlassian subsidize an exam for someone who didn't pass the beta?  :)

Hi Robert, yes, submit a ticket at https://getsupport.atlassian.com/servicedesk/customer/portal/9 and specify which exam you are requesting the subsidized retake voucher for.

 

Great news! Just submitted a ticket to find out more, I also didn't pass the beta and am really interested again to try my hand at passing again to get certified! 

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