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Tips for Passing ACP-600 Certification the First Time! Edited

The ACP-600 Certification is the easiest of the Atlassian Certifications and entry level.  You must know the difference between the role of a Project Administrator and a Jira Administrator to Pass. Expect a lot of scenario questions and similar answers. Take your time to go through the questions and answers.  Sometimes the final clue is in the scenario question or answers. Don’t waste too much time on a single question if confusing.  Select your best answer or answers, mark it (for review later) and come back to it at the end, if you have enough time to go through them again. Below are a few tips that help me pass my exam.

Project Administration in Jira Server (On Demand)
Go through the Atlassian ACP-600 Prep Course “Project Administration in Jira Server (On Demand)” at least 3 (three) times before sitting the Exam.  you get the “Project Administration in Jira Server (On Demand)" once you pay for the exam. Each time I went over the course I learnt and noted down new things I didn’t notice before.

ACP-600 Exam Topics Sheet
Go through the Atlassian ACP-600 Exam Topic sheet https://www.atlassian.com/university/certification/certifications/exam-acp-600. Answers each of the points listed in the exam topics guide and use them as your revision sheet.  I went through all the points of the exam topics copied them into a word document and answered them all one by one.  I then used this as my revision during study and before I took the exam.  It was very useful and key to answering the exam questions correctly for me.

Atlassian Documentation
Go through and use the Atlassian Documentation extensively for better understanding. https://confluence.atlassian.com/adminjiraserver/defining-a-project-938847066.html

Additional Courseware
Go through all the Additional Courseware provided with the “Project Administration in Jira Server (On Demand)” course.  They are short 5 – 15 minutes long videos, especially the “Reports, Dashboards, & JQL” ones 11 videos in total on Reports, Dashboards, & JQL.  They were very useful prerequisite knowledge information and key to passing the reporting and JQL exam questions.  You will learn elements of queries which Fields, Operators, Values and Keywords. In addition you will learn how to search with Dates, Text, Functions, Keywords, and Operators etc.     Also go through the JQL Cheat Sheet that is provided in the resources section. This was very useful to me in passing the exam and getting high marks in reporting and JQL.

Top Secrets to Success for Project Administration in Jira Server
Go through the “Top Secrets to Success for Project Administration in Jira Server” webinar very useful for understanding the role of Project Administrators. https://www.atlassian.com/webinars/software/the-top-secrets-to-success-for-project-administration-in-jira-server

Lab Workbook and Virtual Lab
Go through the lab workbook. Do the virtual lab exercises after you have covered the above points.  You only have 24 hours access to the virtual lab so make such you use your time wisely. It is best to go through the virtual lab on a day that you don’t have much doing.

Atlassian ACP-600 Sample Exam Questions
Go through the Atlassian sample exam questions provided with the “Project Administration in Jira Server (On Demand)” at least four or five days before your exam (don’t expect the same questions to come out in the exam) to see where you are at, if you scale them you are ready for the exam, if not spend some more time going through the Administration in Jira Server (On Demand)” course, focusing on your weak areas.  You have 72 hours to reschedule the exam without losing your money hence the reason why I mentioned above to do the sample question four or five days before to give you enough time to see where you are at.

IMPORTANT
Lastly, pray for a retentive memory (very important).  On the day of the exam, as I sat through the exam going through the questions I experienced confusing answers and my mind going blank, I selected my best answer and answers, marked them (in order to review later) and moved on to other questions and at the same time I prayed to God for a “Retentive Memory”.  I did not finish the whole exam before that “Retentive Memory” came back to me. I immediately went back to the marked questions, reviewed them and selected the correct answers. Good Luck in your exams and See You at the Top!

 

Worst Case Scenario
In the event you fail don't give up or leave it too long as the longer you leave it the more you have to study all over again.  Book your exam retake after 7 days period Atlassian advice and scale it this time around. Good Luck in your exams and See You at the Top!

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This is a great article. I passed first time but wish i followed your advice anyway as my pass was best described by a team mate as "efficient"
 i.e. I got the lowest possible passing score.

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Thank You and Well done on passing the first time! Thought I needed to share this as I didn't pass the first time and I also came across a discussion where many failed a number of times before passing.  In some cases they gave up doing the certification totally, hope this article helps others.

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Congrats on passing.

One of my favourite souvenirs form Summit 2019 is this badge:

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I'm not sure why it wants to display sidewards.

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Lol! Nice One 

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We are glad you like it Kat. Greetings from Blended Perspectives and thank you for sharing! :) 

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Like Joe Bloggs likes this

Great Write Up Thank You and Congratulations 

Thank you for sharing. Great article.

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Thank you so much for this information! Can you please confirm if the entire test is multiple choice or not? 

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Yes it is - as are all of the Atlassian Certification exams. This means we get our results almost instantly.

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In addition it's a lot of scenario questions and similar answers
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Thank you, Kat and Tanwa, for your prompt replies. Appreciate the info!

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Thanks for the tips.

Is the lab essential to complete to pass? I found that the structure of the elearning was confusing - I opened the lab at the "Try it" section of the first module -- obviously couldn't get back in after and it now says my score is 0%... 

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The Lab is a Virtual Jira Server instance available for 24 hours only. Its for you to practice everything you have learnt on the course. I am not sure it scores you, unless it has changed since.

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Thanks. This morning it appears to say I've completed the course, so hopefully the lack of lab access doesn't prove a problem.

Emma, Totally agree with you that the structure of the elearning course is confusing. But I would say the lab is pretty critical. I have a lot of experience in JIRA at a previous employer and studied my tail off and failed the test by 6 points.  So I would double check that you clicked on the Course Resources and "Start Lab" again. Or contact customer support, but you NEED your lab time!

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Yes its a good idea to check

@Tee  Any advice/ I'm soooooo gun shy to take it again.  Need to feel like I understand what I did wrong, and I still am not clear!

@Catherine Downing-Schwartz  First of all DON'T give up., you are almost there.  I didn't pass the first time even though; I was so sure going through the exam that I will pass, there was a big smile on my face while taking it and seeing the answers, it was a done deal for me.  After clicking “Submit” the big smile was quickly wiped off my face when I saw “FAIL”.  I asked myself how that was possible; I was lost in deep thoughts. 

Anyway, I decided to encourage myself and not to give up.   After 7 days I rebooked the Exam/Course again.   This time I took my time to go over it again from start to finish and re-enforced my knowledge with Atlassian Documentation I took up to 4 weeks.  I looked at my weak areas and went through it again and again particularly JQL queries and reporting, the additional basic courses provided by Atlassian with the course were very helpful.

The thing about the multiple choice answers is that they are very similar to each other, so it’s possible to choose the wrong answers if one does not take their time to understand the question and process the answers provided.  The key is to exercise patience when going over the answers. When you retake the exam you will get another mix of questions and answers.  Process and eliminate the answers before selecting.   Finally, if they are still confusing just ask God to help you select, it worked for me suddenly the correct answers were standing out.  Best of Luck!

Thanks @Tee ! your sharing is really informative & helpful.. For the worst case scenario, the rebooked Exam costs another USD100?

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Thanks you, @Tee , for taking time to share your thoughts with us. Highly appreciated!

Hello! 

Reporting back to say I passed today after my second attempt and can confirm that the labs was essential, as it highlighted some of the very granular details that tend to come up in the exams. I also re-did the 30 sample questions over and over, reading all of the feedback until I truly understood. 

Was searching but didn't find an answer - when does the certification show up on your Atlassian profile as an award? 

Certifications don't show up on our Atlassian community profiles (yet, right @Monique van den Berg ?)

That's right @Kat Warner {TechTime} but I'm happy to say we're working on it! It's a complicated integration but fingers crossed we can figure it out soon.

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