VCAP5-DCD Exam Format Change

So, by now many of you know that there is a change in the VCAP5-DCD exam format. I wanted to highlight what pushed VMware to change the format and block the option to go back and review the answered questions.

Well, on 2nd November I have appeared for VCAP5-DCD and failed in the exam. This is what happened to me.

1. There were 5 live designs. Which demanded minimum of 15 minutes each.

2. At the first place I have skipped all and marked those to finish at the end.

3. After I was done with multiple choice question, I went back and started on those.

4. I had enough time left so I went to the Review Screen and picked one by one design. I have spent 20 minutes approx on each design.

5. Once I was done with everything, I went back to review my other questions as I had 15 more minutes in my hand.

6. To my surprise I see all my design work is gone. I meant it, all of those 5 designs were washed out. Absolutely nothing were there.

7. So now to prove that this is a problem at a cost of $310, I went back and do just one design within the time and moved onto the next question.

8. After forwarding to 2-3 questions, I came back to that design again and yes I was right, It was washed out again. By this time I knew that without 5 design I am not going to pass this exam for sure. I clicked on next and Yes, I did not pass this.

I have escalated it through Pearson and they said VMware will check your folder and directly get back to you. This was really a bad judgement by VMware design tool or exam tool. Now after few days VMware replied to my case.

They said they have received a few reports that candidates who take the VCAP-DCD exam experience problems when attempting to return to a previously completed design item. The reports they have received indicate that this problem ONLY occurs when a candidate returns to the item they previously completed. While VMware have been unable to reproduce this issue, at VMware they wanted to provide the best exam experience possible. As a result, they have taken the following actions:


1. They have re-released a VCAP-DCD exam that has been adjusted so that a candidate cannot return to a previously completed item. This will ensure that the data captured from the candidates initial attempt at a design item is not altered in any way by returning to the item.

2. They encourage all candidates taking the current VCAP-DCD exam to understand that this problem has been reported and to plan on making only a single attempt at completing each design item.

3. They have provided language in the beginning of the exam and in the blueprint to make candidates aware that only a single attempt will be allowed.

One of my fellow colleague and friend point an article on this and I thought I would shout the reason why this has been taken.


About Prasenjit Sarkar

Prasenjit Sarkar is a Product Manager at Oracle for their Public Cloud with primary focus on Cloud Strategy, Cloud Native Applications and API Platform. His primary focus is driving Oracle’s Cloud Computing business with commercial and public sector customers; helping to shape and deliver on a strategy to build broad use of Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings such as Compute, Storage, Network & Database as a Service. He is also responsible for developing public/private cloud integration strategies, customer’s Cloud Computing architecture vision, future state architectures, and implementable architecture roadmaps in the context of the public, private, and hybrid cloud computing solutions Oracle can offer.

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