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Tips for passing Red Hat Certification exams

Posted on December 11, 2018

Red Hat is a worldwide software company that focuses on Open source products and services. This American company founded in 1993, now has many offices across the globe. Red Hat has several products like Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenStack, Red Hat Ansible, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). RHEL is a Linux OS distribution developed by the Red Hat for business purposes. Since a good percentage of companies and organizations have adapted to Linux and Red Hat products, gaining a Red Hat certification can help in gaining skills, knowledge and a better career.

Red Hat offers different levels of certification programs which are the most recognized and respected certifications in the Linux space. Companies and organizations are always looking for great talent and want to hire the best. About 90% of the Red Hat professionals say the hands-on training, performance-based tests, and well-set course structures have enabled them to improve not only their troubleshooting skills on complicated problems but also time management and knowledge. A Red Hat certification is one of the highest paying certifications for jobs and is relevant in Networking, Cloud and Linux space. These certifications also prove that you have what it takes to be in the open source enterprise field.

The Red Hat Certification exams are not just multiple-choice questions, they are practical and hands-on and are pretty exciting. And how to pass this examination is often asked by professionals and students alike. We will go through some tips and advice on how to pass the Red Hat Certification examination successfully.

Training from an authorised Red Hat training partner

The first thing to consider is where are you get your training from. Training from an authorised Red Hat training partner is always recommended for a Red Hat certification exam. These training can help you in closing the gap between you and the unfamiliarities in technologies since it is important to keep pace with the changes in technology these days. IPSR Solutions Ltd is a world’s leading Red Hat training partner providing both classroom and instructor-led online training in Red Hat Technologies. IPSR has a faculty strength of 20+ Red Hat Certified trainers including RHCAs (architects) and RHCIs. IPSR has produced the highest number of Red Hat professionals in the world and bagged 28 awards from Red Hat in past 15 years for quality training.

For hands-on training and lab practices, IPSR has an excellent infrastructure, with international standards, which can also be accessed online. For certification, Red Hat’s performance-based testing is conducted at IPSR’s testing centers located across Kerala. IPSR also has an Individual Testing facility (RHIE) through KIOSK (KOALA), at the International Training center in Cochin.

Associate your training to the exam

The Red Hat website contains useful information on every examination they conduct including exam objectives. The exam will be based on the lab activities but it won’t be the exact same. You also won’t be able to use or refer the training course materials during the exam. So one always have to ask themselves whether they can implement lab tasks with no assistance. Another important thing to notice is that you should be able to understand all the concepts from lab activities, you are not required to explain it but a thorough understanding will help you in passing the exam.

Exam preparation

1)Learn with others

Learn with individuals who are also aiming to pass the exam. The Red Hat Learning Community launched by Red Hat is a very useful platform to get information, tips and to share your thoughts on these exams. These forums are moderated, so any unfair attempt to get exam information will affect your exam eligibility.

2)Know your resources

During the exam, no external resources like notes, course book or web will be available. But the systems will be equipped with manual pages and documentation. Since the exams are timed using these docs to figure out the whole things will be pointless instead use them references to remember the most important bits.

3)Physical and mental preparation

You have to mentally and physically prepare yourself before taking the test. Your brain and body should have enough rest beforehand the test. Make sure you had a sufficient amount of food and sleep and not to fry your brain with all the stress and frustrations.

4)Never give up

Even if you didn’t get through in the first attempt, you don’t need to stress yourself over it. With the help of certified professionals and trainers give the exam another shot this time more structurally.

Analyzing result

Recently Red Hat started providing more info in the exam result by breaking down your performance in the test. This info will help you in your further study and if you are planning to re-attempt the exam, it will be useful.

Open source is a way of making innovation in the IT world through sharing code, asking questions and making or offering improvements to it. Red Hat has played a crucial role in the open source industry and its growth. The recent Red Hat-IBM acquisition deal shows the relevance of open source today. Red Hat is not just confined to an enterprise growth, they also provide a career growth for the trainees and professionals. There is a huge demand for Red Hat certified professionals in many leading IT companies. A Red Hat certification on your resume certainly gives you a boost and companies immediately notices them. An RHCE fresher can earn up to 15K-30K per month. The salary for an experienced RHCE certified Linux System Admin in India can go up to 8L per annum with an average salary of 5L. Multinational companies like TCS, HCL, IBM, Wipro, Red Hat, Ericsson etc. offer good pay for certified and experienced peoples.  So if you are still in doubt, fear not because this is the right time to get that Red Hat certification.

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