Last week I took my first online exam for the Microsoft certification PL-100 Microsoft Power Platform App Maker (beta) using the Pearson VUE services. I think it was an interesting experience.
Normally I would go to the test center to take the exam, where they have a room full of individual computers and they keep an eye on what you do 🕵️♂️
For the online exam, they have similar controls in place, and they are quite strict with their rules. They make sure that you are alone in the room and you don’t have access to any bags, mobiles, watches or other devices near you during the exam. For instance, I got two monitors and they asked me to unplug the additional one and show it to them on the webcam 👁️
You need to provide some pictures of the room before the exam and then you should be visible at your webcam, which will be recording you all the time during the exam. If they don’t see you, they will question what happened and they will check the room again . This is what actually happened to me. For some weird reason, they were not able to see me on camera, although I was definitely there 🤷♂️, and they asked me to stop and show them my room again. This happened to me twice, which obviously took away my concentration and my exam time, because the clock curries on ticking ⏲️
Fortunately, I was able to complete my exam and hopefully I will pass it 🤞. I noticed that other guys in the community were less lucky and they had other similar incidents that stopped their test 😓:
Every year I like to take one certification exam. It is a simple excuse to check the latest certifications and an opportunity to learn something new. Particularly, this exam PL-100 Microsoft Power Platform App Maker (beta) is a pretty broad exam around different topics that forced me to review multiple sections in the Power Platform and refresh my knowledge. If you are planning to take it as well, I would recommend to complete the related Microsoft Learning Paths:
Note: Thanks to Ivan Aleksic for sharing their work on Unsplash, where I took the featured image for this post.