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Hortonworks Certified Developer Exam (HDPCD) Details

Explorer

Hi, I am planning to take up HDPCD certification. Could someone guide me on the exam pattern and passing marks. Also, an approach to take this exam.

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Guru

Hi @Saurabh Singh

The pattern of the exam is hands-on, performance based. You will be given an HDP cluster and a collection of tasks. Each task is worth 1 point, and the passing score appears in the exam instructions. For example, the exam might have 7 tasks and you need to get 5 correct to pass. (That is just an example and your actual number of tasks may vary.)

You should be able to perform all of the tasks in the exam objectives listed here:

http://hortonworks.com/training/class/hdp-certified-developer-hdpcd-exam/

I highly recommend you attempt the practice exam, which uses a similar environment as the real exam and contains tasks similar to the real exam:

http://hortonworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/HDPCD-PracticeExamGuide1.pdf

We have an FAQ page that contains some useful certification details:

http://hortonworks.com/hdp-certified-developer-faq-page/

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Mentor

@Saurabh Singh please see this Page

Here is a suggested approach for prep. Link

@rich

Tagging Rich from cert team to provide more details on passing score @Saurabh Singh

Guru

Hi @Saurabh Singh

The pattern of the exam is hands-on, performance based. You will be given an HDP cluster and a collection of tasks. Each task is worth 1 point, and the passing score appears in the exam instructions. For example, the exam might have 7 tasks and you need to get 5 correct to pass. (That is just an example and your actual number of tasks may vary.)

You should be able to perform all of the tasks in the exam objectives listed here:

http://hortonworks.com/training/class/hdp-certified-developer-hdpcd-exam/

I highly recommend you attempt the practice exam, which uses a similar environment as the real exam and contains tasks similar to the real exam:

http://hortonworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/HDPCD-PracticeExamGuide1.pdf

We have an FAQ page that contains some useful certification details:

http://hortonworks.com/hdp-certified-developer-faq-page/

Let me know if you have any other questions.

@rich Great information ..Thank you for taking care of this.

Explorer

Thanks for quick responses and insights on the exam.

Thanks a lot.

@rich

In the HDPCD exam, a task has sub tasks. For example, create table, insert table, update table and delete table. Suppose say, if some tasks are successful and some failed. How do you give score for this task?

to be more clear...a)create table b)insert rows into table c) update rows in the table d) delete rows from table

Guru

@Vidya SK - each task on the HDPCD exam is worth 1 point and it is either correct or wrong. There is no partial credit. If a task has subtasks - the entire task is still worth 1 point.

Keep in mind the practice exam is meant to get you familiar with the environment, and to also give you an idea of the types of tasks on the real exam, but it is not perfectly exactly reflective of the real exam. For example, in the practice exam all the tasks depend on each other, while on the real exam the tasks are completely independent.

To fully prepare for the HDPCD exam, you should be able to complete all of the exam objectives listed on our website. That should be your main focus while preparing and studying for the exam.