On March 1st 2018, Magento released the new certification “Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer“. Besides being the first developer certification for Magento 2 (see our separate blog post), there was one thing special about this certification: it is now possible to take the exam online instead of at a testing center. The examination process is provided by Kryterion.
How do online exams work?
An online exam has the same security regulations as an on-site exam. This means:
- You may not have any material besides a PC. No phone, no watch, no paper, no books.
- You will be monitored all the time with video and audio.
- You may not talk to others during the exam.
- You may not leave the exam in-between.
You have to set the environment yourself. This was mine during the exam:
Everything prepared for the Magento certification exam including external camera. Now waiting for the start in about 20 minutes.
I switched to the office as the internet connection at home was a bit below the required 1mbit/s upload rate. pic.twitter.com/iWGxAygZjk
— Andreas von Studnitz (@avstudnitz) 1. März 2018
As you don’t get the information about the most important restrictions during the registration process, I’ll list them here.
- A PC with Windows or MacOS and admin rights
- Adobe Flash
- A webcam which is not built-in so you can arrange it freely
- A microphone (can be built into the webcam or the laptop)
- A fast internet connection with at least 1 Mbit/s upload and download
- Only one screen
- An undisturbed location with some space
You can download a full list of the preconditions.
Register for the Online Exam
Take the following steps to register for the online exam:
- Buy a voucher at Magento U. A voucher is at about 260 $. You will receive a voucher code. If you don’t get it by email, you can see it at your account at Magento in the tab “My Products and Services”.
- From the certification page, click the button “Find a Testing Center and register for Exam” or use the direct link. You’ll reach the Webassessor page where you can Register for a new examination. On the bottom, you can choose:
- Select Online and follow the further process: choose a date and time (be careful with the timezones! Currently there are only American timezones available, but you can take part from Europe without problems) and enter the voucher code. You’ll get an email with more details.
I used Windows for taking the exam, so I can’t tell you anything about the MacOS variant.
When you go back to the Webassessor page, you see information about the software which has to be installed:
Step 1 is the installation of the “Sentinel” software which can lock down your PC so you can’t use any other software during the exam.
Step 2, the “Biometric Profile”, is for you identification: You have to type your name a couple of times and let the webcam capture your face. All in all, it works well and it’s easy to follow the process.
You can do those steps well before the exam, i.e. directly after registration.
Also you should check your internet connection speed, your webcam and microphone. There is an online tool which supports you with that: http://test.kryteriononline.com/webcam-checker/:
When the scheduled time approaches, there will be a link in the “Launch” column which you have to click. Your PC will be locked down with the Sentinel software, and the exam starts on your screen. After your identification (by typing your name as before), the preliminary remarks like an introduction and accepting agreements, the exam already starts and you can read the questions and click the first answers. Either immediately or after a few minutes, the exam will be paused, and a window with a chat area and a webcam preview appears with an operator telling you via chat how to adjust the webcam. Also, he/she asks you to count to 5 loudly in order to verify that the sound is working, to show your wrists in order to make sure you don’t have a watch, and to take off your glasses for checking if you wear them. That process took less than 5 minutes in my case, and after that, the exam continues.
After answering all 60 questions, you can review them again, either all questions or only the ones you marked previously for review. When you are finished, you can click the “Finish” button, and after two confirmations, the exam is finished and you directly get your result: whether you have passed or not, and the percentage of correct answers, grouped by areas. This can look as follows:
Overall Score: 70%
Magento Architecture & Customization Techniques: 45%
Request Flow Processing: 85%
Customizing Magento UI: 83%
Working with databases in Magento: 75%
Using the Entity-Attribute-Value (EAV) Model: 80%
Developing with Adminhtml: 50%
Customizing Catalog: 85%
Customizing Checkout Process: 62%
Sales Operations: 100%
Customer Management: 66%
It will also be sent to you by email.
You are finished then. Close the exam window and relax.
For me, the online certification worked really well and saved a few hours of my time as I didn’t have to drive to a certification center. Of course, you must meet the preconditions, but if you do, it works well. It would have been better if the preconditions had been communicated before choosing for online or on-site certification. I’ll use the online exam for my next certification exam again if available.
Author: Andreas von Studnitz
Andreas von Studnitz is a Magento developer and one of the Managing Directors at integer_net. His main areas of interest are backend development, Magento consulting and giving developer trainings. He is a Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus and holds several other Magento certifications for both Magento 1 and Magento 2. Andreas was selected as a Magento Master in 2019 and 2020.
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Windows or MacOSX and Flash…I do not have any of this as good Magento developer… How bad is this?
You still have the option to visit a certification center. It’s just an optional offer – if it doesn’t fit for you, you don’t need to take it. I just wish they would communicate those preconditions more clearly before you have to decide for online or on-site.
Can we retake exam for score improvements.
After you passed successfully? I don’t think so.
Thanks for this Andreas. I wish I’d have read it sooner. I fully agree with you that the way it’s communicated is sub-par.
I had to suspend my exam because of this today. I was told that the requirement to have external cam was on the original voucher receipt, so I checked. There it was, one little line of text, looking just like the rest with no explanation as to why or what the setup was expected to look like…
If you fail, do you get refunded or do you have to pay 260 USD again?
As far as I know, you don’t get refunded, but you get a voucher to do the next exam for less money.
Where to set timezone in Date and Time selection step?
I am from india but there is no selection for india.
Can you please inform?
You cannot. You have to use the US timezone and convert it to your timezone internally. When I did the exam, I selected something like 3 p.m. EST which was 9 p.m. local (CET) time for me. Take care with the conversion!
Does one voucher not include re-exams in the cost?
No. As far as I know you’ll get a discount for your second try when you failed the first try.
I have given certification exam after adobe have taken control of examination.
So After submitting magento2 frontend certification exam i got screen congratulations, you have partially pass the exam.
But i havent recieved result on my email.
How do i get it, or how do i can communicate to adobe for certification result related queries.
I have the same question, maybe now you know the answer ?
Meu nível de Inglês não é muito bom, as perguntas são todas em inglês? será que eu conseguiria fazer o teste sem problemas ou deveria aprender mais inglês antes de realizar o teste?
All questions are in English. Yes, you need a certain level of English if you want to pass the Magento/Adobe certifications.
when can i get the score report card? i have completed and passed an exam that was mentioned after exam completion.
I think they changed the process so you don’t receive a detailed score any more. I didn’t receive one for my last certification either.
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