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Be Bona Fide: Get Certified
How to become an Adobe Certified Expert or Trainer
Be Bona Fide: Get Certified
How to become an Adobe Certified Expert or Trainer
STC @ 50
May 20, 2003
Mary Ann Howell
maryann@hikaripub.com
Copyright 2003
What I’m not going to do
Give away exam answers
(or Adobe won’t let me play anymore)
Give you secrets that will guarantee your passing
(Besides the cramming, you need hands-on
experience)
Subject you to an hour of my opinion — everything
here is someone else’s work
Mary Ann Howell
Hikari Publishing www.hikaripub.com
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What I am going to do
Define the Adobe ACE and ACTP programs
Talk about how certification can help you
Go over the certification steps
Describe the Adobe exam format
Give you study suggestions
Run through some example questions
What I hope you’ll do
Give me your opinions
Share your experiences
Recommend information sources, tools
Make jokes
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Information sources
Carrie Cooper
Training Partner Relations Manager
Adobe Solutions Network
John Skelton
FM ACE and question provider
ACTP in Adobe Acrobat, FrameMaker,
FrameMaker+SGML, InDesign and Go Live
Website: http://www.FAQmasters.com
Information sources
(continued)
30 survey respondents:
15 took the FrameMaker exam
5 took the Photoshop exam
3 took the PageMaker exam
2 took the Acrobat
1 took the Illustrator exam
3 took the InDesign exam
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Information sources
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Experience of survey respondents:
• 16 had taken ACE exams before
• 14 took the exam for the first time
• 5 people had 10+ years
• 2 people had 8-10 years
• 10 people had 5-7 years
• 6 people had 3-4 years
• 7 people had 0-2 years
Information sources
(continued)
Framers from the framers email list:
www.frameusers.com
Adobe website:
http://partners.adobe.com/asn/training/aceprogram.html
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Purpose of the ACE certification
An Adobe Certified Expert has passed an
Adobe Product Proficiency Exam for an Adobe
software product.
Adobe Certified Experts are eligible to promote
themselves to clients or employers as highly skilled,
expert-level users of Adobe software.
ACE certification is a recognized worldwide standard
for excellence in Adobe software knowledge.
— From the Adobe website
Why be certified?
According to Carrie Cooper, Training Partner
Relations Manager, Adobe Solutions Network:
“The ACE does hold a lot of distinction in the design
area. It helps numerous candidates with their job
searches.”
“The education market is a growing area of our ACEs.
Many schools are using ACE to test their students on
their skills on these products.”
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Why be certified?
Survey says…
Do you think having ACE credentials has
helped you with your career?
9 people said it was very useful
3 people said it was quite useful
8 people said it was fairly useful
9 people said it has had little effect
Why be certified?
ACEs say…
“One of the most useful qualifications I have
passed. In fact... I am an ACE 3 times over with
Acrobat 4 and 5 and Adobe InDesign .”
— Comment from the ACE survey
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Why be certified?
ACEs say…
“Of course, my own professional development is
important to me, and FrameMaker certification
is a tangible milestone that I can wear proudly
on my cube wall, even if nobody else really
knows or cares what FrameMaker is.”
— Sean Brierley (on the framers mail list,
frameusers.com)
Benefits of your certificate
You can promote yourself to clients or
employers as a highly skilled user of
Adobe software.
You get an ACE certificate to put in your
portfolio
You have permission to use the program logo
You get heads up on information about
promotions and Adobe events
If you want to be an ACTP, certification is an
important first step
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How many ACEs are there?
“There are over 7000 ACEs worldwide.
Photoshop, Acrobat and InDesign are the most
common product certifications.”
— Carrie Cooper of Adobe
ACE history
The first ACE exam was giving in 1995 for
Photoshop 3.0, followed closely by Acrobat 3,
After Effects 3, FrameMaker 5, and
PageMaker 6.5.
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Exams you can take
Adobe Acrobat®
Adobe Acrobat® eForms
Adobe After Effects®
Adobe FrameMaker®
Adobe GoLive®
Adobe Illustrator®
Adobe InDesign®
Adobe LiveMotion™
Adobe PageMaker®
Adobe Photoshop®
Adobe Premiere®
How the exams are delivered
Administered by Prometric, an independent
third-party testing company
Taken on a Windows computer
Closed-book tests
Made up of 60 to 90 multiple-choice questions
chosen from a larger pool of questions
One to two hours long
The results are given to you at the testing center
immediately after you complete the exam.
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Who writes the questions
“A variety of subject matter experts provide the
questions.”
“Some are internal Adobe employees from several
organizations within the company (tech support,
product/program marketing, developers, etc.)”
“Additionally, we rely on many of our training
partners to provide their input and test questions to
the exams. Must be ACEs on that particular product.”
— Carrie Cooper, Adobe
Comment from the ACE survey:
“As a contributor to many of the Adobe exams,
I can tell you how difficult it is to come up with a small
number of objectives to meet the number of questions
allowed on the exam, then split those into smaller
groups, and try to write questions that match those
objectives, without being too vague, or conversely
asking questions that really don't test the knowledge of
those taking the exam.”
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The exam life cycle
Technical review
Edit
Exam beta
Forms build/Item selection
Cut score meeting (Where the pass//fail rate is determined)
Final exam build/QA
Exam publish
Localization
Ongoing maintenance
— Carrie Cooper, Adobe
How the exams are tested
“The exams go through multiple edits and
reviews for language and technical accuracy.
Then, the exams go through a beta where:
Entire item pool is delivered to a limited number of
individuals in the target audience
Exam data is analyzed to determine which items
have “good performance” based on item statistics.”
— Carrie Cooper, Adobe
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Localization
ACE exams are offered in various languages.
“As a rule of thumb all exams are localized into French,
German, Japanese. There are currently a few exams in
Spanish and Italian.” – Carrie Cooper, Adobe
List of exams and languages:
http://partners.adobe.com/asn/training/aceexamlist.html
One FrameMaker test?
There is now only one exam for FM.
There used to be three.
One for structured
One for non-structured
One for FrameMaker+SGML developers
(Acrobat has 2)
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One FrameMaker test?
“There is only one FrameMaker product now.
FrameMaker 7.0 ships as one product combining
standard FrameMaker and FrameMaker +SGML.”
“There is a separate exam for Acrobat Forms which is
really a Forms exam (which) will not be specific to a
version of Acrobat. There was a high demand for this
internally and externally so we created it.”
— Carrie Cooper, Adobe
ACEs say:
“FrameMaker is a very complex product and is used in a
variety of ways. Previously there were 3 separate ACE
tests, cramming it all into one means superficial
coverage of many areas.”
— Comment from the ACE survey
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ACEs say:
“I believe the FrameMaker exam should be
broken into three parts — for those who use
FM in the standard mode — for those who use
the structured mode — and persons who use it
in both modes. I scored poorly on the
structured mode because I have not used it in
that mode.”
— Comment from the ACE survey
ACEs say:
“FrameMaker 7 is now one product, so if a user is
labeled an expert, he or she should be able to apply
FrameMaker expertly in all the ways users will apply it,
as it comes out of the box, anyway.
I had never used structured FM before, but after I ran
the the Cookbook a couple times, and worked on a
structured template of my own, I passed the FM 7 exam
with no problem.”
— Comment from the ACE survey
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What test takers think of the exams
Survey question: “Did the exam covered
the software tool thoroughly?”
7 said it was very thorough
10 said it was quite thorough
12 said it was fairly thorough
1 said it wasn’t thorough
What test takers think of the exams
Survey question: “Did the questions reflect
their real-life use of the tool?”
1 said it reflected use very well
8 said it reflected use quite well
14 said it reflected use fairly well
6 said it did not reflect use very well
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ACEs say:
“I expected the FrameMaker ACE exam to be taskbased. (For example, I expected that create a template,
actually be tested on applying master pages, etc.)
I was surprised when it turned out to be a multiple
choice test…”
— Comment from the ACE survey
How hard are the exams?
Survey question: “Was the exam easy or
hard for you?”
5 said it was way easy
7 said it was easy
13 said it was somewhat challenging
4 said it was very challenging
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ACEs say:
“The exams can be easy or hard. Last time the
InDesign exam (version 1.5) was tough. This
time, easy. Same with Photoshop — sometimes
hard, sometimes easy.”
— Comment from the ACE survey
How well did they do?
Survey question: “Did you pass the exam?”
13 said they did great
5 said they did pretty well
7 said they did average
4 just made it
1 didn’t pass
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ACEs say:
“Having used FrameMaker for many years…
I assumed that the test would be a cakewalk.
Wrong! First time through, I failed it.
After that, I dived into the user's manual and brushed
up on all of the things that I hadn't used in a production
environment. I assumed that the test would be the
same and I could just focus on the areas of weakness.
Well, the test was similar, but not the same questions. I
still did well… but it was far more challenging than I
expected. I'd have to say that anyone who passes the
test knows the product.” — Comment from the ACE survey
ACEs say:
“The exam I took for InDesign 1.5 I failed twice before
passing. I was shocked since I considered myself quite
knowledgeable.
The 2.0 exam was a bit easier, although I expected it to
be harder. Don't know about the other Adobe exams,
but InDesign was pretty tough, with many tricky
questions.”
— Comment from the ACE survey
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ACEs say:
“I found the test for Photoshop 7 to be
MUCH more difficult than the exam for
version 6. Some of the questions were not clear, or
could have had several correct answers.
I found one question on web graphics resolution
where none of the answers were correct.”
(Comment from the ACE survey)—
How you can become an ACE
1.
Check the ACE information on
Adobe's Web site including:
ACE program:
http://partners.adobe.com/asn/training/aceprogram.html
ACE steps:
http://partners.adobe.com/asn/training/acehowto.html
Exam bulletins:
http://partners.adobe.com/asn/training/acebulletins.html
List of ACE exams and their languages:
http://partners.adobe.com/asn/training/aceexamlist.html
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How you can become an ACE
(continued)
2.
Gather your study materials.
3.
List the topics (from the Product Proficiency Exam
Bulletin) you need to study.
4.
Study for the exam.
5.
Register for the Adobe Product Proficiency Exam at
the Prometric website or by calling Prometric at
800-356-EXAM.
How you can become an ACE
(continued)
6.
Pay a fee to Prometric
US $150
Euros 138.00
AU $205.00
(“Adobe receives a portion of the fees, which are
put the budget to create the exams.” – Carrie
Cooper)
7.
Sign the ACE program agreement.
8.
Take and pass the exam.
9.
Your score is electronically reported to Adobe.
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Signing up for the exam
Locate a Prometric test site at
www.2test.com or in North America, call
800.356.3926.
There are more than 1000 authorized testing
centers worldwide.
Be choosey if you can. If you have a choice, visit
the test sites and pick one with comfortable chairs
and up-to-date computers.
ACEs say…
“The computer equipment, room lighting and
ergonomics were horrible. I couldn't wait to get the
heck out of there.
The aged and fuzzy display gave me a headache, the
chair and desk made my back sore and the florescent
lighting made me nauseous.” — Comment from the
ACE survey
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Signing up for the exam
(continued)
You can schedule your exam up to six
weeks in advance.
Exams are conducted Monday through
Saturday during normal business hours.
How the ACEs study
Ranking:
1.
User guide
2.
Third party books
3.
Classroom in a book
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How the ACEs study (continued)
4. Other:
"Years of hands-on experience”
“Real world experience”
“Basically plenty experience using the product in
a variety of situations”
“User-to-User forums”
5. Online training
6. A trainer in a live class
Practice test?
There is no longer a practice test on line.
“At one point in time we did have a practice
exam for Photoshop 5. This was very out of
date so we needed to remove it from our web
site. Unfortunately, we do not have the
budget to create practice exams at this time.”
— Carrie Cooper of Adobe
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How the ACEs study
Use the bulletin:
“...it lists precisely what is covered on the exam....
it pays to study this bulletin and then go to the
reference material and study up on it....
.... The list is actually not that long. Not for someone
who is going to call themselves an expert!”
— Steve Murphy (on the framers mail list,
frameusers.com)
How the ACEs study
(continued)
“... I read the entire user guide. Then I went down
the proficiency bulletin, item by item, and went back
and re-read the portions of the guide that dealt with
each item.
Of course, it helps to be using FM extensively, and
have a lot of experience. That just takes time...”
— Steve Murphy (on the framers mail list,
www.frameusers.com)
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How the ACEs study
(continued)
“.. To prepare, I went through each example in
CIB, and also read through each chapter in the
user guide.” — Sean Brierley (on the framers mail
list, frameusers.com)
“I prepared for my FM 7 ACE with a friend - we
quizzed the dickens out of each other on all the
things in the ACE Bulletin and all the other stuff we
knew about "vanilla" FM and SGML/Structured FM,
too.” — Comment from the ACE survey
Exam day
Be in good shape for the exam
Sleep
Eat
Breath deeply
Know where the test center is
Leave early
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Get to the exam center
Show up a few minutes early
Bring two IDs
You’ll sign an agreement
Exam room
The test room is a computer lab
There will be people taking other certification tests
Scratch paper and a pencil is provided, but after the
test you leave them behind
Your computer will be set up with your test
You can take an untimed practice test to see how it
works
Don’t rush, you will probably have plenty of time
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Exam time
Survey question:
“Did you have enough time to finish?”
9 people said: Lots and lots of time
17 people said: Plenty of time
3 people said: Just enough time
1 person said: Not enough time
Exam
The exam is entirely on computer, with 90100 multiple-choice questions.
You have one to two hours, depending on the
test.
You will not be using the Adobe software
program.
A timer at the top of your screen shows you
how much time you have left.
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Exam format
Four basic question formats:
1. Multiple choice with four choices:
1 right and three distractors that may be almost
right
2. Multiple choice with more than one right:
X amount right and 3 distractors, so you have X
plus three answers
Exam format
(continued)
3. Exhibit questions
Click a button to see an example or a graphic
Answer the related question
4. Point and click questions
Click the task button (a graphic appears)
Click where you should on the graphic to answer
the question correctly
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ACE’s advice:
1.
“Read the FULL question and try to
answer it before reading the answers.
2.
Read ALL the answers even if think you
know it is the first one.
3.
Make the selection.
ACE’s advice:
(continued)
4. When you are finished, review them and only
change an answer if you are absolutely sure of
the new answer.
The test has a feature that allows you to mark
questions — either not answered ones or ones with
which you have a question. In my experience, some
questions are answered by another question, so review
all your answers.” — Frank Harper HIDS, Incorporated
(on the framers mail list, frameusers.com)
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After the exam
You immediately get your test results,
showing how well you scored in different
areas.
As soon as you pass the exam, your name
and exam results are sent to Adobe by
Prometric.
Your exam data is then entered into an
Adobe database.
After the exam
(continued)
You will be sent an ACE Welcome Kit and
access to the ACE logo.
You are placed on the Adobe certification
mailing list to receive information about
promotions and events.
There is a 25% discount for those who need
to retake the exam.
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ACE Welcome Kit
You’ll get an ACE Welcome Kit in 4-6 weeks
after your exam. The kit includes:
A welcome letter
A password and a link to the ACE logo
and guidelines for its use
An ACE certificate
How to stay current as an ACE
After a new product version is released,
ACEs have 90 days to get recertified.
Contact Prometric to register for the new
Product Proficiency Exam.
Your current certification on that product is
verified.
Give the promotional code "RETEST" to the
CSR, and you get a 25% discount.
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Adobe Certified Training Providers
(ACTP)
“The ACTP program is for individual
instructors, training businesses, and academic
institutions that teach Adobe products.
ACTPs have proven training ability and expert
product knowledge and have met the ACTP
program requirements. They are eligible to
promote themselves to prospective clients and
students as highly skilled, expert instructors of
Adobe software.” — Adobe website
How many ACEs are ACTPs also?
“About 80% of our ACEs are ACTPs”
— Carrie Cooper of Adobe.
Survey says:
9 survey respondents were ACTPs
20 were not
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ACTP benefits
Access to some Adobe products
Classroom in a Book PDF file downloads
Discounts on Adobe Press book titles
Discounts on Adobe software
Monthly ASN newsletter
ACTP benefits
Marketing help
Company listing in the Adobe Partner Finder on
Adobe.com
Eligible to exhibit in the ASN Pavilion at major
industry trade shows
Qualify to rent Adobe's mailing list of registered
users
Access to a set of Adobe's Merchandising Tools
Eligible to submit a Success Story on Adobe.com
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How to become an ACTP
Fill out an on-line application
Sign an agreement and mail it in
Have an ACE credential
Provide training credentials (one-time
verification)
Accepted credentials
Certified Technical Trainer Certificate of
Mastery (CTT+ Certification)
Valid teaching credential (government-issued
credential)
Valid Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT),
Certified Lotus Instructor (CLI)
Certified Novell Instructor (CNI) credential
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Accepted credentials
According to Carrie Cooper, the most common
credential used is the Certified Technical Trainer
(CTT+) certification, followed by a government
issued credential.
CTT+ credentials
CTT+ Certification is provided by CompTIA
(Computer Technology Industry Association)
“CTT+ certification is the cross-industry
credential recognizing that a technical instructor
has attained a standard of excellence in his or
her profession. Those holding the CTT+
certification demonstrate core competencies
which include instructor knowledge and
credibility, classroom performance and effective
communication and presentation skills.”
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CTT+ credentials
CTT+ is a two-part certification.
The first exam is made up of 95 multiplechoice questions. Exam cost: $207 US £146
229 Euro (as of the CompTIA website May 2003)
The second exam is an evaluation of a twenty
minute video you teaching a class. Video
exam cost: $225
You can take the written exam at both
Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers
Multiple-choice test tips
“The FM6 test has 100 questions, all
multiple choice. The questions are selected
from a large bank of questions, so you could
take it twice and not get the same questions. It
is scored immediately.”
— Frank Harper HIDS, Incorporated (on the
framers mail list, frameusers.com)
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ACE test strategy
There is no penalty for guessing, so answer
all the questions.
The questions are weighted equally.
Test strategy
1.
(continued)
Look over the test.
Check out how long it is.
On scratch paper, write the halfway time and the
halfway question number.
2. Answer easy questions first.
You won't miss any easy questions by running
out of time.
It builds confidence.
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Test strategy
(continued)
3. Mark hard questions for return and skip them.
Later questions sometimes help answer earlier
questions.
Your subconscious may work away at a hard
question while you’re working on easy ones.
4. Answer questions that you're sort of sure of (but
not completely sure) and mark them for return.
Answering the questions
1.
Read the directions carefully for each question.
How many answers should you select?
2. Read the question carefully:
Use the scratch pad to write key words
Rephrase it in your own words.
Compare your version with the original question.
Do they mean the same thing? If they don't,
you've misread the question.
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Answering the questions
(continued)
3.
Once you understand the question, answer it
yourself, before reading the choices.
4.
Look at each choice as a True-False question.
Read all the choices.
Cross-off (mentally) the obviously false
choices.
As you read the choices, mentally note the
choices that seem the best.
Answering the questions
(continued)
5.
Answer the questions from the user guide
point of view.
6.
If two or more choices seem correct, choose the
most specific one.
For example, "You can use up to 52 different series
of autonumbers" is better than "You can use more
than one series of autonumbers."
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Answering the questions
(continued)
7. If you have no idea of the answer, check
for look-alike options and check for the one
that contains the most information.
8. Don’t pay attention to how many A's, B's,
C's, or D's you have marked.
Checking your answers
1.
Work on the hard questions you didn’t answer.
2.
Rework the questions you answered but were
not sure of.
Since your first choice is usually correct, don't
change your answer unless your sure of the
correction.
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Checking your answers (continued)
3.
Review all the rest of the questions if you
have time.
4.
Use all the time you have.
This test advice is from:
- Harvard-Westlake School website:
http://www.harvardwestlake.com/students/studyskills/chapter6.html
- College of Saint Benedict | Saint John's University website:
http://www.csbsju.edu/academicadvising/help/teststrt.html
ACEs say…
...it's not just a test of your ability to out-guess
the test writers, it's a test of how well you can
use your product knowledge and skills to figure
out the exact (as they think of it) right answer
from nearly-right answers. I would not call it a
breeze.
— Peter Gold (on the framers mail list,
frameusers.com)
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What you need to remember
Go to the Adobe website for ACE
information
User the exam bulletin as a study
guide
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