Hortonworks Certified Associate

I signed up for the Hortonworks Certified Associate exam last Thursday.  Figured if I sign up, I'd have to take the test.  And if I take the test, I could pass.  In order to pass, I'd better study.
So I studied a bit on Friday.  And Saturday.
And 9am on Sunday, logged on to the test site, seated from my office, out by the pool.  When you log on, they ask you to share your desktop.  And your camera & microphone.
Then you are instructed to pan the camera 365 degrees as well as the desktop.  Once I checked out, the exam started.  41 questions.
Most questions, I knew the answer immediately.  There were a few I wasn't sure, those must have been the ones I got incorrect.
You get an hour, but I completed in just over 25 minutes.  Scored 82%.  If you earn over 75% you pass.
So I officially passed the first test for Hortonworks Certified Associate.  

And I've been getting some Hadoop real world experience on my current project with HDFS, Hive, Pig, Polybase.

I actually learned Hadoop in 2012 at a prior job, took the 2 week class with a bunch of other developers.  Just took a while to get a good project.


  1. Can you post some sample questions they ask in this exam?

  2. Sure, the exam is testing on general knowledge of the different applications that comprise the Hadoop ecosystems. As expected, Pig, Hive, HDFS, Sqoop, Oozie, Flume. The questions about Yarn, Tez and Resource Manager were a bit more detailed. Although there was no coding questions involved. Basically if you know what each technology does, you should do okay. I studied a few hours for 2 days. The exam was remote, so when you log in, show id to your camera, spin the camera around 360 degree, under desk, etc. to ensure no cheating, and I believe the proctor watches you take the entire test. The pass/fail result is displayed immediately. I for one am a fan of remote testing, as opposed to taking at training facility. Good luck too you, thanks for reading the blog~! JB


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