VCAP 6 – DCV Design Beta Exam 3V0-622 - Passed!

By | September 6, 2016

A couple of months ago (in March) I took the VCAP6-DCV Design Beta exam (3V0-622).  At last, today I could see the result (passed) on Pearson Vue page (even still I have not received any official email from VMware) 😉 design

Beta and GA Exams

I decided to take Beta exam because of some reasons:

  • Cost only 100$ (yes, VMware does not offer beta exam free of charge. I remember when I could achieve MCSA 2008 because Microsoft offered beta exams free of charge!)
  • I'm a holder of VCAP 5 DCA&DCD and because of VMware introduced a new certificate VCIX, I needed to take and pass VCAP 6 Design or Deploy to automatically upgrade/get VCIX 6 - DCV.
  • Test my real knowledge and be one of the first people getting this certificate.

Some details:

  • 31 questions - most of "Drag and Drop" and some design questions (Visio tool).
  • Possible to mark and later review (back) questions (the same as VCPs).
  • Duration 4 hours - I forgot completely about it. When I arrived to test center I had a unwelcoming surprise - less time and hurry (I had a scheduled meeting with customer after taking the exam).

I did not prepare specially to this exam because I assumed that would be similar to VCAP5-DCD (I took in 2013) with some questions about new features of vSphere 6. I was not wrong so if you hold VCAP5-DCD already, you should pass without problems. I didn't face any technical issues - the Visio tool worked smoothly. I left 2-3 comments under questions as there weren't clear to me.

GA Exam is a little bit different - at least what I read and hear about this exam. VMware changed a design  tool and the exam duration is shorter - ~3 hours. There are only 18 questions. Now, the exam cost is 400$. VMware decided to offer this exam in every test center (e.g. VCAP-DCD 5 was not offered. There was only one place to take this exam in Poland) so it means that probably soon this exam will be more "popular".

Useful resources

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Exam experiences:

The below screenshot presents exam topics. Please follow the official exam page for more details and to registration for exam.

vcap6 design blueprint

Author: Mariusz

Architect (~ 15 years experience based on passion...) with strong background as a System Administrator and Engineer. Focused on Data Center Solutions: Virtualization/Cloud Computing and Storage/Backup Systems. Currently living in Poland.