MySQL 5.6 DBA Beta Exam IS TOUGH!


I have just finished the MySQL 5.6 DBA Certification Exam Beta and my best advice is to study, study, study. The exam is in beta which means three things. The first is the exam is three hours long and it took me all that time to finish. Normally I am very fast test taker which has helped me earn three college degrees and enough computer related certifications to wallpaper a decent sized house. So if you are a slow reader, suck down a gallon of high octane coffee before your test appointment.

Secondly consider that some of the question will need to be cut out or reworked as the exam becomes production to fit the normal two hour test window Pearson View prefers. But in the beta period you over test and cut out the questions that prove less than satisfactory. So if you see a questions that triggers the ‘where the heck did they find that?’ reflex, you can hope that it gets determined to be a question to be relegated.

Thirdly and lastly is that while in beta you will not get your grade for several weeks. There is not immediate pass/go, pass/fail, or thumbs-up/thumbs-down. You will walk out wondering just exactly how you did. And you will also have some mental notes that you will want to go to the manual to crosscheck.

I have heard some say that because of a lack of a Certification Guide, that the only way to pass will be to take the DBA Class and that is bull cookies. I had access to the course materials (one perk of working for Oracle is the access to mountains of docs) and there are numerous items on the exam not covered in them or the class exercises. You had better go through the exam objectives with a fine tooth comb and spend a good deal of time on the new features of replication, performance schema, user administration, and everything else new in 5.6 or you will be wasting your time. I estimate that a complete certification guide for 5.6 would at least twice the size of the 5.0 version and kill off too many trees.

I do have a big hint. The PV testing software will let you right click on any item on the list of answers and strike it out to help you eliminate multiple choice options that are obviously wrong. So pick off the obviously wrong answers and mark the question for review if you get stuck.

So how does it compare to the ol’ 5.0 DBA exam? Well, the questions are much more rigorous in testing your knowledge but less picky on wording. Or to be more precise, the hard part is the material and not the way the questions are asked. In the past a candidate had to memorize a lot of minutiae and a little of that is still there. But the overwhelming majority of the questions cover items that a DBA will have to handle as part of the job.

And how does it compare to the ‘hands-on’ 5.1 DBA exam? Both measure practical DBA material and my preference will be on the hands-on approach. But you can not cover the breath of material as in the 5.6 exam with a hands-on exam.

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10 responses to “MySQL 5.6 DBA Beta Exam IS TOUGH!

  1. Ammon Sutherland

    I agree entirely. With very few exceptions I thought they were quite good questions, but yes, it looks like they want you to have actually done most everything new in 5.6 and be familiar with outputs.

  2. I also used quite some time for the dev exam. Normally I’m also a fast test taker. I really liked the strike-out the wrong answers feature of the PV test software (don’t forget to click the correct answer in the end!). There were many good questions, but for some the formatting of the code was a bit wrong, but that’s acceptable for a beta exam.
    Did you leave commments on many questions?

  3. Thank you for sharing your experience on 5.6 beta, I am to take the exam and I can make mental notes of these points!

  4. Thanks for sharing this information!! I thought this exam is kind of Lab exam .. where you will have access to virtual machine and then solve the real-time MySQL related problems over it ?

    If you can clarify on things like whether score is based on answers to the question OR solving a problem practically on a VM?

  5. I am giving 5.6 DBA exam on Feb end ..

    Can you please help me with these questions
    1) How is pattern of exam, passing score etc.. ? (100 out of 70 question has to be correct OR some other method)
    2) Exam time and number of questions in it
    3) Questions mostly asked from specific topics ? (Like P_S, Replication, Audit plugin etc.. )

    Any help is appreciated

    • Hi Mahesh,

      1. I do not know as that has not been made public (as far as I know) after the Beta Exam Period
      2. Same as #1
      3. It covers everything and does not focus on any one area.

      Good luck!

  6. Devansh

    hello , I wanted to ask that , form which resources can i prepare for this certification i know the basics of MySql 5 but cannot afford to buy that expensive course provided by ORACLE .. please help me out , Please mail me any Ebook related to MySQL 5.6 .
    My mail id : devansh.shrivastava@outlook.com

  7. Carlo

    Hi,
    Can someone please assist with the MySQL 5.6 DBA exam study material or where to find it.

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