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Anyone fail LFCS?

I did not pass my first attempt at LFCS :-(. The issues I had were mainly details and anxiety. I knew most of the stuff, but too broadly. Little details, like command line options, killed me. On top of that the anxiety kicked in and I was a nervous wreck.

Did anyone fail the LFCS exam? Did you retake? What advice can you give for people who failed on the first attempt?

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  • coopcoop Posts: 306

    I always tell people to view the first take as practice since the second one comes at no extra cost. One thing that is important is to remember you can always do (for example)
    ls --help
    to get a short listing of options for the ls command, for most commands. Even experienced users forget a lot of day to day command options. Also all main pages are available.

    As far as details about the exam, it should not be done on this forum

  • Understood. I'm not asking for details about the exam content. True, man pages are there, but when something goes wrong, fumbling through man pages when you have a very limited time to submit answers, on top of the anxiety, is easier said than done.

  • coopcoop Posts: 306

    No, I know you didn't do anything inappropriate :) As far as anxiety goes, I've always disliked time-limited exams as in the real world usually the quality of your solution is more important than how long it took to get it (most of the time) and if you reduce anxiety people usually actually finish the test quicker. Those who take forever do not do better, they often do worse because they overthink things.

    But given the nature of a certification exam, time limits are needed and it is up to the exam designers (not us) to make sure the amount of work is reasonable for a normal human. Everyone has different methods for dealing with anxiety and exam prep. Centuries ago, when I was a student, I never studied the morning of an exam, if I could I'd go to the beach or something and zonk out. Others needed to cram up until they entered the room or they get even more anxious all morning We are all different :)

  • husamhusam Posts: 2
    edited February 19

    If your second attempt is the same as your first attempt like your are not sure if your command is correct or not DON'T GO .. you will waste your time easily , The exam should be 2.5 hours NOT 2 hours its SO LIMITED and STRESSFUL :s

  • coopcoop Posts: 306

    Making exams longer is more stressful for most people and I know that folks have worked hard to keep the time down. If you feel there is too much content on the exam that is a different question and you should take it up with the exam people, not the training folks as we have nothing to do with that.
    I do know that studies show that if you are going to pass in two hours, more time such as 3 hours does not change the pass rate on any exam, just the stress.

  • husamhusam Posts: 2
    edited February 19

    the content on the exam is not that much and is not difficult for whose have at least five-six months experiment with terminal , just for people they have to master the content and do not focusing on alternative tools and they will pass , just one point about Chapter 28 .. pardon me is a joke anyone who needs to enter this exam can use these graphical environments blindly .

  • justinnoorjustinnoor Posts: 7
    edited February 21

  • pk8prashantpk8prashant Posts: 1

    The examination time should be at least 2.5 hours. The performance-based examination is little difficult then multiple choice based questions.

  • ojoeowensojoeowens Posts: 1

    Last time I took it there was 30 questions and only 2 hours. I totally agree that 4 minutes a question is way too low when some questions take 6-8 minutes even when you're proficient in the subject.

  • dinagasydinagasy Posts: 1

    Hi, me too I did not pass my first attempt. I do not think the time for the exam is not enough, what I notices is that for some questions if you have made a lot of practice can be answered very quickly, it gives you more time to think about the resolution of some more 'complicated' questions. Me I am convinced that if we perform a lot of practices based on the official course the exam can be passed. To be anxious, it is a normal during an exam, the only solution is to learn to manage your anxiousness.

  • chris66chris66 Posts: 4

    Magnesium is a natural element that can help with anxiety in general, that being said , Im sure I will super nervous when the time comes, That is why I am practicing so much , I enjoy linux, I do day dream about being a sysadmin even though I dont really know any serious programming.

  • luisviveropenaluisviveropena Posts: 328

    Hi @chris66 ,

    If you want to become a sysadmin, it will be very important if you develop scripting abilities. Nowadays many job descriptions asks for some programming skills. Especially for everything related to YAML con files and the associated tools.

    Regards,
    Luis.

  • llewellllewell Posts: 11

    I failed badly on the first attempt and squeaked through on the second, but I only worked at it for a month or so (time pressure; I was unemployed at the time and looking to add stuff to my resume). Now I have to recertify and I'm giving myself lots of time to work through it.
    If you really do know it well enough that you only need to look up command line options then switching back and forth between a working session and a man page in screen should let you work fast enough to do it in two hours. If you get stuck on a question just move on. The object is to attempt as many of the questions as possible. Let the ones you know cold buy you time for the ones you have to work at a bit. But don't get stuck on something. If you have to think about it for a minute move on.

  • chris66chris66 Posts: 4

    @luisviveropena said:
    Hi @chris66 ,

    If you want to become a sysadmin, it will be very important if you develop scripting abilities. Nowadays many job descriptions asks for some programming skills. Especially for everything related to YAML con files and the associated tools.

    Regards,
    Luis.

    Thanks Lewis, I have not looked into Yaml much yet, I am familiar with the basics of Vim more than enough to know that I like it more than Nano, I mostly thought Yaml was used for Aws, but I do plan to practice Linux Academy's course on it, What I have done on Java and Python I understood and even enjoyed to a degree.

    Now as far as scripting what do you mean beyond editing files?

  • luisviveropenaluisviveropena Posts: 328

    Hi @chris66 ,

    Now as far as scripting what do you mean beyond editing files?

    I mean being able to do some programming is highly appreciated these days. For example, now that we have the DevOps culture everywhere, teams works not only together, but we also need to have a good understanding of what the another guy is doing. And how we can collaborate in the "pipeline".

    Regards,
    Luis.

  • chris66chris66 Posts: 4

    Ah yes, I am continuing to study software development for that very purpose. I have no desire to be a developer, dought my creative ability, but I want to know what they are doing. Thank you

  • It's a pleasure!

    Regards,
    Luis.

  • jarmez83jarmez83 Posts: 2
    edited November 7

    Yep, I failed my first time. Currently preparing for the resit. I think I failed for a few reasons - mainly time management. I tried to answer things in sequential order when I should have done a read through first and answered the questions I could get through quickly first. I wasted a lot of time working out some of the 'harder' questions first. Also, my unfamiliarity with this type of exam environment. It threw me a little bit. Overall I wasn't unhappy with my performance - I know how many questions I answered and my score relative to this reflects I was on the right track. My advice for anyone doing it for the first time would be to have a plan and stick to it - two hours go by really quickly. I think I will do better next time.

  • Best of luck for the next time!

    Regards,
    Luis.

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