Last week I passed the Red Hat exam, Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation (EX407), and I just want to note down my experience of taking this exam.

The exam duration is 4 hours, and I was able to complete all the questions in 3 hours and 45 minutes. Was it because questions were difficult? No, on the contrary in my opinions questions aren’t very difficult, comparing to the Ansible learning material in D407. Speaking about learning material, to prepare for the EX407 exams, I went through 2 courses: D407R (recording) and D407VC (Video Classroom). Apart from that, I have also been using Ansible at work for quite awhile.

I almost got all questions right (1 wrong) with a total score of 286/300. I’m pretty happy with it, though I really really wanted to know which question I got wrong.

If you plan to take the EX407 soon and have been preparing for it, good luck. Here are the commands that I find very usualful while taking the exams:

  • ansible-doc --list | grep ANSIBLE_MODULE
  • ansible-doc ANSIBLE_MODULE : to find out listed example of Ansible modules
  • ansible-playbook playbookname.yml --check-syntax
  • ansible --version : to find out which Ansible config file is currently in use
  • ansible-config view : display the content from Ansible config file. I wish I knew this command!

Additionally, you can check out the following blog posts from 2 people who had passed EX407, if you are not convinced that exams are not very difficult:

Passing this exam has made my dream 1/5 coming true toward becoming a Red Hat Certifified Architect. My next exam will be Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration exam (EX280).