The feedback below is from a student’s experience, with tactics to pass the Blue Prism AD01 exam.
I came to RPA with more of a business background. I would say 70/30 with the 30% being the technical side. When I was first introduced to RPA I immediately saw the immense value that the application can bring to the business world. You see, I was always that annoying person wanting to automate all my monotonous daily tasks and wanting my team to do the same so that we can eventually get to the “real” stuff.
Problem: In the manuals presented the subjects often did not flow in a logical order and the material presented was not always complete i.e. the quiz at the end of a section often included material that was not covered. Being new to the software, I didn’t know what I didn’t know but I knew enough to realize when there was a gap in the flow.
Solution: I utilized multiple sources to create my own comprehensive guide: I used material presented, BP portal guides and BP system help topics and even some youtube videos. The combined sources filled gaps for me and often gave a different perspective.
Problem: In my opinion, the timespan allotted for each course was aggressive which means that I spent more than the allotted 40 hours per course to get through all the material.
Solution: Given my very busy schedule, to stay on track I highlighted notes from the various sources then recorded key data into a recorder. The course required a good deal of memorization so I listened to the recording every chance I got, in the car, going to sleep etc. so that the information can sink in. It was essential for me to realize the time commitment that was needed and be willing to make passing the exam a priority.
INVALUABLE – I am a visual learner so having access to the virtual machine was invaluable for me. I used the system as much as I can, for me this provided hands on experience, I navigated through all the menu options and became very familiar with the system.
Hands on Exercises
I recommend – Don’t just follow the mechanics of the exercise. Make sure to understand the reason if applicable. Many exam questions are structured to test the application of the knowledge not just the functionality of the system. Use the exercises to also test various scenarios like “what happens if I don’t check this box”.
- Practice exams are not available so do and redo the developer questions on the portal, new questions will periodically pop up. The examples are timed so this will give you a feel for the timing (and pressure) when answering exam questions.
- The only way I found to practice the entire exam was to actually do the exam.
- Many exam questions are on best practice – differentiate between BP best practice and the training firm’s best practice.
- Many questions are based on identifying the correct diagram – this involves applying the knowledge.
- Many are situational questions where you select best answer.
- Use peer review checklists from the portal for Objects and Processes – many best practice questions came directly from these checklists.
- Know all stages for Object Studio and Process Studio – know which stages are unique to each module.
- Know key internal exception messages and their interpretation.
- Know exception handling – exam had many questions on exception handling.
- BP Accreditation Developer guide from the portal gives a scope for the exam. Download the document and follow the scope.
- Review and know the BP process templates.
- When taking the exam –
- Many questions are very long winded and may have several diagrams to compare.
- Some questions require you to select 2 or 3 correct answers. Nevertheless, you still only have 1 minute to answer each question and the time goes by really fast. Plow through the questions.
- Read the question carefully the first time and make a quick decision.
- Once you complete the questions and if you have time remaining, you do have an opportunity to go back and change answers or select the 2nd or 3rd answer if you missed them.
Good luck to all!!!!!