4 tips to help you prepare for Revit Certification
Let’s face it, with all the competition and constant technological improvements out there, why wouldn’t you want to stay ahead of the curve and in tune with the latest and greatest in the world of CAD. Seems like a no brainer, right? An Autodesk Certification is a great way to stand out and prove your skills to current or potential employers. It’s also a great way to stay up to date on the newest improvements to tools and software functionality. Creating your own professional development path is a great way to stay at the top of your game and take charge of your continuous learning and education. In this post you’ll learn six ways to help you forge a path to certification by focusing on key topics covered in the exam, as well as a few tips to help you avoid getting stuck during the test. Get comfortable with the software Having a solid understanding of how and why Revit works the way it does will be what makes the difference between passing and failing. Regardless of the level of certification, you’ll need to be comfortable with at least seven main topics. The User Interface is definitely the first place to start. Understanding where your tools are located, as well becoming fluent in the language of Revit, will help you problem solve during the exam. Once you’ve gotten past the first step the following six are topics you’ll want to master: Documentation; working with Elements like stacked walls; working with Families; modeling masses, floors, walls, roofs, and even topo surfaces. The next is working with Views, this includes controlling visibility, sorting items in a schedule and managing legends. Finally, when it comes to Revit you’ll want to understand Collaboration. This means copying and monitoring elements in a linked file, using work-sharing, and even importing DWG and image files. Utilize the free Autodesk preparation material Knowing where to find relevant information is the key to success in any venture. Better still is knowing where to get free and relevant information! On the Autodesk.com website you can find links to videos that are extremely helpful in exposing to key topics and strategies for crushing it on the exam. If you ever have the opportunity to attend, an Autodesk University chances are you’ll have the opportunity to take the exam for free and on site at the event. The following are few links that you may find helpful if you are preparing for the 2015 certification.
Get to know the structure of the exam For Revit, there are two levels of certifications. The first is the Autodesk Certified User. This exam is composed of 30 questions combining multiple choice, matching, point and click and even performance-based questions. You’ll have 50 minutes to complete the exam. The second level is the Autodesk Certified Professional exam and it’s a little more in-depth and structured a little differently than the Certified User exam. For instance, with the Certified Professional exam you have 35 questions instead of 30 as with the Certified User experience. While both exams have multiple choice, matching and point and click questions, the professional exam will require you do perform more data driven tasks like creating, modifying and extracting data and then typing or selecting the correct answer. Another difference between the two exams is the time limit. The Professional exam gives you 2 hours to finish the exam, which seems logical since a large percentage of your questions will require you to perform tasks as well as modify and report data. Time is of the Essence Once you know the structure of the exam, you now have all the information you’ll need to develop a successful approach to passing the exam. The first is time. Be extremely mindful of your time during the exam, continuously keeping your eye on the clock. Divide the number of questions by the time limit and this should give you good way to gauge how much time you should be spending on each question. For example, if the exam is 35 questions in 120 minutes, you should try to spend no more than 3 minutes per question. If you run into an issue where you don’t know the answer, you can mark that question and come back to it or, worst case scenario, guess if you have to. The main thing is to leave no question unanswered. All unanswered questions are considered incorrect and will go against your score! Before you begin the exam you’ll be given instructions on how to navigate the exam. This includes marking and coming back to questions you were unsure of. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are unclear on anything. The person at the certified testing center will be more than happy to answers your questions.
The key to having a positive experience during your certification exam is to know what to expect before your take the test. During the exam is not the time you should be figuring out how things work, this includes navigating the exam as well as performing tasks and working with data. Understanding the types of questions, the amount of questions as well as the time limit is always an excellent way to manage your time effectively. Now you know what to expect and, as they say, knowing is half the battle.