I took the Provider-1 exam today and passed. There are 80 questions, and you need to score a 70% within 90 minutes. This one did not seem to be written as well as the the CCSA or CCSE. It was kind of a flashback to the old days of the 4.1 CCSA/CCSE exams where you would see questions where the grammar was so confusing that you could not understand what was being asked. There were several questions like this.
There also seemed to be a few questions where there were two correct answers. For example there was one question where a particular feature had two settings. Instead of asking what the default setting was, the question asked you which (of the four answers) was the only correct available option. The problem was that there were two options available as answers. So how do you answer this? Do you try and anticipate that maybe they wanted to know which of the two radio buttons is checked by default? You get enough questions like this and it gets a little unsettling. If you’ve taken certifications, you might know what I am talking about.
The CCSA and CCSE have defined study guides from Check Point. They also come with practice exams that Check Point has made for available for download. I found them to be really helpful for those exams. This is not the case with the CCMSE or CCMSE+. There are no exam outlines, or practice questions. You pretty much just study and go take it. It really really helps if you use the product.
Anyway I guess the point is if you are going to take the CCMSE exam you really need to know your stuff, because there is a chance that you will get a mix that includes these oddball questions. The result is during the exam you might not have a feeling as to how you are doing. You get a feeling that you have most of them right…but then maybe not when you see these bizarre questions.
On to the CCMSE+…..