Which Red Hat CoE are the easiest or hardest

Maybe you have decided you want to go move on from your RHCSA/RHCE and want to take some ‘Certificate of Expertise’ level exams. Red Hat offer a range of exams, and from this range you can select 5 exams and become a Red Hat Certified Architect. A title that only lasts 3 years (from the date of your first CoE exam). Take a 6th exam and you are RHCA Level 2, take a 7th and you are RHCA Level 3 and so on.

but first some housekeeping …

Hit like if you like this post and would like to see more like it, or follow to be kept informed of any new posts

 

You can find a list of RHCA exams here: https://www.redhat.com/en/services/certification/rhca

rhca-coe-hardest0

Once upon a time, How hard Red Hat Exams are were loosely based on their numbering system:
– A 200-level exam would be at a System Administrator Level
– A 300-level exam would be at a RHCE Level
– A 400-level exam would be at a Advanced Level (RHCE+)

This has changed in recent years but can sometimes still provide a rough guide. I have tried to search a few different sites trying to gather other people’s opinions on how hard they found exams and try and collate them into a list. Obviously how hard someone finds an exam is very subjective but if 10 people say an exam is hard; then the exam is probably going to be hard.

Please note that blog post is based on other people’s comments rather than my own experiences.

hardest-banner

 

Based on what I have found, people fall into 3 main camps:

1. Path of Least Resistance i.e. Easiest exams

These are people that will cherry pick the easiest exams to obtain the RHCA

2. Linux Guru – Toughest Exams

These are people that will cherry pick the hardest exams to try and prove their worth

3. Interest/Work-focused

These are people who mix and match between easy and hard exams, and often link them to ones they do at work or are already familiar with.
I would urge you to consider which of the above you are – are you trying to obtain a title OR are you trying to obtaining skills? I wasn’t able to find out about every exam – but below are the trends I found:

Exams consistently rated as easy:

These are the exams that are almost universally considered Easy, I either found no one (or very few) people claiming they were hard and lots that consider them easy.

– EX318 Virtualization
– EX210 OpenStack
– EX436 Clustering

Exams consistently rated as hard:

These are the exams that are almost universally considered Hard, I either found no one (or very few) people claiming they were easy and lots that consider them hard.
– EX333 Network Services – No Longer available
– EX442 Performance Tuning – Considered the hardest exam still available
– EX342 Troubleshooting

Exams inconsistently rated:

And finally, these are the exams that I found some people claiming were really easy and others claiming them as really hard. However I will mention that more people considered them hard than easy.

– EX280 OpenShift
– EX405 Puppet
– EX407 Ansible

Word of warning:

What I would say in conclusion, is that none of these exams are “gimme’s” that is to say if you do not prepare and walk into an exam based on you being “The main man(or woman) at work” or “I am so good and experienced that I don’t need to study” – you are almost certainly going to fail.

3 thoughts on “Which Red Hat CoE are the easiest or hardest

  1. medium.com December 6, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    Wonderful items from you, man. I have consider your stuff previous
    to and you are simply extremely fantastic. I actually like what you’ve got
    here, really like what you’re stating and the way wherein you
    say it. You’re making it enjoyable and you still care for to stay it wise.
    I can not wait to learn much more from you. This is really a terrific site.

    Liked by 1 person

    • wordpress1 December 6, 2019 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you. I really appreciate your kind words.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s