Welcome Back Button (VCAP5-DCD)

A couple weeks ago, Back returned.

First, a little Background. The VMware VCAP-xxD exams consist of multiple choice and graphical items. The graphical items are created in Adobe Flash and have a Visio(tm) look-and-feel. They are also sometimes temperamental.

When the VCAP5-DCD exam launched it was discovered that using the “Back” button to return to a previously worked on graphical item usually had a negative impact on the item. Either resetting it completely, scrambling the work or (worse) breaking things that were not apparent visually.

Shortly thereafter going “back” to any item was disabled including the “review all items” capability at the end of the exam.

This has caused some grumbling, especially when the DTD and CID exams launched with the ability to pull a MartyMcFly at any time.

Well, low and behold, a few weeks ago the functionality was returned to the DCD exam. You can now use the “Back” button to return to a previously item and/or use the “review” functionality to mark items to return to at the end of the exam.

Note that the exam is still 5.0/5.1 “agnostic” – a 5.5-specific version should launch “soon”

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9 Responses to Welcome Back Button (VCAP5-DCD)

  1. Glad to hear that feature is finally fixed. I will be ready to retake at VMworld.

  2. Wow. I somehow got the impression that the “no back” was part of the test rubric and had nothing to do with the way the testing platform behaved. What a welcome, positive change!

  3. I am not sure if I will take 5.X or 5.5. I need to download the blueprint and see what the differences are.

  4. daunce says:

    That’s good news. How did you know?

  5. Yes, I did my VCAP5-DCD in May 2014 and the Flagged and Back buttons were working! http://www.v-wiki.net/vcap5-dcd-experience/

  6. Manny says:

    I honestly dont understand the excitement behind the return of the “back” button. IMO, it was better it wasnt there. When I did the exam it wasnt there, so I didnt have anything to worry about at the back of mind of having to go back and change my answer(s). Guys, there are 100 questions on the test – the Visio based questions carry the most points – your aim needs to be to complete all 100 especially since the 100th question could be a 50-60 point Design question. If your marking more than 4-5 questions, your prep aint upto scratch really.

    Anyways, I hope the return of the button actually helps people. I reckon more and more people should study for and pass these VCAP’s. Awesome to be studying for!

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