I’ve just finished reading the latest book for preparing Google´s Associate Engineer Certified exam. It belongs to the series All-In-One from Mc Graw Hill, which it´s one my favourites; usually, the books are excellent. It’s been released at the beginning of the month – December 2020 -, so it’s really hot 🙂
This one is not an exception; I think it covers very well all the topics on the official exam guide. There is even a section that maps the objectives on the official guide with the chapters on the book, which is really useful. At the time of writing this post – December of 2020 -, both are almost identical:
- Managing users in Cloud Identity (manually and automated) has replaced Linking users to G Suite Identities.
- Deploying an application that receives Google Cloud events (e.g., Cloud Pub/Sub events, Cloud Storage object change notification events) has replaced Deploying a Cloud Function …
Make sure that you check out the official guide for changes because Google updates it from time to time.
About the changes, Cloud Identity it’s a big topic in the Security Certification, and an exciting one I have to say – so don’t miss it out.
The book covers the full official guide in eleven chapters. All the topics are quite up-to-dated – including topics like Anthos and Cloud Run. But keep in mind this is just a guide to prepare the exam. That means that you have to expand each section, depending on your knowledge and experience about the subject to be successful. You are not going to become an expert, just studying the guide and passing the exam.
It’s a nice introduction, though.
For instance, the chapter on Kubernetes Engine is quite nice and covers a lot of topics. But you are not going to learn Kubernetes just reading the chapter, so I’d recommend to read the docs, books, get real experience or take a course because if you are a beginner, you are going to be confused about the subject. And the chances are that you will find advanced questions on the subject – the exam is heavy on Kubernetes, as a matter of fact.
Or have a look at the chapter on App Engine. It’s a topic quite well covered, and probably enough to answer many of the questions you may find on the exam. But you need to go deeper, create apps, and get some real experience if you don’t have it already.
Review and practice questions
Every chapter has a handful of review questions, from ten to fifteen, which are on a test format, similar to the ones you would find in the exam – but on the easier side.
Don’t forget to check the sample questions from Google, but again most questions are a bit easier than the ones you may find on the exam – but they are a good guide to check your knowledge, and gauge your readiness to take the exam.
The book also provides, for free, online content that consists of one hundred practice questions.
Once you have registered on the Total Seminars Training Hub site, you will have access to the Custom Test screen, where you can customize the testing experience: duration, number of questions, exam objectives and assistance.
Works well enough, simple but functional. The assistance and the explanations given about the topics are short but enough.
The questions are similar to the ones you’d encounter on the exam, topics and format, so it’s good practice. I’d say the actual questions are lengthier and a bit more difficult.
This is a good guide that can help you with the preparation of the exam. But you need to expand every topic, depending on your experience and knowledge.
My advice is to use the guide – there is another guide from Google, but it’s a bit outdated – as a starting point, and use the documentation, labs, videos and real-life experience, not only to pass the exam but to round and up-to-date your knowledge, so you can validate your professional experience.
After all, this is not a college exam, but a professional one!