I passed my terraform hashicorp associate exam in the month of November 2022. In this blog post I want to highlight the preparation time for different levels and what kind of questions to expect in the exam and what resources I used to pass the exam.
How much of Terraform do you use on a day to day basis?
Ask yourself this question, if you are a light user of terraform which means the scripts are already written by someone in the organization and all that needs to be done is to perform a terraform init, terraform plan and terraform apply then allocate about 6–8 weeks of time to understand the tool completely.
If you are a medium user of terraform where you make changes to the existing scripts and understand the concepts a little bit then allocate about 4–6 weeks of time for preparation of the exam.
If you write terraform on a day to day basis and are efficient with the documentation of terraform then this exam is easy and 2 weeks of browsing through the exam guide should help you pass the exam with ease.
Resources used to prepare for the exam are
- A cloud guru lectures — This resource is good enough to understand the basic concepts of terraform and what each concept does, The labs are quite helpful to gain a practical insight into what is to be done and how to use different concepts being taught
- Udemy Practice exams — This I felt was the most useful, most of the questions are very similar to ones being asked in the exam, though the time limit is a lot lenient it gives a good idea of how to approach the question and if something went wrong in the exam talks about what went wrong and what can be done to correct it.
- Exam Guide from terraform — One of the very best and free resources to prepare for the exam, this and the udemy practice exams itself will be sufficient enough to get a deeper insight and crack the certification exam.
The certification exam itself is for 60 minutes with 57 question so approximately 1 minute per question, some of them are pretty straight forward that the entire exam may not take that much time, I would suggest reading through the questions deeply as multiple choice correct answers might be tricky at times.
Everything being said the exam is my first professional certification for a cloud tool and it was relatively smooth process.