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Study with confidence for the Adobe ACE and ACA certifications

How to Prepare for and Pass the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Exam


If you have never sat an electronically delivered, multiple-choice test, here are a few tips and tricks that you can employ to increase your chances of success.

  • Don't leave it until the last minute to begin your studies! Allow at least 3 weeks, even if you are fairly proficient in using the application
  • Set aside a study area and a regular study period. Allow yourself between an hour and two hours a day of concentrated study
  • Do as much work in the application as you possibly can while leading up to the exam. Invent a project if you are not currently engaged in one
  • If you absorb the knowledge included in the extended answers and the reference pages of our exam aids, you will be better prepared for any surprises on the day
  • Always read the questions and the multiple-choice answers very carefully. When the clock starts to count down during the official test, it's easy to miss a negative or misconstrue a meaning. So, get into the habit of always reading every single word, and carefully, at the study stage
  • If a question doesn't make sense, read it several times and make a note of the answer that first pops into your head, and any associated words, phrases, or terms. Come back to the question later in the session and see if your subconscious mind has found the right answer or found clues that can lead you to the right answer. Look at your notes and see if they can jog your memory or confirm what your subconscious mind has unearthed
  • Try and rephrase a question. If you can do it, you will increase your chances of answering it correctly
  • If you select a wrong answer during the study phase, ask yourself why you chose it. It's usually an indicator of incomplete knowledge or misunderstanding and sometimes can be more helpful than answering a question correctly
  • If an answer jumps up at you, don't be in a hurry to accept it. If your knowledge is incomplete, you are more likely to fall into the trap that the writer has set for you! They know you may choose an item from the View menu when you should be choosing it from the Window menu, or vice versa
  • If you are in any way unsure of the answer, narrow down your choices by dismissing the ones that you know to be untrue or likely to be untrue
  • Try not to guess the answers while studying. Save the guesswork as a last resort on the day of the official exam
  • Don't entertain thoughts of failure but at the same time don't become overconfident. Find a middle path and don't let yourself be overwhelmed by how much is riding on it. Keep the exam in perspective. If you let it overwhelm you, you can be sure you will fail
  • On the morning of the exam, use the mock exams in the exam aid to limber up and to get into a mindset for answering questions
  • If you have a laptop, take it with you; arrive an hour early at the test centre and take the mock exams before entering the cubicle. This will also get you into the right frame of mind

Before you enter the test centre, devise a strategy and stick to it. If you don’t already have one, try the following:

  • Work your way to the end of the exam by answering the questions you are 100% confident you can answer correctly
  • If you are unsure about an answer, flag the question and then move onto the next one
  • If you are sure you don’t know the answer, skip the question and then move onto the next one
  • Having got to the end of the exam, go back to the flagged questions and answer the ones you are only 75% sure of answering correctly
  • Go back to the remaining flagged questions and answer the ones you are only 50% sure of answering correctly
  • Go back to the skipped questions and take a wild guess at answering the skipped questions
  • Whatever you do, don't leave any question unanswered. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by attempting to answer all of the questions
  • Aim to have 10-15 minutes at the end of your allotted time to double-check your answers
  • Keep your eye on the clock. Divide the number of allocated minutes by the number of questions to get an idea of how long you should take to answer each question. For example, if the official test lasts 90 minutes and has 75 questions, it means you have 1 minute and 20 seconds to answer each question. If you want 10-15 minutes at the end of the session to double-check your answers, you will have to shave 10-12 seconds off each question

Above all else, arrive 10-15 minutes early at the testing centre and use the time to relax and to enter the right frame of mind. Good luck!



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