I found yesterday that some of conventional hotkeys are not working in exam environment.
Specifically you can't Alt+tab switch between windows in exam OS.
And, most importantly, Ctrl+w. Which can substantially slow down work in terminal and in vim (with split windows).
I suspect the later can be 'fixed' with vim keys remapping, but I can't be sure workaround keys will work in exam environment.
Has anybody dealt with this?
Hi, from my own experiences, unless you have a way to get familiar with that specific exam environment, you should stick to the basics.
I got once impacted by using some of the "paste text" feature, my terminals went crazy, no longer responded, etc...that's not something you want during an exam.
I have learned to focus on what's bringing points, rather than wasting precious exam time on getting familiar with that environment. For example, for copy/paste I go to "edit copy; edit paste". That's less convenient than keyboard shortcuts but that works!
If someone has the answers, then feel free to share and experiment them- Until then, I chose the cautious approach.
I see your point, and I somehow agree, but in the same time right hotkey and custom config can save a lot of time.
For example in EX 294, which I was trying to deal with, it's recommended to configure vim to work with yaml first of all, because it can save you time for not dealing with manual idents and don't need to retab (most of time).
I just learned that Ctrl+w is acturally mapping for :wincmd, so I case with vim I can just type this command and it should work under any curcumstances.
As to how substitute Alt+tab in OS and Ctrl+key in shell (so not to move around one char at a time) - I'm opened to any suggestions.
Well, I used CTRL+Insert/SHIFT+insert and it worked like a charm on my last exam. So keyboard shortcuts should work
In June 2020, I purchased a voucher to take RHCSA version 7 before it was discontinued. I scheduled to take the exam remotely this June (before the voucher expires). My question is since I purchased version 7, that is the version I will be given during on my test day, right?....I was told last year by a Red Hat rep. that taking version 7 wouldn't be an issue since I purchased it before it was discontinued. I just want to be certain because I know policies and procedures are subject to change and I just want to make sure my exam isn't going to 'change' to version 8 when I take it next month. I took a screenshot of my test details and it does show that I am scheduled for version 7, but I guess I am a bit anxious about taking the exam and don't want any 'surprises' on my test day. I appreciate any reassurrance or guidance (if necessary). Thanks!
First congrats on progressing your training to the point that you are considering the exam!
It seems to me you have purchased an entitlement to take an exam, which clearly indicates RHEL7.
The information should be also visible and clearer in the Scheduler tool, where your entitlement will be also clearly visible:
There you will see again your entitlement and can schedule it at your convenience.
If anything would be deprecated or changed, you would see that clearly, you would probably be informed and you would be able to change that anyway with the help of the support. For example my EX294 entitlement is about to expired, I did receive several reminders about it by email.
Also the "Expiration Date " is clearly visible on the scheduler tool.
As for the "non admin" question, you trained with a specific Red Hat course? Did you train for RHEL7 or RHEL8? I'm curious in why someone would choose RHEL7 in June 2020 (especially that RHEL8 was release in May 2019)...
I also see that your entitlement is "K", which can be taken using a "Kiosk" or using the Remote Exams. I would also look at preparing your setup for the Remote Exam, to remove some of your anxiety!
I know these difficult exams can be stressful, in your case, you should not worry about the exam expiration or changing "like that". If such situation would happen you would have received ample communication and a solution would have been found (I'm talking based on my previous experiences as an exam candidate).
Good luck in advance!
@JS_Learning Thanks for the clarification, that definitely eases my concerns! I also scheduled to take this exam remotely to ease some of my anxiety.
To answer your question, yes, I took RH124 and RH134 at my college under the Red Hat Academy program. At the time, both classes were for version 7. Just as I was finishing up RH134, that when version 8 was being introduced at my college. Since I'd already taken the classes under version 7, I scheduled to take the version 7 exam. I didn't want to take version 8 exam when I had spent all that time preparing for version 7.
Thanks again for taking time to answer my question!
Question related to additional packages:
Are we allowed to install packages like tmux, vim, bash-completion package on EX294 exam? All packages are available in standard RHEL repo so should be available on exam. Am I right or not?
There's an requirement named "Create simple shell scripts". Am I limited to bash or may I write simple python scripts too?
IIRC I had weird situation on one of my previous 4xx exams. Package I wanted to install was not available and the other one I needed was altered and had no docs included. Maybe it was "by design"