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Be Exam-prepared Strong! 5-steps to being prepared to pass your certification exams and win!

on ‎11-18-2013 11:57 AM

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Contributing Author: Claudia Needham is an HP ExpertOne Exam Design Manager and manages the development of HP Storage exams. She has been in this role for three-and-a-half years. In her free time she likes to walk her dog, bike ride, play tennis, and paint pastel paintings. 


In the words of Paul Bear Bryant, the legendary head coach of the University of Alabama football team, “It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”  Follow these words and prepare to win and pass your certification exams. 

To win, you need to put in the time and effort it will take to achieve a pass on an exam.  How do you prepare for success? 

Study, Prepare & Practice

Take the exam seriously and give yourself enough time to study, prepare, and practice before a testing deadline. Don’t try to cram the night before or the few days before you schedule an exam.



Research what the exam will test and who should take the exam.  Read the EPG (exam prep guide) for the exam you want to take and honestly assess if the description matches your level of knowledge, skill, and background.  If you lack the outlined requirements develop a plan to fill the gap.


Additional Resources

Are there additional resources or references listed in the EPG?  If there are, take the time to go through them in a focused and intentional way assessing where the gaps in your knowledge and experience are. Make and execute a plan to erase the gap. Include available HP Press books in your gap plan.



Is there training available? Consider taking available training. During ILTs (instructor-led trainings), there are multiple benefits to being in a classroom with other professionals.  As the class works through competency-based learning activities and labs, collaboration and discussions occur, the content of which are not in the learning materials. During hands-on activities and labs you learn by doing. The shared expertise of your classmates and instructor takes your learning to new levels.  You network with your classmates as well.  



Join discussion groups on LinkedIn. Ask people who have successfully passed an exam for their tips and tricks. Do what they did to prepare and win!


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A lot goes into preparing for an exam. You won’t find a “one size fits all” solution either. A combination of some or all of our five tips will help you succeed. What are you doing to prepare? We welcome your comments, ideas and suggestions.


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About the Author


20+ years in IT, including data center architect, pre-sales engineer, certification development and management. Passion for technology, gadgets and the outdoors. Always looking for ways to blend them together in one big adventure.

Salim Diakhité on ‎11-27-2013 02:49 PM
To be member
Milagros Dominguez on ‎02-05-2014 08:13 AM

Can anyone help me sending me the Exam Preparation Guides for the HP-E258 Certificacion Exam?

Thanks and regards.

on ‎02-05-2014 11:35 AM

Can you please tell me the name of this exam? I need the complete exam number HP0, HP2, etc.





mjsmith11 on ‎01-09-2015 12:22 PM

Do not take the HP ExpertOne exams lightly. You sincerely have to work at it. Even though the information required to pass will be in the training, additional resources will help tremendously. I never regret any of the time I spent studying and always regret "not studying." I know the article is great advice because I have so many HP Certifications and I would not have a single one if I did not put in the time and effort to get ready. I also know that the most competent "Subject Matter Experts" along with taking the training course, also study, study, study, prior to taking an HP ExpertOne exam.

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