VCAP6.5-DCV Design - another feather in the cap!

So I was supposed to write this up a while back as a follow up to this post, but y'know how it is: life gets in the way. Can't believe that was only a month ago now...
Anyhoo, I decided on a bit of a whim to sit my first VCAP exam out at Dell Technologies World. The exam was half price, so it was probably worth it just to get a feel for the style of the exam so I had a decent shot at passing with a bit of effort in future.

I had a brief look at some of the VCAP6-DCV design study guides out there - there are tons, and I couldn't work my way through even one in the time I had to prep (90 mins-2 hours tops!) so I went into the exam hall bright and early (why do I insist on booking exams for 8am?), sat down and got cracking.

I can't say much about the content of the exam due to the standard NDA, but what I can say is that if you've been working on architecture for a while and have things like AMPRS and RCAR built into how you do things, and a decent amount of VMware design experience then you should be able to pass. My score was decent, but not amazing - I'm pretty confident that if I'd done any prep I could have come out with a score that I'd be proud to share but a pass is a pass.

I'll be the first to admit that I was worried that the Advanced tier exams were beyond me, and that I'd crash and burn - I'd heard horror stories about people failing exams just because of the latency in the simulators and design stages so the removal of the Visio bits from the design exam was a relief for me. I think I'll probably look to press on for the VCAP6.5-DCV Deploy exam if and when it ever gets released, and hopefully get myself that shiny VCIX badge!