Got a little advice for any of you wanting to take Adobe certification.
Never, ever, ever try to take it on Linux distribution.
Let me share with you a little story from today.
It all started when I decided to join Joseph Maxwell’s certification challenge to get my first Adobe certificate ever.
I decided to go with Professional Developer one, to sharpen my teeth before monstrous Expert Developer, and frightening Master Developer.
So… I joined the Swift Otter Study Group led by Łukasz Bajsarowicz that explained the stuff (great meeting btw), and afterward, I decided to test what I’m supposed to catch up with by taking the practice test.
I ended up having like 84% on the first attempt, and 86% on the second.
Seems like I’m ready, right?
Well… I was deeply wrong about that.
I scheduled my exam on Monday, setting it up for today, at 8 am.
I got up early, cleaned my desk, and scrolled through study materials for the last time before the approach.
It’s 7:55 am, I’m at the Examity website, ready to go.
And well… that timestamp can be treated as the beginning of a series of unfortunate events that were about to happen.
So a button popped up, instructing me to connect with my proctor to verify my identity and proceed with the certification.
“let’s get this done quickly”
So I clicked it, and it opened a new window with a request to join the zoom meeting.
Great, I don’t have zoom installed. But wait, Peter. They support browser meetings as well. Let’s just go on with that, it’s going to work for sure.
Spoiler alert: it didn’t.
This popup window changed into an actual zoom meeting and the proctor asked me to turn my camera, microphone, and share the screen.
Cool, that’s simple. So I turn my microphone and camera. So far so good. And… I’m about to turn the share screen on when this little bastard just hangs and crashes.
Okay, gotta reconnect.
So I go into the Examity to click that button again that opened the previous call, and guess what? It’s not there. Like… anywhere. It ceased to exist.
What I’m supposed to do right now? Support ticket!
I noticed this little chat box at the bottom right and messaged Examity support about my issue.
They quickly pointed me towards the zoom meeting again, and I connected.
This wasn’t too smart but I actually tried the same I did before, expecting different results.
Well… this time my camera hung, displaying as turned on from my side (light indicator on, etc) but the proctor didn’t see anything.
Okay, this isn’t going to work.
“Can I reconnect to solve this?” – I anxiously asked.
“Yes, go on and reconnect” – the proctor silently responded.
Okay. I disconnected and quickly downloaded the zoom desktop application, and learning from my previous mistakes I backed up the zoom meeting link inside the text editor.
Once I got there using the desktop application I got my microphone up, camera up, and when I tried to share the screen…
“Zoom unexpectedly closed”
This is going to be fun.
I tried to reconnect using the same link, and it turned out that my copy is still inside that meeting.
My proctor then decided to kick one of us.
Unfortunately, ended up wrong me, and ended up kicking, well… me.
So I got this message that I just got kicked outside the meeting, and I try to rejoin it.
“You can’t join meetings you’ve been kicked of” popped up three consecutive tries.
“This looks terrible, I won’t be able to join.” – I thought
But well… I quickly realized something, a gem that I had just recently discovered. Eximity support friends.
Yet again I messaged them, explaining what just happened, and they pointed me towards another Zoom meeting link, and this one worked.
I managed to connect.
I set everything up correctly this time without a crash (huge relief).
Then, I showed my ID, and later what was inside my room, and on my desk.
Yet another challenge was just ahead of me.
There is this requirement that you can’t be running any application while taking the exam, and your task manager must be checked before you can take your approach.
Guess what. I’m on Ubuntu. And apparently, my proctor did not know what it is.
How I’m supposed to show that no background tasks are running?
<click> bulb inside my head turned on,
ps -aux should do the job.
And it did.
I also had to close all applications. None was running but I added multiple shortcuts like PHPStorm, Slack, Terminal, GEdit to favorites.
I quickly decided to get rid of them all, and I was finally able to approach the certification.
It went smoothly (I’m not counting here one disconnect I had due to a poor ISP provider).
In the end, I ended up passing the certification, 45/60 (75%)
I also learned a very important lesson.
Never, ever, ever try to take Adobe certifications on Linux distribution.