GCP Professional Cloud Architect Certification - Everything you need to know

  • the duration of the exam is 2 hours — in my opinion, it is enough. If you are well prepared, it is possible to solve the tasks in about an hour.
  • the exam consists of 50 single-choice and multi-choice questions
  • in multiple-choice questions, we get information on how many correct answers we have to select
  • there is no partial point for multi-choice questions
  • there are no negative points
  • many of the questions are scenario-based. We are put in the role of an architect and we have to choose the most optimal solution.
  • about 20% of questions based on the case study. The case study is a description of 3 business concepts prepared for the exam. You have access to the descriptions of these case studies during the exam, but it is very important to have these concepts well mastered before certification.
  • 80% correct answers are required to pass the exam
  • the cost of the exam is $ 200
  • the certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of its passing. After this time, it is necessary to start it again
  • Google will not publish our exact result. We will only receive information that we have passed the exam or not.
  • we can take the exam remotely
  • IAM - Organization, Folder, Project, Role, Service Account
  • Services from Operations aka Stackdriver - Logging, Monitoring, Trace etc.
  • Networking - VPC, Subnet, VPN, Shared VPC, Peering, Interconnect, Cloud DNS
  • Load Balancer - types and use of
  • Databases - CloudSQL, Spanner, Datastore/Firestore, BigTable, BigQuery, Memorystore - use of, and database-specific functionalities
  • Cloud Storage - versioning, lifecycle, storage class, gsutil
  • Kubernetes Engine - very basic knowledge of kubernetes itself, basic CLI commands
  • Compute Engine - types, auto-scaling, instance group, disks, snapshots, migrations
  • App Engine - types and use of, deployment, traffic splitting
  • Cloud Functions, Cloud Endpoints - the basics
  • Deployment Manager - the basics
  • Dataproc, Dataflow, Dataprep, Datalab, Data Studio, Data Catalog, Data Composer - use of
  • Pub/Sub - use of
  • CloudML, Vision API, Speech API, Natural Language API, Speech to Text - use of
  • Cloud Data Loss Prevention - use of
  • Cloud KMS - basics and use of
  • Identity Federation, Cloud Directory Sync, Identity Aware Proxy - use of
  • Cloud Armor - use of
  • Cloud migration - gsutil, Storage Transfer Service, Transfer Appliance
  • Concepts such as: High Availability, Scalability, Disaster Recovery, Cost Optimization
  • Standards and regulations PCI, HIPAA, GDPR, COPPA - it is enough to know what a given regulation concerns
  • the first time you go through the questions, try not to spend more than 2/3 minutes per question. If you are unsure of the answer, flag the question and come back to it later
  • there is a chance that you will find a clue in other questions
  • try to answer the questions using the method of elimination. It often happens that part of the answer is easy to drop by reducing our choice to 2 options that differ in one detail
  • try to catch the key-words in the questions that should lead you to the correct answer. For example, if question ask for time-series database, it is a clear sign that it is BigTable
  • use the full exam time, if you have already answered all questions, use the remaining time to retake the exam from start to finish and do a diligent review
  • before starting the online exam, you will be asked to show exactly where you are taking the exam. During the exam itself, you will be supervised by a proctor using a camera and microphone
  • during the online exam, you must ensure that no one interrupts you in any way. It is unacceptable that any of the household members enter the room where you are taking the exam
  • you can take the exam on a computer with Windows or MacOS, unfortunately it is not possible to take it on Linux. This is due to the fact that you need to install special software and create a biometric profile there
  • if possible, have a spare computer ready. It saved the situation for me. For some unknown reason, my biometric profile couldn’t authorize me and allow me to take the exam before the exam started. On the backup computer, I had no problem with this



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Artur Bartosik

Artur Bartosik


Developer, Engineer, and Cloud Enthusiastic. AWS, GCP, and K8S certified. Polish home page: https://cloud-box.pl