VCP4 Beta Exam – Complete!

Three hours and 270 questions later, the VMware VCP4 Beta Exam is complete.  Let me just tell you,  I was not prepared at all for this exam – no studying or even using vSphere at all today.  I’ve been so busy that the only thing I reviewed was the Configuration Maximums in my car for about 5 minutes before the test.

Because of the NDA I cannot get into great detail about the exam.  The process is extremely standard for Pearson VUE tests; sign in – verify ID – sign electronic signature – take picture. Then get escorted to an awesome home built PC with your VCP411 test ready to begin!

Out of the 270 questions, it felt that about 35% of them were fit of a VCP4 exam – the rest seemed a little more advanced, perhaps a Master or VCDX level even. But, perhaps they’re working on making the VCP a little more difficult?  I will say that you will need to know someof the Configuration Maximums, but not a lot. It would definitely benefit you to know about Paravirtualization, NPIV, iSCSI, Fault Tolerance, Host Profiles and dvSwitches.

With that said, I feel that I did pretty good, left a lot of comments – knew I wouldn’t have enough time to comment on every question, so I did skip some (thanks to VCDX Design Exam Beta for that experience). Hopefully I will find out my results in the 6-8 weeks advertised on the invitation, and not the 3-4 months I’ve been waiting since taking the VCDX Design Exam.

Created on July 8, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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9 Comments so far

  1. vMbanusi
    7:43 pm on July 8th, 2009

    How do you sign up for the beta exam

  2. Rick Scherer
    9:56 pm on July 8th, 2009

    It is by invitation only. You must be an existing VCP3 and have also been part of the vSphere beta program.

  3. Lee Carey
    7:42 am on July 9th, 2009

    270 Questions!!!! My Exam is on the 17th, maybe I should take a pillow!!

  4. Seth Tollefson
    3:46 pm on July 10th, 2009


    Yeah, maybe you should take a pillow. It was a long test. I took all but the last 10 minutes of the time to get it done.


    Don’t know about you, but I have the feeling that (in about 6-8 weeks) I will be retaking it again once it gets GA’d.

  5. Rick Scherer
    4:04 pm on July 10th, 2009


    I’m pretty confident, Beta exams are typically graded on a curve. My biggest concern is accurate scoring for those wanting to become Certified Instructors (VCI). Typically you need to have passed the VCP with a 85% or higher score…..what about Beta?

    Answering 230 questions correctly, especially the fact that some of them we’re wrong to being with seems a little difficult IMHO.

  6. Nick Ohanian
    2:37 pm on July 14th, 2009

    OMG, 270 questions. I have my test slated for Friday. Hope to get a good nights sleep… Yipes. Good luck to everyone out there!

  7. david
    11:05 pm on July 15th, 2009

    I thought it was good overall – it was a bit tougher than the VCP3, but really, that was toooo easy.
    More topics to cover and a deeper depth on most topics. I am glad they made it a little harder. But who knows, they may just use the easy Q’s for the actual exam.

  8. virtual guy
    8:25 am on August 15th, 2009

    > It would definitely benefit you to know
    > about Paravirtualization,
    > NPIV, iSCSI, Fault Tolerance, Host
    > Profiles and dvSwitches.

    Paravirtualization, NPIV, and a few other topics are NOT part of the Exam Blue Print.

    How come these topics are featured on the Exam?


  9. Dinesh Mehra
    9:47 pm on November 3rd, 2009

    I passed the VCP4 Exam today. Got a score of 400, passing score is 300. 85 Qs, 90 minutes. Exam was tough covered lot of areas specially
    vSwitches/Distr Switches
    Misc Tools Converter/ Update Mgr/Host Updt Utility
    Host Profiles
    Plugin Manager
    Config Maxs.
    Overall was easy once you cover these areas.
    It helps a lot if you have at least played around with VCenter Server.
    Lot more topics than VCP 3.5 in my opinion.


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