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Red Hat Preliminary Exams


Red Hat is constantly working to extend the value and convenience of its testing program. We have developed Red Hat® Preliminary Exams to validate foundational knowledge and gauge your progress toward mastery of technology skills.

Understand the what and why of Red Hat preliminary exams

What are Red Hat preliminary exams?

These hands-on exams test skills and knowledge of a subject area, but not in sufficient depth to earn Red Hat certification. These exams are designed to gauge skills and demonstrate progress toward proficiency for those on a learning path toward certification.

Is a preliminary exam considered a certification that I can share on my resume and LinkedIn?

No, preliminary exams do not confer certification if passed. However, when you pass a preliminary exam, you will receive a Red Hat certification ID (if you do not already have one) that you can share with others who can verify your credentials. Your certification ID can be added to resumes, social media, and anywhere else where you would like to show that you have validated your skills in the tested technology.

Are preliminary exams alternatives to certification exams or another option for getting certified?

No, preliminary exams are not alternatives because they have a different purpose than certification exams. Since preliminary exams measure progress toward proficiency in a technology, they might be a logical step before tackling certification.

Is training available to help me prepare for a preliminary exam?

Yes, we offer comprehensive training in multiple training formats and languages for all subject matter covered in preliminary exams. You are not required to take this training, but we highly recommend it. If you have experience in the subject matter being tested and are not sure if you need training, try a preliminary exam to see for yourself.

Are preliminary exams included in my Red Hat Learning Subscription?

Yes, preliminary exams are available in the standard tier of Red Hat Learning Subscription. Subscribers are entitled to up to five first attempts and two retakes of both preliminary or certification exams.

Find out whether these exams fit your skills path

If I am already a Red Hat Certified Professional, should I take a preliminary exam?

If you have already certified your skills in a given technology, there is no reason to take a preliminary exam. However, if you are getting started on a new or different technology, we encourage you to take a preliminary exam to benchmark and share your progress.

Should I take a preliminary exam if I am working toward certification?

There is no requirement to take preliminary exams as part of your certification journey, but you may find it useful as a way to gauge your skills attainment and experience what it is like to take a Red Hat exam. Passing a preliminary exam also allows you to share skills validation without having to pursue the stronger endorsement that comes with certification.

Can I use a preliminary exam to renew a certification?

No, since preliminary exams do not confer certification if passed, they cannot be used to renew a certification. As preparation for the renewal process, you may find taking a preliminary exam helpful as a part of your efforts.

Learn how preliminary exams are administered

How is the preliminary exam delivered?

This type of Red Hat exam will be delivered strictly in the online format. Per our Red Hat training policies, you will need to use your own device, present valid government identification to the remote exam proctor, and have access to a stable internet connection.

Can I also use my own device for certification exams?

No, Red Hat certification exams are delivered in secure environments on hardware that we have provisioned specifically for the purpose of exam delivery. Our certifications allow us to make strong assertions about individuals’ skills, knowledge, and ability to use technologies in product settings. As a result, our testing process must ensure that candidates do not receive assistance while taking a certification exam.

While preliminary exams show progress toward proficiency in a technology, we do not assert that passing these exams demonstrates readiness for on-the-job responsibilities. Therefore, we have structured our delivery approach to emphasize convenience and availability.

What happens if I don’t pass a preliminary exam?

You will need to purchase the exam again in order to retake a preliminary exam.

What if my device malfunctions or I lose Internet access while taking the exam?

Red Hat cannot assume responsibility for the reliability of your internet connection or the proper functioning of the device you use to take a preliminary exam. Review our terms and conditions for guidance on how to ensure a reliable exam experience.