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In 2020, remote exams became the standard experience for certificate-hopefuls across many fields. Red Hat worked quickly to release four of our most in-demand exams in this format. We have seen remote exams grow rapidly in popularity with our candidates. As we roll into 2021, our list has expanded with even more offerings. Now, you can take advantage of more remote exams to validate your skills in Red Hat’s most in-demand technologies, including OpenShift, Ansible, Containers and Kubernetes, and more.

In addition, all certifications that were due to expire in 2020 have had their expirations extended to March 31, 2021, due to the continued impacts of COVID-19 and the increased popularity of remote testing globally. At this time, additional extensions are not in consideration.

Expanding our remote exam offerings

Below is the most up-to-date list of remote exams currently available:

In addition to this list, we have ported some older exam releases that are no longer available for purchase in order for people who had already purchased them to take them remotely.

Make the most of your remote exam experience

In a traditional testing environment, the circumstances are predictable. It is the responsibility of the testing center to ensure an optimized experience for test-takers. In the world of remote exams, this task falls to the test-taker. What success strategies can you deploy, and what steps can you take to prepare for remote exams?

  1. Schedule in advance. Keep in mind that just as an in-person exam has a limited number of available seats, so do remote exams. The demand for seats is high, so it is essential to be sure that you plan accordingly by booking your time slot well in advance. Following your examination’s purchase confirmation, you can check for available time slots with the Remote Exam Scheduler.

  2. Test your technical setup beforehand. Red Hat offers a unique operating system with a compatibility tester that confirms both your hardware and network connectivity are suitable for remote exam delivery. Download the live environment ISO a few days prior to your scheduled exam to resolve any issues, so there are no unwanted surprises on the day of your exam. Learn more about hardware and software requirements here. Please note that integrated webcams in your laptop are not a replacement for the required external webcam requirements.

  3. Prepare your workspace. Choose a quiet, clean, comfortable area of your home that can accommodate the technical requirements. Minimize distractions and interruptions by communicating with your family or housemates about your plans and making arrangements for your children or pets.

  4. Prepare yourself. Exams present a significant challenge to those looking to advance their careers, get certified, stay relevant, or validate one’s skills. However, self-preparation is also critical to success: Get a good night's rest, bring a drink, and use the facilities beforehand. Breaks are available during the test, but only after the first hour, and the timer will not stop.

Get the latest updates

Want to stay up to date with future additions to this list? Check out the most up-to-date list of remote exams on the Ways to Test page as we continue to expand our offerings to cover a broader range of certifications. Our remote exam offerings will continue to evolve as we learn new things about bringing the best experience directly to you!

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About the author

Randy Russell is the director of Certification and leads the team that develops and delivers Red Hat's certification programs and exams.  A long-time proponent of performance-based testing, he has served on the board and as president and chairman of the Performance Testing Council, as well as having presented on this subject and others at industry conferences such as the Association of Test Publishers, the European Association of Test Publishers, CeDMA and TSIA.

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