Next evening, I commenced the examination. As per the exam page, the certification covered topics ranging from language basics to functions and classes to DOM manipulations and regular expressions. The first part of the exam was a theoretical test containing 20 single and multiple choice questions, each of which had a time limit of 1.5 minutes. These were the sort of problems which tested my knowledge about the vanillaJS syntax, and most of them were of intermediate difficulty level. However, these 20 questions were sprinkled with a few difficult problems which forced me to think deeper. These were the sort of questions which test deep understanding of the language. They weren’t very difficult, but simply required me to be very clear about the ins and outs of vanillaJS syntax. I was able to complete the test in about 20 minutes, and scored like 18 out of 20. This was good for me — I passed the theoretical test as the threshold was 15 out of 20.
As soon as I passed, I rushed to a cafe and celebrated my certification with a sandwich. After returning to my laptop, I discovered a prompt asking for my online profiles to be displayed on my certificate. I soon entered them, and my certificate finally rendered itself to life:
I also discovered later that there was an option for getting a paper certificate delivered to my home for $30. I like keeping paper certificates so I went for it. The transit took time, but it did arrive at my home after a couple of months — in January. The package contained a letter of appreciation from Cancanit’s CEO Michael Green, the certificate with a hologram and an awesome Mozilla OpenBadge:
I didn’t know about Mozilla OpenBadges before, but after some research I found out that they are an awesome way to showcase and recognize one’s accomplishments. There is also an online version attached to my digital certificate. The one shipped to my home looks so cool that I sticked it to my laptop (it was one of the earliest stickers on my laptop, although now the real estate there is scarce 😀):
Overall, this was an awesome and unique certification experience, and I think $150 in total is a fair investment for it, because this certification offered me long-term returns throughout my hitherto freelance programming journey.
Disclaimer: CancanIT did NOT pay me to write this review.
Readers, please comment about your code-learning journey and moments like this which came in your path. I’d love to hear and learn from them. 🙂