A year later than my first attempt I have cleared the CKA with 77%
I think the new format was much better compared to the 3 hour exam and the topics are more focused and less broad. It was also better to focus in a two hour window but it is very tight for time and I did not have much time to test my answers but was able to answer the questions I skipped at first glance.
My tips for this exam would be:
• Know ETCD backup/restore, Kubeadm upgrade, cluster troubleshooting, network policies, RBAC and ingress inside out.
• Head for the biggest mark question first, then tackle as many 7 percents as possible (flag ones taking too much time and come back) then move to the 4 percents and these should be easy marks, however this may just be up to preference.
• Study the 2020 changes to know which topics to focus on and leave out: https://training.linuxfoundation.org/cka-program-changes-2020/
• Be sure to use the kubectl reference docs and Ctrl/Cmd + F to quickly see if you can carry out the command imperatively and if there are any flags that will help you.
• Autocompletion was essential for time saving for me, also exporting the dry run and yaml output flags eg:
export d="—dry-run=client -o yaml"
kubectl run <podname> —-image <imagename> $d > pod.yaml
Mumshad’s course was excellent and completing it with the labs is enough to pass the exam, the lectures and support in this channel have been such a help. I also used the killer.sh simulator for extra interactive practice to sharpen up the weekend before.
Thanks again for the course and help!