Before studying for the Illustrator ACA exam, you need to assess your readiness to take the ACA exam. In this video, Mike shows how to use a self-assessment tool provided in the exercise files to compare your current knowledge to the content of the ACA exam objectives. He also shows how to find and use resources to improve your knowledge and skills.
- [Voiceover] In this chapter, we'll look at the process of creating a personal study plan to help you pass the Illustrator ACA Exam. The best way to achieve your maximum score on the ACA, or any other test, is to be organized and systematic in your approach to studying. And the first step in getting organized is self-assessment. You need to understand exactly how your current knowledge and skills compare to the exam objectives. And then you'll know how close you are to being ready to take the exam and where to focus your energies to make best use of your study time.
In the exercise files, you'll find a PDF that you can print out and use to assess your readiness to take the Illustrator ACA Exam. In the PDF, all of the exam objectives are listed. And on the right side of each objective, you can rate your current knowledge level on a scale of one to four. A one means you know almost nothing about the topic. A two means you have some awareness of the topic. You'd still have to guess the right answer to an exam question, but at least it would be an educated guess. A three means you have clear, solid knowledge on the topic, and you're confident that you could answer a question correctly.
And a four means you feel like an expert on that topic, and you have almost complete confidence that you'd answer a question right. As you fill out the sheet, take your time and be really honest with yourself. When you're done, you have a guide showing you which objectives you need to spend the most time studying. Focus on the ones where you scored a one or a two, and try to bring those one's and two's up to three's. After you've spent some time studying and you feel like you've made some progress, print out a new copy and do the assessment again. And don't look at your previous self-assessment, so your new one is unbiased.
If you're making steady progress, great. Keep doing what you're doing until you score at least 3/4 of the objectives as three's or four's. That's a minimum of 17 out of the 23 objectives. When you reach that point, you're ready to schedule the ACA exam. And if you find yourself struggling with a certain objective, try to really figure out why that is. Do you just need to spend more time and practice with that topic? Or do you need to try some new resources that show or explain the topic in a different way? For example, in the Online Training Library, there are well over 100 courses on Adobe Illustrator with thousands of videos total.
And to narrow things down, you can search on a specific topic, like, say, Illustrator Image Trace, and you'll come up with plenty of options to learn about it. You can also use the options on this page on the left side to filter the results. I'll click on Courses. And I can find that there's actually a whole course here specifically dedicated to helping you master the Image Trace features in Illustrator. So in this movie, we introduced the idea of self-assessment as a key part of your ACA study plan.
Use the chart in the exercise files to determine where your knowledge is right now, compared to where it needs to be for you to pass the ACA exam.
- What is ACA certification?
- Developing a study plan
- Finding study resources
- Identifying project requirements
- Identifying design elements
- Understanding Illustrator
- Creating graphics with drawing, shape, and type tools
- Exporting and publishing graphics
- Registering for the ACA exam