Join Thom Tremblay for an in-depth discussion in this video Tips for certification, part of Cert Prep: Autodesk Inventor Certified Professional.
- [Voiceover] I'd like to share some tips for taking the Autodesk Inventor Certified Professional exam. I've taken the exam many times over the years. I've also proctored others taking the exam, and there are a few things that I've seen that make the process much easier and I'd like to share them with you. First, remember to start the application before starting the exam browser. Make sure you start Autodesk Inventor before starting the exam itself. The exam uses a web browser that will lock the screen down.
If Inventor isn't started, you won't be able to go to it to do the activities required to get the answers. Use Alt + Tab to switch back and forth. If you're not familiar with this keystroke, try it with your computer and you'll see that you're able to switch between applications. Read the instructions at the beginning of the exam. When you enter the exam system, there will be several pages of instructions. Read through them. It doesn't count against your time, it doesn't count against your exam.
Take time, make note of the icons, the symbols, and the controls for going backward and forward as well as the controls for marking questions and for being able to look at a list of questions to make sure that you've done them all. If you come to a question that you don't immediately understand, mark it, and come back to it. I've seen people take half of their exam time working through a problem that they just don't understand.
They might've passed the exam, missing that question, had they only gone through the exam picking out the items that they knew immediately and coming back to the ones they weren't comfortable with. If you need to step away, pause the exam. Make sure that if you need to step away to get a drink of water, that the exam isn't running for 10 minutes. The proctor will have to restart the exam, but that's okay. That's what they're there for. Pay very close attention to what the requested solution is.
In the next slide, we'll cover the Properties Dialog box. But I've seen people get the wrong answer, having done everything right because they needed the X value of the inertial properties and they put the value of the Y in. Copy and paste the answer whenever possible. Rather than trying to type, go back and forth between screens, copy the answer especially if it's in the Properties Dialogue box and paste it directly into the exam.
Now, moving on. To access the Properties Dialog box, you right-click on the model, and select Properties or iProperties from the menu. The Properties Dialog box is the same as it always has been and the only tab you'll really need to pay attention to is the Physical tab. If you come into the Physical tab and there are no values in the mass, area, volume, etc, hit Update but do not change the Requested Accuracy.
Leave it at whatever the model is set to. Typically, what a question will be looking for is the X, Y, and Z values of the general properties, the mass of the part, or the volume of the part. Select the numerical value only for copy and paste. For example, in the Dialog box on the screen it says that the mass of the part is 3.688 kilograms. The value that the exam will be looking for is 3.688.
So make sure that you grab all of the numbers when you copy and then make sure that they all appear when you paste. These might seem like fairly trivial things, but they are the most common item to trip people up when taking the Autodesk Inventor Certified Professional Exam. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you enjoy the rest of the course as you review all of the objectives that you'll be examined on. Good luck.
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