This video will answer frequently asked questions related to the Google Level 1 Certification Exam. Above this video is a link to the Google Fundamental Training Center that includes all the material you need to prepare for the exam, a link to sample exam questions, and a link to Google’s web page that addresses frequently asked questions as well.
The first question most teachers have is what is on the exam. The exam consists of 20 traditional questions – multiple choice, matching, drag and drop, etc. and 10-12 scenario questions that require you to complete tasks related to the use of G Suite in the classroom. The traditional questions are like the practice questions on Google Fundamental Training website. There is a link above this video to sample questions provided by Google. The scenario questions are the most time consuming. Each scenario involves the completion of a variety of tasks using the various G Suite products. The purpose is to demonstrate mastery of the Google’s educational apps. The tasks are not difficult if you are familiar with the G Suite products. It just takes time to complete the tasks.
To register for the exam, you will need to submit $10 on a credit card or enter voucher information if it is provided by your school. Almost immediately, you will receive an email verifying receipt of your registration request. You should allot up to 24 hours to receive an email with your exam credentials. The exam credentials are valid for 7 days. You will use the exam credentials to take the exam. This means you will login using an exam id – not your school account, not your personal gmail account but an exam account assigned to you. Information on how to login to take the exam will be included in the email with the exam credentials.
To take the exam, you will need the latest version of Chrome so be sure to update your browser. You will also need to open an incognito tab to take the exam. You will learn how to open an incognito window as you work through the Google Fundamental training content. You need a functioning webcam. This is how Google proctors the exam. You are allotted three hours to complete the exam, so it is a good idea to set aside three uninterruptible hours. The exam is designed to demonstrate a general understanding of all the G Suite products and how they can be used in the classroom for teaching and learning. Completing Google’s Fundamental Training will provide the necessary information for the G Suite products and their uses. Be an active learner as you complete the training units. The scenarios are performance based so you will be using the G Suite products as you complete this section of the exam.
Certification means you scored 80% or higher on the exam. You will receive a badge that is valid for 24 months. If you don’t pass the exam, you can retake it. You just need to wait the specified number of days. You might wonder why you should take the exam. It does look good on the resume and gives you some bragging rights. One of the benefits of working through the Google content is finding new ways to use the G Suite products in your classroom. We often lock into those things we know how to do. Taking the exam will probably give you other ideas on how you can use the G Suite products with your students to promote teaching and learning.
I hope you found this video helpful. Be sure to check out Google’s frequently asked questions as well. The link is above this video. Good luck on your exam.