Don't get discouraged by this. You have more insight into the format of the test and now you can use that to your advantage the next time you take it.
Just get back on the horse and try again. I failed the VCAP-DTA a couple weeks ago by about the same score, and I do View deployments for a living. It happens to all of us.
Same, except I work for VMware doing those things.
Just buckle down, study, and take it again. You'll pass on your second try.
Honestly just be really comfortable with the source material to the point where you can make snap answers correctly. Do a quick 30 second sanity check if the question isn't obvious and move on. That way if you get stumped by something out of the blue you can spend some time on it.
But if you can't solve a question in 5 minutes, you probably can't solve it and should just make a educated guess.
Try not to feel too down about it, I failed with like a 284 or something my first time, after submitting my final answer with less than 30 seconds on the clock. Knowing what I was getting myself into, I turned bookworm for a bit and nailed it a week later with a respectable score. VMware is pretty infamous for making their cert tests quite "curveball-ish", and even after living and breathing the blueprint forward and backwards, the depth of some of the questions will still feel like they came way out of left field. A great many people fail them on their first go-around. On one hand, it doesn't really feel fair, but on the other, it means the certifications should actually mean something.
The VCAP exams are definitely no easier...
Think of it this way. Every time someone fails the VCP test, your VCP cert becomes more valuable.
You will pass on your next attempt. I have faith in you.
Thanks for the support and feedback. Looking forward to getting back to studying and kicking this test's ass the second time around.
I failed vcp 4 once and vcp 5 twice. It was very close, just like your score. Now you know what to expect and you'll be in better shape next time.
Yep there were a couple things I saw on the test that were just not in the book I studied at all like VASA. I checked in the glossary. I'm going to go back and review things like VDP/VDPA that came up over and over and try to focus more on lab work.
Probably the worst cert test I've taken. It's all bizarre non real world scenarios and trick questions. Sounds like you know your stuff though - give it another shot!!
The study materials on www.pass4sure.com for the VCP550 exam are spot on with the exam. I just took mine last Friday and got a 460/500 using there exam questions to supplement my studying.
The un-official VMware Reddit.