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Purpose of Exam

The VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration Exam tests certification candidates on their skills and abilities installing, configuring and administering large and/or more complex virtualized environments.


Scheduling and Taking the Exam

This exam is administered through Pearson VUE. Details on the rules and procedures associated with requesting authorization, registering, and sitting for the exam are available here


Number of Questions

The VCAP5-DCA Exam consists of approximately 26 live lab activities for 510 & 23 for 550 version and a short pre-exam survey consisting of 9 questions. Live lab activities consist of multiple tasks, where each task is scored. The total number of activities provided is based on the total number of tasks


Passing Score

The passing score for this exam is 300.

Points are awarded for the successful completion of each lab task. Candidates can choose to complete a task using different methods, as points are awarded based on successful completion, not on the steps used to complete the task.


Time Limit

210 Minutes for Regular Users (3 Hours 30 Minutes)

240 Minutes for other Users where English is not a primary language (4 Hours)


Exam Environment

The exam consists of a number of tasks that are performed using actual equipment consisting of two ESXi hosts and a vCenter Server virtual machine. A number of pre-configured virtual machines will also be present for use with certain tasks. The lab environment is based on vSphere 5.5. The VCAP5-DCA Exam includes troubleshooting tasks. As a result, some components may not be correctly configured, or may not have been configured at all, which is entirely intentional. In addition, some lab tasks are dependent on the successful completion of previous tasks.


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