PCTP Exam Preparation Insights: Non-Technical Sharing

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Original topic: PCTP备考心得 非技术分享

| username: TiDBer-lucy

To pass the TiDB PCTP (PingCAP Certified TiDB Professional) certification exam, systematic preparation and study of relevant knowledge points are required. Here are some suggested steps and resources to help you better prepare for the exam:

  1. Understand the exam syllabus and registration: Visit PingCAP’s official learning center or certification page to view the latest PCTP exam syllabus. This will detail all the topics and knowledge points covered in the exam, such as TiDB computing kernel architecture, cluster management, advanced features, etc. Additionally, understand the prerequisites for registration. The PCTP exam requires passing the PCTA first. If you meet the conditions and are determined to take the exam, you can schedule a later exam and work towards completing the necessary courses (depending on individual learning habits, you can also register when you feel fully prepared).

  2. Official course study: Attend the main PCTP official courses 302 and 303. You can choose a suitable playback speed and go through them quickly. The courses usually delve into the technical details of TiDB, best practices, troubleshooting, etc. Ensure you complete all learning modules and exercises in the courses.

  3. Practical operation: Hands-on experience with TiDB is crucial. You can deepen your understanding by deploying a local TiDB cluster, using the TiUP tool for cluster management, handling data migration, performance tuning, and other practical operations.

  4. Mock exams and exercises: Try doing mock exams or after-class exercises to familiarize yourself with the exam format and reinforce your grasp of the knowledge points. There may be related practice resources on the PingCAP community or learning platform.

  5. Read official documentation and white papers: TiDB’s official documentation is another valuable learning resource, covering everything from installation and configuration to operations management. Thoroughly reading and understanding these documents is critical for passing the exam.

  6. Participate in community discussions: Join TiDB’s community forums, Slack channels, or WeChat groups to interact with other exam takers and experts. Here you can find exam experience sharing, problem-solving, and more.

  7. Review notes and blogs: Utilize PCTP exam review notes and experience sharing on technical communities like CSDN and Blog Garden. These often contain key points and tips summarized by predecessors.

  8. Time planning: Develop a reasonable study schedule based on your learning progress, ensuring each part has enough time for review and practice.

  9. Remember, the exam is not the ultimate goal. The journey of growth is long and challenging. Continuous learning can provide new insights or help you solve long-standing problems in your work, which is far more important than the certificate itself.

| username: TIDB-Learner | Original post link

One very good student!

| username: kkpeter | Original post link

Usually, study hard. Someone here passed the exam directly without any preparation.

| username: TiDBer-lucy | Original post link

Exams can indeed be passed with a short period of intensive preparation.

| username: 我是吉米哥 | Original post link

Thank you, preparing for the exam.

| username: 濱崎悟空 | Original post link

Well summarized.