Passed my EMC ISM (E20-001) Exam

ITN-213, Information Storage Management, is part of the Virtualization Career Studies Certificate Program at TCC. With enrollment in the course you receive a 1/2 price voucher to take the EMC ISM Exam. A few weeks ago I scheduled the exam and started studying. I sat for the exam this past Monday and passed.

I thought the exam was pretty fair. I did not find it to be extremely difficult but I feel I was really well prepared for the exam. Besides the class materials, I studied the Information Storage and Management: Storing, Managing, and Protecting Digital Information book from EMC Education Services from cover to cover. There was not a single question on the exam (at least not on my exam) that was not covered in the book.

My exam consisted of 66 questions and I think I had 90 minutes to complete them. I felt this was plenty of time. I finished in right at 40 minutes. The test is similar to other certification exams I have taken in that it lets you mark questions for review at the end of the test. I think I had marked 9 questions. I went back to them but did not change any answers. I passed the exam with an 87%.

One thing I did like about this exam is that it gave you a break down how you did in each section. Giving you the number of questions from each section, the number you answered correctly, and your percentage score for the section. I scored highest in storage systems (93%) and storage network technologies and virtualization (95%) – no surprise here. I scored lowest in business continuity (78%) and storage security (71%) – again no real surprise there either. I think this is important information especially if you plan to continue to expand your knowledge.

All in all a good exam on some fairly challenging technologies.

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Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for HPE SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc

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