The NCSE: Level 1 Exam is Here!


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If you're a Systems Engineer or Architect working for Nutanix or one of our Partners, the newly updated Nutanix SE Academy was designed with you in mind.

Last month we told you about the training, but now the Nutanix Certified SE: Level 1 exam is available enabling you to validate your technical knowledge and skills.

Earning this certification shows that you know how to effectively position and differentiate Nutanix solutions, as well as leverage Nutanix tools and collateral.

Learn more about the SE Academy here and download the Level 1 Exam Blueprint Guide here.

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what is the passing score for the exam ? NCP5.5 was 75% but the document stated 3000 points out of 6000( like the one for NCSE) , thats more like 50 % by my math but anyway.
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From the exam blueprint:

1.4 Passing Score The passing score for this exam is 3000, using a scaled scoring method. The scale is from 100-6000. Scaled scores are calculated using a mathematical formula that considers a variety of factors, including the number and type of exam questions included in a specific version of the exam. Because this combination may vary in different versions of the same examination, scaled scores provide a fair score for everyone based on the version of the exam taken.
I don't think you read what i said earlier. The NCP exam had the same requirement but when i first failed it the first time i came to know( from a nutanix representative ) that the passing score is 75 % minimum based on the report you get at the end of the exam . That 75 % doesn't look like it has anything to do with the 3000 or 6000 number at all.
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Hi - please see this response on the NCP exam thread about passing scores.

https://next.nutanix.com/education-news-and-announcements-57/the-ncp-exam-is-here-30811?postid=34922
ok , thats better, so basically its the same 75%
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I took part in my first NCSE l1 exam today and I have to say it's harder than I thought.
The nuschool.nutanix.com material is certainly not enough.

You have to go deeper on every aspect and on every optimization of the solution, especially VDI and Oracle.
Prepare to answer in depth how to size Oracle, Splunk, VDI, how to size HW brands and how to use the analysis tools respectively (... of brands like Dell for example or how to use RVTools)
It also needs a deep understanding of the N + x resilience factor and the thresholds used with the sizer.

Also be ready to do some math.

I hope this helps you all.
Agreed, its harder , but if you look at the blueprint you will find all the documentation you need in order to pass the exam. Read those PDFS and you should be good to go.
I was told that Nutanix will need to register me before I can take the NCSE Level1 exam. I've reached out to Nutanix Education a few times since last wednesday but have received zero response. Anyone know a better way to register for this?
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Hi - that is the correct process. Unfortunately the support team was hit with a lot of requests last week around the Nov 27 deadline, and so the response time is a little longer. DM me your email & I'll escalate.
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JillLiles wrote:

Hi - that is the correct process. Unfortunately the support team was hit with a lot of requests last week around the Nov 27 deadline, and so the response time is a little longer. DM me your email & I'll escalate.


Plus, as far as i know, the exam will be free of charge until january 31.
And for those of you who celebrate...
Enjoy your Christmas time!
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UPX wrote:

I took part in my first NCSE l1 exam today and I have to say it's harder than I thought.
The nuschool.nutanix.com material is certainly not enough.

You have to go deeper on every aspect and on every optimization of the solution, especially VDI and Oracle.
Prepare to answer in depth how to size Oracle, Splunk, VDI, how to size HW brands and how to use the analysis tools respectively (... of brands like Dell for example or how to use RVTools)
It also needs a deep understanding of the N + x resilience factor and the thresholds used with the sizer.

Also be ready to do some math.

I hope this helps you all.


thanks for sharing the details I am preparing for the exam and your suggestions are going to help a lot.
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I attempted the exam and I must say it is a very hard exam. Taking 75% score in this exam will need a lot of preparation and that too with a lot of concentration on such small things that you would normally ignore.

Anybody buddy taking this exam must go through the course along with each and every objective mentioned in the Blueprint Guide. You must go through the Sizing reference guide in detail and pay attention to each and every point. Also the best practices and reference architecture guides mentioned in the EBG are also important don't miss those docs as well.

You must also remember to go through sizer and every option present in it and try all the options by hand because the questions in the exam are very tricky.

You may have to do some maths like addition and calculating percentages but it is easy and can be done without calculator.

Best of luck to all!
What is the passing score or percentage of NCSE LEVEL 1 exam
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From the exam blueprint:

1.4 Passing Score
The passing score for this exam is 3000, using a scaled scoring method. The scale is from 100-6000. Scaled scores are
calculated using a mathematical formula that considers a variety of factors, including the number and type of exam
questions included in a specific version of the exam. Because this combination may vary in different versions of the same
examination, scaled scores provide a fair score for everyone based on the version of the exam taken.
I have given the first attempt and it doesn’t have scales scoring there are 60 questions each carry 1 point which is 1.66% my correct questions is 28/60 and percentage it is showing is 47% and my nuschool profile showing it as failed. So I want to know what is the pass percentage as per 3000/6000 then 30/60 question should be good enough to pass it. Please clarify the scoring
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Hi all,

For the past several months the NCSE:L1 exam has been delivered through our test delivery vendor, ProctorTrack. ProctorTrack does not support scaled scoring, so if you took the exam through ProctorTrack, you needed a minimum of 70% to pass the exam.

As of 1/4/2019 the exam is being delivered through a new vendor and is streamlined to be accessible directly from the Nutanix site. We sincerely hope you will find the new process to be even easier and a better overall experience than our legacy process was. The new delivery system does support scaled scoring, and the pass score for the exam is 3000. For more on scaled scoring, see @JillLiles post in this thread.
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Took the NCSE L1 exam today and passed. The new PSIonline method of taking the exam works for me. It is easy to book and start the exam, thanks to the single sign-on from the nutanix portal. Only caveat is to book your exam well before your prefered date, as they work with time slots, so your intended timeslot can be unavailable. The proctoring is done real time and chat functionality with the proctor is working well in case of any problems.

Good luck to all who intend to take the exam!
UPX wrote:

I took part in my first NCSE l1 exam today and I have to say it's harder than I thought.
The nuschool.nutanix.com material is certainly not enough.

You have to go deeper on every aspect and on every optimization of the solution, especially VDI and Oracle.
Prepare to answer in depth how to size Oracle, Splunk, VDI, how to size HW brands and how to use the analysis tools respectively (... of brands like Dell for example or how to use RVTools)
It also needs a deep understanding of the N + x resilience factor and the thresholds used with the sizer.

Also be ready to do some math.

I hope this helps you all.



Echoing this. Just passed NCSE and leveraging the blueprint on the topics above is key, as well as understanding objection handling and sizing in depth. If it weren't for your comment, I wouldn't have gone the extra mile ... and not knowing the specifics from hundreds of PDF pages from the blueprint probably would have tanked me.
Failed today. Is it true you cant use a piece of paper for the math. I cant do it in my head. I asked the proctor 3 times if I could write something down. Maybe I was approaching the questions wrong and over complicating it but the math wasn't as simple as 1+1=2.
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Failed today. Is it true you cant use a piece of paper for the math. I cant do it in my head. I asked the proctor 3 times if I could write something down. Maybe I was approaching the questions wrong and over complicating it but the math wasn't as simple as 1+1=2.



Did you see the calculator as an option? There was only a single question where I really wished I had a calculator where it wasn't an option, but everywhere else I was properly equipped.
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cscull wrote:

Failed today. Is it true you cant use a piece of paper for the math. I cant do it in my head. I asked the proctor 3 times if I could write something down. Maybe I was approaching the questions wrong and over complicating it but the math wasn't as simple as 1+1=2.

Did you see the calculator as an option? There was only a single question where I really wished I had a calculator where it wasn't an option, but everywhere else I was properly equipped.


Holy crap .. there is calculator. Dangit, this is my first time taking an exam in this format. It took me 30 min just to get my home office approved. I was a bit disheveled. Dangit.. I should have read the preexam brief more closely.
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wjthompson wrote:


cscull wrote:

Failed today. Is it true you cant use a piece of paper for the math. I cant do it in my head. I asked the proctor 3 times if I could write something down. Maybe I was approaching the questions wrong and over complicating it but the math wasn't as simple as 1+1=2.

Did you see the calculator as an option? There was only a single question where I really wished I had a calculator where it wasn't an option, but everywhere else I was properly equipped.

Holy crap .. there is calculator. Dangit, this is my first time taking an exam in this format. It took me 30 min just to get my home office approved. I was a bit disheveled. Dangit.. I should have read the preexam brief more closely.



Ouch, hopefully you didn't lose by the margin of questions that required a calculator. IIRC, some were well beyond what you could do in your head.
I want to clear the test please help me

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