Here’s everything you need to ace the G Suite Certification exam on your first try.
First, what is G suite certification?
G Suite certification is part of the Google Cloud certification program. It tests and verifies your performance using Google’s key productivity and collaboration tools.
What does the exam cover?
The G Suite Certification exam takes you through your paces on the G Suite apps, including:
- Managing files
- Creating and managing folders
- Locating files
- Changing display settings
- Sharing files and folders
- Managing bandwidth
- Dialing in, inviting users, communicating in Hangouts chat, muting, and ejecting users
- Personalizing settings
- Managing your inbox
- Managing and communicating with contacts
- Sharing files
- Inserting images
- Locating messages
- Using Gmail offline
- Setting up pages,
- Inserting non-text elements
- Changing text attributes
- Formatting text blocks
- Using the spelling checker and personal dictionary
- Inserting and editing tables
- Collaborating and sharing in Docs
- Using the Download function
- Managing values, rows, cells or columns
- Formatting sheets and cells
- Inserting non-text elements
- Using functions like SUM, AVERAGE, MIN, MAX and COUNT
- Managing and transforming data using conditional formatting
- Collaborating and sharing in Sheets
- Importing and converting from other file types like .csv and .xls
- Building a presentation in Slides
- Working with text
- Working with non-text elements
- Arranging objects using actions
- Sharing a presentation
Google Forms is also covered.
The Certification exam takes the form of a single comprehensive exam. Google provides materials to help you study:
- An overview of what’s going to be covered in the exam
- The G Suite Applied Digital Skills practice area
- Practice exams
Other G Suite training programs will go into a lot more depth than you’ll need for the exam. They are a great place to start if you want to easily pass the test.
Why should you get G Suite Certification?
G Suite certification demonstrates to employers and clients that you’re competent with the G Suite tools. If you’re working as part of a distributed team, the ability to use a cloud-based productivity suite is key, and G Suite’s certification serves two functions.
First, it familiarizes you with all the features of G Suite the way they were meant to be used. If you’ve worked with enough people who learned Excel on the job, you’ll know that being able to get through a day where you have to use it is not the same thing as actually knowing how to use it properly. Get G Suite certified and you’ll know what you’re doing inside all of G Suite’s main applications.
Second, it demonstrates that familiarity to employers and colleagues. You don’t have to describe your own level of familiarity and efficacy with G Suite, you can simply point to the certification.
How much does the G Suite Certification exam cost?
The exam costs $75, and the preparation materials from Google are available free of charge, including unlimited practice exams.
There’s a 50% discount for students and educators, including school and academic institution administrators. The discount is automatically applied when you register for G Suite certification using your academic domain.
Who should get G Suite Certification?
Getting a G Suite certification makes sense for a lot of people, it’s one of the most popular office suites on the market.
But there are some roles where it’s particularly important.
IT professionals making the move from Office or other legacy non-cloud systems to a more modern company will often find that G Suite is central to the way the company does things. The IT jobs market is competitive, and the relatively simple, low-cost G Suite certification program is a good way to stand out; it’s also a good way to make sure that you’re comfortable with the company’s productivity suite so you can focus on actual problem-solving.
Obviously, this is especially applicable if you’re going to be expected to manage the company’s productivity suite as part of your duties.
If you’re tasked with ensuring that the technical end of your organization runs smoothly, a G Suite certification is likely to be the least (and least expensive and time-consuming) of your qualifications. But if your company uses G Suite, or you’re thinking of moving to one that does, you’ll need to have, and be able to prove, advanced skills with G Suite tools. The certification program will deliver that.
If you’re a relatively junior sysadmin, getting a G Suite certification can help you build your resume. If you’ve been in the job a while, it can be a way of demonstrating that you’ve remained engaged with trends in the industry and recognize that you need to know more than desktop Word to get the job done. And the process of preparing for the exam walks you through a lot of everyday tasks that you can then troubleshoot for others at work.
If you use G Suite in your educational institution, G suite certification might be required by your institution. Even more so if you’re an administrator. As well as making you a more desirable future hire, the actual content of the course can make navigating G Suite easier.
Getting G Suite certified might be a school requirement; it’s definitely a good way to boost your resume and show prospective employers and colleges that you’re ready to get to grips with the productivity tools they use.
How to Sign up and Take the G Suite Certification Exam
There are two ways you can take the G Suite certification exam. You can:
- Take the exam remotely
- Take the exam in a public testing center
The test center based exams are remote-proctored, though they take place in ProctorU testing facilities.
You’ll need to be over 18 to take the exam remotely or at a public testing center. If you’re under 18, you can take the exam at your school. You’ll need a government-issued photo ID like a passport or driver’s license.
To register for the G Suite certification exam, you can follow the link on Google’s G Suite certification introduction page. However, that leads to a ProctorU login page that requires you to create a ProctorU account.
Once you’ve entered your details, you can choose a testing method:
If you select a public testing center, you can search within a specified distance of any location you choose:
There are around 8 within 50 miles of New York, but none within 50 miles of Helsinki, so you might find that how well-served you are by this option depends pretty strongly on where you’re located.
If you prefer to test remotely, you’ll be offered a list of testing times and locations. You choose dates, then select from a page of time slots:
Taking the G Suite Certification Exam
Exams take 120 minutes.
You’re not permitted any learning or reference materials, it’s not an open-book exam. The ProctorU site will detect if you open other windows or tabs and discontinue the session, effectively kicking you out of the exam.
You can use Chrome’s built-in translation service for questions, but the exam is only available in English and your answers will only be counted if they’re entered in English.
The exam isn’t a question-and-answer exam. Instead, you’ll be given a G Suite work environment and asked to complete tasks. You won’t be allowed to use the phone, scratch paper, pens and pencils, or notes if you sit the exam at a public testing center.
After you finish the exam, you will receive either a pass or a fail. There’s no other feedback. No percentage, numerical score, or verbal response. Google says the exam is designed to see whether or not you meet a certain minimum standard so feedback is simply a pass or fail mark.
If you take the G Suite certification exam and fail it, you can retake it 14 days later, but you have to pay again. Miss the mark a second time and the wait is 60 days.
If you pass, you’re certified, and Google will email you a digital certificate.
If you have to reschedule your exam less than 48 hours before it’s due to start, you’ll be charged a cancellation fee but it’s much less than the full exam cost. If you just don’t show up you’ll be charged full price with no option for a refund.
How do I know if I’m ready to take the G Suite Certification exam?
Scroll back up to ‘What does the exam cover?’ and ask yourself if there’s anything on there that you don’t know how to do. If you feel comfortable with everything on that list, you’re ready. If not, go here.
Select specific skills to practice and improve so you can make sure you have the best chance of success.
If you feel like you might be ready but you’re not sure, try doing a practice test here.
After an introductory video, you can take as many practice exams as you like. It makes sense to do the practice exam in the same time-frame as the real thing, and see if you pass. This isn’t the kind of exam where you can fluke your way to a passing grade without actually knowing what you’re doing; if you get a passing grade on the practice exam, you’re probably ready to go do the real thing!