About a year ago, I had made it a goal of mine to start the process of becoming a Google Certified Trainer. At the time, the requirements of the process included:
- Complete a series of 5 exams on various Google products, including Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and others, and optional items such as Chromebooks, Google Play, and Android tablets. Each of the tests cost $15, for a total of $75.
- Complete a training video of 3 minutes that introduced yourself, showcased your style of training, and a short training of a Google product.
- Submitting an application to Google that included all of the above.
together. Our principal agreed to pay for the exam (which is $25) and get subs for our classes so we could use the entire day to prepare for the exam and take the test, in which Google gives you up to 3 hours to complete. I am a person that takes very little time to take tests, especially if I know the material. I did not expect to use the entire 3 hour time allotted for the test, but I found out that it was going to be very stressful as the time ticked down toward zero. In all, the exam took my 2 hours and 51 minutes. I was FREAKING OUT during the last part of the exam, wondering if I was going to finish. The test wasn't hard, per se; the word "tedious" is a better description. Ultimately, I did finish and within minutes, my results of "PASS" were sent to me, along with my certificate and GCE badge.
that Google provides. The format of the exam is similar to Level 2, with a 3-hour window granted to complete the exam. My principal allowed for me to block out a period of time during a school day to lock my door, turn off my radio, close out my email, and turn off my phone so I could be left alone to complete the exam. I blocked out a window from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, cleared my appointments, locked my office door and went incognito for the next 3 and a half hours. However, I was not going to need the entire window of time. Of the three hours of the testing window, I only needed to use 1 hour and 21 minutes. Like the Level 2 test before, I had my results of "PASS" within minutes, knocking out step two of the Google Certified Trainer application process.