I just sat the VCAP6-DCV Design exam, and I have some thoughts to share.
For some reason, the exam center at the North Convention Center looked SMALLER than in previous years, but there were still a lot of empty stations when I went in on a Sunday. Also I don’t know where the exam lounge was.
In general, the exam is 175 minutes where you have to complete 18 questions. I believe 5 or 6 are design type questions. I highly suggest you take a look at this blog to understand a bit more about how the design tool works. I went into this exam cold, I did not look at the blueprint, I did not even read the entirety of the blog I mentioned above. This definitely hurt me, I wasn’t as familiar with some elements as others, and i didn’t have as deep of design knowledge with some elements. I still was able to read through and put analysis for every question and have PLENTY of time left over. I had 60 minutes after going through all of the quesitons once. Then after I went back to the revised ones and another pass, I had 40 minutes left. That’s a long time but I didn’t think I could do any better, so I submitted it, and got my score instantly: 275, fail.
Not the worst outcome, but I felt that I should have been a little closer to 300. I’m not sure if I want to retake this exam either. I passed the VCAP6-Deploy exam, so I should have the VCIX and my VCP should be renewed.
Updated: 12-6-2016 VMware Education re-scored all of the VCAP6-Design exams due to some issue, my fail was rescored to a pass. I don’t know what my score was, but as I always say, a pass is a pas.