I have recently past the Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 Associates Exam (this is a precursor to the Professional Exam). I wouldn't say this is an easy exam, but if you know what to do and how to study, then you'll ace it!
1. Read the Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 Autodesk Certification Exam Preparation Roadmap. You will notice under “Objective” there are verbs like, “Modify”, “Use”, “Set”, etc. The exam will not ask you a laborious detailed process on how to create something. It will ask a simple step, or where you can find an icon to do something. “Model” may indicate a step in the process. “Use” may be a definition. This is not definite, but it should give you an idea of the types of questions that will be asked.
2. Know how Autodesk labels each of the areas of the user interface. It is important to know the user interface layout because a question may ask you how to do something and where to find that icon. Know where the “properties palette”, “options bar” the “contextual tab” etc.
Study tip: Go through all the objectives and know where to find them on the user interface.
3. Practice going through all of the objectives
A. Identify where you find the icons to do a command on the user interface (it is not necessary to memorize the keystroke commands)
B. Practice modeling the item. Write down step-by-step (in simple terms) on how to create the object.
C. Understand what you can and cannot do with the objective. It is important to note what options are available during each step during the process.
4. Read the question thoroughly and start by eliminating answers you know are not correct.
5. Use the time you are given. Sixty (60) minutes is a lot of time so you should be able to go through all of the questions 2 or 3 times. The Associates exam is 30 minutes long so that means each question averages to 2 minutes a question. You will either know the answer or not. By going through all of the questions once or twice may “turn on a light bulb” to help with a question earlier that you weren’t sure of.
6. This might be a re-iteration of Step #2, but it is important to know how Autodesk identifies labels and buttons when asked to do something. You might know how to do something based on your hands on experience of doing something, but the exam will ask you to identify a certain button to do a step.
7. I don’t think a study book is completely necessary to study for this exam. If you have a study book and review the topics, make sure you go along in the software on how to do these objectives.
8. If you are taking both the Associates and Professionals exams, start with the Professionals exam. Doing so will allow you to become familiar with the actual steps and areas of the user interface.
9. My approach to taking exams is “If this exam was intended to be easy then everyone could pass this without a problem.” “If this exam was impossible, then no one would pass it.” This leaves you somewhere in-between. The questions therefore, should be viewed with the same mentality. For each of the topics, study with this approach. Start off by simply finding where it is on the user interface, understand the steps, know what is needed and what is not needed.
10. Since the Associate exam is not hands on, you will need to identify items according to how Revit Architecture defines something. However, you will need hands on experience to answer some of the questions. There might be some questions where all the answers are correct! Crazy isn’t it? This will require you to answer which one is the best and this is where your experience will help answer.