I've now completed my Level 1 Educator exam! The whole process was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and I couldn't recommend it enough to all educators.
The Level 1 Educator exam covers a number of G Suite tools, some of which you may not have used before. Although these tools are often very intuitive and easy to learn as you go, you'll be way more confident if you've already seen and used these platforms prior to taking the exam.
Try to make sure that you are comfortable navigating these core G Suite tools:
And remember, you don't need to get 100% in order to pass this exam. If you haven't used a couple of these before, don't worry - the instructions during the exam are clear so you'll be fine!
The topics and information covered in the Fundamentals Training Course goes above and beyond the contents of the exam. The questions you'll be given in the exam itself are simple, either multi-choice or practical activities. You'll learn a lot in the training course, all of which could be incredibly useful to implement in your class or school.
Although you cannot do the exam together (you need to be in a quiet room by yourself), you might find it a lot easier to study/prepare together. You might, for example, have a really good understanding of how to use Gmail, but haven't used Google Sites before. Chances are there's another teacher in your school that is also wanting to get their Google for Education Certification, and their strengths may differ from yours.
The process of using ProctorU can be a bit confusing if you've never used it before. Essentially, they make sure you are working under exam conditions when taking your final exam. Here are a few sub-tips to keep in mind:
I'll be the first to admit that I don't test well - I tend to over-think it and get flustered easily. I didn't experience any of that when taking this Level 1 exam. The questions were clear and often times, the answers were pretty obvious. So relax! You'll do fine, especially if you do the training.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. You can also check out my previous blog posts about my Google for Education training course journey if you'd like to see what you can expect!
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