Exam Overview

The CCDAK exam is designed to test your ability to develop Kafka-based applications using Confluent Platform. The exam covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Kafka architecture and components
  • Kafka producers and consumers
  • Kafka Connect and Kafka Streams
  • Confluent Schema Registry
  • Kafka security
  • Kafka monitoring and troubleshooting

The exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, and you have 90 minutes to complete it.

Study Resources

To prepare for the CCDAK exam, you should have hands-on experience working with Kafka and Confluent Platform. In addition to practical experience, here are some study resources that can help you prepare:

  1. Confluent Developer Certification Program: The official certification page provides an overview of the exam, including the exam objectives and sample questions.

  2. Confluent Documentation: The official documentation covers all aspects of Confluent Platform and provides in-depth information on Kafka concepts, configuration, and APIs.

  3. Confluent Developer Courses: Confluent offers a range of free online courses that cover Kafka fundamentals, Kafka Streams, Kafka Connect, and more. These courses provide hands-on exercises and practical examples.

  4. Kafka: The Definitive Guide: This book by Neha Narkhede, Gwen Shapira, and Todd Palino is a comprehensive guide to Kafka and covers all the essential concepts and techniques.

  5. Confluent Community Forum: The Confluent Community Forum is a great place to ask questions, seek clarification, and engage with other Kafka developers and experts.

Practice Questions

To help you prepare for the CCDAK exam, here are a few practice questions:

  1. What is the purpose of the Confluent Schema Registry? a) To store and manage Kafka topic configurations b) To store and manage Avro schemas for Kafka topics c) To store and manage Kafka Connect connector configurations d) To store and manage Kafka Streams application configurations

  2. Which of the following is NOT a valid Kafka producer configuration? a) acks b) batch.size c) max.request.size d) retries

  3. What is the role of the Kafka controller? a) To manage the distribution of partitions across brokers b) To handle client requests for producing and consuming messages c) To store and manage Kafka topic data d) To monitor the health and performance of Kafka brokers

  4. Which Kafka Streams operation is used to group records by a specific key? a) map b) filter c) groupByKey d) aggregate

  5. What is the purpose of the confluent-hub command-line tool? a) To manage Kafka topics and partitions b) To install and manage Kafka Connect connectors c) To configure and deploy Kafka Streams applications d) To monitor and troubleshoot Kafka clusters

You can find more practice questions and study resources in this GitHub repository: CCDAK Exam Questions

Study Tips

Here are some study tips to help you prepare effectively for the CCDAK exam:

  1. Understand the exam objectives: Review the exam objectives thoroughly and ensure that you have a solid understanding of each topic.

  2. Gain hands-on experience: Practice working with Kafka and Confluent Platform by setting up a local development environment and building sample applications.

  3. Explore Confluent documentation: Dive deep into the Confluent documentation to understand the concepts, configuration options, and best practices.

  4. Take advantage of Confluent courses: Enroll in the free Confluent Developer courses to reinforce your knowledge and gain practical experience.

  5. Practice, practice, practice: Work through practice questions and sample scenarios to familiarize yourself with the exam format and test your understanding.

  6. Manage your time effectively: During the exam, manage your time wisely. If you encounter a difficult question, mark it for review and move on to the next one.