Tarek Bahaa El Deen
Assistant Professor in Graphic Design

what is different between ACA & ACE exam?

i won't to know the different between ACA & ACE exam

can you help me

and how can i get ACE exam outside USA

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  • Animate CC
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
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Fahad Javed

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 8:11:09 AM Permalink

Hi Tarek,

(A)The difference between ACA and ACE is the level of skills in the evaluation of a given product.

(A1)ACA(Adobe Certified Associate)[Entry level]:

ACA tests core skills for a product. For instance i gave an ACA exam in Rich Media Communication Using Flash Professional CS6. It included topics such as nuances of exploring the Flash Professional CS6 product interface,Soft skills like project management,peer review,wireframes,Design principles like Rule of Thirds,Core skills in Animation using Flash(Shape Tweening,Motion Tweening,Classic Tweening,Inverse Kinematics(IK)),Importing different types of files in Flash etc,basic Actionscript 3.0 skills,just to name a few. The Exam Objectives for the exam are your best companion as they provide a list of topics that you need to cover. Currently there are six exams offered by Adobe for Different Products(like Dreamweaver,Flash,Photoshop,Illustrator,Indesign,Premiere). To prepare for ACA exams,you can refer to Adobe Certified Course ware(videos,books etc.) as well as their free Course Coverage material for All the exams.

List of ACA Resources:

> ACA to ACE Carrier Path Document(contains differences between ACA and ACE exams)

> List of all ACA exams offered by Adobe along with their objectives. Just click on one of the Certifications.

> For Booking for the ACA exam on the Certiport Site. You can also find PDF's of Exam Objectives for each of the products.

> For a list of ACA approved course ware(Books,Videos etc.) as well as free ACA curriculum[Digital Design curriculum,Visual Design curriculum ,Digital Video curriculum](PDF coverage of the courses). You need to have an Adobe ID,in order to download the Free Courseware from Adobe Education Exchange Site.

(A2)ACE(Adobe Certified Expert)[Expert Level]:

ACE tests expert level skills for a product. here you must know even the smallest nuances of the software,experience of working with many projects i.e. you must have hands on experience with the product. ACE exams are more through and cover more intermediate to advanced topics. For instance in ACA exam for Flash basic Actionscript skills were required,where as in ACE exam for Flash,Intermediate to Expert level skill set is required for Actionscript 3.0. To prepare for this exam,do create full blown projects that make use of all the skills,to better prepare yourself. Do remember that some ACE exams require that you have already completed the Pre-requiste ACA exam(refer to the ACA to ACE Carrier Path Document(contains differences between ACA and ACE exams) link given above) before attempting the exam.

List of ACE Resources:

> Main Page for finding Adobe ACE exams,along with the 2nd link for Certification Exam Selection. just click on an exam to review the number of questions asked,passing percentage for the exam,as well as a link to download the Exam guide for the exam,which contains some sample questions as well.

> Do refer to Adobe's Official Product Manuals as well for deep coverage of the product. These can be downloaded from the Adobe's Support Site(just select one of the products to get to the Page that contains links to PDF manuals) given below
(B)How to get an ACE exam outside of USA:

ACA exams are offered by Certiport ,where as ACE exams are offered by PearsonVue . The good news is that Certiport has recently been acquired by Pearson Vue,and thus you can give both the ACA as well as the ACE exam at Pearson Vue Authorized Test Centers. You can search for Pearson vue certified Test center near your Location,using the Pearson Vue's Locate a Test Center Link,just provide the Country,City and it will show a list of all Test centers from which you can book your exam. Here is the link for that:

Hopefully,i have answered your queries.

Best Regards,

Marc Boucher

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 6:47:46 PM Permalink

when you make the exam, make sure to read all in the question, sometime you have only one word different in all the answer

Judy Durkin

Posted on May 14, 2013 6:57:23 AM Permalink

The ACE exam is a beast. Make certain that you know every function of every button. I am studying about 30 minutes every day in preparation for InDesign CS6 ACE exam in July, and I have been using it since Pagemaker 1! I find that the more I study, the more new stuff I learn. There are a lot of nooks and crannies in software - things I tend to gloss over in my day-to-day use.

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 8:58:18 PM Permalink

An ACA shows that you have enough skills to start producing professional results. The exam will test both soft skills and application basics as well as some general design and ethical principles. I know many professionals who say that the ACE exams are too difficult. The reason manny think it is too hard is that you can work with photoshop for years and be good at what you do, but only use a very limited amount of tools. For the ACE you need to be able to know the whole software, and how it behaves in different workflows. As a teacher/trainer/instructor I find the exam helps me be aware of the areas I need to work on, and gives me confidence and authority when instructing.

Adobe Education

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 1:10:07 AM Permalink

Hi Tarek, ACA is designed for folks who want to demonstrate entry-level industry skills in our products. You can learn more about the ACA here: There are free study materials on the site as well. Click on "View Preparation Materials" to learn more. If you are a teacher or a student, we can offer you a 50% discount off the cost of ACE. ACE is a professional-level exam for those with expert-level product knowledge. Here is more information on ACE: You can also take a look at these two PDFs to help you think about the best path for you as an individual: or as an institution: Cheers, ~Adobe Education