marcia blanco

ACA Certification Help

Hi Folks!

This is the first year that my program is offering ACA certification. I'm offering it through Certiport in PS CS5 and I feel really uncomfortable about the readiness of my students. They've taken the certiport practice tests (which are all very similar and I think the kids have them memorized because they are now passing them with flying colors) and we have gone over the areas that they originally had difficulty but I don't know if they are ready to go yet. Each test is $50 a pop and they only have one shot at this. 

I know that there is a lot of resources on the objectives but I'm missing those key pieces on teaching and assessing them. Can anyone help me on this? (I posted on this a while ago but made the error of listing the test as the ACE exam. I meant ACA.)

Thank you!!


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Rob Schwartz

Posted on 3/8/17 1:48:10 AM Permalink

​Hi everyone! The most popular curriculum and the one used (and written) by teachers in the top certifying centers in the world is ​ACATestPrep.com! I'm biased, as I created it though!!! But Dan below helped Idaho roll out the most successful ACA startup program ever across the state of Idaho, and ACATestPrep was all they used for prep! It's the most affordable and lightweight in your curriculum, and directed at the ACA.

If you prefer books AND video, ​Adobe Press now has a series directly pointed at the ACA as well!!

Dan Armstrong

Posted on 7/30/13 6:29:14 AM Permalink

Kevin Cagno

Posted on 3/26/13 3:11:45 PM Permalink

I have been giving my students the Photoshop ACA test for a couple of years now and I find that if they are passing the practice test then they should have no problem with the actual test. I use the free adobe resources as a refresher for the students. Most have already been through the Adobe Classroom in a Book tutorial and have been working with Photoshop for a year or two before they take the test. I have not had any students that passed the practice test that didn't pass the actual test.

marcia blanco

Posted on 3/11/13 4:07:12 PM Permalink

<p>Hi Denise!</p><p>I have 14 students taking the test and the Certiprep and ACA Certification text from Adobe (without the DVD) is what I've been using. I'll check those resources you suggested and may get back to you. Thank you!</p><p><br></p>

Denise Spence

Posted on 3/6/13 1:59:25 PM Permalink

You can learn more about the ACA here: http://adobe.com/go/aca There are free study materials on the site as well. Click on "View Preparation Materials" to learn more.

Denise Spence

Posted on 3/6/13 1:57:34 PM Permalink

Hi Marcia, How many students are taking the tests? What other resources are you using (other than Certiprep)? - Denise