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ACA Exam Study Guide: Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator CC

Assessment Published 2/13/14 Last updated on 3/2/20

Use this study guide to prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate Graphic Design and Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator CC exam. The study guide includes preparation materials and practice questions to use as you prepare for this exam.

For more information about the Adobe Certified Associate program, please visit

To prepare students for the ACA exams, utilize the Adobe Digital Careers curriculums.

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Iris Kern-Foster

Posted on 5/14/20 6:37:22 PM Permalink

​This is very outdated and should be replaced.

Zoë Buhrmaster

Posted on 6/2/20 8:12:33 PM Permalink

Says it was updated on 3/2/20, no?​

Dilki Nimasha

Posted on 5/14/20 9:16:34 AM Permalink

​Thanx! :o

Mark Woszczalski

Posted on 4/27/20 7:49:55 AM Permalink

​Thank you, I will use this with my students who are based in CHINA!

madushan chamika

Posted on 4/14/20 4:32:24 PM Permalink

Thank you Adobe

Nadeem Khan

Posted on 4/7/20 7:31:28 AM Permalink


Muhammad Mansoor

Posted on 3/4/20 9:17:16 PM Permalink

​thanks a lot

agus rustanto

Posted on 2/20/20 11:03:08 AM Permalink

Thankyou adobe​


Posted on 2/19/20 8:34:37 AM Permalink

​Thanks for Great Resource.

Syretta Scott

Posted on 12/11/19 9:50:51 PM Permalink

Thank you, kindly.​

Cristian Craita

Posted on 12/11/19 2:04:52 PM Permalink

Awesome guide. Thank you

Julia Gavacova

Posted on 11/18/19 10:46:49 AM Permalink

​Thank you very much

Abdul Gafaru Yahaya

Posted on 11/9/19 6:59:13 PM Permalink

hey, am reaching from Ghana but there is no adobe reseller or center for me to register and buy the ACA program. what do i do please?

Konrad Zając

Posted on 8/30/19 8:05:20 PM Permalink

​I have a BIG problem while taking ACA Illustrator 2018.

After uninstalling my current Illustrator 2019 and Installing the oldest available one (v22.1) which is 2018 the compass app still won't go the the 2nd part of the exam.

The error message is: "Setting up the exam environment failed. Please make sure Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 has been installed and launched at least once before starting the test."


I have installed v 22.1 (uninstalled CC19) and launched it.

Rhitt Growl

Posted on 8/30/19 8:25:29 PM Permalink

This happened to a few of my students too. To fix it, we launched the 22.1 version, let the program fully open, closed it, and then restarted the exam. This worked for us and solved that particular error. Give it a try and let us know if it fixes the problem for you.​

Konrad Zając

Posted on 8/31/19 1:43:53 PM Permalink

Yeah I did that, but thanls for the suggestion.​

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/3/19 4:34:35 PM Permalink

Hello Konrad and Rhitt,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the exam. We have forwarded your comments to the managers who will look into it further for you. We hope to provide you with more information very soon.​

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/9/19 7:31:41 PM Permalink

Hello Rhitt and Konrad,

We apologize for the complication you've experienced. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Since you have already installed the correct version and are launching/closing the app prior to the exam, please reach out directly to the Certiport technical support team so you can walk through the issue together and receive their assistance. You may need to adjust your Preferences settings. Please feel free to share your experience or insight they provide, and let us know when this has been resolved.

Patricia Mortimer

Posted on 11/18/19 3:17:26 PM Permalink

Dear Adobe Education,

Are you all going to have the updated tests from now on because of the constant updates that Adobe has? CC 2020 is already out - when my lab updates the software next year to 2020, will the tests be ready an so on?

(We are currently at CC 2019 and will have to test using CC 2015 tests until the 2019 tests come out - not cool!!)



Percy Ordonez

Posted on 8/18/19 5:06:45 AM Permalink

Very useful guide. Thank you for sharing.

Alper Ciftci

Posted on 7/10/19 7:42:05 AM Permalink


Malik Shaiq

Posted on 7/4/19 9:39:45 AM Permalink

​thank you

Ma. Mercedes Buendia

Posted on 6/19/19 6:46:08 AM Permalink

​I need this material. Thank you.


Posted on 6/7/19 4:30:43 PM Permalink

This guide is very helpful, I would like to take the ACA exam as much as possible.

Jonathan Dunbier

Posted on 6/7/19 10:11:22 AM Permalink

helpful :-)

Eladrod R

Posted on 5/21/19 2:48:23 PM Permalink

​Thank you i needed this

agus rustanto

Posted on 5/13/19 10:18:53 AM Permalink

thank you​

Ray Cooper

Posted on 5/3/19 11:15:21 PM Permalink

​I needed this! Thank you!

Paul Asuquo

Posted on 4/15/19 9:17:35 PM Permalink

​Thank you so much... This would help a great deal

Stoyanka Veselinova

Posted on 4/3/19 1:27:30 PM Permalink

​Thank you !

Anne C Smith

Posted on 3/25/19 4:24:25 PM Permalink

​Thank you!

Mircea Lungu

Posted on 3/25/19 10:36:23 AM Permalink

A very useful resource! Thank you for sharing it!​

Nazurah Kamaruddin

Posted on 3/15/19 5:52:46 PM Permalink

​thank you so much.

Rachel Minnich

Posted on 3/14/19 3:45:09 PM Permalink

​Very thorough. Thank you!

Ernie Domingo

Posted on 3/2/19 7:34:48 AM Permalink

​Thank you so much for this!

James Tyler

Posted on 1/31/19 1:35:20 PM Permalink

​Very helpful, thank you!

Doug Jeans

Posted on 1/30/19 4:09:40 AM Permalink

​Looks like a great resource, Thanks!

Ray Cooper

Posted on 11/29/18 8:41:51 PM Permalink

​Thank you! I am wading into Illustrator, and I hope to eventually get certified.


Posted on 10/22/18 7:22:12 PM Permalink

Thanks for the resources...​

22 smith

Posted on 10/2/18 3:47:27 AM Permalink

Will be working with this with our IT Interns...all the right things to get students curious about a career in Graphics.​

Judy Durkin

Posted on 9/24/18 5:34:47 PM Permalink

Thank you Adobe. This will be much used by my students preparing for the ACA exam.

barry ng

Posted on 8/30/18 2:11:27 AM Permalink

​nice :)

Adobe Education

Posted on 7/25/17 4:47:26 PM Permalink

​Hi Everyone,

With the help of members of the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) and Adobe Education Leader communities, we have updated these study guides. These guides now link to the most up-to-date Adobe Illustrator CC documentation and tutorials related to the Adobe Certified Associate Graphic Design & Illustration Using Using Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 exam.

Additionally, the Digital Careers Teaching Materials have been updated and organized to help you find the resources you need to help you prepare your students for this and other ACA exams.

We hope that these materials prove to be useful for both you and your students.

Rhitt Growl

Posted on 7/25/17 9:39:11 PM Permalink

Thanks for posting this info here. Greatly appreciate it!

Rick Henderson

Posted on 7/31/17 3:04:59 PM Permalink

My Windows 7 computer downloaded the file as a "Graphic" and didn't recognize what program to open it with, but had to tell it to open it with Acrobat Reader.

jeffrey plummer

Posted on 4/28/17 4:50:27 PM Permalink

​Great resource for high school students. We are also using the Pearson Workbook.

Usha Desai

Posted on 11/5/16 2:59:50 AM Permalink

The time, effort and cost can be justified only when the certification is valid for at least five years. There is ​chance that more designers would opt to get themselves certified if apt training material is available timely with more emphasis laid on design skills rather than tool proficiency. There should also be statistics released on employ-ability of certified professionals. Only then will more professionals would invest in money and time for certifications. Especially for the professionals living in developing part of the world, the chances of opting for certifications are remote provided the cost and span of validity.

Patricia Mortimer

Posted on 10/24/16 1:31:30 PM Permalink

​I also find that GMETRIX does not prepare my students. After going through it a couple of times they are passing with 100% - then not passing the exams. Not cool.

Nathan Johnson

Posted on 4/21/17 12:57:28 AM Permalink


Jennifer Ratliff-Towner

Posted on 10/21/16 7:02:58 PM Permalink

​As a student, the gmetrix preparation guide was a complete waste of time. I studied and studied and only got 585 out of 700. Maybe better luck next time?

Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 9/3/16 3:46:22 PM Permalink

Very helpful resource
Thank you for sharing

Rhitt Growl

Posted on 8/17/16 7:26:59 PM Permalink recently released a video series called "Adobe Certified Associate Prep: Illustrator." Only had time to watch the preview but it looks promising.

Downside is that you have to have a account to watch the rest of the videos. Thankfully we do.

Marie Coleman

Posted on 8/18/16 1:34:10 PM Permalink

I'm going to check this out. I love the resources on and use them quite often in my classes. Thanks for sharing!

Nicole Sinclair

Posted on 6/20/17 9:42:54 AM Permalink

That's Great, Thank-you for linking this here.​

Patricia Mortimer

Posted on 4/28/16 6:03:50 PM Permalink

GMETRIX does not really prepare them. I have had students get 100% constantly on the practice tests then fail the actual ACA - Boo....

Patricia Mortimer

Posted on 4/28/16 6:00:45 PM Permalink

GMETRIX does not really prepare them. I have had students get 100% constantly on the practice tests then fail the actual ACA - Boo....

Shangara Singh

Posted on 3/29/16 4:29:31 PM Permalink

We have just added Adobe Illustrator CC ACA Exam Guide to our list of prep tools. It's available for Windows or Mac OS. It covers all 5 domains, includes 350 original questions and extended answers, and hyperlinks to appropriate pages of Illustrator's help for further study should you need it. You can find full details on the product pages at

Usha Desai

Posted on 3/17/16 9:49:26 AM Permalink

Is there a one stop solution - a preparation guide for ACA Graphic design and Illustration (Illustrator). I found it tough to go link after link to get the information only to get lost in the ocean of information. Please help. How long is this certification valid?

Rhitt Growl

Posted on 4/21/16 4:05:01 PM Permalink

The ACA certification is good for three years. I can't help with the preparation guide. Like you, I've been swimming in the ocean of info and haven't found a one stop solution.

Wayne Chinsamy

Posted on 8/16/16 9:54:23 PM Permalink

Learn Adobe Illustrator CC for Graphic Design and Illustration, Web Edition: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation

Gabriella Bodner

Posted on 2/3/16 8:19:59 PM Permalink

This guide does not help prepare for the test. The test is actually much harder.

Ben Ramirez

Posted on 1/24/16 5:50:37 PM Permalink

Hi Adobe,

Same question with Adobe Photoshop CC; Is this study guide ready to go and WILL it prepare my high school students for the most current exam (Adobe Certified Associate Exam Voucher)? Thanks.

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/28/16 1:36:59 AM Permalink

It's not a comprehensive practice exam and it doesn't include complete preparation materials. This is meant to go along with the Adobe Visual Design curriculum and aid in preparation for the exam. But mostly it's helpful to understand what the exam is like and what to expect.

laurie veloz

Posted on 1/21/16 7:10:30 PM Permalink

what is the exam code or number? for this

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/21/16 8:17:02 PM Permalink

Hi Laurie

This is just an exam preparation guide. If you want to sign up for an exam and get a code you will need to here to find a testing center near you.

The AEE Team

Roxanne Richards

Posted on 12/14/15 12:03:11 AM Permalink

Marie Coleman

Posted on 12/7/15 5:19:59 PM Permalink

The real test is much more difficult than the practice exams my students used through GMetrix.

thomas gallup

Posted on 12/16/15 10:41:58 PM Permalink

As a student I took it today after praticing with gmetrix for the past month and I must say I 100% agree with you, I unfortunately failed it with a 600 :(

Rebecca Rampy

Posted on 3/1/14 8:55:09 PM Permalink

This is what I have been looking for. My students have just taken the practice exam. Most did great! This will help fill in any gaps. Does anyone know what the passing grade is on the ACA exam?

David Robinson

Posted on 12/12/14 4:24:23 AM Permalink

You MUST score 700 out of 1000.