Google’s Certification for Mobile Site Developers

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Google’s new certification program for mobile developers has launched and includes a wide range of topics to test individuals’ ability to competently create mobile sites.

Exam topics range from the most basic to more advanced concepts, and passing it can demonstrate your “ability to build and optimize high-quality sites, and allows you to promote yourself as a Google accredited mobile site developer.”

For those interested, the format of the exam is as follows:

  • Questions: The exam is made up of 65 questions (a combination of multiple choice and true or false).
  • Time limit: You’ll have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
  • Passing score: You need to get a score of 80% or higher to pass. If you don’t pass the exam, you can take it again after 7 days.

Focus

The exam focuses heavily on website speed and high user expectations.

For instance, if a site is too slow to load, users will navigate away, defeating the purpose. Conversely, research suggests that loading speed and conversions rates are directly co-related. On the other hand, having a fast-loading site with a poor user interface will confuse visitors and once again, the result is more people bouncing off. This is why user experience also seems to be a focal point of the exam.

The study guide covers both of these factors and culminates in what is hopefully a comprehensive and all-encompassing test of developer skills.

Upon passing, users will receive a personalized certificate that they can print, and a public listing on their Google Partners profile.

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