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How to become a Google Mobile Web Specialist?

Last year I decided to pass Google Mobile Web Specialist Certification. In this article I'm going to describe my preparation and give some useful tips for those who are interested in earning this certification.

The name of the certification looks a little bit strange, to be honest. But the basic idea is the following: to help web developers become aware of how to make a website perform well on mobile devices.

Talks are cheap, show me how certificate looks like

Ok, no problem - you can check it here.

Cost of the Exam

The cost of certification is $149 USD. Previously it was $99 USD, but it has been increased in the second part of 2018.

Topics which are included:

- Basic website layout and styling
- Front end networking
- Accessibility
- Progressive Web Apps
- Performance optimization and caching
- Testing and debugging
- ES2015 concepts and syntax
- Mobile web forms

It doesn't look too difficult to grasp. Official study guide recommends to have at least 3 years of experience, so most of the topics should be already familiar to you.


Pro tip: schedule date of the exam beforehand. It's really hard to motivate yourself to study if you don't have any deadline. I had two months for preparation from the moment I've booked my exam date. And also make sure you would be able to spend about 4 hours alone - approximate time to complete the exam.

The Official study guide is quite thorough, so I highly recommend to study it. Additionally, take a look at MDN - service worker and progressive web apps sections. But do not just read it - try everything by yourself (there are labs in the guide - make sure to go through most of them). I spent about 3 months on studying, dedicating a few hours per week to it.

The exam        

The exam takes place in the virtual Linux-based exam environment (supplied with Google Chrome and Atom). There will be 17 practical tasks, you'll have 4 hours to complete them and about 15 minutes for each task. If you feel that the task is difficult and you spend too much time on it - skip it, you can return to it in the end if there is time left.

The tasks covered all topics described in the study guide:

  • make site responsive
  • configure responsive images
  • improve accessibility
  • fix performance bottleneck
  • configure service worker
  • setup caching with IndexDB
  • configure form validation

You can GOOGLE. Yes, I'm not joking. But be careful, they recommend do not copy-paste code as it can cause you to fail the exam.

After the exam, you should complete the Exit interview - 10 minutes video recording where you'll answer the questions related to your participation in the exam. It's quite simple, so don't worry too much about it.

The results

I've got an email with the result in 12 days and one day after that I also received a link to my certificate. Pretty quick, I think, but be ready - this process can take much longer (up to 45 days).

Yep, that's all. Not super easy - but it worth it. If you decide to try - good luck, it's a good challenge.

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