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Acquia Certified Site Studio 6.x Site Builder

This is the study guide for Acquia Certified Site Studio 6.x Site Builder Examination.

In this guide, we’ll explain the exam blueprint, break down the knowledge domains, and help you get familiar with the nature of questions asked in the exam.

You’ll find helpful steps to prepare for the exam as well as links to further resources for study and preparation.

About the exam

The following is the key information about the exam:

  • Exam Name: Acquia Certified Cohesion Site Builder
  • Exam Duration: 60 minutes
  • Exam length: 40 questions
  • Pass/Fail mark: 65%

The purpose of this exam is to validate skills and knowledge of developers, designers and architects in the area of designing, implementing and maintaining a Cohesion DX8 based Drupal website

This exam validates a candidate’s ability to:

  • Understand the features and functionality provided by Acquia Cohesion.
  • Install and Configure Acquia Cohesion environment on new or existing websites.
  • Build a website using Cohesion style builder, components and website structure design elements.

Steps to Site Studio 6.x Site Builder Certification

Take Acquia Academy Courses

We have two courses to get you started on your Site Studio journey.

After taking the courses, build a small website on your own using Site Studio to reinforce the concepts learned in the courses.

Gain Practical Experience

Completing the courses will not make you ready for taking the certification exam. You need to have some real-life practical experience to attempt the exam. For this purpose, we recommend that you gain the practical experience by working on at least 2-3 real life projects.

Perform Self Assessment

Once you decide to take the exam, we recommend that you study the domains and topics covered by the exam and their relative weights. You should also perform a Self Assessment of your own areas of strength and weakness vis-a-vis the domains/topics covered by the exam blueprint. This is a recommended starting point for experienced Drupal 8 Developers.

Use Labs and Study Guide

Based on your Self Assessment, you may need to gain knowledge and experience in some Domains or Topics. The best way to learn Site Studio is by working or experimenting on it. Follow the suggestions given for preparation in the Preparation section and refer to the external resources given in the Study Guide section.

Appear for the exam

At this stage, you should be ready to take the exam. Follow this link to register for the exam. You may choose from an online proctored or an onsite proctored exam delivery option.

Exam Domains

Domain % of Questions
1.0 Website Settings and Configuration 20%
2.0 Using the Style Builder 15%
3.0 Building the Structure of a Site 20%
4.0 Using and Creating Components 30%
5.0 Miscellaneous Concepts 15%
TOTAL 100

D8 Site Studio Site Builder Exam Breakup

Note

This exam blueprint includes topics, domains, and test objectives to help guide the test taker. It should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of all of the content of this examination.

Exam Domains and Topics

Domain % of Questions
1 Website settings and configuration
1.1 Understands the usage of Base unit size and unit conversion
1.2 Understands how to add colours to be used in their colour palette
1.3 Demonstrate an understanding on how to add fonts to their website
1.4 Demonstrate an understanding on how to add and use icon fonts
1.5 Demonstrate an understanding of how to set up and use the responsive grid settings
1.6 Demonstrate an understanding of SCSS variables and how to use them
2 Using the style builder
2.1 Demonstrate an ability to can create a base style that is utilised in the website
2.2 Demonstrate an ability to create a basic custom style with the interface
2.3 Demonstrate an ability to create advanced styles with the style tree
2.4 Demonstrate an ability to create responsive custoM styles by using the breakpoint selectors
3 Building the structure of a website
3.1 Demonstrate an ability to create and use Content Templates
3.2 Demonstrate an ability to create master templates
3.3 Demonstrate the ability to create View templates
3.4 Demonstrate the ability to use and create menu templates
4 Using and creating components
4.1 Demonstrate an ability to use the editing experience with components
4.2 Demonstrate an ability to create a component layout
4.3 Demonstrate an ability to create a component form
4.4 Demonstrate an understanding of creating advanced layout and style options
4.5 Demonstrate understanding of the usage of component dropzones
5 Miscellaneous concepts
5.1 Demonstrate an understanding of how and when to use ‘hide if no data’
5.2 Demonstrate a knowledge of how to use an existing select field in components
5.3 Demonstrate an understanding of reusability across multiple Site Studio enabled websites

Self Assessment

Experienced Site Studio site builders will likely know their weaknesses more than they know their strengths. You might have judged your own skill levels while reading through the four domains listed above. It is quite natural for you to be more experienced and proficient in one domain than another. Also, within a domain, it is quite likely that you have hands-on experience on some topics but have never touched other areas within the same domain.

How to Use Self Assessment

We suggest you perform a skills and expertise self-assessment with respect to the domains and topics listed in the blueprint. The blueprint lists test objectives (topics) for each domain. Rank your skills on a scale of 0 to 10 against each test objective (0 for absolutely zero knowledge or exposure and 10 for complete mastery). Use 0 for absolutely zero knowledge or exposure and 10 for complete mastery of the topic.

  • Topics with a score of 8+ are your strengths.
  • Topics with a score of 5 to 7 will need some preparation.
  • Topics with a score below 5 may require a lot of preparation, or guided instruction.

You may use the following table to carry out your own evaluation.

Acquia Site Studio Site Builder Self-Assessment Table

Domain Topic Your Score (1-10)
1 Website settings and configuration

1.1 Understands the usage of Base unit size and unit conversion

1.2 Understands how to add colours to be used in their colour palette

1.3 Demonstrate an understanding on how to add fonts to their website

1.4 Demonstrate an understanding on how to add and use icon fonts

1.5 Demonstrate an understanding of how to set up and use the responsive grid settings

1.6 Demonstrate an understanding of SCSS variables and how to use them

2 Using the style builder

2.1 Demonstrate an ability to can create a base style that is utilised in the website

2.2 Demonstrate an ability to create a basic custom style with the interface

2.3 Demonstrate an ability to create advanced styles with the style tree

2.4 Demonstrate an ability to create responsive custoM styles by using the breakpoint selectors

3 Building the structure of a website

3.1 Demonstrate an ability to create and use Content Templates

3.2 Demonstrate an ability to create master templates

3.3 Demonstrate the ability to create View templates

3.4 Demonstrate the ability to use and create menu templates

4 Using and creating components

4.1 Demonstrate an ability to use the editing experience with components

4.2 Demonstrate an ability to create a component layout

4.3 Demonstrate an ability to create a component form

4.4 Demonstrate an understanding of creating advanced layout and style options

4.5 Demonstrate understanding of the usage of component dropzones

5 Miscellaneous concepts

5.1 Demonstrate an understanding of how and when to use ‘hide if no data’

5.2 Demonstrate a knowledge of how to use an existing select field in components

5.3 Demonstrate an understanding of reusability across multiple Site Studio enabled websites

Preparation

Once you have a list of topics for which you need preparation, you will possibly face two challenges:

  1. Find and study documentation and knowledge resources for the topics.
  2. Find enough practical case studies covering the topics.

Knowledge Resources

Finding documentation and online resources is easier. Customers and Partners may register for Acquia Academy and take a course in the relevant domain to refresh your knowledge.

If you are new to Site Studio, you should start with a Getting Started with Site Studio Guide.

After completing the Getting started guide, you may take the following courses from Acquia Academy:

The second challenge of finding enough practical case studies covering the topics is likely to be more daunting. For obtaining adequate hands-on experience, you may request for a Site Studio Sandbox and follow a series of guided Tutorials for a hands-on learning experience.

If you are stuck with any questions, you may use the FAQs page to search for an answer.

Study Guide

  1. Website Settings and Configuration
Topic URL
1.1 Understand the usage of Base unit size and unit conversion https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/configuring-your-base-unit-settings
1.2 Understand colors and how to add colors to be used in color palette https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/creating-your-color-palette
1.3 Understand how to add fonts to a website https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/set-font-libraries-and-font-stacks
1.4 Understand how to use and add icon fonts https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/set-icon-font-libraries
1.5 Understand how to set up and use the grid https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/configuring-your-responsive-grid-settings
1.6 Understanding of SCSS variables and how to use them https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/creating-scss-variables
  1. Using the Style Builder
Topic URL
2.1 Understand how to create a base style that is used on a website https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/creating-base-styles
2.2 Demonstrate the ability to create a basic custom style within the Site Studio interface https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/creating-custom-styles
2.3 Demonstrate an ability to create advanced styles with the style tree https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/using-style-builder
2.4 Demonstrate an ability to create responsive styles by using the breakpoint selectors https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/using-style-preview
  1. Building the Structure of a Website
Topic URL
3.1 Demonstrate an ability to create and use content templates https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/content-templates
3.2 Demonstrate an ability to create master templates https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/master-templates
3.3 Demonstrate an ability to create view templates https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/view-templates
3.4 Demonstrate an ability to create menu templates https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/menu-templates
  1. Using and Creating Components
Topic URL
4.1 Demonstrate an ability to use the editing experience with components https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/what-are-components
4.2 Demonstrate an ability to create a component layout https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/create-component
4.3 Demonstrate an ability to create a component form https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/component-form-field-elements
4.4 Demonstrate an understanding of how to create advanced layout and style options https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/reusable-component-content
4.5 Conceptually understand the usage of component drop zones https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/adding-drop-zones-component
  1. Miscellaneous Topics
Topic URL
5.1 Understands how and when to use Hide if no Data https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/hide-element-if-no-data
5.2 Understands how to use an existing select field in components https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/select-form-element
5.3 Demonstrate an understanding of reusability across multiple Site Studio enabled websites https://cohesiondocs.acquia.com/6.1/user-guide/sync-package-export-and-import