All about the new free Neo4j 4.0 Certification. As a Neo4j Certified Professional, you may upgrade your skills passing another free online exam, for version 4. Here is all you need to know, with some recommended practice tests I published on Udemy and as a Kindle e-book.

The New Neo4j 4.0 Certification

The Graph Academy branch of Neo4j announced a new professional certification title and exam on December 2, 2020: the Neo4j 4.0 Certification. As a prerequisite, you must pass first the free Neo4j Certified Professional exam, with 80 questions on version 3.x.

The new certification exam has 30 questions and tests your knowledge only on some specific important features of the version 4, which have been here for a while:

The RBAC section is by far the most complex. Fabric is about accessing more than one database from a single Cypher query, but they split-up the MultiDB area and enhanced it with more on multiple database management. Finally, the new CALL clause for subqueries is the main subject for the new Cypher features.

Graph Academy recommends several free online training courses:

  • Overview of Neo4j 4.x
  • Querying with Cypher in Neo4j 4.x
  • Creating Nodes and Relationships in Neo4j 4.x
  • Using Indexes and Query Best Practices in Neo4j 4.x
  • Importing Data with Neo4j 4.x
  • Basic Neo4j 4.x Administration

Along with their online documentation, they are great if you have time enough to go over everything included in the last version. For limited time at your disposal, and if you already remember the Neo4j basics since you passed the Neo4j Certified Professional exam, an alternative is to use the practice tests I specifically created below.

The Neo4j 4.0 Certification Exam

The online exam is free and not proctored. You can try it as many times as you like, there is no restriction. But you will have to wait 24 hours since the last time you tried it from the same email address. Also, the exam will not start at all if your email address is not recognized as the same you used to pass the Neo4j Certified Professional exam.

The exam has a total of 30 questions, that you have to complete in less than 45 minutes. The passing score is 80%. The time limit is not a problem, as you’re expected to complete the exam much faster. And the passing score is also low enough, once you used some high-quality preparation material, like my own practice tests below.

The problem is your score appears on the certificate they issue when you pass, and you may want this to be as high as possible. After I used my own practice tests below, I passed the certification exam with 100%:

All exam questions are either single-selection or multiple-choices, with four choices each. You’re not told how many multiple correct choices you might have, which makes things harder. There are no simple Yes or No questions, but most of the questions are rather straightforward and not extremely verbose. Most questions test you on the knowledge about the new 4.x features, and just a few questions include Cypher queries.

For an 80% passing score, you may get wrong overall 6 questions out of the total of 30. But you may get multiple points per question, for a total of over 50 points. When you finish the exam, you’ll get a list with the incomplete questions and wrong single-choice answers. This is something you don’t get at the Neo4j Certified Professional exam. But be aware they still don’t show you the questions you got right, and do not tell you the correct answers, unless they are part of an incomplete multi-choice question.

There are five categories or domains, with the following relative distribution:

  • RBAC – 10 questions (32%)
  • MultiDB – 8 questions (24%)
  • Cypher – 6 questions (20%)
  • General – 4 questions (16%)
  • Fabric – 2 questions (8%)

My Neo4j 4.0 Certification Practice Tests

My brand new Neo4j 4.0 Certification: Practice Exams course on Udemy has 150 similar exam questions with explained answers, to help you get the free Neo4j 4.0 Certification. They are grouped in 5 interactive practice tests with 30 questions each, timed for maximum 45 minutes and with an 80% passing score, just  like the real exams!

All questions are closely emulated from those currently found in the actual exam, so you’ll not waste time on anything else. All 150 questions are original, with elaborate answers and references, and do not repeat themselves. There are only single-select and multi-choice questions, with four choices each, like in the real exam.

The categories are the same and distributed just like in the real exam: Fabric (2q) + General (4q) + Cypher (6q) + MultiDB (8q) + RBAC (10q).

As an alternative, get my new published Kindle e-book Neo4j 4.0 Certification: Exam Practice Tests. It has the exact same content: 150 questions, with detailed answers and external references, split between 5 high-quality practice tests with 30 questions each.

Conclusions

The new Neo4j 4.0 Certification is a free professional certification on the new features of Neo4j version 4.x. You cannot start the exam if your email address is not recognized as the same you used to pass the Neo4j Certified Professional exam.

The exam is free, online, with 30 questions and 80% passing score. It’s not a difficult exam, but you don’t have dedicated courses just for what is required in the exam. With proper preparation, and if you already know Neo4j as a certified developer, you could prepare and pass this new exam in just one or two days.

It is a good to have certification, especially because it is free. It is also a great chance to learn more about Fabric, RBAC and multi-databases in the latest Cypher engine versions.

For best results on learning Cypher and Neo4j, and passing these certification exams, try any of my high-quality practice tests on Udemy:

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