Associate Android Developer
Why exams get updated
We regularly review our exams and training programs to ensure that they reflect the latest skills and recommended practices for Android development. To improve our program offerings, we are doing an update to the exam and have paused accepting new registrations for the exam until the new one is ready. This page will be updated with more details when registration is open again. Thank you for your patience!
The exam is designed to test the skills of an entry-level Android developer. Therefore, to take this exam, you should have this level of proficiency, either through education, self-study, your current job, or a job you have had in the past. Assess your proficiency by reviewing "Exam Content." If you'd like to take the exam, but feel you need to prepare a bit more, level up your Android knowledge with some great Android training resources.
The exam consists of a coding project and an exit interview. Both of these exam components are available only in English at this time.
You must use the latest version of Android Studio to complete the Associate Android Developer Certification Exam.
If you are under 13, you are not eligible to take the exam or to become certified. If you are between 13-17 years of age, you may test and receive certification with parental consent. If you are participating in a location that requires by law a lower minimum age for entry into such programs, then the minimum age limit for that person will be the stated minimum required age. Individuals 18 years or older are eligible for certification without any age-related restrictions.
You must be able to present government-issued photo identification from a non-embargoed country. (See the current list of "U.S.-embargoed countries" in the Google Additional Terms of Service). For Canada, United States, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, and Switzerland, you may use a driver's license. For all other countries you must provide a current passport.
You will scan and upload a photo of your ID using your webcam, or you will upload a copy of your ID that you've previously scanned in JPG, PNG, or BMP format.
Before you take the exam, make sure you can solve the types of coding challenges that the exam contains. To prepare, use the Associate Android Developer study guide.
Construct apps that use Android’s messaging, multitasking, connectivity and media services to design full-featured apps primarily for mobile devices.
Quickly create apps with clean, effective user interfaces that take advantage of Android’s rich UI frameworks.
Leverage Android’s effective frameworks and techniques to perform or schedule data retrieval/storage efficiently in a mobile environment.
Understand the debugging tools in Android Studio and create more reliable and robust apps.
Be able to test the execution of a running program with the intent of finding errors and abnormal or unexpected behavior.
All about the exam
The exam is performance-based and designed to evaluate what you can do, show, and describe. You will be given a coding project based on a starter app. In this project, you will be asked to add functionality and fix bugs. The type of functionality you are asked to add and the bugs you are asked to find and fix fall under the competencies listed in “Exam Content.”
Please note: You must have a strong and reliable internet connection to complete the exam. The exam is timed, and you cannot pause or restart it. The 8-hour timer will begin immediately after you click Start Exam.
Why is this exam paused?
We regularly review our exams and training programs to ensure that they reflect the latest skills and recommended practices for Android development.
What will the exam cost?
The Associate Android Developer Certification is $149 USD, which includes one exam attempt. Local pricing may vary based on your country of origin.
How does the process work?
The exam is currently paused. However, when the exam is available again, the Associate Android Developer Certification process typically includes the following 5 steps.
- Complete the registration process:
- Read and accept the Terms and Conditions.
- Verify your identity using a government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport.
- Pay for the exam.
- Take your exam and submit it for grading.
- Record your answers for the exit interview.
- Upon completing the exit interview, your submission will be graded. (Please allow up to 45 days for grading.)
- If your submission meets the criteria for a passing attempt, you will be awarded your Associate Android Developer Certification.
Note: Exams will be graded in the order that they are submitted. Due to the nature of the exit interview portion, the awarding of certifications will depend on when you are able to complete your interview. We will review completed exam submissions and reply to candidates within 45 days.
ID verification troubleshooting
- Make sure you have an acceptable form of ID, as described on the Requirements tab. Student or work IDs are not accepted.
- Make sure the image you upload of your ID is clear and not blurry. Do not obstruct your ID with your fingers if you are using a webcam.
How can I register for the exam?
New registrations are currently paused while we update the exam. When the new exam is ready, we'll reopen registration for the exam on this page.
Do I have to take the exam immediately after I register?
You are not required to take the exam at the time of registration and payment. If you already registered for the exam but haven’t taken it yet, please see the next question.
How can I access this exam if I’ve already registered for it?
If you already registered for the exam but haven’t taken it yet, you have several options while the exam is paused. You can take the exam before September 30, 2022, wait until the exam reopens (you will have one exam attempt that is still valid) or request a refund. If you have any questions, reach out to Developer-Certification-Support@google.com.
Is the exam in Java or Kotlin?
The exam is available in both Java and Kotlin. You may choose which programming language when you are ready to take the exam.
Is the exam available in languages other than English?
Both the exam project and the exit interview are available only in English at this time.
What happens if I don't complete the exam in 8 hours?
You have 8 hours to complete the exam, and if you finish early, you can manually submit the exam. When the 8 hours has elapsed, the exam will auto-submit. Having the exam auto-submit will not in itself cause you to fail the exam.
Can I retake the exam if I am not successful?
The exam is currently paused. However, when the exam is available again, you can retake the exam. Please note that you must register and pay for each exam attempt. Our exam retake policy is as follows:
- If you don't pass on your first attempt, you must wait 14 days before you take the exam again.
- If you don't pass on your second attempt, you must wait two months before you take the exam again.
- If after three attempts you still have not passed the exam, you must wait one year before you take the exam again.
How long is a certification valid?
Your certification expires 36 months from the date when you receive your digital badge. To renew your certification at that time, you need to complete the registration and certification process again.