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CKAD Practice Exam: Core Concepts

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Lab description

This lab is part of a series of practice exam content for the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) certification. Each practice exam in the series provides you with exam-like tasks to perform in a Kubernetes cluster modeled after the clusters used in the real CKAD exam. Each practice exam focuses on one particular domain in the CKAD exam curriculum. The tasks outlined in the practice exam should be attempted on your own with consultation of the official Kubernetes documentation, just like in the real exam. If you do need some assistance with a particular task, the solution and relevant exam tips are provided in the final solution guide lab step in the lab.

This practice exam focuses on the Core Concepts domain which is worth 13% of the exam. The Core Concepts domain encapsulates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the exam curriculum:

  • Understand Kubernetes API Primitives
  • Create and configure basic Pods

Assessed topics

  •  Kubernetes core concepts

Intended Audience

  • Kubernetes certification exam candidates
  • Kubernetes practitioners



October 12th, 2023 - Updated to run Kubernetes 1.28

June 12th, 2023 - Updated to run Kubernetes 1.26

September 6th, 2022 - Updated to run Kubernetes 1.24

June 6th, 2022 - Fixed issue causing check errors

February 15th, 2022 - Added solution guide resource

About the author
Logan Rakai, opens in a new tab
Lead Content Developer - Labs
Learning paths

Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

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Covered topics
Lab steps
Connecting to the Practice Exam Kubernetes Cluster
CKAD Practice Exam: Core Concepts
CKAD Practice Exam: Core Concepts - Solution Guide