How to Study for a Microsoft SharePoint Certification Exam - presented at SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs May 2014

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Here's a step by step guide on how to study for a Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Certification exam.

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  • 410- install and config; 411 administer; 412 advanced service; 417 upgradeMeasureup has practice tests for all of them
  • If 480 doesn’t release, look for training guide instead.
  • Read about brain dumps at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/certification-exam-policies.aspx
  • Transcender is unofficial, but still legit.
  • https://www.prometric.com/
  • How to Study for a Microsoft SharePoint Certification Exam - presented at SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs May 2014

    1. 1. 2014 How to Study for a Microsoft SharePoint Certification Exam MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL, MCITP, MCPD, MCSE, MCDBA, MCTS
    2. 2. 2014 Who is Michael Blumenthal? • Sr. Solution Architect at PSC Group • CSPUG Co-Leader • 19 years in IT Consulting • 11 years of SharePoint • MCP Since 1995 • Passed 25 exams • MCPD • MCITP • MCSE • MCDBA
    3. 3. 2014 This is about you • Devs? • Admins? • MCPs? • Last time you took a test on a computer? • Work for an MSFT Partner?
    4. 4. 2014 Agenda Goals Strategy & Exam Tactics Rewards • Of Certification; Also Session Raffle
    5. 5. 2014 Goal Identification Knowledge Resume Builder Pick a Tangible Reward
    6. 6. 2014 Strategies A+ or Pass
    7. 7. 2014 Exams are divided by role IT Pro Dev
    8. 8. 2014 Exams are Paths to Titles: IT Pro Path
    9. 9. 2014 MCSE SharePoint MCSA Win2012S 70-331 70-332 MCSA Win2012S 2013 Core Solutions 2013 Adv Solutions
    10. 10. 2014 MCSA Win2012 Server 70- 410 70- 411 70- 412 70- 417OR Install Config Admin Advanced Services Upgrade
    11. 11. 2014 Exams are Paths to Titles: Dev Path
    12. 12. 2014 MCSD SharePoint Apps 70-480 70-486 70-488 70-489CSS, JS, H5 MVC4 Web SPDev Core SPDev Adv
    13. 13. 2014 Recertification MCSE SharePoint •3 yrs MCSD SharePoint •2 yrs
    14. 14. 2014 Now you’ve picked an exam Syllabus Playground Guided Study Practice Exams Schedule & Go
    15. 15. 2014 Syllabus – the skills measured • http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-331.aspx
    16. 16. 2014
    17. 17. 2014 You need a playground! Create or rent a Virtual Machine! Cloudshare Hyper-V or Vmware Azure
    18. 18. 2014 Finding Study Books Exam Web Page will list MS Press books Search Amazon by 70-xxx exam number
    19. 19. 2014
    20. 20. 2014 Use the Source, Luke! TechNet MSDN
    21. 21. 2014 Study Videos • http://bit.ly/1jpdKA8 • Watch for Shannon Bray, @noidentity29
    22. 22. 2014 Practice Exams Braindumps Bad!
    23. 23. 2014 Legitimate Practice Test Providers • Not all exams have practice tests. As of 5/16/2014: • MeasureUp has ITP 2013 exams, has 4 2010 exams • Transcender has no 2013 exams, has 3 2010 exams, has 70-480 • SelfTest has no 2013 exams, has 2 2010 exams, has 70-480 MeasureUp.com SelfTestSoftware.com Transcender.com
    24. 24. 2014 Taking the exam Schedule at Prometric.com • $150 or Exam Vouchers Find a location and time that works for you More secure than an airplane • Bring photo ID
    25. 25. 2014 Prometric makes TSA look 2nd Rate • Video at http://vimeo.com/74953443
    26. 26. 2014 The Testing Kiosk • Locked Down • Assisted sign-in • Profile Questions • The actual Exam • Comment Period
    27. 27. 2014 You vs the Computer for 3 hours • Active screen • Build list • Case studies • Create-a-tree • Drag and drop • Hot area • Multiple-choice • Repeated answer choices • Simulations • Short answer code • Best answer
    28. 28. 2014 Active Screen • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/activeScreen.wmv
    29. 29. 2014 Build List • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/buildList.wmv
    30. 30. 2014 Case Study • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/caseStudy.wmv
    31. 31. 2014 Create a Tree • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/createTree.wmv
    32. 32. 2014 Drag and Drop • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/dragDrop.wmv
    33. 33. 2014 Hot Area • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/hotAnswer.wmv
    34. 34. 2014 Multiple Choice • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/multipleChoiceCodeColor.wmv
    35. 35. 2014 Repeated Answer Choices • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/repeated_answer_series.wmv
    36. 36. 2014 Simulations • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/simulation.wmv
    37. 37. 2014 Short Answer Code • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/shortAnswer.wmv
    38. 38. 2014 Best Answer • http://mediadl.microsoft.com/mediadl/www/l/learning/video/certifi cation/exam/bestAnswer.wmv
    39. 39. 2014 Standard Strategies Apply • Do all the easy ones first • If it will take more than 2 minutes, mark it, skip it, return to it • Answer every question • Eliminate bad answers • Case studies take longer • Time is NOT your friend
    40. 40. 2014 The Score Report
    41. 41. 2014 Email from Microsoft • Arrives a few days later • Confirms MSFT has received results from Prometric
    42. 42. 2014 MCP.Microsoft.com
    43. 43. 2014 Transcript
    44. 44. 2014 Reward Yourself
    45. 45. 2014 Frame a Certificate
    46. 46. 2014 Trying Again • Second Shot • http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/second-shot.aspx • Free until May 31, 2014 • Also saves you 20%
    47. 47. 2014 In Review Syllabus Playground Guided Study Practice Exams Schedule & Go Set Goals Pick Exams Pass Exams Reward Yourself
    48. 48. 2014 Raffle • Win Exam Ref Books!
    49. 49. 2014 Come to our both for a chance to win! • ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR Touchscreen 2 in 1 • Sells for $399! • 10.1-inch HD touchscreen • Up to 11 hours battery life
    50. 50. 2014 Questions & Raffle • Michael Blumenthal SharePoint Architect PSC Group, LLC • MBlumenthal@psclistens.com • psclistens.com • www.cspug.org • Blog.blumenthalit.com • Twitter: @MichaelBL • SPYam & MWC Yam Thank you for your time today.

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