First of all, congrats to me on my certification eh? Thank you, thank you.
So in this article, I will be sharing my exam experience, tips for preparation, the whole shebang.
To begin with, the ‘Exam DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI’ is a Microsoft certification that validates the skills & knowledge required to enable businesses maximize the value of their data assets using Microsoft Power BI.
Basically, if you are a data analyst who has been making use of Power BI & you’d like to get your skills officially validated, this is the exam for you. For more comprehensive info on the exam, click here.
I’d always known I would take this exam sometime, but the ‘time’ is what I wasn’t sure of.
I just kept it somewhere in my mind because a part of me was scared of flunking, so avoidance was the only way out.
It wasn’t until I got a stern push from a friend that I was like “yep, it’s finally time.”
Most of the answers are embedded in there but you wouldn’t know unless you read in between the lines. Over & over again.I read the resource more than 3 times, & I still missed some answers because of the way the questions were posed, I wasn’t sure.
So it’s easy to miss the obvious, you have to read to remember & understand & if you have to study the resource more than 3 times, please do.
So if you find a similar course somewhere & you can afford it, don’t hesitate. There are tons online; Udemy for example.Or you can check the one linked & save a spot for the next batch. You’ll find it useful.
I failed my first practice test, which broke my heart a bit because I thought that I was prepared enough to go into the exam room. Apparently not.Apart from the confusing questions, the exam interface was also strange; the mock test mimics the main exam setting so you have a feel of what it’s like to do the main one.
My grades improved when I retook the mock though, because now I don’t have to waste time trying to understand how to answer a question.
I also got to review my wrong answers which I learned from. So I’d say this is a useful preparation step.
And you might be lucky if the mock test comes with your course/bootcamp package because these practice tests aren’t free.
I did mine after I completed the bootcamp I mentioned earlier & I didn’t have to pay for the test because it was already catered for.
It’s a 2 & half hour exam. You definitely need food in your system.
NOTE: You’re not allowed to take anything into the exam room, not a writing pad, not a bottle of water. Only yourself & your ID
For more info on the pricing & scheduling, check here
Final Note: You may never be 100% ready, but you need to take it anyway.
Don’t fret, you’ll ace yours too!
If you have any more questions, shoot me an inbox via my LinkedIn attached in my profile below.