Working for a long time in one field, there comes a time when one needs to grow their skills set. I have been a system developer for close to 3 years and I have been dealing with querying and maintaining databases. In order to progress my skill set and career, it was important for me to pursue 70-461 SQL Server 2012/2014 certification exam. Getting MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification is done in competing of 3 steps, which means that you pass 3 certification exams: 70-461, 70-462 and 70-463. In this article I’ll tell you the secrets of me preparation for 70-461 certification exam.
This exam gauges one’s capability to create database objects, modify data and troubleshoot issues with the SQL server. I have no doubts that every IT professional has had to write a query by either specifying the PRIMARY KEY, UNIQUE or FOREIGN KEY. Microsoft 70-461 exam will make you write queries accurately and in a timely manner, moreover, it will upgrade your skills on the way of becoming an authentic SQL expert. The typical requirements for taking 70-461 exam is that the candidate should have been a SQL Server database administrator, developer or engineer with 2 to 3 years of experience. However, feel free to attempt if you are a beginner. There are a lot of tips to help you on this way, the most effective you’ll find below from my experience.
How I Did It
While MCSA:SQL Server 2012/2014 certification is the stuff of dreams for SQL specialists and candidates such as me, preparing for this exam is not an easy task.If you are anything like me, writing queries isn’t always a walk in the park. Especially if your main strength (and obvious comfort zone) is operating software systems. I had a real challenge here because creating databases was generally a new area I had to learn to boost me career. As the exam also tests the knowledge of Windows functions, I still had a long way to go before I could comfortably master the basics of 70-461 exam.
This is how I did it. After talking with my mentors and a colleague who had the full MSCA SQL Server 2012/2014 certification, I had a rough idea of what to expect. And because Microsoft certifications are not easy to get, I went online to look for tips and see if I could come across communities that had knowledge sharing platforms. I would recommend trying the following sources that I found to be helpful during my preparation for 70-461 exam. One site that helped me immensely was Sqlshack website. This website contains valuable information about the exam you are going to take, here you can find guidance on all that matters SQL as well. This website provided me with a point by point rundown on how best to study for the exams, as well as resources to help me along the way, a few of which I will share here.
Another great resource was Microsoft official website. The Microsoft Virtual Academy was a vital resource as it showed me what exactly to expect at the exam. It had a wealth of alternative resources to help me study. Microsoft Official Practice Test was the tool I need for proper preparation to have an idea of what to expect at the exam and found blank spaces in my knowledge. This is especially crucial for beginners who have little experience with SQL Server. The test will act as a jolt to first ingratiate you with the material, and ensure that you have prepared thoroughly for the exam and covered all the topics mentioned. A quick warning though, the exam is much, much, harder. Do not say I did not warn you.
Practice materials such as the SQL Training Kit (available online), was a godsend. The syllabus as provided for by Microsoft Virtual Academy Databases Jump Start, was a lifeline as it helped me prepare for every facet of the exam. It was difficult for me because I had minimal experience in creating databases, and this formed the chunky bit of the training kit. Suffice to say, preparation was tough, although I studied hard. Among the other sources for preparation that appealed to me was Microsoft MCSA 70-698 Practice Test with video lectures, which give details that I haven’t found anywhere else. The instructor gives you valuable information and a lot of practice questions. Apart from this I also interacted with people who had already passed the exam. That gave me courage and confidence.
On SQL Shack, one candidate who had gone through all three exams and gained complete MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification, recommended to practice as much time as possible. So, I downloaded the SQL Server Management Studio software. This was excellent advice as I was learning about a system I wasn’t very conversant with. On the Management Studio software, I learned about managing XML data type and cruising through the transaction and isolation levels.
I also used exam dumps to test my knowledge and skills. The website I liked most was ExamCollection. Here you’ll find free .vce files with updated material. You also can ask candidates or get a piece of advice of what and how to study for the 70-461 certification exam in order to nail it. A cocktail of practice questions, different sources of preparation and communication with the successful candidates was my trick. It was grueling and tiresome, on top of managing a daytime job.
After going through the content for about three months, I felt confident enough to book the exam. I had a job to get to, so I couldn’t practice as much as I wanted. If you choose to buy the exam dumps find the most reliable websites with the most updated materials.
The hard work paid off! I passed the very first time I took the test. I scored 911 points. I got my digital badge for the first exam, and now I am studying for the remaining two exams 70-462 and 70-463. I’ll be back to tell you how that goes. As for you, all the best with your SQL Server 2012/2014 certification exam. The accreditation is worth the effort.