New to Microsoft Certification exams? We have something you need to try

By Liberty Munson

Are you new to Microsoft Certification exams? Not sure what to expect? We have just the thing to help you become familiar with the question types that you may see on the exam, how to navigate the user interface, and much more.

You can demo the exam experience by visiting our “exam sandbox.” We created this experience to provide you with an opportunity to experience the look and feel of the exam before you take it. In the sandbox, you will be able to interact with the different question types (e.g., build list, drag and drop, etc.) that are available in the actual user interface that you will navigate during the exam. In addition, this experience includes the same introductory screens, instructions, and question type help information that you will see on your exam as well as the non-disclosure agreement that you must agree to before launching the exam.

As a result, using this sandbox should better prepare you for the exam experience and increase your familiarity with the user interface, how to navigate between pages and questions, what actions are required to answer each of the different question types, where information about the exam is located (e.g., time remaining, questions remaining, etc.), how to mark questions for review, and how to leave comments.

Although the questions are not real certification questions, the sandbox mimics the exams look and feel so you can become familiar with it before you take an exam.

If you use assistive devices or keyboard shortcuts, we designed this experience for you although everyone benefits! This is an opportunity to understand how those assistive devices can be used in the exam interface, how the keyboard can be used to navigate through the exam, and so on. Additionally, you will be provided with the opportunity to leave feedback on the accessibility and usability of the exam UI with your assistive device during the item comment section. We have provided comment categories that are specific to this experience to help us better understand what challenges you encounter as you play in the sandbox. These comments will be monitored for future improvements to the experience.

Note that if you use assistive devices, you will need to request an accommodation to be able to use them during the exam. Learn more about requesting accommodations before you register for your exam.

Keep in mind that while this experience is designed to familiarize you with the exam’s look and feel and how to navigate through it, the secure browser that will be launched during a real exam is not enabled in the sandbox. When enabled during the exam, it will block all third-party applications, including assistive devices if you have not received prior approval to use them; this is why you must request an accommodation if you would like to use one during your exam.

What are you waiting for? Give it a try!

New certification for Customer Data Platform Specialists

By Liberty Munson

Do you implement solutions that provide insights into customer profiles and that track engagement activities to help improve customer experiences and increase customer retention? Do you have firsthand experience with Dynamics 365 Customer Insights and one or more additional Dynamics 365 apps, Power Query, Microsoft Dataverse, Common Data Model, and Microsoft Power Platform? Do you have direct experience with practices related to privacy, compliance, consent, security, responsible AI, and data retention policy?

If this is your skill set, we have a new certification for you. The Microsoft Certified: Customer Data Platform Specialty certification validates your expertise in this area and offers you the opportunity to prove your skills. To earn this certification, pass MB-260: Microsoft Customer Data Platform Specialist, currently in beta.

Is this the right certification for you?
This certification could be a great fit if you have significant experience with processes related to KPIs, data retention, validation, visualization, preparation, matching, fragmentation, segmentation, and enhancement. You should have a general understanding of Azure Machine Learning, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure Data Factory.

Ready to prove your skills?
Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. The first 300 people who take Exam MB-260 (beta) on or before February 2, 2022, can get 80 percent off market price!

To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code MB260SWIM. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must take the exam on or before February 2, 2022. Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China.

Get ready to take Exam MB-260 (beta):

Did you know that you can take any role-based exam online? Online delivered exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, check out my blog post Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare.

The rescore process starts on the day an exam goes live, and final scores for beta exams are released approximately 10 days after that. For details on the timing of beta exam rescoring and results, read my post Creating high-quality exams: The path from beta to live. For more information, follow me on Twitter (@libertymunson).

Ready to get started?
Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking Exam MB-260 (beta) on or before February 2, 2022.
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