Having just passed the MB2-716 Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration exam, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and insights for those that plan to sit the exam.
What is the MB2-716 Exam?
This exam forms part of the MCSA: Microsoft Dynamics 365 certification and is primarily intended for Developers, Dynamics Consultants, Technical Support Engineers or System Administrators. It aims to demonstrate your expertise with upgrading, configuring and customising Dynamics 365.
To achieve the MCSA certification you must pass both the MB2-715 and MB2-716 exams. More information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcsa-microsoft-dynamics-365.aspx
Check out the MB2-716 exam page which provides some essential information about the exam, including the skills measured during the exam, tips for preparing, and links for booking your exam.
Content covered includes:
My Exam Prep Strategy
Similar to some of the previous exams I’ve blogged about, my strategy for preparing to sit the exam was as follows:
- Watch the Exam Study Videos available in the Dynamics Learning Portal.
- Reviewed Neil Parkhurst’s exam study guide
- Watched Pluralsight video training
- Prepare Mind Map to help revise key concepts
Dynamics Learning Portal
The Dynamics Learning Portal (DLP) is an online hub containing various video-based training materials for Dynamics partners. It also includes various exam specific courses such as for the MB2-716 exam.
- Advanced Support for Partners (ASfP)
- Premier Support for Partners (PSfP)
- Microsoft Dynamics Training Pack
There are 2 courses which cover the content contained in the exam, they are:
- 81059: Customization in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales and Customer Service
- 81060: Configuration in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales and Customer Service
The video series covers all key aspects of the exam that you’ll need to study for. As with most Microsoft exams, the exam covers a lot of topics you may not necessarily expect, so it pays to watch and re-watch each video.
Neil Parkhurst Study Guide
Microsoft MVP Neil Parkhurst has also created a very comprehensive study guide for the MB2-716 exam that is available for the super low price of FREE!
I briefly reviewed the study guide to make sure I was familiar with the key concepts covered in the exam.
You can find his study guide below:
There were a few areas in the Dynamics Learning Portal video series that I felt didn’t dive in-depth enough for my liking …
Since I’ve been a long-standing subscriber of the Pluralsight online video training library. So naturally I headed over to Pluralsight.
Although I didn’t find a specific video covering the exam, I’d recommend you watch parts of the below video which contains a lot of in-depth content that is covered in the exam.
If you haven’t yet tried Pluralsight, I recommend you take the free 10 day trial that is available using the below link. Even if it’s not your thing, you can use it to pass the exam.
I’m naturally a visual learner. I find that I can more easily absorb visual forms of learning such as videos, diagrams, mind maps etc.
Mind mapping is a great visual learning technique that involves organising concepts into a visual format.
I used the FREE online mind mapping tool Coggle to create a mind map. I periodically studied the mind map to refresh my memory of the topics covered in the exam. If there were any concepts that I couldn’t remember, then I would go back and study them. You can find my mind map below.
The key to a great mind map is to only include the key concepts, otherwise it starts to become too complex and difficult to navigate. So remember to keep it simple!
Sitting the Exam
To book the exam, follow the relevant links on the main certification page. This will eventually take you through to the main Amazon training portal where you can book your exam. At the time of writing, the exam cost was $165 USD.
As with most Microsoft exams, the exam covers topics you may not have thought
So How Did I Go?
I passed the exam with a score of 850, yay! I assume this score equates to around 85%. The pass mark is around 70%
I hope you’ve found this exam study guide to helpful. Best of luck to everyone planning to sit the MB2-716 exam.
If you have any experiences of sitting the exam or general tips to share then feel free to share them in the comments below.
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