Hooray I passed the Microsoft 70-486 exam! To help others, I thought I’d share my thoughts and experiences.
It’s probably the most challenging Microsoft exam I’ve sat. so far. I spent a lot of time preparing for the exam, probably because I had limited real world experience at the time.
The exam is composed of several multiple choice and drag and drop questions. It also includes several ‘Case Study’ questions which provides questions based on ‘real world’ scenarios, complete with business and technical requirements.
My exam preparation included,
- Official 70-486 Microsoft Exam Reference Book: I found the official exam reference book to be invaluable given the sheer amount of content covered in the exam. I compiled a mind map of the key topics to study for using the free online tool Coggle. You can see my exam reference mind map below.
- Official 70-486 Test Exam: The test exam aims to simulate the exam. It is composed of randomly generated questions – many of which appear in the actual exam. You can sit the exam as many times as you like within a given period of time. You can find the test exam under the “Preparation Options” sections on the main exam page. I sat the test exam multiple times till I was comfortable. Note: If you pass the test exam and happen to fail the real exam, you can get your money back.
- Pluralsight: For those with a subscription to Pluralsight for online IT training. Have a look at the 70-486 exam video series. I personally didn’t watch the entire series, instead I just watched the topics that I wanted to learn more about.
- Microsoft Virtual Academy: Finally, I also watched the Microsoft Virtual Academy online video series – which is free!!! The video series is specifically tailored to the exam so it’s certainly worth a watch.
The exam covers a number of different topics so I’d recommend that you take your time and make sure you’re comfortable with the topics covered.
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Best of luck!