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.
My exam preparation included:
- Official 70-486 Microsoft Exam Reference Book
- Official 70-486 Test Exam
- Pluralsight online video training
- Microsoft Virtual Academy online video training
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.
I found the official exam reference book to be invaluable given the sheer amount of content covered in the exam. I wasn’t expecting the exam to cover the number of topics that it actually did. I’ve 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.
The Official Test Exam aims to simulate the real exam and is composed of randomly generated questions – many of which appear in the actual exam. You can find the test exam under the “Preparation Options” sections on the main exam page. You can sit the exam as many times as you like within a given period of time. 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.
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. If you’re not already familiar with PluralSight then I recommend you get the free trial and try it out. It’s a fantastic resource for IT professionals. I’ve been a subscriber for a long time now.
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.
As I mentioned earlier, the exam covers a number of different topics so take your time and make sure you’re comfortable with the topics that are covered. Best of luck!
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