Shane Bartholomeusz

Technical Solutions Consultant

Microsoft Exam 70-480 – Study Notes

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Having recently passed the Microsoft 70-480 (Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3) exam, I thought I’d share my experiences and provide some tips to those that are soon planning to sit this exam.

The exam is composed of several multiple choice and drag and drop questions. I found the exam to be more challenging than I was originally expecting. I would certainly advise everyone to do as much preparation beforehand.


My exam preparation included,

  • Official 70-480 Microsoft Exam Reference: I found the official exam reference book to be invaluable and can’t recommend it enough. The exam covers a lot more topics than you think! I’ve compiled a mind map of the key topics to study – using the free online tool Coggle to generate a mind map. You can see my exam reference mind map below.
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy Videos: Check out the exam video series available at Microsoft Virtual Academy. It’s specifically tailored to the exam, and best of all, it’s free!
  • PluralSight: For those of you that have a subscription to Pluralsight for online IT training. I also watched the PluralSight exam video series which touches on some of the key topics covered in the exam. I personally didn’t watch the entire thing, just the content that I was interested in learning more about.
  • Official 70-480 Test Exam: I also purchased the Official 70-480 Test Exam (which you can find here). The test exam is composed of randomly generated questions, some of which actually appeared in the actual exam. I sat the test exam multiple times until I was confident. Although not overly apparent, if you pass the test exam and then fail the real exam, you can get your money back for the test exam.

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 content. Anyway I hope this helps others that plan to sit the 70-480 exam. Good luck!

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70-480 Exam Reference


70-480 Study Reference


  1. Where do I get the Official 70-480 Test Exam. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for posting this Shane! You even posted it on my birthday!

  3. Very well presented ! Motivates one to go for the exam. Thank you

  4. I am following these steps they really guide me. I wish to pass this exam.

  5. Hi Shane,

    I am new to all this and I am looking for help before I Can start for this exam. I have few questions for this if you could help in this.

    1. How much preparation time is usually required before sitting in the real test?

    2. Is the test exam free or there is fee for this?

    3. How this the test score is evaluated, like are there any passing marks or what? I am not sure about this.

    4. Any information about other two exams for MCSD (486 and 487).

    5. How much time will it take to become a MCSD?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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