The following, is how I go about preparing for an Azure exam which I want to study for. Hopefully this will give you an idea into how I prepare for any Azure exam.
Lets use the AZ-500 Azure Security exam as an example since this is what I will be studying for going forward.
Locate the actual Microsoft exam page which contains all the info on the actual exam: –
I start by reading through this carefully, checking this page regularly whilst studying for it so that nothing has changed, as this can happen so remember to check back often.
I then make a OneNote page of all the Skills being Measured like so:-
- Manage identity and access (20-25%)
- Implement platform protection (35-40%)
- Manage security operations (15-20%)
- Secure data and applications (30-35%)
This exam looks to be well spread out across all 4 areas. SO now I will take each skill being measured and then copy this into my OneNote page.
Now I will go and find links on docs.microsoft.com for each of the skills being measured.
Tip:- Some people may already have done this so google for AZ-500 exam study guides and use them if you prefer doing that. My twitter friends https://twitter.com/Pixel_Robots and https://twitter.com/tamstar1234 both have excellent study guides on a number of exams.
I search for online training on Edx, Udemy, Pluralsight etc and read the reviews, of late I have solely used Edx, as those courses are specifically written with the exam skills being measured in mind (straight to the good stuff). If I want a more rounded course I’ll also check out Udemy and Pluralsight etc.
I take notes as I go and pop the main themes and big picture content into my OneNote page for brushing up just before my exam.
I have a calendar above my monitor at home and I plan out the end goal for each section with a rough idea of when I hope to have the section completed by.
Finish off the course and then I look for practice exams, I’ve used Whizlabs for the AZ-400 which was great, I’ve used Udemy for the Az-100, 200 and 300 exams. Anything I get wrong or just don’t understand I’ll review and try to find other resources, maybe Microsoft Learn or other resources.
Once I am getting 80% or above in the practice tests I book the exam soon after it and take it.
I have done this on the last 4 or 5 exams I’ve sat and it works for me, it might work for you it might not.
I spend 2 hours a night studying for the exam 5 or 6 nights a week, it took a lot of dedication and hard work, not everyone has that time, I made time, I stopped doing some stuff as I wanted to learn, I get it, its not for all.
I am happy to help, give advice to anyone looking for it with the exams, good luck with sitting your exam and hopefully someone find this useful.