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Time
7 hours 58 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
8
Video Transcription
00:00
Welcome back in this episode, we're gonna take a look at some exam preparation materials,
00:06
and that's really my only objective. We're going to go take a look at some exam preparation materials and things I think you should review outside of the exam topics in order to prepare for the A C 300 exam. Let's jump over to the browser to take a look at some of these materials,
00:21
so the first resource I'd like to point you to is the exam policies and a fake use.
00:26
Now I know this might seem a little bit boring, but this page has a wealth of information for preparing for the exam. Outside of the exam topics, we can scroll down and take a look at some basic information about security or retake policies.
00:41
But down here, under frequently asked questions, are a great set of information to learn about the exam.
00:47
For example, how many questions are on the exam, in which testing formats and questioning types might be on there? You also have how much time you'll have, as well as how to register.
01:00
They also give information on the types of question and how some of them are formatted. For example, case studies. If we expand this one out,
01:08
it's important to note that you'll have a case study in multiple questions around a specific scenario. But once you answer those questions, you won't be able to return back to him to review him. So you want to make sure inside of a case study to answer every question.
01:22
And speaking of exam question types over here on this page,
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we scroll down a little bit.
01:29
Here is a series of YouTube videos talking about the exam format and question types. This runs through and gives you examples of each type of question and how to answer it. It might be dropped down or dragon drop or taking a look at multiple choice questions.
01:45
I think the biggest one that trips people up and it tripped me up quite a bit The first time I came across it was repeated answer choices and that question type. You are given a scenario, and then a possible solution to that scenario.
01:57
You'll have to answer yes or no, or it might have a list of options to answer the question. But when you go to the next question, it's the exact same scenario, but it might ask you a different question or have another possible solution that you have to say yes or no if it meets the requirements.
02:14
And once you answer the question and move on, you won't be able to go back and take a look at it much like the case studies. I would definitely watch through this YouTube playlist of the different exam types to familiarize yourself with how they work.
02:28
And speaking of exam question types, Microsoft has recently introduced performance based lab testing inside the exams.
02:36
This is where you are giving access to a live azure portal, and you have to complete tasks inside the lab.
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Most exams will have 1 to 2 labs with, I believe, 7 to 12 tasks in each one,
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and this block post is great as it answer some questions and talks about the format and how they work. One important one I want to point out here is Item number seven.
02:59
You do not have to wait for tests to complete before moving on to the next one.
03:05
The only exception here would be is if the next task depends on the previous one to be completed before moving on.
03:12
For example, maybe you have to provisional virtual machine, and then the next task is to configure something on that virtual machine.
03:19
In that case, she will have to wait for it to complete. And Number eight is also very important is you don't have to use a specific method to complete the task.
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You are given access to the azure portal.
03:30
As we just saw in the previous episode. You could use the azure cloud shell to complete the task inside of seo lie or power show. So if you're really confident in your skills inside the command line, you could easily use that to complete the tasks.
03:45
And speaking of performance based labs and completing them inside the azure portal,
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here are a couple of tips you can use in case you have limited screen real estate.
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If you're taking the exam at a testing center that has small monitors or maybe very low resolution, you may run into an issue with being able to see everything on the screen. So remember, you do have an option of changing the zoom. It is just a regular I'II window, and you can also do things like collapse blades like this
04:15
in order to get more screen real estate.
04:16
One other thing I do want to mention just a little hint
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you've seen me do it throughout. The course is there are little information windows here that you can hover over to get more information about a specific setting.
04:30
So if you're asked to do something inside the lab, but you're not quite sure which item to select, you can always go and take a look at these little information icons, and you might be able to find your answer.
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One other great resource for Microsoft in learning new skills is the new Microsoft Learned portal. Here they have different models and learning paths for the different technologies.
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For example, if we scroll down and take a look at our azure learning paths,
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we could filter this
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down two solutions architect,
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and we're gonna have quite a bit of learning paths here we can use to study for the exam, for example, taking a look at architect ING storage infrastructure
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or how to do migrations, implement business continuity and disaster recovery using azure or architect ing our network infrastructure.
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Thes learning paths often have labs in him that you can complete even without an azure subscription.
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So we feel there's a particular topic. You need to dive into a little bit more detail, come out here and see if there is a module, a lesson or a learning path that you can complete in order to study for it.
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Finally, I definitely want to point you out to the Microsoft documentation. Maybe you're more familiar with TechNet, but the new doc site is really awesome. In addition to having lots of great information, they have these quick starts that show you step by step, how to deploy and configure certain resource is,
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for example, we have here how to create a Windows virtual machine in the azure portal,
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and this takes you through step by step, how to do that.
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So if you're out here taking a look at a particular topic, always be sure to go look at the quick start so you can see how to configure it.
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And the do toria ll section goes into a lot more detail, for example, creating scale sets or load balancing or backing up your virtual machines.
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The last resource I want to point out is the actual exam page, and we did take a look at this at the beginning of the course. But what I want to point out is always come out here and take a look at this. Skills measured, they often do updates to the skills measured. So you always want to come out here and take a look to see if anything has changed. Before you go and take the exam,
06:42
they could have put in a new technology or a new feature that you need to go freshen up on before you take the exam. And one other thing I want to point out is why you're working inside the azure portal If you see something listed as a preview feature, meaning it's available to use, but it's not ready for production workloads. You don't have to worry about that being on the azure exam.
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But you do need to keep up and make sure that if they're no longer in preview,
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come out here double check the skills measure to see if they've been included on the exam
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that does it for some additional resource is let's go back to the slides and wrap this up.
07:15
Coming up next, we're going to jump into our last episode where we're just gonna have a quick summary of the course and where you should go next.
07:23
See you in the next episode.
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