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Time
14 hours 28 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
15
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>> Hello, Cybrarians.
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Welcome to Lesson 8.1 of module eight of this course
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titled AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design.
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This is the final lesson of this course,
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and I'm excited about
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it because what I'll be sharing which
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you would be about preparing for the exam itself.
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What are we going to be covering in this lesson?
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We'll start out by talking about
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the learning path for the AZ-301 exam.
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Then I'll give you some information
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about the exam itself.
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What type of questions should you expect,
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and what timeframe would you have to complete the exam?
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We'll then talk about the delivery
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options that you have for
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the exam because there's more than one.
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We'll cover some advice from me to you.
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What are some of the pointers that I think you may
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find useful as you prepare for your exam?
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Then finally, I'll share some information of
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what to do after you pass your exam.
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Let's get into this.
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The first thing I want to share,
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which is around learning path for the exam.
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One of the core things to mention is that
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this exam is non-isolated exam.
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In other words, the certification that
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you want to achieve is called
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the Azure Solutions Architect Expert
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>> level certification.
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>> You need to pass the two exams that you're looking
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at on your screen before you achieve the certification.
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You have to pass the AZ-300 exam
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and you have to pass the AZ-301 exam.
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What I also want to emphasize is that
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this course that you just went through
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works hand in hand with
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the AZ-300 course that exists on the Cybrary platform,
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so you want to review that.
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If you reviewed the information in AZ-300 and review
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the information in AZ-301
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before you take either of the exams,
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you'll be in a better position than if you just
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reviewed AZ-300 when you want to go take that exam.
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You want to review both courses together
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before you go take just one of the exams.
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They work hand in hand together.
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When it comes to the learning path for the AZ-301,
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what they have on the screen,
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we've tried to cover that within this course itself.
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What I mentioned is that it's not being
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covered in curvilinear the way it's shown
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up on the screen because that way
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then the course structure doesn't make sense.
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I've rearranged the course
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structure in a way that makes sense,
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what we've covered, a lot of the concepts,
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and some of the concepts that
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may look as if they're not covered,
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they are covered in
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the AZ-300 course on the Cybrary platform.
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To avoid repetition, simply
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cover what's not covered there, and it's the same way.
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If you go to the AZ-300,
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there is certain information
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that you may need to be able to
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pass those exams that are covered
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in this particular course.
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Again, use both content hand in hand.
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When it comes to the objective domain of the exam,
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so what you'll be tested on.
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Those different percentages in
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terms of the questions that you get.
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You get the most questions around
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Azure AD and around identity and security,
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so Azure AD, Azure Key Vault,
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the concepts that we covered
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there you want to pay attention to those.
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Then things like workload requirement,
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data platform solution, business continuity,
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deployment, migration that we
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covered a lot of data when we looked at SQL,
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and when it comes to infrastructure strategy.
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Those would be about 10-15 or 15-20 percent
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when it comes to the questions that you get.
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Some information about the exam.
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The registration fee for the exam is about $165.
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One thing is that,
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if you are a student registered to
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an academic institution and you can
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verify your student status on the Microsoft website,
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I believe that you get that for half the price.
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If you're a student and you have a way to
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verify maybe if you're a student e-mail address,
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you want to go ahead and do that and get that discount.
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In terms of the languages that
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you can use to take the exam,
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you can take that in English,
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Japanese, simplified Chinese, or Korean.
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Number of questions varies.
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You're going to get between 40-60 questions.
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When it comes to the time limit,
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it's two hours 30 minutes.
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That's the time limit that you have to
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complete the questions in the exam.
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The score is graded over 1,000 and you need to
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achieve a score of 700 in order to pass the exam.
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If you do take the exam and if for whatever reason
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you are not successful in
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your first trial on your first attempt,
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you have to leave a minimum of 24 hours
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between your initial attempt
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and the next time you attempt to take the exam.
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You can't just take it immediately.
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You have to give it a minimum of 24 hours.
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Some other information about the exam
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mentioned that it's about 40-60 questions.
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Some questions may be worth more than
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one point, I mentioned earlier.
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You want to answer all the equations.
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There's no penalty for guessing,
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so there's no negative marking.
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Some questions, you cannot
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skip them so just be aware of that.
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Also, you want to plan for 180 minutes for the exam,
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probably about 150 of that to
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>> really answer the equations
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>> because you need to do other things
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like go through the instructions,
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maybe make some comments,
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maybe report some anomalies or whatever
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that you may detect when you're taking the exam.
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Leave some space aside for those.
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But please make sure that you pace yourself very well.
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I recommend taking some practice tests so that
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you get in the mode of writing
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>> the exam or taking exams.
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>> The exam type themselves or the question type.
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It's not just multiple-choice questions
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with many multiple-choice where
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it's not just multiple-choice.
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You will have things like hot area.
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You will have drag and drop type questions.
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You'll have fill in the gap type question.
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Also, Microsoft have been integrating
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performance-based exam questions
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within their certification.
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One of the things that you may get in
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the future is actually
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you'll be dropped in the Azure portal.
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You'll be given a list of
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tasks that you need to complete.
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There are also case studies
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where you'll be presented with
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a whole list of
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different business requirements and
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technical requirements that needs to be achieved,
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and then you'd get probably
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>> about four or five questions
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>> of the back of that,
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that you need to use the information
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provided to you to select
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an appropriate solution for whatever you're asked.
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You probably get a minimum of
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about two case studies for the exam.
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In terms of delivery options,
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there's not just one option.
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You can definitely go
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the Pearson VUE Testing Center route.
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For me, for example, I don't have
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any testing center that's close by to me.
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I prefer the other option, which is
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the remote proctored delivery,
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which I'll talk about in a minute.
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We want to bring two forms of
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>> identification to the exam.
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>> Then we have the remote proctored delivery option.
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The remote proctored delivery option means that you can
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take the exam from your home or from your office.
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Before you do that,
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ensure that you do
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a validation of your computer and your environment.
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There is an area within where you're doing
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the booking where you can validate that
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your computer meets the requirements.
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Essentially the way it works is you need
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a webcam that you can move around to be
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able to show whoever is monitoring you on
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the other end that your desk is
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clear and that you're not hiding
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anything around in the room.
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Also, you want a quiet area within your exam or
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your office because if someone comes
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into the view of the camera
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>> when you're taking the exam,
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>> that can lead to a cancellation of the exam.
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You'll want to have a nice dedicated area
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with a single monitor computer,
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with a webcam that you can move
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around and your space is completely clear.
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That's the area that you want
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to use if you're going to be doing that.
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Here are my exam preparation tips for you.
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Number one, sign up for
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an Azure free subscription and get hands-on practice.
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You do not want to go to take the exam
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without practicing what you've learned.
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Make sure you get some hands-on practice in.
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Take advantage of tutorials on
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docs.Microsoft.com to get hands-on practice
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on the services that we've covered.
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Also, you want to read
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the frequently asked questions section
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of the services that are listed in the exam outline.
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That's the link to the exam outline.
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But what I mean by this is that,
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for example,
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Azure Kubernetes Service is one of
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those services that you'll be tested on.
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You want to go on
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your favorite search engine and
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search for Azure Kubernetes Service FAQ,
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and read the official FAQ document by Microsoft.
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You know that you're going to be asked questions around
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Azure AD so you want to search for Azure AD FAQ
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and read the frequently
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asked question because that gives you
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a general overview of some of
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the gotchas when it comes to the different services.
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Use docs.Microsoft.com to your advantage.
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All the exam questions have some type
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of authoritative supporting information,
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and that's typically the documentation.
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You'll notice that within
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the different modules that we went through,
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I've given you certain links to docs.Microsoft.com,
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so do take advantage of that.
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Of course, it's one of the things that's
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very difficult to master everything,
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so you want to engage with the community.
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You want to speak to people who've
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taken the exam, of course,
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without breaking their NDA,
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hopefully, they can give you certain pointers.
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Doing good with the community,
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review other Azure content on
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Cybrary especially as I
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mentioned earlier, the AZ-300 content.
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The more of Azure the you know,
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the more it's going to help you
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>> as you go into this exam.
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>> Then you want to take action.
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You do not just want to watch
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the course or watch the courses,
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you also want to take the action and book the exam.
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Nothing motivates you more
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than when you know that you have
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a date already set for the exam.
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After you've done the exam
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and hopefully you've passed the exam,
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do not forget to share
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your certification badge with the community,
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share it on Cybrary,
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share it on LinkedIn,
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and share it on Twitter.
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I look forward to seeing that.
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I hope that you found this course very informative.
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My name, again, is David Akiode.
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Reach out to me on my Twitter handle,
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connect with me on LinkedIn,
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connect with me on Cybrary.
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I look forward to seeing your certification badge.
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Thanks very much for watching this course,
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and I'll see you in the next course.