In the beginning of 2020 I had a goal for 2020, which was to learn more about cloud computing and its impact on software development. After some researching I have decided to focus on Azure. My motivation to choose Azure over other cloud providers is due to a better learning path, more job opportunies in my area and being compatible with .NET.
To test my knowledge I decided to apply for the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. Thankfully, I passed the exam with a score of 718 (minimum is 700) and have now a certificate. I will explain below what tips and resources can help you to pass the exam.
You have different exams of Azure varying from levels and paths. I took the exam AZ-900 which covered the fundamentals of Azure. The exam covers four main areas:
- Understand cloud concepts (15-20%)
- Understand core Azure services (30-35%)
- Understand security, privacy, compliance, and trust (25-30%)
- Understand Azure pricing and support (20-25%)
To see a more detailed and expanded list of topics you have to know for the exam, Microsoft provided a document with the skills that are going to be measured. You can find the full document here.
To pass the exam you need to score at a minimum of 700 points and you do not need any prequisites in order to take the exam. You can choose to take the exam at home or at a local test center nearby. You will get around the 40-60 questions and the test takes 85 minutes to finish.
There are several resources out there that can help you to pass the exam. Here are the resources I used to learn for the exam.
A great resource to learn for the exam is the learning path Microsoft provided for Azure Fundamentals. The whole learning path is straight-forward and free to use to learn for the exam. It takes roughly less than 10 hours to complete the learning path and give you enough knowledge needed to pass for the exam itself.
It is highly recommended to check the documentation of Azure itself. The exam will cover various services Azure has and the documentation goes more in-depth what these services can do. If you feel like you need more in-depth knowledge about Azure, check out the documentation of it.
In the exam you will get practical questions on what type of solution you need to use within Azure in certain situations. It is thus better to get some hands-on experience with Azure itself. Thankfully, you can try Azure for free for 12 months. I highly recommend you to check out and experiment with the services of Azure to get a better understanding of the platform.
The last resource I took was this Udemy course by Scott Duffy. I decided to use this resource as an additional resource to fill in some knowledge gaps I had when learning for the exam. While the learning path itself is sufficient enough to pass the exam, I felt I still had not enough knowledge about certain topics that are asked on the exam. The course itself is very concise and gives you a high-level overview of the contents that are going to be asked in the exam. It also had a practice exam with 50 questions that you can use to test your knowledge. This course was a good supplementary resource next to the learning path Microsoft provided.
These are my experiences when I took the AZ-900 exam. I hope these tips can help you to pass the exam for Azure. Good luck!