What You Need to Know About the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) Exam

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The Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

Before you take the exam

Get a good night’s sleep and come into your exam feeling fresh. Also, it is best to study for about four hours each day over a one week period as opposed to trying to cram everything in all at once. Before you take your exam, familiarize yourself with test centers policies and procedures so that you are comfortable during your testing experience. Also, bring three forms of ID because ID will be checked before you are allowed into the exam. 

When taking your exam, ensure that there is nothing obstructing your view of the screen. When taking your exam keep track of time by making sure that you take breaks when needed because taking too long on certain questions can affect test scores negatively. After you have completed your exam, go back through and read through all answers carefully to make sure that none were marked incorrectly. If any were marked incorrectly then go back through those sections again until they are correct. When finished, print out your exam results immediately after finishing so that if something goes wrong with your score report then you have proof of what score you received.

During your exam preparation

Take as many practice exams as you can. Read through different study materials and practice questions from multiple sources, like Transcender. Write down your questions on flash cards, index cards or in a notebook for review later. Practice with someone else this will give you another point of view, and help clarify topics that might otherwise be confusing or complicated for you. Study with a friend who is also studying for their exam! 

They can provide insight into areas that may not be clear otherwise. Your fellow students may also have resources at their disposal, like books or online information that would be helpful to both of you. Always ask questions when you don’t understand something; it’s better to ask than to misunderstand something important. If possible, take sample tests under timed conditions. This will prepare you for test day by giving you an idea of how long each section takes, how much time is allotted between sections and whether there are any surprises included in the test itself.

Understanding and answering exam questions

There are two primary ways to understand and answer exam questions: first, know what's in each objective, and second, be able to apply your knowledge. Be sure you can describe: data models, management and monitoring services, networking services and more. This preparation will help you better understand what will be covered on exam day. 

It will also make it easier for you to find detailed information about specific topics when needed. In addition to knowing what's in each objective, you should know how all these features are used together by answering a couple of sample exam questions. This will give you an idea of what exam day questions look like; ultimately helping with your confidence during test time.

After taking the exam

As you begin studying for a Azure Microsoft certification exam, it’s easy to get caught up in memorizing every single detail. However, there are some things you just don’t need to know. The most important thing is to understand how certain technologies and protocols work at a high level. 

Try making an outline of what you think will be on your exam and jot down notes about where those topics are covered in our official documentation or in other study material like books or online courses. And if you forget everything else, remember that studying for a certification exam requires stamina. Make sure you take regular breaks throughout your studies. You'll retain more information that way! And keep an eye out for upcoming beta exams; many new features show up first in beta releases before they make their way into production.

Final thought

Your passing score is based on how many questions you answer correctly. To pass, you must correctly answer at least 70 percent of your items, but no more than 90 percent. Note that passing and failing scores are determined by statistical procedures and not scored by exam readers. 

An item may be used for purposes of grading one or more times during a single test administration if there are eligible examinees remaining in that session who have not answered that item. During a test administration, an item may be repeated only once for purposes of scoring unless you change responses on it.

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