Since I’ve successfully passed the exam myself, I thought I’d share what study materials I used to prepare for the exam.
The full exam objectives are listed here: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-480.aspx
Here’s the high level break down of these exam objectives:
- Implement and manipulate document structures and objects (24%)
- Implement program flow (25%)
- Access and secure data (26%)
- Use CSS3 in applications (25%)
The percentages next to each of the skill areas indicate how much the exam focuses on each individual skill area. As you can see, the exam is fairly evenly split among all four areas.
Free Video Courses
The Microsoft Virtual Academy website offers MANY free video training courses on Microsoft technologies; as I posted not too long ago in regards to my experience with the “Know it. Prove it.” Challenge. Regardless of your level of expertise, I found the following courses to be useful for preparing for this exam:
- Adding Style with CSS
- Introduction to jQuery
The Exam Ref book is a bit more condensed, while the Training Guide is a little more comprehensive.
There a couple of companies that offer practice tests for Microsoft certification exams; MeasureUp, Transcender and Kaplan SelfTest. Links to these providers are listed within the exam requirements page. One thing to remember with these practice tests is that they do not have actual questions from the exam, nor do they cover 100% of the possible material that could be on the exam. Microsoft does change their exam question pools over time, and they could test you on stuff that wasn’t covered on the practice tests you may have used. As a result, you must use much more than just a set of practice exams to study.
I used the MeasureUp practice test for this exam and that worked out really well.
It’s important to remember that you must play around with this stuff you are learning too! Book smarts are fine, but nothing can replace the tangible, practical experience gained from working with stuff directly. Don’t just read the books, watch the videos and pass the practice tests. Make sure you play around with the stuff too.
Free Second Shot Offer
For a limited time (until May 31, 2015) Microsoft is offering a free exam retake if you do not pass the first time. While the goal is to always pass the first time; failures do happen. So utilizing this offer, you can feel free to take the exam without the fear of having to pay for it twice in the event that you need to retake it.
More information on the Free Second Shot can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/second-shot.aspx