So this week I passed the Microsoft Azure’s AZ-204 exam and became Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate.
Yay! Yes! 😀
In this post I will be sharing what I did to pass this exam!
Microsoft says the candidates should have subject matter expertise in designing, building, testing, and maintaining cloud applications and services on Microsoft Azure. I agree with this as I have been developing solutions on Azure since last year or so and it definitely requires hands-on practice of the Azure platform.
The person should also have ability to program in a language supported by Azure like C# or Python and proficiency in Azure SDKs, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, data storage options, data connections, APIs, app authentication and authorization, compute and container deployment, debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring.
Skills measured with this exam
- Develop Azure compute solutions (25-30%)
- Develop for Azure storage (15-20%)
- Implement Azure security (20-25%)
- Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize Azure solutions (15-20%)
- Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services (15-20%)
The exam costs around USD $165 in US and INR 4800 in India.
How to prepare:
It took me 5 Weeks to prepare for this exam.
Week 1 & 2: Start with AZ-204 course on Microsoft Learn portal
- Use this link to get started: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/exams/az-204#two-ways-to-prepare
- The are 7 parts in this learning path, cover all those
- 2 weeks are enough for this, make notes
- Use azure sandboxes to do hands-on with core azure services – IMP
Week 3: Scott Duffy’s course on Udemy
- I used Scott Duffy’s course on Udemy to go through each service
- Use this link to buy the course: https://www.udemy.com/course/70532-azure/
- It is just 8hrs long and helped me cover most services at 1.5x speed
- You can easily finish this course in a week
Week 4: Practice tests
- Whizlabs is my go to platform for Practice tests
- Use this link to buy the practice tests: https://www.whizlabs.com/microsoft-azure-certification-az-204/
- There are 4 practice papers, practice all of them, try giving one per day and review incorrect answers
- Revisit the core concepts services like Azure Functions, App Services, Service Bus – Topics & Queues, Event Grid & Hubs, Azure AD, Azure VMs, Cosmos DB, Azure API Management policies etc.
- The exam is of 130 mins, with 40-60 questions
- The exam is neither very easy not tough so if you have covered all topics it should be easier to pass.
- Login to Pearson VUE 30 mins prior to exam time and carry a valid ID and prepare your desk accordingly if you are attempting from home
This exam is not very difficult to pass! It takes time and practice to prepare but nothing impossible. The thing is to find your learning routine and constant progress! Good Luck! 🙂
For anymore queries related to certification, feel free to DM me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarthaksri/