If you are reading this, I am glad that you are interested in learning Microsoft Azure. If you still are not sure, why should you choose cloud to make a career choice, you should read my comprehensive article – “How to Jump-start your cloud career in 2021“. In this article, i am going to talk about everything you need to know to pass the Azure Fundamental Exam. Some tips, some tricks, and a lot of free resources. Read along….
|Table of Contents|
|Why should you start you cloud journey with Azure Fundamental?|
|What is AZ 900 – Azure Fundamental Exam?|
|AZ-900 Exam Overview|
|How to Prepare and pass in a week!|
|Study Guide and Free Resources|
|Setting up free Labs|
|Tip and Tricks To Pass the exam|
|Sample Questions/ Practice Tests/ Quizzes|
|What’s Next after AZ-900?|
Why should you start your cloud journey with Azure Fundamental?
If you are new to cloud computing OR new to Microsoft Azure, I would highly recommend you to start with Azure Fundamental Course. Simply, because this course content has everything that you should know before jumping to any role-based or specialty/expert level certification exam. Though AZ-900 is not a prerequisite to pass any other certification exam offered by Microsoft. The other reason is due to it’s popularity, its one of the fastest growing public cloud with some of the incredible feature. Most of us work in windows envirinement and are accustommed with user friendly environment. Azure is best at it’s user experience from design perspective, makes easier and interesting for self starters.
What is AZ 900 - Azure Fundamental Exam?
Azure fundamentals is a six-part series that teaches you basic cloud concepts, provides a streamlined overview of many Azure services, and guides you with hands-on exercises to deploy your very first services for free. The exam is designed for candidates looking to demonstrate foundational level knowledge of cloud services offered by azure. I personally recommend grasping the course content however exam can be taken as an optional first step in learning about cloud services and how those concepts are exemplified by Microsoft Azure.
AZ-900 Exam Overview
Course Description – This course provides a foundational level of knowledge on cloud concepts; core azure services; security, privacy compliance, and trust; and Azure pricing and support.
Prerequisite – None |Exam Duration – 85 Minutes | Total No. Questions – 40-60 | Passing – 700/1000
Level – Foundational/ Beginner
Audience – Anyone who is beginning to learn about cloud computing and how Microsoft Azure leverages those services.
How to Prepare and pass in a week!
1.Know what is measured in the exam and prepare accordingly
This is a high-level view of what is measured in the exam. You can always download the latest course/exam outline from the Microsoft website.
2. Start From Hands-on learning course on Microsoft Learn
Though there are multiple ways by which you can start preparing for AZ 900 exam, however, if I have to choose one place, then it’s none other than MICROSOFT LEARN. I am so fascinated by the way content is designed there. It’s mostly text and some small videos explanation. The whole course is divided into six different learning paths which cover the course outline in-detail and is sufficient to pass the exam. Wherever there is a requirement of the lab, it is demonstrated by small videos so that you can utilize the free credit provided by Microsoft Azure to master the skill required.
Above mentioned enough to prepare for the exam and pass within a week, however, this requires a lot of practice.
3.Complete Free quizzes on every module at Microsoft Learn
4.Set Microsoft Azure Lab for Free Today
Setting up Microsoft lab is free. It comes with a pool of free services that you can utilize for 12 months. You can check all the details here on the Microsoft website. Remember! Learning by doing is the key.
Refer to Free video courses, material-
Tip and Tricks To Pass the exam
Though exams are exams and you can never be a hundred percent satisfied with your preparation however practice well so that you can be confident to pass the exam. Here are few tips –
Do hands-on – Whenever there is Lab or video Demonstration, perform those lap and tasks by actually doing it into your free Azure account. Don’t just watch the demo video and assume that you know learned it.
Make Notes – AZ 900 does not come with lots of labs or demo. The course content has plenty of theoretical concepts that you need to understand. some key points to remember. It is advisable to make note of key points so that you can review those at the last moment.
Read the questions carefully –
AZ 900 exam does not come with simple 40-60 questions. A single question can contain 3-4 questions within itself to mark TRUE/FALSE. There are many questions that are not straightforward. It requires understanding to solve those exams.
Answer all the questions – There is no negative marking for wrong answers. If there is a question for which you are not sure of an answer, you should use MARK FEATURE to come back to those questions again. Even if you don’t know the answer you should use the elimination method, or common sense to select the answer to those questions.
Sample Questions/ Practice Tests/ Quizzes
Microsoft offers practice tests which you can buy and practice before the exam. you can check the details here, however, I did not use it personally to pass AZ 900 exam. Since we are referring to free resources, below are some free links. You can also find many such youtube videos where questions are discussed.
What's Next after AZ 900?
What’s next in the kitty? There are a lot! Microsoft is continuously upgrading/ adding role-based and other certifications every now and then. The above-shown poster does not cover the full lists. you can download the full poster. aka.ms/TrainCertPoster.
Learning sometimes can be exhausting! Trust me, it gets better day by day once you get going. Working hard, focussing on the process is more important than the outcomes. If the process is right, the outcome has to be right. The key point is to focus on WHY, WHAT & HOW? Rest will fall in place. I wish you all the best with your learning journey! 🙂